Call for Papers: Collectors

A special issue of Women’s Studies will examine the woman art collector which might be avenue for someone in dress and design studies to publish a piece. Below is the call.

Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites submissions for this special issue.

The deadline is May 1, 2009.

While there are certainly women collectors whose interests tend toward more feminine-associated artifacts, such as jewels, fans, and lace, or work with domestic affiliations, such as embroidery, textiles, furniture, and glasswork, there are also women collectors who have ventured into new areas, amassing collections that in some cases make them the twentieth century creators of museums.

Paintings and sculptures of women have long been objects of the collector’s desire—what happens to this gendered dynamic when the collector is a woman? Is the drive to collect necessarily a masculine quality? What, if anything, is it to collect like a woman? Can collections be distinctively feminine? To what extent does a collection reflect its collector? What ethnic or feminist lenses may be applied to our understand of these collections? What is the role of women collectors in perceptions of what constitutes the history of an art or cultural form? Is collecting an expression of passion, a form identity creation, a social climbing activity, an investment, or something else all together? What qualities are there in the relationships between women collectors and their advisors, co-collectors, or curators? What are the various attitudes of the women collector toward collecting in various communities? How has the woman collector fit in (or not fit in) to the larger collecting community? What motivates the woman collector? What methods do they use to assemble the objects that are characteristic of their collections? Is there an economic, aesthetic, or personal commonality to these possessions? Many, if not most, collectors must be wealthy and have the leisure time to collect, but what are the other common identity features of the collector? What about the artist collector or women who collects with family members or partners—or ones who commission portraits of themselves?

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts must be formatted according to MLA guidelines. Essays should be approximately 25 pages in length. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title for a running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces, an abstract of approximately 100 words, the author’s affiliation and location. Each submitted article must contain author’s mailing address, telephone number, e-mail, 100-word abstract, and a short biographical paragraph.

Queries and submissions may be emailed to Dr. Annalisa Zox-Weaver

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