The Past is Female: Early Modern Sisterhoods and Visions of Justice

deadline for submissions: 
February 9, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
NWSA Early Modern Women Interest Group
contact email: 

The National Women’s Studies Association Early Modern Women Interest Group seeks paper proposals addressing the theme of the NWSA 2018 Annual Conference: “Just Imagine. Imagining Justice: Feminist visions of freedom, dream making and the radical politics of futurism.” The interest group aims to propose several panels, roundtables, and / or workshops based on the proposals we receive.

We seek presentations that address:

  • Early modern rethinking of gender, sexuality, family, and / or disability
  • Early modern explorations of bio-politics and the limits of the human
  • Early modern representations of revolutionary or utopian projects
  • Early modern women’s negotiations of possibility and impossibility
  • Early modern women and race vis-a-vis the proto-capitalist state

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a list of major primary and secondary sources to Kris McAbee at by Friday February 9, 2018.

The NWSA annual conference regularly draws more than 1,900 attendees and is the only annual meeting exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship. The 2018 conference will be held in Atlanta November 8-11, 2018. For more information about the National Women’s Studies Association visit