CFP: Re-Mapping Cities: Gendered Performances of Urban Lives (12/1/07; collection)

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Re-Mapping Cities: Gendered Performances of Urban Lives

V.G. Julie Rajan, Ph.D., and Caterina Romeo, Ph.D., eds.

Transnational movements and migrations have increasingly renegotiated notions of national territory and migrant identity. In some contexts, nations have represented migrants as enemies of national identity in the attempt to subdue the nationalistic anxiety that has arisen from the presumed necessity to protect a territory. In turn, migrants have resisted that marginalization and have imposed new cartographies onto the territories they have come to inhabit.

This edited collection particularly explores how the phenomenon of women's migration to urban centers has renegotiated traditional social, economic, and cultural assumptions of the city in various national contexts, and how in turn, that migration has redefined migrant women themselves in contemporary contexts. The collection considers both women's migration from marginalized racial or ethnic groups as well as intra- and international migration.

We are looking for papers that broadly reflect on this theme.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Articulation of power relations in urban spaces, including class/race/ethnicity differentiation among migrant women
- Economic exploitation and domestic work, including sweatshops and the capitalistic model of microcredit enterprises
- Violent performances, including women's associations with terrorism and right-wing movements
- New representations of urban spaces, center and periphery, cities as sites of multiplication of differences and/or as sites of resistance to marginalization
- Sexual negotiations, including prostitution and enforced marriage/migration
- Representations of the urban, including food cultures, street art and fairs, the cinema

Multiple perspectives and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Please submit 500 to 1,000 word abstracts for unpublished papers and a biography of 500 words (or CV) for consideration to both editors electronically by April 30, 2007. We will notify those whose papers have been selected for inclusion by the end of July 2007.

Completed manuscripts of 15-20 pages will be due by December 1, 2007. Tentative publication of the volume will be in the Spring 2008.

Please feel free to address questions to the editors. Your submissions are welcome and appreciated.

V.G. Julie Rajan, Ph.D. (
Caterina Romeo, Ph.D. (

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