The increased attention accorded to concepts of sex and gender developed by work in gender studies has powerfully transformed research in to the ancient Mediterranean past, opening up a new extremely fruitful field of cultural and social analysis. Inasmuch as many ideas and values responsible for shaping the construction of identities in later western societies originate in antiquity, applying gendered theoretical perspectives to the texts and artifacts surviving from the ancient world antiquity offers particular benefits. Inquiries conducted into the relations among men, between men and women, among women, and on modes of constructing what qualifies as “feminine” and “masculine” have brought a new illumination to the distinctive ways that ancient societies and cultures functioned, an illumination also of major relevance for research on the reception of antiquity in western cultures.
Conceived as a vehicle for interactions and communications among North American and European researchers, the journal EuGeStA plays a special role in the overall framework of studies on gender in antiquity. It has been created in connection with the research network of the same name, the “European Network on Gender Studies in Antiquity.” This network, supported by the UMC (Unit of Interdisciplinary Research) 8164 of the CRNS (French National Center for Scientific Research) at the University of Lille 3, brings together specialists in different areas of antiquity (Middle East, Egypt, Greece and Rome) whose work integrates the perspectives developed in Gender Studies in different disciplines: literature, philosophy, history, art history, medicine, law, economics, archaeology and reception of antiquity. The institutional members are the Universities of Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Lille 3, Manchester, Munich, the Open University, Paris 1, Toronto, Turin, and UCLA.
One goal of the EuGeStA network is to coordinate the numerous and expanding European research efforts on gender in antiquity, which have not yet established the strong institutional traditions of those fostered in the USA and Canada. Another is to provide greater visibility for a specific issue. In Europe, questions regarding gender are posed in the context of “theories and practices”, which have been developed, in a different manner, in accordance with schools of thought, during and after the intellectual conflicts of the 1970s and 1980s. During this period, champions of traditional ways of studying the ancient world met with opposition from innovators adapting modern theories borrowed from literary criticism, linguistics, anthropology…
Since its founding in 2009, the EuGeStA network has developed ties with the Women’s Classical Caucus of the American Philological Association through the forging of affiliations with several individual American and Canadian female and male classicists as associate members (see http://eugesta.recherche.univ-lille3.fr), The journal EuGeStA is the first project to result from the collaborative endeavors begun through these ties. It will also be their symbol.
EuGeStA is managed by two editors, one American, Judith P. Hallett (University of Maryland, College Park), the other European, Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (University Charles-de-Gaulle – Lille 3). The members of the editorial board, who in turn reflect the journal’s combined American and European identity, are Minerva Alganza Roldán (Grenada), Federica Bessone (Torino), Josine Blok (Utrecht), Claude Calame (EHESS), Véronique Dasen (Fribourg), Therese Fuhrer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Allison Glazebrook (Brock University), Barbara Gold (Hamilton), Henriette Harich (Basel), Emily Hemelrijk (Amsterdam), Brooke Holmes (Princeton), Alison Keith (Toronto), Helen King (Open University), Florence Klein (Lille), David Konstan (Brown University), Donald Lateiner (Ohio Wesleyan University), Charilaos Michalopoulos (Thrace), Sheila Murnaghan (Pennsylvania), Holt Parker (Cincinnati) (suspended), Gabriella Pironti (Napoli), Violaine Sebillotte-Cuchet (Paris 1), Alison Sharrock (Manchester), Giulia Sissa (UCLA), Thomas Späeth (Bern), Craig Williams (Illinois). The issues of the journal are annual and multilingual. Each article, written in the language of its author, should be accompanied by a brief abstract and a list of keywords. All submissions for publication are refereed anonymously by two reviewers; in the event of differing assessments, a third referee will be solicited. Submissions should be sent to the two editors at Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Eugesta has been approved for inclusion in ERIH PLUS, the European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
The ERIH PLUS listing of the journal is available here.