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Call for PROPOSALS "Distraction: Girls, School, and Sexuality"

Distraction: Girls, School, and Sexuality

Movements such as the Women’s March on Washington and #MeToo have created a national dialogue about the sexual harassment of women that is still prevalent in the 21st century in the United States. While there are many factors that play into how girls are socialized to conform to traditional gender roles, school plays a significant part in this process. For instance, every fall, there are news stories about dress code standards for girls and young women in schools throughout the country, with district spokespersons often citing that girls create a “distraction” to the boys in their classes. The problem, therefore, is framed in terms of a higher value placed on the learning of boys than the agency that girls have over their own bodies. This book, which takes an intersectionality approach to the topic, seeks to explore the ways in which girls are sexualized through school practices, beginning as early as pre-school and continuing through all levels of education into their adult lives. The book will examine how schools serve as gendered spaces and genderizing spaces that reinforce societal norms and expectations for girls and young women.

The editors are seeking chapter proposals that focus on various levels of education and the ways in which girls are socially developed to understand their “roles” in society through genderizing practices in school. While the specific topic within each age range defined below may vary within the scope of the book, proposals should indicate the targeted level of school. The editors also seek chapters that represent a diverse female student population, including LGBT youth and girls of color.

Some possible topics to be addressed within the grade levels below may be: genderizing practices through children’s literature, teachers’ attitudes towards gender roles, single sex classrooms and empowerment, developmental theory and adolescence, notions of girlhood, school to prison pipeline, dress codes, sexual assault, gendered racial identity, girls’ experiences of discrimination, coping strategies, self-esteem, representations of women in the curriculum, Title IX, and feminist pedagogy.

Submission Procedures
Potential contributors should submit a 500-word proposal that includes a detailed outline of the chapter, including a statement that indicates which level of education (early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, university) the chapter will address. The proposal should also include a preliminary bibliography (this does not count towards the 500 words). Proposals should be submitted to both editors.

The book will be published by Brill | Sense Publishers, Leiden (The Netherlands). The book will be a volume in the Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education series.

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 15, 2018
Acceptance Letter and Manuscript Guidelines: November 30, 2018
1st Draft Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019

Send proposals to: Erin Mikulec (emikule@Ilstu.edu) and Dawn Beichner (dmbeich@ilstu.edu)

Dates: 9/23/2018 - 11/15/2018

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