***Call for Papers: Women Editors in Europe, 1710-1920 Conference, 28-29 May 2019, Ghent University, Belgium***

 

“Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation in Europe, 1710-1920″ (acronym WeChangEd) is a five-year research project funded by an ERC Starting Grant (2015-2020). It is directed by Marianne Van Remoortel and based at the Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University, Belgium.  The project examines a neglected aspect of the social and cultural life in Europe in the modern period: the impact of women editors on public debate. This project advances the hypothesis that periodical editorship enabled these women to take a prominent role in public life, to influence public opinion and to shape transnational processes of change. In order to test this hypothesis, the project brings together a multilingual and multidisciplinary team of six researchers who combine methodologies from literary studies, (women’s) history and the social sciences to map the transnational networks of intellectual exchange in which women editors participated, with particular attention to practices of textual transfer (including translation, adaptation, reprinting and reviewing) across language boundaries and historical periods. The project has two parts: 1) a database takes stock of women editors and their periodicals, makes available new material and provides a data source for socio-textual network analysis; 2) a series of thematic subprojects, focusing on, for example, domestic ideology, salon culture, fashion and women’s rights, studies the impact of women editors on some of the most significant processes of socio-cultural transformation in modern European history. By examining how these processes unfolded in the press through practices of textual transfer both among women and in the larger publishing landscape, the project aims not only to initiate a shift in our thinking about the participation of women in society and print culture but also to pave the way for pan-European research on the periodical press.