CfP: Female Leadership
We seek contributions to two panels on female leadership at the
upcoming GSA conference in San Diego (Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2016) and for a
projected edited volume on female leadership.
In past centuries and even today, women have frequently been excluded
from positions of leadership and confined to ancillary roles in
religion, culture, science, the economy, and politics. Women who do
lead are faced with a panoply of prejudicial misconceptions related to
the nexus of femininity and power: Women are either considered
incapable of the alpha-dog behavior that is frequently associated with
leadership, or they are thought to be particularly well-suited to
certain forms of leadership (cooperative, egalitarian, communicative,
etc.). These panels and the projected edited volume aim to achieve a
deeper understanding of the historical roots and theoretical
assumptions that inform such preconceptions.
Guiding questions include:
· Did notions of female leadership change over time? If so, how?
· How are perceptions of female leadership tied to notions about
· Are there noticeable differences between representations of
female leadership by male and female authors, artists, and thinkers?
· How do writers and thinkers who were excluded from positions of
leadership conceptualize female power, authority, and governance? Is
this noticeably different from conceptualizations by those who did
hold leadership positions?
· How do concepts of female leadership intersect with questions
of race, ethnicity, nationality, and social class?
· What discriminatory or violent practices undercut women’s
aspirations to leadership?
Possible Topics include:
Female Leadership in Politics, both real (e.g., famous female leaders
such as Catherine the Great, Maria Theresia, or Angela Merkel, but
also women involved in labor and colonial organizations as well as in
socialist and communist politics) and imagined (e.g., Schiller’s
Jungfrau von Orleans, Brecht’s Heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe, Ernst
Marischka’s Sissi, Charlotte Stein’s Dido to Alice Schwarzer’s
Tödliche Liebe: Petra Kelly und Gert Bastian and Elfriede Jelinek’s
Ulrike Maria Stuart).
Female Leadership in Religion, Science and Culture: e.g., analyses of
conceptualizations of power and authority in the works of female
religious leaders, such as Hildegard von Bingen, Mechthild von
Magdeburg and Susanne Katharina Seiffart von Klettenberg; fantasies of
female cultural leadership in fictional texts, such as Ida Hahn-Hahn’s
Faustine; or the denial of any aspirations to leadership by female
artists such as Leni Riefenstahl.
Please submit 300-word proposals to [log in to unmask] and
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Deadline: February 8, 2016
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