CFP: [Gender Studies] The Women Collector

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Annalisa Zox-Weaver
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This special issue of Women’s Studies will examine the woman art collector.

While there are certainly women collectors whose interests tend toward more
feminine-associated artifacts, such as jewels, fans, and lace, or work with
domestic affiliations, such as embroidery, textiles, furniture, and
glasswork, there are also women collectors who have ventured into new
areas, amassing collections that in some cases make them the twentieth
century creators of museums.

Paintings and sculptures of women have long been objects of the collector’s
desireâ€"what happens to this gendered dynamic when the collector is a woman?
Is the drive to collect necessarily a masculine quality? What, if anything,
is it to collect like a woman? Can collections be distinctively feminine?
To what extent does a collection reflect its collector? What ethnic or
feminist lenses may be applied to our understand of these collections? What
is the role of women collectors in perceptions of what constitutes the
history of an art or cultural form? Is collecting an expression of
passion, a form identity creation, a social climbing activity, an
investment, or something else all together? What qualities are there in the
relationships between women collectors and their advisors, co-collectors,
or curators? What are the various attitudes of the women collector toward
collecting in various communities? How has the woman collector fit in (or
not fit in) to the larger collecting community? What motivates the woman
collector? What methods do they use to assemble the objects that are
characteristic of their collections? Is there an economic, aesthetic, or
personal commonality to these possessions? Many, if not most, collectors
must be wealthy and have the leisure time to collect, but what are the
other common identity features of the collector? What about the artist
collector or women who collects with family members or partnersâ€"or ones who
commission portraits of themselves?

Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites submissions for this
special issue.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been
published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for
publication elsewhere. All manuscripts must be formatted according to MLA
guidelines. Essays should be approximately 25 pages in length. Authors
should also supply a shortened version of the title for a running head,
not exceeding 50 character spaces, an abstract of approximately 100 words,
the author's affiliation and location. Each submitted article must contain
author's mailing address, telephone number, e-mail, 100-word abstract, and
a short
biographical paragraph. The deadline is May 1, 2009.

Queries and submissions may be sent to Dr. Annalisa Zox-Weaver

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