Editors: Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney
Deadline: 30 September 2016
In 1967 female members of SUPA denounced their male comrades’ sexism, arguing that it made the organization “like a civil rights organization with a leadership of southern racists.” In 1970 members of the Vancouver Women’s Caucus led an Abortion Caravan across Canada to demand the de-criminalization of abortion, employing powerful props such as coat hangers and coffins to symbolize the danger and death associated with illegal abortion. As part of the postwar women’s peace movement, women campaigned against war toys and went on hunger strikes. And at the Indochinese Conference to End the War, held in Vancouver in spring 1971, feminists engaged in intense disagreements over the degree to which patriarchy, imperialism, race, and sexuality should be assessed in relation to war.
All of these activities involved emotions. Sometimes women acted out of pain and anger while at other times, they were driven by hope or the possibility of liberation and freedom. They experienced excitement, exhilaration, desire, rage, and deep personal connections with other women. This collection aims to explore the intersection of the history of emotions and second-wave feminism.
Proposed chapters might pursue, but are not limited to, the following questions: How do emotional bonds politicize feminist activists? How do these bonds shape activist politics and priorities? How have individual emotions shaped feminist activities? How have women resisted and broken down older emotional patterns and frameworks and created new ones? While the height of the movement runs from approximately the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, the collection will embrace the perspective of a ‘long second wave,’ with interest in articles that reach back to the immediate post-suffrage era and examine legacies that extend to the present day. Chapters might offer new histories of second-wave feminism, or re-examine previous work through the lens of the history of emotions.
The collection aims to capture and convey a sense of the deep passion that runs through the movement and how thinking about this period through the lens of emotional history might tell us new stories about the history of Canadian second-wave feminism.
Please send a one-page single-spaced proposal and short c.v. to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September 2016. Full papers would be due by 1 Sept. 2017. We will be looking for short, readable pieces aimed at an undergraduate audience (approximate length, 7000 words). Our aim is to submit the collection to a press by January 2018.