The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

November 6, 2011

PROJECT: Selling Sex in the City

Title: Selling Sex in the City: Prostitution in World Cities, 1600 to the Present
Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2011

Description: »The aim of this project is to write a global and comparative history of female prostitution from 1600 to the present. Notwithstanding the large number of national studies on particular aspects of prostitution (e.g. regulation, attitudes or labour market), no international comparison over a significant span of time has been attempted. This project attempts to achieve a comprehensive overview on prostitution from a global labour history perspective. It studies prostitution as a societal phenomenon as well as a form of labour, and focuses, therefore, on prostitutes’ working/living conditions and work culture.
The project follows a research model of earlier comparative projects conducted by the International Institute of Social History on the history of dock and textile workers. In the first phase of the project we seek to collect urban studies on the history of prostitution in different countries for the period between 1600 to the present. To facilitate international comparisons the authors of these urban overviews will be requested to respond to the topics/questions that are listed in a framework document (...). In the second phase of the project, and based upon the collection of urban overviews, a number of authors will be invited to write thematic comparative papers on prostitution with relation to migration, regulation, war/army building, colonisation, ethnicity, labour market and living conditions, influence of male working environments such as ports and army camps, socio-demographic profiling of prostitutes, prostitutes' activism and (national and international) organisation, and societal views on (female) prostitution and masculinity. These will be discussed at a conference, which will take place in Amsterdam/The Hague, on 14-16 February 2013.«

More information: International Institute of Social History.

CFP: Feminist and Women's Issues in Contemporary Irish Society

Journal: √Čtudes Irlandaises
Guest Editors: Fiona McCann and Nathalie Sebbane
Submission deadline: January 9, 2012

Description: »Contributions could question the very nature of feminism, its evolution and its status in post Celtic Tiger Ireland; they could also tackle representations of women in the contemporary media, cultural and literary landscape. Authors are also invited to focus on the specificities of female immigration to Ireland over recent years. The question of women's bodies, how they are appropriated and violated is also relevant.«

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Comparative Approaches to Early Modern Sexualities in Literature and Culture

Conference: ACLA 2012 Annual Meeting
Place: Providence, RI
Date: March 29 - April 1, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2011

Description: »This seminar, a session at ACLA 2012 to be held at Brown University, March 29th-April 1st, invites papers that present new interdisciplinary perspectives to explore “traveling” sexualities in the early modern world. Considering sexuality through various sites of “global” interactions, dialogues, circulating discourses and practices, and translations, which put pressure on traditional gender and sexual binaries and geographical boundaries, this seminar calls for papers analyzing non-heteronormative sexual interactions and/or reconfigurations of gender roles in early modern societies. Although we strongly encourage papers that address eastern and western encounters and interactions, we welcome papers analyzing other territorial interactions as well.«

More information: American Comparative Literature Association.

CFP: History, Memory, and Cultural Discourses: Representations of Violence in Literature and Cinema

Conference: ACLA 2012 Annual Meeting
Place: Providence, RI
Date: March 29 - April 1, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2011

Description: »This seminar seeks to make us think about the relationship between history, memory, and cultural discourses in relation to images of violence in all forms in literature and cinema. Writers address violence aesthetically, historically, or psychologically. How does literature represent violence? Are the representations of violence clearly fictional or nearly indistinguishable from reality? How is literary violence used as a metaphor for relationships of power and domination? How do memory and violence relate to politics? How does the relationship between violence and politics conceptualize memory itself as a kind of symbolic power and influence the present construction and legitimization of politics? How does memory appear in the construction of collective memories and subjectivities through literature and cinema? Is there an ethics of memory and of the representation of violence?«

More information: American Comparative Literature Association.

CFP: Upstate New York Women's History Organization

Conference: Upstate New York Women's History Organization
Place: Binghamton, NY
Date: April 21, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: December 1, 2011

Description: »We invite proposals covering any aspect of women's and gender history, defined broadly to include all nations/continents, time periods, and related disciplines, and we encourage scholars from across New York State and around the region to participate.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Violence Studies

Conference: Violence Studies Conference 2012
Place: Newcastle, Australia
Date: August 21-23, 2012
Submission deadline: May 1, 2012

Description: »The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle invites academics from a wide a variety of disciplines — including anthropology, art, criminology, history, international relations, law, literature, psychology, philosophy, political science and sociology — to submit proposals for panels and individual papers at its conference, Histories of Violence, to be held in the city of Newcastle from 21-23 August 2012. ... The program committee welcomes panels and paper proposals that deal with the history of violence in the broadest sense, in all parts of the world, from the fifteenth century to the present day. In order to complement the Humanities Research Institute’s continuing strengths in the history of violence, the Committee encourages proposals that involve histories of gender and race, cultural history, and religious history.«

More information: Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle, Australia.