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The Journal of Women's History is soliciting articles for a special issue on domestic violence, guest edited by Megan McLaughlin and Elizabeth Pleck. We seek manuscripts from the broadest possible chronological, geographical, and methodological range, and from individuals residing around the world. For the purposes of this issue, domestic violence is very broadly defined to mean emotional, physical, and sexual violence occurring within the household, including (but not limited to) female infanticide, servant abuse, marital rape, etc. The editors are especially interested in the following:

  • • the relationship of domestic violence to notions of shame and honor

  • • the relationship of domestic violence to public and private space

  • • changing attributions of the causes of domestic violence

  • • changing representations of domestic violence in popular culture, in law and religion, in media of any type

  • • changing definitions of the boundary between acceptable and illegitimate domestic violence

  • • the relationship of domestic violence to discourses of power and difference community regulation of domestic violence

  • • changing understandings of woman as "victim."

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2005. Please send four one-sided, double-spaced copies of your manuscript (no more than 10,000 words, including endnotes) and a copy on disk to: Journal of Women's History, c/o Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 309 Gregory Hall, MC-466, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801. Mark the envelope "Attention: Megan McLaughlin and Elizabeth Pleck." For more details on our submission policy, see or contact us at

The Journal of Women's History is inaugurating a new special section of the journal that will be devoted to the practice of women's history. We are interested in short individual pieces (1,000-2,000 words), as well as full roundtable forums of four to five contributors (5,000-10,000 words total) that explore cutting edge questions in history practice—from the archive to personal narrative work, from grant-writing and publishing to teaching, from activism and community service to campus and department politics. We would like to assemble a range of perspectives from across the globe. If you have ideas about future history practice sections (either individual [End Page 197] or roundtable), please contact the editors at or write to Editors, Journal of Women's History, The University of Illinois, 810 South Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801, USA.

Beginning in 2005, the Journal of Women's History will regularly feature "The Book Forum," a new special section of short essays (1,000-1,500 words) that will engage a major scholarly monograph or collection in the field of women's and/or gender history. We will invite reviewers who work outside the temporal or spatial frames of the book in question to assess its importance—in terms of methodological innovation, theoretical significance and empirical discovery—to their own fields of research and teaching. We plan to spotlight books that have had a significant impact on women's history within the past decade, as well as new titles whose thematic concerns, method, and theoretical groundwork speak to a broad and diverse women's history audience. If you have suggestions of titles or are interested in participating in a Book Forum, please email the Journal's book review editor, Marilyn Booth, at



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