Women’s History Review Inviting Contributions for a Special Issue

The concept "lesbian nation" from a transnational historical perspective

Women’s History Review

In 1973 Jill Johnston’s classic text Lesbian Nation gave a name to a long-standing sense that lesbians collectively belonged to a unique grouping, no matter where they were in the world or what time period they had lived in. In the following decades this concept of lesbian nation was materialised in different ways and in different national, transnational and cultural contexts. We are seeking original contributions from any geographic location or historical period on the concept of “lesbian nation,” broadly defined.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The influence of Jill Johnston’s Lesbian Nation
  • Transnational circuits of mobility for ideas and people
  • Dreams of a shared mythology
  • The significance of Lesbos as an imagined homeland
  •  Lesbian land and intentional communities
  • Lesbian publications, music and other cultural productions
  • The role of women’s bookstores in disseminating ideas of lesbian nationhood
  • Attempts to institutionalise “lesbian nation”
  • Boundary keeping
  • Transnational debates over the meaning of “lesbian.”

Submission Instructions

Please send expressions of interest, in the form of a 250 word abstract and short biography, to the Special Issue co-editors Rebecca Jennings (r.jennings@ucl.ac.uk) and Liz Millward (Liz.Millward@umanitoba.ca) by 31 October 2018.  Accepted proposals will be notified by 30 November 2018.

Articles for the special issue will range from 3,000 to 10,000 words. All manuscripts submitted should be original, not under review by any other publication, nor published elsewhere. Contributors should review Taylor & Francis Online: Women's History Review - Instructions for authors. Completed manuscripts should be submitted to the Special Issue Co-editors by 30 April 2019.

Women’s History Review is an international journal whose aim is to provide a forum for the publication of new scholarly articles in the field of women’s history. The time span covered by the journal includes the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well as earlier times. The journal seeks to publish contributions from a range of disciplines (for example, women’s studies, history, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, film studies, literature, anthropology, politics, social policy and philosophy) that further feminist knowledge and debate about women and/or gender relations in history.