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Women and the Gendering of Gossip, Talk and Communication Practices across Media – edited collection – Deadline November 15 2009
full name / name of organization:
Sarah Burcon & Melissa Ames
This collection, to be published by McFarland press, aims to update existing theories of orality in the light of technological advancements which have altered communication practices on a large scale. Although these shifts in communication practices affect both genders, this book looks specifically at how the last century of technological inventions have specifically affected women’s means of communication. Women have long been stereotypically associated with the oral realm. We aim to reexamine the so-called essentialist notion of women’s relation to oral culture by attending to their shifting practices at the onset of the 21st century. Moreover we seek to understand how women learn gendered talk/communication, how they have (historically) utilized this in everyday practices, and how these practices now, when combined with current technological apparatuses, allow gendered spaces to be co-opted by women to an extent that gendered “talk” might, in fact, be eliminated and/or replaced by non-gendered communication practices and androgynous “talk.”
This text will be organized into three sections representing three key arguments about women and oral culture that have yet to be brought into conversation with one another. Section one will deal primarily with performative spaces where women learn and act out gendered ways of communication. Section two will delve into literary spaces, revising theories of oral literacy and residual literacy by analyzing texts where print culture and oral culture meet to further the needs of women’s communities. And section three will focus solely on technological spaces where “talk” itself is transformed in the digital era and narrative forms are forever altered.
For this contributed volume, the editors seek previously unpublished essays from a wide array of disciplines and theoretical approaches. Writing may explore, but need not be limited to, the following topics:
• How performative spaces (literal locations and mediated zones) construct “gendered” communication practices
Deadline for Abstract (500 word maximum): November 15th, 2009
Please send abstract and a brief biographical statement to Sarah Burcon & Melissa Ames at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The subject line should read: Submission for Women and the Gendering of Communication.