Women in Mining Communities

CFP: international anthology

International Anthology on Gender, Gender Relations, and Women's Activism in Mining Communities
Call for Proposals/Participation/Submissions
Deadline for Proposal: October 1, 2000
Deadline for Essay Submission: March 1, 2001

The editors are soliciting proposals for chapters about gender and gender relations, and women's varied political, economic, and cultural activism in the mining communities of the world. The rigid gender codes of the mining industry have shaped the isolated ferrous and nonferrous mining communities that dot the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Yet mining scholarship has focused on capital developments, labor relations, changing technology, and global markets, ignoring the equally critical aspects of the social history and gender relations of the communities of people who support the industry. This project will probe how women in mining communities asserted their class and gender politics through their work, political movements, and in auxiliaries or other formal and informal groups.

Proposals are encouraged that might pursue these or other questions about mining community life: how and toward what end were gender identities constructed ? What was the role of industry, capitalism, unions, and the state in creating or reinforcing these ideologies? Why did women participate in or form auxiliaries and other informal or formal groups? What were their goals? How did these converge with or differ from men's goals? Were men supportive or resistant to women's militance? What roles did formal or informal women's groups play in the community, workplace, home? What were the aspirations of activist women? Did gender categoriesdestabilize during times of crisis? Did perceived differences, such as ethnicity or place of origin, divide women in the community? At what times did men and women transcend differences and boundaries to advance the interests of all working people? To what extent did women's concerns regarding their communities address and encompass broader concerns of their class or the nation/state?

The editors are particularly interested in submissions about Latin American, Asian, and African communities, as well as relevantsubmissions from scholars working on North American, European, and East European topics.

Submit essay proposals (email submissions accepted) no later than October 1, 2000. Proposals should include a brief one-page description of the project and a one-page vita with a contact telephone number, email address, fax, and postal address.

Send to

Dr Jaclyn Gier Viskovatoff
Dept. of History
Spotts World Culture Bld. 212J
U. of Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Fax: 1-724-738-4762
Phone: 1-724-738-2409
Email: jaci001@attglobal.net

AND to

Dr Laurie Mercier
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686
Fax: 360-546-9036
Phone: 360-546-9646
Email: mercier@vancouver.wsu.edu

Selected authors will need to submit their final 20-25 page essays by March 1, 2001.

Posted: 28 August 2000