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Reproduction, Sex, and Power

Avant le 1er septembre

Date de mise en ligne : [19-05-2008]

Journal of Women’s History Special Issue

Edited by Leslie J. Reagan

History, Medicine, Gender and Women’s Studies, Law
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Reproduction, sexuality, and bodies have been key sites for state and religious intervention and
control, for defining gender, class, race, and sexual identity and for establishing hierarchies and
inequalities. They have also been of central significance to individuals and to organized feminist
movements. Although today some may think of “sex” and “reproduction” as unrelated topics
and fields of research, historically they have been closely intertwined. This issue seeks to
spotlight the centrality of reproduction, sex, and power to women’s history and to demonstrate
the ways in which power has been made, played, and fought over and through reproduction and
sex. Indeed, histories of nations and empire, foreign policy and law, religion and popular culture
are not free of these seemingly private experiences. Precisely how power has worked through
reproduction and sex varies in time and place ; this special issue will illuminate the points of
similarity, divergence, and convergence, the moments when these areas of personal experience
become politically powerful and sites of collective action. The range of possible topics is
broadly defined, including, for instance, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery, technologies,
practitioners, birth control, adoption, sexual practices, sexual identity and parenting, health and
sex education.

Research essays from all time periods, geographical regions, and methodological and theoretical
stances on the themes of this issue are welcomed.

Submission deadline is September 1, 2008. Manuscripts should be no more than 10,000 words
with notes. Please consult the JWH website for submission guidelines :


Submissions should be addressed to :

Leslie J. Reagan
Editor, Reproduction, Sex, and Power Special Issue
Journal of Women’s History
c/o Department of History
University of Illinois
810 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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