The History of the Girl

CFP: Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences, special theme: The History of the Girl
Jinan, China, August 23-29, 2015

The Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences will be held in Jinan, China from 23-29 August 2015. One of the Specialised Themes focuses on the History of the Girl. The aim of this session is to bring together scholars working in the field and to identify common themes and differences in the history of the girl across the world. In order to establish some cohesion for the discussion the focus will be on girls aged from early adolescence to the early 20s. Paper proposals are welcome on all periods of time as well as from as wide a geographical span as possible.

Topics to be discussed include:

Public discourses on girls
Girls and the family
The culture of adolescent girls
Coming of age
Sex education
Debates on the education of girls
Dress and fashion
Girls work
Consumerism and girls
The modern girl
Representations of girls
Literature and writing for girls

Proposals should be a maximum of 2500 characters (350 words) and should be sent with a short biographical note to the following by 30 November 2013:

Professor Mary O’Dowd
School of History and Anthropology
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN


Secretary General Robert Frank