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I initially imagined the writers in Future Echoes to respond to texts and materials from the archives of NSU written by women on any subject. However few of the complete texts I found in NSU’s archive, were edited or written by women.
The parts of NSU’s archive that I got access to, did not contain many complete texts whatsoever. I was also able to search a selection only (more about the somewhat complex access to it here). The material consisted of a multitude of preliminary records: schedules, calls, drafts, notes, newspaper cuttings, informal notes or minutes from lectures or discussions. This probably reflects NSU as an environment for developing new thought, a description that in my own experience is still valid and valuable.
But my impression of a general lack of female authors was strengthened by one of the publications I did find through the Danish National Library’s department in Viborg: Kvindeundertrykkelsens specifikke karakter under kapitalismen, edited by ph.d. candidate Signe Arnfred and student of literature Karen Syberg, at the time affiliated to the universities of Roskilde and Copenhagen respectively. Its content is divided in five sections named Family, Labour market, Classes, Sexuality and Culture, preceded by a short chapter on methodology and containing writings on these subjects by around 15 female scholars. It was published in NSU’s series of writings, January 1973. Its first 1500 copies allegedly sold out.
Like much social science, parts of this book appear dated in a contemporary environment. I propose it to the writers in Future Echoes as an inspirational springboard for sharing related thoughts and texts.
By Hild Borchgrevink, 14 August 2019. More info at https://futureechoes.hildborchgrevink.no