Thursday, June 12, 2008

Call for Papers: Feminist Legal History


The editors of a proposed book, Feminist Legal History: New Perspectives on Law seek submissions for contributing chapters to the book. This book is an edited collection of essays by leading scholars in law and history that offers new historical and feminist perspectives on law and applies these insights to the legal and social policy issues of today. The collection takes as its primary goal an exploration of women’s historical use of the law to advocate and achieve equality. Contributing authors employ this core theme in a variety of historical contexts to reframe and illuminate such topics as women’s rights in the area of family law, women’s participation in the U.S. military, women’s legal activism and participation in social justice movements, judicial roles played by women, and women’s status in constitutional law. Feminist Legal History was inspired by a symposium held in October 2007 sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Law at The University of Akron School of Law, one of four such national centers established by Congress.

Tracey Jean Boisseau
, Ph.D., The University of Akron, Department of History
Tracy A. Thomas, J.D., M.P.A., The University of Akron School of Law

Felice Batlan, J.D., Ph.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
Eileen Boris, Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, Women’s Studies Program
Mary L. Clark, J.D., American University Washington College of Law
Jill Elaine Hasday, J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Gwen Jordan, J.D., Ph.D., Fellow in Legal History, University of Wisconsin School of Law
Jennifer Klein, Ph.D., Yale University, Department of History
Jean H. Quataert, Ph.D., Binghamton University, Department of History
Mae C. Quinn, J.D., L.L.M., University of Tennessee School of Law
Leigh Ann Wheeler, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Department of History

If interested, please submit an abstract and CV by July 1 to Professor Tracy Thomas at Final manuscripts of 20-25 pages should be submitted by September 15, 2008.

For questions, contact:
Tracy A. Thomas
Professor and Director of Faculty Research
University of Akron School of Law
(330) 972-6617

Note: This is an excellent opportunity. Coupling an open call for papers with solicited conference papers can be a superb way to build a published collection. And the call for papers is a great opportunity for graduate students and those new to legal history to participate.