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Callfor Submissions - Autobiographies
Feminismsin Canada and Quebec, 1960-2010
Fйminismes au Canada et au Quйbec,1960-2010
Myname is Marguerite Andersen; I am writing to you as a member of a working groupof women who are planning to tell the stories of the second wave feministmovement in Canadain a series of books to be published in coming years (see previous posts). Thediversity of feminism, including the complexities of gender, race, class,geography, culture, dis/ability, language, sexual identity, and age are centralto the project.
Thisgroup of about thirty met for the first time in February 2008 at the University of Ottawa. At the meeting, we created aWorking Committee on Second Wave History with members Beth Atcheson (Lawyer,Toronto), Constance Backhouse ( Professor of Law and University ResearchChair, University of Ottawa), Francine Descarries (Professor of Sociologyand l’Institut de recherchй et d’йtudes fйministes, l’Universitйdu Quйbec а Montrйal), Sylvia D. Hamilton (Filmmaker, University ofKing’s College, Halifax) and Tracey Lindberg (Associate Professor of Law,University of Ottawa).
I am writing to you because I have volunteered to helpgather and edit autobiographical texts for a book in English that we hope topublish in 2010. I would like to ask you whether you would consider writing anautobiographical text of 750-1200 words which would tell readers how you cameto feminism. Here are some questions which may help you in making yourdecision:
· Whatprompted you to begin living and working as a feminist?
· Wasthere a precise turning point in your life?
· Whoinspired you?
· Whatjoyous, painful, funny or other experiences did you have?
· Whattransformations took place?
· Whatnew skills did you acquire?
· Howwere people around you reacting to your new self?
Thefollowing is a tentative timeline for the work on this volume of the series:
31/08/2008 First call for submissions
15/1/2009 Deadline forsubmissions
30/9/ 2008 Creation of a committee ofthree to edit this book (any volunteers?)
Second call for submissions
31/10/2008 Definition the role ofcommittee members. Establish criteria for selection of texts to be chosen forpublication.
15/01/ 2009 Deadline for receptionof submissions
28/02/2009 Choice of 40-50 texts to bepublished and confirmations re permissions
31/03/2009 Request bios and permission formsfrom contributors
31/10/2009 Texts and bios have been edited
30/11/2009 Preface to be written
30/11/2009 Order of texts has been established
15/01/2010 The manuscript is ready
I truly hope that you will be able to participate inthis very unique project. And please, tell your friends about this project andencourage them to submit a text. Submissions should be sent to: [email protected]. You may reach me at (416) 361-5070 for further information.
If you have an interest in organizing a similar volume in French, please let meknow that too and I will pass your name along to the series co-editors.
Posted by Beth Atchesonon behalf of Marguerite Andersen