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Erika Gaffney Honored at the Attending to Early Modern Women Conference

Erika Gaffney award Early Modern WomenWe are exceedingly pleased and proud to share the news that Ashgate’s Publishing Manager for Literary & Visual Studies, Erika Gaffney, was honored at this year’s Attending to Early Modern Women conference. The Society feted her not only with an impressive cake but also with a most beautiful gift: an etching after Rembrandt by Master Engraver Amand Durand presented by Merry Wiesner-Hanks, editor of the Sixteenth-Century Journal and the Journal of World History.

Professor Wiesner-Hanks writes,

“The Attending to Early Modern Women conference and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women were pleased to present a small token of our thanks to Erika Gaffney for her inspirational and tireless work at Ashgate Press at a book launch of Mapping Gendered Routes and Spaces in the Early Modern World at the ATW conference in Milwaukee in June. Her sponsorship of the series Women and Gender in the Early Modern World, and other books on topics dear to our hearts, has allowed exciting multidisciplinary scholarship to flourish and scores of able young scholars to advance in their careers. When members of the audience at the launch were asked to stand if they had been published by Ashgate, nearly half did, and when asked to stand if they WISHED to be published by Ashgate, all did. To a woman (and a few men), they told stories about how wonderful it has been to work with Erika, and the way she has helped the field to remain dynamic and growing at a time when other publishers are slashing their lists. We truly could not have come as far as we have without her.”

We congratulate Erika on receiving this well-deserved acknowledgment of her outstanding service to the profession.

Call for papers, AHA 2016 – Women & Diplomatic Culture in Early Modernity

Posted by Erika Gaffney, Publishing Manager

Call for papers, AHA 2016 – Women & Diplomatic Culture in Early Modernity (Organizers:  Silvia Z. Mitchell & Erika Gaffney)

Abstracts are invited for papers about “Women & Diplomatic Culture in Early Modernity,” for a possible SSEMW Co-Sponsored Session at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta, January 2016.

We seek papers from a range of disciplines — including, but not limited to, history, art history, literary studies, court studies, and historical geography — which address the nexus between early modern women and diplomacy in any geographical region or culture, during the time period c. 1400-1700.  Papers might focus on:

  • Women as diplomats
  • Wives of diplomats, as effecting or affected by diplomatic culture
  • Servants, landladies, courtesans, or other roles women may take in the context of a diplomatic entourage
  • Dynastic diplomatic cultures
  • Women and gift-giving practices
  • Female diplomatic networks (royal and aristocratic marriages, letter writing, gift exchanges, diplomatic visits)
  • Female diplomatic spaces: courts, households, convents
  • Fashion and diplomacy

Abstracts (up to 300 words) for papers 20 minutes in length should be submitted by January 13, 2015, by email, to Silvia Mitchell (mitch131@purdue.edu) and Erika Gaffney (egaffney@ashgate.com).

100th volume published in the Women and Gender in the Early Modern World Series

Posted by Hattie Wilson, Marketing Executive

Autobiographical writing by early modern hispanic womenAshgate will publish the one hundredth title in the Women and Gender in the Early Modern World Series in January 2015. The series editors, Allyson Poska and Abby Zanger produced their first volume in 2000 (Maternal Measures, Naomi J. Miller and Naomi Yavneh). Fifteen years later, we can announce the one hundredth title is Autobiographical Writing by Early Modern Hispanic Women by Elizabeth Teresa Howe. The work focuses on the contributions of women writers to the study of life writing, and offers a symmetrical theme to the initial volume in the series.

We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Allyson Poska and Abby Zanger, as well as thanking them for their dedication to their role. To view the Women and Gender in the Early Modern World Series in its entirety, and to read an interview with the series editors, please click here.

Forthcoming titles in the series:


Honorable Mention for Cruz and Stampino’s ‘Early Modern Habsburg Women’ at the SSEMW Book Awards

Posted by Beth Whalley, Marketing Executive

Early Modern Habsburg WomenWe’re delighted to announce that the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women has awarded an honourable mention to Early Modern Habsburg Women: Transnational Contexts, Cultural Conflicts, Dynastic Continuities (2013) in the category of Best Collaborative Project in their 2013 Book Awards. The society awards this prize to the best edited collection or multi-authored volume on women and gender in the early modern period.

The committee declared that they were particularly impressed by:

“how the collection gathers together in one place essays on six remarkable women of the Spanish and Austrian Habsburg dynasties. The transnational, comparative, and interdisciplinary scope of the essays illuminate the complex negotiations performed by these powerful women who crossed borders defined by gender, geography, language, culture, and politics. The volume exemplifies the richness of women’s history that travels across and between political, disciplinary, and methodological boundaries.”

The six Habsburg women examined in the volume – queens, duchesses, vicereines, and even a nun – had a lasting impact on the diplomatic map of early modern Europe. Through an investigation of archival documents, pictorial and historical accounts, literature, and correspondence, as well as cultural artifacts such as paintings, jewellery and clothing, contributors bring to light the real power of early modern Habsburg women as they moved from court to court and transferred their cultural, religious and diplomatic traditions.

The volume, edited by Anne J. Cruz and Maria Galli Stampino, boasts a variety of contributors from across the globe, and we would like to congratulate each of them for this latest achievement. This isn’t the first time that an Ashgate book co-edited by Anne J. Cruz has been honoured by the SSEMW; Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World (2011) won the prize for Best Collaborative Project in 2011.

About the Editors: Anne J. Cruz is Professor of Spanish and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami. Maria Galli Stampino is Professor of Italian and French also at the University of Miami.

Contributors: Anne J. Cruz; Joseph F. Patrouch; Maria Galli Stampino; Blythe Alice Raviola; Magdalena S. Sánchez; Vanessa de Cruz Medina; Félix Labrador Arroyo; María Cruz de Carlos Varona; Silvia Z. Mitchell; Mercedes Llorente; Laura Oliván Santaliestra; Cordula van Wyhe.

More information about Early Modern Habsburg Women: Transnational Contexts, Cultural Conflicts, Dynastic Continuities

Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World wins the 2012 SSEMW award for a Collaborative Project

Posted by Alyssa Berthiaume, Marketing Coordinator

Anne J. Cruz, Professor of Spanish and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami, and Rosilie Hernández, Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago, combined forces in editing Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World. Their efforts were rewarded, [quite literally,] with the announcement that their book was named the Prize Winner for Collaborative Project by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW).   The prize was announced last month to over 700 scholars attending the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The SSEMW is a network of scholars, who besides granting awards for outstanding scholarship, sponsor conference sessions, maintain a website and listserv and support one another’s scholarly work and achievements.  Given that the SSEMW’s focus is on the “study [of] women and their contributions to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period,” it is of no surprise that the Cruz-Hernandezbook would catch the Society’s attention.

The essays in their volume move from discussions of women’s education and the role of convents to examples of cultural literacy in literature and the arts; and address both major writers such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and María de Zayas, as well as lesser known figures such as Ana de Mendoza.

The volume’s foci were not all that the SSEMW took note of. The award committee called it an “exemplary piece of scholarship” and avowed that Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World is:

a serious and valuable volume, realizing the full potential of collaborative work as it brings together the work of top experts to extend considerably the scholarship to date on women’s participation in the written cultures of early modern Spain and the New World

The Cruz- Hernández volume contributes significantly to the study of gendered literacy by investigating the ways in which women became familiarized with the written word, not only by means of the education received, but through visual art, drama and literary culture.  For all these reasons, the SSEMW awarded them this most-deserving prize.

See the full evaluation of this title from the SSEMW, and the full list of prizewinners

Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World is edited by Anne J. Cruz and Rosilie Hernández

Contributors to the volume: Anne J. Cruz, Nieves Baranda Leturio, Montserrat Pérez-Toribio, Trevor J. Dadson, Darcy R. Donahue, Elizabeth Teresa Howe, Stephanie L. Kirk, Clara E. Herrera, Adrienne L. Martín, Alicia R. Zuese, Yolanda Gamboa-Tusquets, Rosilie Hernández, Emilie L. Bergmann.

Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World is one of several titles included in Ashgate’s Women and Gender in the Early Modern World series.

Ashgate at the Attending to Early Modern Women symposium

Posted by Erika Gaffney, Ashgate’s Publisher for Literary Studies and Women & Gender Studies

During the first weekend of November, the atmosphere was electric at the international, interdisciplinary symposium Attending to Early Modern Women.  Scholars descended from all over the US, as well as from Canada and the UK, on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus for the eighth iteration of this dynamic triennial gathering, to address the theme of “Conflict, Concord” in the context of early modern women’s studies.

Kudos and thanks to the University of Maryland’s Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, organizer and host of the event!   Established in 1981, CRBS plays a vital role in fostering intellectual exchange between disciplines in the arts and humanities and allied fields.

The CRBS staff are to be congratulated not only for their successful coordination of multiple plenary lectures and workshops to do with early modern women, but for their innovation in composing advice roundtables for today’s professional women, whether in early or mid-career.  In the Early Career Professional Development session I offered guidance about working with academic presses in the form of a list of “Publishing Dos and Don’ts.”  Before long, documents relating to this session will be posted online (along with materials relating to a parallel session on Mid-Career Development); see also the bottom of this posting for the content of the “Publishing Dos and Don’ts” handout mentioned above.

Highlights of the 2009 incarnation of Attending include, but are not limited to:

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Women and Gender in the Early Modern World series reaches its 10th birthday!

2009 marks the tenth anniversary of the setting up of Ashgate’s series, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World. This will be celebrated at the forthcoming Attending to Early Modern Women conference at the University of Maryland, November 5-7 (see program for details). Erika Gaffney will be attending this conference for Ashgate, so if you’re there do drop by and see us!

The Women and Gender in the Early Modern World series was established in 1999, with series editors Allyson Poska and Abby Zanger, and one of the early books in the series was Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period, edited by Naomi J. Miller and Naomi Yavneh. It won a Collaborative Projects Award 2001 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and received some glowing reviews: Continue reading