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ABO Special Issue

CFP Special Issue: “Visions,” ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

Special Issue Co-editors: Mona Narain, Susannah Sanford McDaniel & Sofia Prado Huggins
(Texas Christian University)

This special issue of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 invites projects arising out of the British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) in March 2020. Projects should be centered around the theme of “Visions.” From sight to spyglasses, the unseen to voyeurism, the theme of “Visions” encourages us both to engage with the past and to reimagine the possibilities for future scholarship. Our conceptions of places are widely defined, and we invite a rich discussion of the diversity of women’s writing. Typically, projects will address writers and texts from the long eighteenth century (1640-1830) but arguments can be extended into the late nineteenth century. We invite projects in all forms: scholarly papers; digitally-based projects; pedagogical forums, papers or discussions; roundtable-style short paper conversations; interviews, and other innovative scholarly engagements. ABO especially solicits digital humanities articles that provide practical, theoretical, and critical ways of engaging women and the arts, 1640-1830, through electronic means. Articles might, for instance, analyze or encourage new ways of looking at texts connected to women and the arts, women’s presence and absence in electronic collections, digital projects in the areas covered by the journal, or data sets.

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 is an open access, interactive, fully peer-reviewed and indexed scholarly journal focused on publishing scholarship about gender and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century, especially literature, visual arts, music, performance art, film criticism, and production arts. Sponsored by USF and TCU, ABO’s Editor in Chief is Laura Runge and Managing Editors are Cassie Childs and Courtney Beggs. The journal is comprised of five sections with separate editors for each section: Scholarship (Mona Narain); Pedagogy (Cynthia Richards); Digital Humanities (Tonya Howe); Reviews (Kate Ozment); Notes and Discussions (General editors). The journal has a readership in 130 countries.

Centering around the theme of “Visions,” project topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Space and place; for example, in relation to British imperialism, colonialism, and/or formation of empire
  • Flexibility and formation of identity markers such as sexuality, race, and disability
  • Development of nationalisms, citizenship, and political subjecthood

Project Submission Information

Complete projects should follow MLA style guidelines and should be submitted directly via email to the special issue co-editors, Mona Narain (, Sofia Prado Huggins (, and Susannah Sanford ( by June 1, 2020. We anticipate a 2021 publication date for this special issue. Submitted projects should not have been published previously nor should they be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All selected projects for the special issue will undergo regular peer-review. For more information regarding the review process, please see Initial queries and abstracts are welcomed, though final acceptance will be determined by the completed project.

Additional Keywords:
Scientific advances
Trans- and queer theories
Empire and expansion
Disability studies
Text recovery
Music composition
Music and Identity