15/09/19. Women of the Americas: The Feminization of Politics and the Politization of the Intimate

What, when & where

Call for contributions “Women of the Americas: The Feminization of Politics and the Politization of the Intimate” – Textes et contextes.

The ascendance of Donald Trump to the American presidency in 2017 and the election of Jaïr Bolsonaro in Brasil the following year have provoked a considerable amount of scrutiny, in part because both of these men overtly employ a discourse that is at the same time misogynistic and anti-LGBTIQ+. Where North and South America have often been thought of as politically, culturally, and economically distinct spaces, they have recently been seen as reflecting the same reactionary politics. This issue of the French, multi-disciplinary journal Textes & Contextes hopes to push this thinking further in looking at the politicization of women during the twentieth century, in particular how the private sphere has been mobilized by women to give them greater access to the public and political spheres.

Women have never been as present in elected office as they are now. In several Latin American countries, the last decade has been marked by the feminization of the various national congresses and has witnessed the election of several women to the highest offices in their respective countries. In North America, the feminization of the political world has likewise progressed: the 116th Congress of the United States, elected in 2018, counts more women in its ranks than ever before, a significant number of whom come from economically, socially, and culturally diverse backgrounds.[13] In Canada, since the election of Justin Trudeau in 2015, he has set an example to the rest of the world by working with a gender-balanced cabinet, including many minority women.

Women’s social capital differs from that of traditional elites: wielding their political power has been defined less by their relatively recent arrival to political office and more by their ability to mobilize around issues that have not always been integral to the larger electoral issues of the nation. The participation of women of every origin in large political events that have structured history on the continents (colonial conflicts, wars for independence, civil wars) is documented historically and speaks to women’s engagement in the elaboration of their respective countries national projects. Yet, access to the public sphere has not been neutral as gender norms have exerted tremendous pressure on the construction of the modern state, and social contract theories have excluded women from politics and relegated them to the private sphere.[14] The most common way for women to access the public sphere, and the political sphere even more so, has been to assume a role based on a categorical construction of feminine identity grounded in maternity[15] and giving credence to masculine norms in their private lives and political practices. In the 1960s, the feminist movements proclaimed “The personal is political,” pointing out the numerous inherent inequalities that sprung from the separation of the public and private spheres and their hierarchization.[16] Since then, every form of interpersonal relationships has come under examination as a site in which gender power dynamics are at play. The very existence of a private sphere has been questioned because even this most intimate realm has not escaped meddling politics that have sought to control intimacy and more generally impose gender identity norms on individuals.

Throughout the twentieth century, then, we can see women’s organizations unifying to revendicate new rights, albeit on different timelines depending on the country and the issue. By and large, the most visible groups of women have tended to be those led by middle-, upper-middle-, and upper-class, white women and have expressed their corresponding worldviews. Little by little, however, other discourses have asserted themselves in the varying feminist fields. Black feminism appeared in the United States at the end of the 1960s in reaction to sexism within groups associated with the Black Power movement and as a consequence of an absence in the feminist movement, which was mostly white, to take African-American women’s concerns into account. This opened up thinking to the concept of intersectionality in the 1980s. Today, it is precisely this line of thought that feeds into, on the one hand, the feminist, decolonial, Latin-American thinking advanced by theoreticians such as Rita Segato, María Lugones, and Ochy Curiel and, on the other hand, the concrete practices seen in Bolivian feminismo comunitario and the movement of Zapatista women in Mexico.[17]

In the last few years, the American continents have witnessed a tremendous groundswell in social feminist movements denouncing gender-based violence as well as the difficulty for the victims to speak out and be heard because of cultural, social, and economic norms that maintain women in a subordinate position and feed into the impunity and the reproduction of this violence. Since 2015, many Latin and South American nations have experienced an unprecedented wave of activism as women have mobilized against sexual and domestic violence and for abortion rights. Born in Argentina after the murder of a woman, #Niunamenos spread rapidly to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela where women and sexual minorities rose to denounce femicide and the multiple forms of violence inflicted on women and sexual minorities as well as public indifference to these problems.[18] Since, we have seen #Vivasnosqueremos and #NoEstamosSolos emerge as well. Initiated in the United States in 2017, #MeToo gave voice to women who had experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. All of these movements have been characterized by their desire to think about the collective experience which results from the individual experience of different forms of violence in order to bring attention to the ways in which patriarchal culture is interwoven with the structural oppression of women and sexual minorities. Additionally, this activism has taken on international dimensions via New Information and Communication Technologies, which have facilitated the emergence of transnational networks of solidarity and given these issues visibility.

If the relationship between the intimate and identity politics can be seen in the slogans and discourse of activists, it can also be read in sources that have been given less attention or neglected all together[19] because of their gendered nature; these sources are considered less important politically or less scientifically-based because they speak of the “feminine.” From diaries to autobiographies, from letters to posts on social media, the numerous ego-documents available take on a political dimension in their evocation of intimacy and the conflicts they attest to between lived identities and imposed gender norms. This issue of Textes & Contextes (15.2) scheduled to appear in November 2020, thus, hopes to mobilize a variety of social science scholarship and/or research from the humanities looking to explore the comparisons and contrasts between intimacy/intimacies and identity politics and the appropriation of these two concepts by Latin-American women and/or North American women since the beginning of the twentieth century.

Deadline & how to apply

Abstracts of 300 to 500 words in French, English, or Spanish must be sent by September 15, 2019 to the guest editors, Christen Bryson, Elodie Gamache, Olivier Maheo et Anne-Claire Sanz-Gavillon, at the following address: femmesameriques@gmail.com

The abstract should include the article’s provisional title and 5 to 6 key words as well as a short biographic presentation of the author.

Proposals will be selected, and their authors notified no later than October 30, 2019.

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Completed articles, not exceeding 10,000 words, must be received by February 15, 2020 for peer review.

Submissions must follow the in-house style guide: https://preo.u-bourgogne.fr/textesetcontextes/index.php?id=1719

 

 

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CFC “American cities facing global changes” – Multilingual (FR-ENG-ESP-POR)

What, when & where

La Revue Interdisciplinaire de Travaux sur les Amériques (RITA) lance un appel à contributions pour son 13e numéro sur le thème:

APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS – RITA N°13

Les villes américaines face aux changements globaux

Le constat de bouleversements environnementaux à l’échelle planétaire est aujourd’hui sans appel. Des processus interdépendants, comme le réchauffement climatique, l’extinction des espèces, l’épuisement des sols et la raréfaction des ressources énergétiques modifient profondément, du point de vue matériel comme sur le plan symbolique, les conditions d’existence de nos sociétés. Ces transformations systémiques, qui dépassent largement le seul domaine de l’environnement physique ou du changement climatique, peuvent être désignées grâce au concept de « changements globaux », qui est devenu un thème de recherche majeur dans les champs des sciences sociales et environnementales au cours des trois dernières décennies (Buttel et al., 1990 ; Freedman, 2014).a

Aujourd’hui dans les Amériques, plus des deux-tiers de la population habitent en ville et, par conséquent, la ville constitue un point d’entrée privilégié pour saisir les effets de ces changements globaux et les réponses qu’ils suscitent. Toutefois, le phénomène urbain est très hétérogène : des mégapoles d’envergure mondiale, des agglomérations moyennes participant aux processus de territorialisation des États, et aussi des petites villes au cœur de régions agricoles. Parmi la pluralité de dynamiques se développant dans chacun de ces espaces singuliers mais interconnectés, il est important de mener une réflexion sur l’environnement matériel où ils se déploient.

Les villes sont des lieux où se concentrent les populations, des centres du pouvoir politique, administratif, religieux, culturel et économique. Les processus à l’œuvre dans l’urbain sont désormais indissociables de phénomènes de mondialisation plaçant les villes au centre des différents systèmes d’échanges, comme la circulation des marchandises et des capitaux mais aussi des individus, des savoirs et de l’information. À ce titre, elles sont à la fois productrices et produits des changements globaux, leur point de cristallisation et leur catalyseur, ce qui en fait des lieux où s’élaborent des stratégies et des réflexions autour de ces changements.

Pour saisir ce que les changements globaux ont comme implications sur les villes américaines et inversement, plusieurs axes de réflexion peuvent être dégagés pour guider les propositions de contribution :

Un premier axe, « Comprendre la ville », encouragera les contributions portant sur la multiplicité des concepts utilisés pour saisir les changements globaux dans les mondes urbains : écologie urbaine, métabolisme urbain et économie circulaire, ville durable, verte, smart ou inclusive, transition écologique, anthropocène et capitalocène, résilience, autant de notions en vogue qui mériteraient d’être interrogées, précisées et mises en contexte.

Un deuxième axe, « Vivre la/en ville », pourra accueillir des contributions sur les formes de logement, sur l’occupation des espaces (centraux comme périphériques, la gentrification), les mobilités (transports en commun, voies de communication, échanges urbain/rural, logistique), l’organisation du travail et de l’approvisionnement (alimentaire, énergétique) en dialogue avec les changements globaux. Des contributions sur les pratiques alternatives (agriculture urbaine, graffitis), les rapports entre habitants (de la ville formelle/ informelle), et les représentations des habitants sur leur espace de vie en changement sont également les bienvenues.

Un troisième axe, « Gérer la ville », portera sur des questions de gestion de l’urbain. De l’élaboration de politiques publiques à leur mise en place, les modalités concrètes de production de l’urbain face aux changements globaux impliquent des modalités de gouvernance spécifiques sur lesquelles pourront s’orienter les propositions d’articles. Les questions de l’infrastructure, formelle et informelle, de la ville (égouts, électricité, approvisionnement en eau, transport, gestion de déchets) sont autant de pistes privilégiées pour l’analyse. Tout comme la gestion de la nature en ville, en particulier les fleuves, parcs, jardins et la biodiversité, mais aussi la gestion de catastrophes (à La Nouvelle-Orléans après Katrina, après le tremblement de terre de Mexico en 1985, ou encore suite aux récentes inondations de Rio de Janeiro, en février dernier). Des études se penchant sur les nouvelles politiques d’aménagements urbains pour multiplier des espaces verts ou pour promouvoir l’usage de moyens de transport alternatifs à la voiture pourront également compléter cet axe.

Un quatrième axe, « La ville en dispute », s’intéressera aux processus politiques qui se déroulent dans une ville en transformation sous l’effet des changements globaux. Cet axe pourra accueillir les contributions liées aux inégalités environnementales, aux luttes populaires, aux conflits autour des grands aménagements ou plans d’urbanisme, ainsi que les études centrées sur la problématique de la violence urbaine et sur le concept de justice (sociale et spatiale, environnementale, alimentaire, etc.). La présence de risques ou l’aménagement de grandes infrastructures génère en effet de nombreux « conflits de proximité » (Melé, 2012).

A l’occasion de son treizième numéro, RITA propose, dans sa section Théma, d’explorer les villes américaines, dans leurs relations, face aux changements globaux. À ce titree, la dimension globale des transformationsne ne doit pas être dissociée d’une appréhension locale des phénomènes. En effet, les villes sont traversées de tensions entre centres et périphéries, urbain et rural, entre « condomínios fechados » et « villas miseria » (on songe également aux « barrios bravos » du Mexique), ceux-ci étant porteurs d’échanges, d’initiatives sociales, politiques, culturelles et artistiques. Les dynamiques d’échange entre villes et milieux ruraux constituent aussi un élément important de cette thématique, ainsi que les multiples tensions qui surgissent de l’expansion du front d’urbanisation (pression sur le sol et l’eau, place de l’agriculture dans les contextes métropolitains, aménagement des périphéries, etc.). C’est grâce à un jeu sur les échelles d’analyse que les changements globaux pourront être saisis dans toute leur complexité. En outre, ceux-ci ne sont pas apparus du jour au lendemain, ils sont le fruit de dynamiques s’inscrivant dans la longue durée. Le numéro accueillera donc également des contributions mettant l’accent sur la dimension historique de tels phénomènes. Enfin, dans la mesure où les pratiques artistiques constituent une des modalités privilégiées selon lesquelles les sociétés donnent sens à leur existence et à leurs représentations, ce numéro de RITA encourage les contributions portant sur les manières dont des productions littéraires, picturales, cinématographiques, mais aussi des arts de rue ou des musiques populaires représentent et expriment les changements globaux.

Vous trouverez toutes les informations utiles en lien avec l’appel et les modalités de soumission des textes (en français, en anglais, en espagnol ou en portugais) sur le site de la revue: http://revue-rita.com/numero-a-venir/appel-en-cours.html. Les propositions d’articles sont attendues pour le 20 octobre 2019. Ce dossier paraîtra au mois de juin 2020.

Deadline & how to apply

Les articles complets et respectant les normes de la rubrique choisie (pour plus de détails, consulter : http://www.revue-rita.com/note-aux-auteurs/normes-de-presentation.html) sont attendus jusqu’au 20 octobre 2019 à l’adresse suivante :

revue.rita@gmail.com

Nous rappelons que les articles peuvent être écrits en anglais, en espagnol, en français et en portugais.

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Comme pour chaque numéro, la revue RITA propose également de recevoir des textes pour sa partie varia “Champ libre” traitant de questions diverses sur les Amériques. Il pourra s’agir de textes de “Notes de recherche”, de propositions méthodologiques pour la section “Fabrique de la Recherche”, de “Résumés de mémoires ou de thèses”, de “Synthèses de recherche” (recensions) ou de “Regards” proposant des réflexions aux formes plus originales sur les Amériques. Toutes les informations sur la partie “Champ libre” sont également disponibles sur le site de la revue:

Les auteurs intéressés par la soumission d’un texte pour le prochain dossier ou pour la section “Champ libre” pourront naturellement s’adresser aux membres du Comité de Rédaction de RITA pour de plus amples informations concernant la revue et sa politique éditoriale.

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until filled – archival editor, Van Buren papers; and visiting professor in Tennessee

What, when & where

The Papers of Martin Van Buren seeks an assistant editor for a Jul 2019-June 2020 appointment, with the possibility of extended employment dependent on grant funding. The position will require the editor to catalog, transcribe, annotate, and/or proofread documents for the project, which is producing digital and print editions of approximately 13,000 known Van Buren documents.

The position will require the editor to catalog, transcribe, annotate, and/or proofread documents for the project, which will produce digital and print editions of approximately 13,000 known Van Buren documents.  

Candidate must possess:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in reading and comprehending nineteenth-century handwriting
  • Experience with documentary editing and/or a research specialty in U.S. politics between 1800 and 1865 will be considered a plus

Deadline & how to apply

The successful hire will be required to be in residence at the project office in Cumberland University’s Vise Library.

Please upload your cover letter, resume, and 3 references.


What, when & where

Applications are sought for a visiting assistant professor of history. The successful candidate will teach five courses, specifically World Civilization I, World Civilization II, History of the United States I, and/or History of the United States II, in both the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Courses may be taught on campus and/or at dual enrollment sites in area high schools. These courses are options for the fulfillment of the History component of Cumberland University’s General Education Core, and in the History major. These survey courses should provide students with a rigorous introduction to major historical themes, as well as to college-level writing, thinking, and analysis.

Deadline & how to apply

An electronic version of your cover letter, curriculum vitae, philosophy of teaching, unofficial graduate transcripts, and 5 references is required. 

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  • Ability to navigate instructional technology and software.
  • Demonstrated inter- and intrapersonal skills, especially in engaging with traditional and non-traditional university students.
  • Evidence of high level of personal agency and initiative.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

Preferred: Completed doctorate degree in History. A Master’s degree in history or a related field (with 18 completed graduate hours in history) may be accepted.


What, when & where

Applications are sought for adjunct instructors of History to teach HIS 191, 192, 201, and/or 202 in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Courses may be taught on campus and/or at dual enrollment sites in area high schools. These courses are options for the fulfillment of the History component of Cumberland University’s General Education Core, and in the History major. These survey courses should provide students with a rigorous introduction to major historical themes, as well as to college-level writing, thinking, and analysis.

  • Ability to navigate instructional technology and software.
  • Demonstrated inter- and intrapersonal skills, especially in engaging with traditional and non-traditional university students.
  • Evidence of high level of personal agency and initiative.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

Deadline & how to apply

An electronic version of your cover letter, curriculum vitae, philosophy of teaching, unofficial graduate transcripts, and five references is required.

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No deadline. Call for contibutions “Comparative American studies; an international journal”

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31/07/2019. Call for papers RSA 2020 “Renaissance Echoes: the Afterlife of a Myth”

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15/07/19 – CUNY (US). Professorship in African American Studies or Black Studies

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Until filled – University of Redlands, CA. Assistant professor in Chicanx /Latinx literatures and cultures

What, when & where

The English Department at the University of Redlands seeks to hire a visiting assistant professor in Chicanx /Latinx literatures and cultures, with strength in media and visual studies, for the 2019-2020 year. This coming fall we’ll begin searching for a tenure-track assistant professor in this field, but in the meantime, we hope to hire a visitor to teach classes that include Chicanx literature, film and literature, and, ideally, introductory classes in other American literatures. We will consider both candidates who have completed the PhD and those who are near completion (assuming that a year of full-time teaching would not interfere with their ability to complete their work).

Deadline & how to apply

Please send a brief letter of application and current CV to Dr. Priya Jha (Priya_jha@redlands.edu) and Dr. Claudia Ingram (Claudia_ingram@redlands.edu) as soon as possible.

Other info, Links & conditions

The English Department at the University of Redlands also seeks to hire adjunct instructors for the academic year 2019-2020 (including a one-month May term) to teach a variety of introductory-level literature courses, possibly writing-intensive, in areas such as: World Literature, Literature of the Americas, Fiction, Poetry and Cultural Studies. Please ask any interested candidates to

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15/07/2019. CFP – WiN: “The EAAS Women’s Network Journal (Issue 2)”

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30/06/2019 – CFP: Planet Ocean

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Contemporary Marine Environments

Changing marine environments form a significant part of contemporary concerns around global warming. Rising sea-levels, microplastics, oil spills, and fishing practices are just some of the compounding environmental factors that scientific research attempts to tackle. Yet the sea is also an everyday space of both livelihood and leisure. Leggi tutto “30/06/2019 – CFP: Planet Ocean”

15/07/19 – call for papers “Serial [Gendered] Subjects: Periodicals, Identities, Communities”

What, when & where

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