During the past decade, scholars have increasingly turned their attention to issues of climate, environmentalism, natural disasters, and other topics that invite ecocritical approaches to the early modern world. Recently, studies on the “Little Ice Age,” Shakespeare’s and other authors’ representations of climate, and medieval and early modern climatology in general have been published in numerous disciplines and venues. Many early modern topics have become the subjects of early modern ecocritical approaches. We are interested in scholarship that places women squarely within such areas of consideration. We invite papers that address such topics as the following:
- What impacts did early modern climate change have on women?
- What elements of women’s environments particularly invite ecocritical consideration?
- What climatological disasters particularly influenced women’s lives and livelihoods?
- How were women linked with climatological change or disasters?
- What traditions or superstitions employed gendered connections with weather, the environment, the success or failure of crops, or the changing seasons?
- How were women’s clothing, housing, food acquisition and preparation, childcare, and other aspects of work impacted during periods of climate change or instability?
- How was women’s health impacted by climate?
For this forum, we invite papers of 3,500 words including footnotes that address any of these topics or similar ones. The papers will be due 15 November 2022 and will be sent for peer review.
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