Women and Travel: 2/15/11

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Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Call for Papers:

Women and Travel
A Special Issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Deadline: February 15, 2011
Contact: meanes@sage.edu

Transformations in technologies of transportation, an expanding economy, and advances in women's rights legislation collided in the early 20th century, increasing women's participation in forms of travel ranging from tourism to careerism. The 1920s saw the appearance of "Globe Trotting Working-Girls," westward bound female "motorgypsies," and women of the "great migration" headed north in search of opportunity. In the decades after the rise of second wave feminism, women's participation in travel once again expanded rapidly. Growing numbers of women moved increasingly further from family homes to attend colleges and establish careers. By the end of the century, Newsweek magazine proclaimed that the average adventure traveler of the era was a 47-year-old woman.

This special issue of Women's Studies focuses on the motivations, modes, and meanings of women's travel in the 20th and early 21st centuries. Submissions dealing with any intersections of gender, space, and mobility are welcome.

Possible Topics Include:

• Women's Travel Writing
• Women Adventurers and Explorers
• Women, Television, and Reality Adventure Programming
• Women, Global Volunteerism, and Social Entrepreneurism
• Women, Travel and Literature (fiction, poetry, drama)
• Gender and Sustainable Tourism
• Women's Work and Mobility
• Women and Spiritual Journeys
• Gendered Spaces at Home and Abroad
• Feminist Study Abroad
• Gay and Lesbian Tourism
• Gender and Travel Guides
• Women-Specific Tourism
• Women's Virtual Travel Communities
• Women and Surgical tourism

In addition, book reviews related to the topic are welcome. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer and would like to receive suggestions for books please contact the editor.
Please send manuscript (approximately 25 pages or less) to Shealeen Meaney at meanes@sage.edu by February 15, 2011. See additional instructions below:
Each completed 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, and a short biographical paragraph.

Shealeen Meaney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Director, Helen M. Upton Center for Women's Studies
Coordinator of American Studies
Russell Sage College
Troy, NY 12180