Call for papers – issue 44

Issue 44 (June 2019)
Focus on: Women and Memory: The Fight Against Oblivion and Invisibility
Coordinators: Remei Perpinyà (UAB) and Anna Villarroya (UB)
Deadline for receiving originals: 1 December 2019
Instructions for authors: /en/authors-guidelines


In recent years, numerous concerns have been expressed about women’s presence in the world of culture, especially with regard to the lack of recognition and visibility of their works.
Archives, libraries, museums, monuments and heritage in general, as well as other cultural facilities and events, have allowed gender stereotypes and sexist attitudes to be echoed throughout history, thereby hindering knowledge of women’s groups and of women’s under-representation in certain areas of cultural production, leading to their marginalization by society, which regards their contributions as secondary. 
In this regard, cultural venues throughout history have seldom preserved, studied or disseminated works by women or works in under-represented genres, thus making their contributions virtually invisible in past societies.
However, it is important to recognize the onus and power of archives and conservation facilities to promote gender equality, given that they are responsible for acquiring, preserving and managing the documents that shape historical memory.
The objective of this monographic issue is to explore how memory has been managed throughout history from a gender and cultural diversity perspective. We are therefore calling for papers that study, preserve, research, disseminate, underline and enhance collective memory from a gender perspective. Another goal is to reflect on the significance and impact of gender mainstreaming in approaches to collective memory, focusing on cultural interventions that have highlighted women’s contributions to a country’s heritage and culture both at a national level or in other contexts,  and that have therefore promoted its diversity. In this regard, we welcome analyses that address gender mainstreaming in stock acquisition policies and projects for the creation of proactive policies to search for documentary collections produced by women and/or providing evidence of women’s activities in society.
In particular, the aim is to reclaim and highlight the works and contributions of women who did not receive the social recognition they deserved at the time or were not allowed the same degree of presence as men. We also welcome innovative projects on the archiving of women’s memory in the digital context.
In short, the intention is to gather research that helps raise awareness about gender inequalities on different fronts of cultural production, as well as projects that have promoted fresh ways of building narratives and new forms of knowledge.
Particular consideration will be given to studies in the fields of archival science, documentation and cultural management, in addition to disciplines such as anthropology, history, museum studies, communication and sociology. Papers with an interdisciplinary and international perspective will be especially welcome.
It is hoped that this monographic issue will draw attention to empirical and theoretical research that promotes a less biased view of the distant and recent past.
Texts on the following subjects will be considered for publication in the monographic issue:
  • The presence of women in private archive and library collections.
  • Communication from a gender perspective.
  • The role of gender in the professionalization of disciplines such as archival science, documentation, communication and cultural management.
  • The function and profile of women archivists.
  • History of feminisms.
  • Archived documents authored or written by women.
  • Gender mainstreaming in the analysis of sources for historical research.
  • Gender mainstreaming in the management of archives, libraries and museums.
  • The preservation, acquisition, study and exhibition of women’s works by archives, libraries and museums.
  • The role of women in memory preservation policies.
  • Projects aimed at communicating, reclaiming and increasing the visibility of women’s memory.
  • Media and informational literacy projects from a gender perspective.
  • Gender mainstreaming in public cultural policies.
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