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The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender supports and promotes inclusive and creative scholarship on women and gender across the early modern world. We are deeply committed to interdisciplinary, intersectional approaches that are historically sensitive and theoretically exploratory, and to teaching that reflects this scholarship. We welcome as members to our community all university faculty, students, and independent scholars interested in any topic that speaks to the Society’s mission.

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On July 1, SSEMWG became the owner of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. For several years, we have wanted a more formal relationship with the journal, so this meets an organizational goal. The journal and membership applications/renewals are administrated by The University of Chicago Press Journals Division, effective with Volume 16, Issue 1 (Fall 2021). To learn more about this exciting move, please read the President’s Letter to Members.  

To join/renew and subscribe: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/emw/member-sub


The Blog is Back!

After a year’s hiatus, the blog is back! This time with a post by Dr. Adriana Romero (PhD 2020, UCLA). Entitled “Early Modern Women’s Letter Writing and the Desire for In-person Contact,” this piece examines issues of mobility, friendship, and gender in the letters of Isabella d’Este and Elisabetta Gonzaga as well as the timeless human desire for connection. To read this post or learn more about the Blog, see:

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by Judith Leyster, c. 1630 (National Gallery of Art, D.C.)