CFP Gender and public space in history



Graduate school in Gender History 4-7 June 2018

The Groupe de recherche d’Histoire EA 3831, Université de Rouen Normandie, together with the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, the Università di Napoli Federico II, the Università di Napoli L’Orientale, the Università di Roma TRE and the Universität Wien launches a Graduate School on the theme of Gender and public space in history to be held in Rouen, Normandy, from 4 to 7 June 2018.

The separation/opposition between a public – and political – space occupied by men and a private – and domestic – space specifically designed for women is a central issue in gender history. This separation has its roots in the classical antiquity opposition between polis and oikos. It was then reasserted and complicated in the last centuries of European, and more generally Western history, particularly in the context of the political theories of liberalism and the French Revolution.

A first approach to this issue is connected with the social history of politics: how was women’s and men’s participation in politics and citizenship defined, and how did it develop, in different historical and geographical contexts?

A second approach takes into account the separation between work inside the household (domestic and care work, but also market-oriented production) and work outside the household. It investigates the emergence of the male breadwinner figure, as a consequence, in particular, of the Industrial Revolution. For Medieval and Modern times, the possibility for women of having access to guilds of artisans or merchants should be interpreted as an opportunity to act in the public and political space.

A third approach looks at the category of space and examines the various ways in which men and women existed and acted in public and domestic spaces. From a historical point of view, what kinds of cultural, social, and religious issues have prevented women from having access to certain public spaces, and in some cases men from entering into certain domestic spaces?  And how have these regulations translated into dress rules and manners?

A fourth approach aims at complicating the idea that there exists a clear-cut separation between the public and the private. For instance, we will examine the ‘public’ aspects of the home, such as the fact that it is open on the street, that it is a space for market production, where to incorporate and integrate people coming from the outside, such as apprentices and domestic workers.

These are just a few themes that will be addressed during the Graduate school.  During the week, scholars of the partner universities will deliver lectures and Ph.D. students will present their research.

Deadline and submission details available at this link.


Call for Visiting Fellowhips!

The Charles and Joan Alberto Institute at Seton Hall University is pleased to announce the availability of one Visiting Fellowship for the Fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. This fellowship aims at providing young scholars in Italian Studies with the opportunity to live and do research for a period up to one month in the New York/New Jersey area and to be part of the Italian Studies community at Seton Hall University. We welcome candidates from any countries and specializing in any area of Italian Studies. Applicants pursuing a research project related to the Italian Renaissance or to the history of Italian Americans are particularly encouraged to apply.

Seton Hall University is located in South Orange, NJ, not far from major libraries in New York City and Princeton University. During his or her visit, the selected candidate will be asked to give a public lecture at the Alberto Institute, two lectures to undergraduate students, and participate to the life of our Italian Studies Program. The fellowship will cover both travel and lodging expenses (flight or train transportation from the city/country of origin and housing for one month) and will provide office space in the Walsh library, which is the home of the Valente Collection, the second largest Italian Studies book collection in New Jersey.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Gabriella Romani, Director of the Alberto Italian Studies Institute at gabriella.romani@shu.edu by April 1st, 2018. A selection of finalists will be contacted for an informal interview (by phone or skype) and the final candidate will be announced by the beginning of May 2018.

New York City (photo by Andrea Hajek)
New York City (photo by Andrea Hajek)