Call for Book Chapters and Book Chapter Proposals
Working Title: Gendered Violence and Global Documentary
Submission Deadline for Proposals or completed chapters: February 15, 2016
On December 16, 2012, 23-year-old Jyoti Singh and her male friend Avanindra Pandey boarded a bus home after seeing a movie in South Delhi, India. Several men trapped them on the bus, and after subduing Pandey, they beat and gang-raped Singh. The perpetrators then threw them from the bus. Singh died 12 days later. Protests occurred throughout India after her death, and ultimately, all the perpetrators in the incident were convicted.
Directed by Leslee Udwin, the documentary India’s Daughter attempted to tell the story of Jyoti Singh’s experience. The documentary featured footage of one of the jailed perpetrators, Mukesh Singh, sharing his views: “A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy … A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night … Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes.” Footage of his shocking comments appeared on YouTube before the documentary’s BBC broadcast and went viral. Although the documentary broadcast and YouTube footage were blocked in India, people still showed the documentary in communities throughout India. Ultimately, India’s Daughter drew both praise and criticism within and outside India.
Documentaries about gender-based violence throughout the world perform multiple functions, such as telling stories of people’s experiences, providing witness to traumas, calling attention to cultural and structural issues, and making impacts on policy and practices. India’s Daughter remains one of the most well-known titles and serves as an illustration of some of these important functions. Building on our previous edited collection Documenting Gendered Violence: Representations, Collaborations, and Movements, Gendered Violence and Global Documentary is an edited collection that will bring together scholarship addressing these issues in diverse contexts.
We seek completed chapters and chapter proposals that address gender-based violence and documentary film and video within global contexts. Gender-based violence includes subjects such as rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, forced sterilization, forced prostitution, human trafficking, genital mutilation, child marriage, child abuse, elder abuse, honor killings, femicide, and gendercide. Documentary refers to non-fiction film, video, and multi-media projects that engage audiences in ways that can include but move beyond entertainment, including awareness and advocacy.
Possible topics include — but are not limited to — the following:
— Representational analyses of gender-based violence within documentaries
— Analyses of productions that engage gender-based violence via transmedia storytelling, cross-platform distribution, crowdsourcing, or other innovations
— Analyses of collectives or programs that support documentary production about gender-based violence
— Analyses of documentaries as part of social or media campaigns raising awareness about gendered violence issues
— Analyses of documentaries’ roles within policies and policy making
Chapters may use any appropriate methodology. Submissions from scholars at all career levels are welcome. Working language for the volume is English.
Chapter submissions must be original works not under review or previously published elsewhere. They should be 6,000-8,000 words, including title, abstract, and references. Along with your submission, please attach a current CV. Use .pdf, .doc, .rtf, or other accessible file format for your attachment. Citation style should be consistent throughout, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago.
While complete chapters are preferred, we also will consider proposals, which should run 1,000 words and include a working bibliography and title. Along with your submission, please attach a current CV.