Call for Papers: Gender and Crisis in History

Graduate Conference: Gender and Crisis in History, Procida (Napoli), June 22-24, 2015

Full details here: CFP_Gender and Crisis_June 2015


The Department of Social Sciences of the Università di Napoli Federico II, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Università di Napoli L’Orientale together with the International collaborative doctoral network in Women’s and Gender History will be jointly running the Graduate Conference on Gender and Crisis in History, to be held June 22-24, 2015, on the island of Procida (Napoli). This conference seeks to bring together history graduate students whose original research deal with gender and crisis.


Papers proposals of 20 minutes are invited pertaining to three main lines of inquiry:

  1. how critical phases of change or dramatic ruptures are translated into and/or are accompanied by alterations in the system of gender relations; and, vice versa, how gender influences those processes, and what are the gender bases of instabilities in, and shocks to, the economic, political, social and/or cultural system;


  1. whilst a plurality of models usually operate in different contexts, there are historical periods in which new ones emerge, and in which forms of ‘dissidence’/provocation implicitly or explicitly challenge established equilibria and hierarchies;


  1. history is strewn with claims of an ongoing ‘crisis’ in the relations between men and women. The topic to explore is this: in what contexts does this happen, within what institutional frameworks, and with what consequences? To be noted in particular is the long-standing claim concerning the ‘crisis of masculinity’, which is so widespread that it renders the category itself somewhat inflated in public discourse and in contemporary common-sense.


The keynote speakers will be Prof Laura Lee Downs (EUI) and Prof Mary Gibson (CUNY).


Please submit proposals (500 word max) and bios (150 words max) in English by February 28, 2015 to the following e-mail addresses: ;


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