The Historians on Housewives is seeking scholars interested in contributing a 6,000 to 8,000 word chapters for a forthcoming volume.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is August 1, 2019.   Those chosen for the volume will be asked to submit an article draft to be pre-circulated during winter 2020 and will be invited to a symposium in Orange County, Ca during spring 2020.

Historians on Housewives is headquartered in Orange County, California where Bravo launched the Housewife franchise with The Real Housewives of Orange County. Our project brings together scholars from all ranks and disciplinary backgrounds to explore historical questions arising from the themes, events, episodes, and story arcs shaping Bravo Network’s, Housewives franchises (and other Bravo-related reality television shows).

Themes to be explored include but are not limited to the following:

  • Feminism (feminist thought, concepts, and histories)

  • Motherhood (IVF/older mothers, childbirth, performance of motherhood, race/class/gendering motherhood)

  • Masculinity/men (portrayal of husbands, sons, boyfriends, and male friends on the show, race/class/gendered differences in masculinity)

  • Parties and event planning (public displays of violence, alcohol and food, kinship formations, the role of charities)

  • Politics (Real Housewives and their connections to Trump (or former presidents), social movements, feminism and antifeminism)

  • Legacy of slavery and Jim Crow (black face, cultural appropriation, exploitation of workers, racialized spaces)

  • Violence (verbal/emotional fights, domestic violence, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, different responses to violence in the various franchises)

  • Religion (Christianity, Evangelicalism, Judaism, Islam, Wicca, Atheism, etc.)

  • Immigrant communities (portrayal of immigrants/non-American cultures)

  • Ageism/intergenerational conflicts (Botox/plastic surgery, internalized misogyny, mother-daughter conflicts)

  • Suburbanization (Portrayal of suburban space and suburban relationships to metropolitan centers)

  • Archives and Historical Methods (Testimonials as oral history, archives, public history tours, family stories)

To be considered for the edited volume and related symposium, please use the form below and submit the following by August 1, 2019:

  • A 300 word abstract of your proposed chapter

  • A 150 word bio indicating your rank and area of specialization. Please include how your work intersects with Bravo programming

  • Include your own one sentence Real Housewives catch-phrase

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