Co-edited with Professors Stephen F. Miescher (UC Santa Barbara) and Michelle Mitchell (NYU), Professor Naoko Shibusawa's special issue, '', Gender & History 26, 3 (2014), came out this month and will be published by Wiley as a book next year. Professor Shibusawa jointly authored the introduction with Professor Mitchell. The 13 peer-reviewed articles address the myriad gendered dimensions of empire between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, across a wide range of geographic locales.
The issue is divided into four sections: “Labour,” “Commodities,” “Fashioning Politics,” and “Mobility and Activism." Featuring contributions from more than a dozen international scholars—and based on their original research—articles revolve around such themes as labour, commodities, fashion, mobility, and activism while exploring the dynamics of empire in destinations ranging from Africa and the Americas to Europe and Asia.
Special consideration is given to gender issues arising during periods when upheaval challenged colonial regimes, which often resulted in decolonization and independence. Chapters also reveal how former colonies transitioned into ‘nations,’ along with transnational dynamics that took place among modern states. A common thread woven through each article is the matter of precisely who it was that deserved to be treated and recognized as fully human in an era of imperial exchanges and ongoing capitalist globalization. Innovative and thought-provoking, Gender, Imperialism and Global Exchanges sheds important new light on our understanding of the complex gendered dimensions of the exchanges of people, ideas, and cultural practices during the post-colonial era."