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Forum II: Early Modern Women and Material Culture

Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (EMWJ) invites
submissions to an interdisciplinary Forum Early Modern Women and Material
Culture, slated for publication in Volume IV (2009). Contributors to the
forum will explore the nature of the material culture of early modern
women and girls from different socioeconomic levels and from regions
across the globe. Which objects - garments, manuscripts, jewelry, toys,
housewares, tools, furniture, and musical instruments - - did they own or
use? How did such objects construct identity, strengthen social ties,
teach social or economic roles, or perform other cultural functions?
What objects were commonly associated with women and girls? What unusual
objects did they own or use? Were specific objects associated with
certain times in a woman’s life, certain places, or particular rituals?
What values, ideas, and assumptions were linked to the material culture
of women and girls?
Submissions should be 1300 words in length (plus footnotes). Building on
such recent exhibitions as the Victoria and Albert Museum’s At Home in
Renaissance Italy (2006) and on such recent books as Jacqueline
Musacchio’s Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy (1999) and
Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass’s Renaissance Clothing and the
Materials of Memory (2001), contributions may focus on a single object or
group of objects that still exist, or on references to objects in images,
literary texts, or archival documents. Submissions that explore a range
of socioeconomic groups and regions across the globe are especially
The deadline for forum submissions is October 31, 2008.

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