Call for Papers: Canadian and Newfoundland Women and the First World War (Canada)

Call for Papers: Canadian and Newfoundland Women and the First World War

As the literature on the First World War continues to grow, women’s

experiences of this period remain largely obscure. This is particularly

the case for Canadian and Newfoundland women, most of whom were

non-combatants geographically separated from the battlefields by vast

distances. Women were not bystanders in the war, quietly knitting for the

duration: they were actively engaged in wartime society (and even part of

the military, in the case of Nursing Sisters), deeply affected by the

vagaries of war. The aim of this collection is to bring together major

elements of women’s wartime experience, as a step towards meaningfully

(re-)inserting women into the historical narratives of Canada and

Newfoundland at war, 1914-1918.

We invite submissions from scholars in all disciplines whose work

addresses any of the multiple ways in which women in Canada and/or

Newfoundland experienced and responded to the First World War. We

particularly invite work which reflects the racial, ethnic, linguistic,

religious, class, and/or regional differences found among women in the two

Dominions at that time.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Voluntary war work through war charities, churches, women’s organizations,


Non-traditional paid work taken on during the war

VADs at home and overseas

Nursing Sisters at home and overseas

Feminist responses to the war

Suffrage and the 1917 Election

Immigrant and/or enemy alien women

French-Canadian women

Native women

Grief and commemoration

The WCTU and wartime prohibition

Creative responses (poetry, literature, music, art, etc.)

Pacifism and conscientious objection

Imperialism and patriotism

Women and propaganda

The popular press (women’s pages of newspapers, Everywoman’s World,


Girls and the war

White feather campaigns and/or other instances of women trying to

influence men

Women as mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, friends of combatants

Interested scholars should send a short (250–500 words) abstract of their

proposed paper and a one page CV to either of the editors, in Word,

Wordperfect, or pdf format, by April 1, 2008.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 15, 2008.

Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit a completed essay of

5,000 – 7,000 words aimed at a 1st or 2nd year university level, formatted

in Chicago style, no later than October 1, 2008.

Questions, enquiries and submissions may be sent to either Sarah Glassford

( or Amy Shaw (

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