Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the Second World War

The Second World War is a pivotal and much-studied event in Canadian history and popular memory, but the gendered historiography of the war has long been dominated by the question of whether the conflict was “good” for women. This collection aims to engage critically with some of the traditional scholarly divisions (such as that between home front and battle front), but also to bring together and stimulate work on Canadian and Newfoundland women, girls, and the Second World War that asks a broader set of questions and blurs these divisions.

We invite submissions from scholars whose work takes a historical approach to addressing any of the multiple ways in which women or girls in Canada or Newfoundland (or who later immigrated to either) experienced and responded to the Second World War. We particularly invite work that reflects the racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious, class, and/or regional differences found in the two dominions at that time, and encourage submissions that break new ground, ask new questions, and/or deal with groups or issues underrepresented in the existing historiography.

Possible topics include:

  • Girls and girlhood, youth
  • Francophone women/girls
  • Indigenous women/girls
  • Japanese-Canadian, “enemy alien,” and/or minority women/girls
  • Women/girls and work (paid, voluntary, or domestic)
  • Women in the military
  • Art, entertainment
  • Grief, loss, or other emotional aspects of wartime
  • Memory, commemoration
  • Advertising, consumption, conservation
  • Women/girls in relation to others (ex. as war brides, mothers, daughters, etc.)
  • Pacifism, anti-war activities
  • Post-war migration, refugees
  • Sexuality, sexual danger
  • Comparative research (ex. within or across regions, religions, ethnic groups, etc.)

Interested scholars should send a short (250-500 words) abstract of their proposed paper and a one page CV to either of the editors by September 1, 2016.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 15, 2016.

Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit a completed essay of 5,000-7,000 words aimed at a 1st or 2nd year university level, formatted in Chicago style, no later than March 15, 2017.  The editors hope to host a one-day session for accepted authors at Congress 2017 in Toronto, where draft papers will be workshopped.

Questions, enquiries, and submissions may be sent to either Sarah Glassford [email protected] or Amy Shaw [email protected].