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Special Issue: Transnational Feminisms

March 14, 2014

Call for Papers:  Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies invites submissions for a special issue on transnational feminism and its impact on Women’s Studies as a field.  With this special issue, we commemorate the 40th anniversaryof the first United Nations World Conference on Women that took place in Mexico City in 1975. In the forty years since, transnational feminisms, Native and indigenous feminisms, and women of color feminisms have troubled the idea of a global sisterhood while also providing tools to navigate the global realities of our contemporary societies. 

Despite the important theoretical and practical interventions mobilized by transnational feminisms, its sedimentation has also produced new challenges. Rather than producing complex analyses of gendered, racialized geo-political relationships, transnational feminisms are now, at times, used to justify the imposition of U.S. and European political-economic systems. Might feminists reclaim the initial promises of transnational feminism to intervene in the global economic system or is western feminism subject to reproducing western narratives of progress?  Is transnational feminism’s co-optation the result of U.S. Women’s Studies programs seeking to justify their contributions to universities’ globalizing missions?  Can we imagine a global Women’s Studies approach that unsettles not only second wave internationalist narratives but also contemporary western-centered transnational feminist narratives?

This special issue asks feminist scholars to engage these questions and to explore alternatives. What other definitions of transnational feminism are at work, based in struggles for self-definition and decolonization internationally?  How might Native feminisms force a reconsideration of feminist assumptions, and how might transnational feminist theory contribute to this reconceptualization? What would U.S. feminism look like if it began not with the United States’ mythical democratic origins, as Andrea Smith suggests, but with transnational dynamics of empire and sovereign struggle?  How can we use existing interrogations of imperialism and late capitalism to ask new questions and imagine new ways of resisting and confronting contemporary global and local realities? To this end, we also ask contributors to consider: how do feminists theorize men’s and women’s relationships to postcolonial landscapes, as well as neoliberal and newly colonized geographies? What theories contribute to coalition building across real differences and national borders? 

We seek to provoke a productive conversation that draws upon theories of intersectionality, Native feminisms, women of color feminisms, and transnational feminisms in this special issue of Frontiers. We hope to explore how the theoretical contributions in these areas speak to contemporary globalization in a neoliberal era.   Selected contributors may be invited to workshop their articles, contingent upon funding.

Guest Editorial Collective based at Arizona State University:
Karen J. Leong, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies

Roberta Chevrette, PhD student, Communication

Ann Hibner Koblitz, Professor, Women and Gender Studies

Karen Kuo, Assistant Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies

Charles T. Lee, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies

Heather Switzer, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies

An inter- and multidisciplinary journal, Frontiers welcomes submissions of scholarly papers, activist essays as well as creative works such as artwork, fiction, and poetry.  Works must be original and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.  All special issue submissions and questions should be directed to frontiers@osu.edu.  For submission guidelines, please consult the Ohio State University Frontiers websites:  http://frontiers.osu.edu/submissions.

Special Issue: The Era in the 21st Century

Guest Editor: Laura Mattoon D'Amore, Assistant Professor, American Studies

December 1, 2014

The failure of the Equal Rights Amendment links generations of feminists across nearly a century of activism.  In 1923, Alice Paul introduced the Equal Rights Amendment to Congress for the first time, demanding equality of rights under the law, regardless of sex. The amendment was introduced unsuccessfully to every Congress since 1923. Though it became a central rallying point for Second Wave feminism, passing both houses of Congress in 1972, it ultimately failed to receive enough state ratifications before its deadline in 1982. Despite its repeated failure the ERA has served as a symbolic torch carried by generations of feminists fighting for women’s rights.

The ERA serves as a conduit for critical dialogues about equal rights, because while the cultural, legal, political, and intellectual heritage of the United States is rooted in the “self-evident” precept of equality, it has prevented the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment for 90 years.  Furthermore, the topic of the ERA sometimes alienates supporters of equal rights who criticize its complicity in marginalizing race, class, gender, and sexuality through its heteronormative focus on women’s rights. The subject of the ERA has also caused some intergenerational conflict. Some activist feminists who have been working on the ERA for decades—who were in the trenches when it failed in 1982—believe that they have a more true idea of the significance of the loss.  Other activist feminists see the amendment as less relevant today than ever before, and are ready to rally efforts in other spaces.  Academics are highly critical of the political, economic, and legal shortcomings of the past, of the failure to unite in the present, and of the ways that the rhetoric of women’s equality that is so tightly intertwined with the ERA is, in turn, marginalizing others (particularly in terms of its lack of connection to intersections of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality).

This Special Issue about The ERA in the 21st Century seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary array of scholars from such academic disciplines as women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, American studies, history, law, literature, and political science with practitioners from the legal and political professions and activists from grassroots organizations to discuss the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Proposals may explore past, present, and future implications of the fact that the ERA is still not in the Constitution, 90 years after it was first proposed in 1923, and consider how the ERA’s legacy in the 20th century positions the amendment in the popular, social, political, and legal consciousness of the 21st century. Using the ERA as a frame for dialogues across academic, legal, political, and public spheres, this call for papers especially encourages perspectives that engage with theories of, and/or experiences with intersectionality.

Some questions for consideration might include: How has the ERA served to bond feminists in a common struggle? Divide them? Why should the United States add an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution?  Is it needed to achieve equal rights without regard to sex?  Would it have any demonstrable negative cultural/legal impact?    What does the failure thus far to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment indicate about the relative cultural/political status and valuation of females in the U.S. since 1923? How have cultural and/or political relationships evolved since 1923 regarding the Equal Rights Amendment and feminism?  Men, both as individuals and as a class?  ERA supporters and opponents, past and present? How has the Equal Rights Amendment been related legally and politically to reproductive rights?  LGBTQ issues?  Trans issues? Racial equality? Economic policies?  Employment rights?  Traditional gender roles and conservative “family values”? What comparisons and contrasts can be drawn between the social and political movement for the Equal Rights Amendment and the movement for racial justice/civil rights?  For reproductive rights?  For LGBTQ rights?  What do these movements have to learn from each other?   In what ways do people continue to engage with the Equal Rights Amendment in academia?  Legal and political practice?  Grassroots advocacy?  What models exist or can be formulated for bridging these categories of engagement?

An inter- and multidisciplinary journal, Frontiers welcomes submissions of scholarly papers, activist essays as well as creative works such as artwork, fiction, and poetry.  Works must be original and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.  All special issue submissions and questions should be directed to frontiers@osu.edu.  For submission guidelines, please consult the Ohio State University Frontiers websites:  http://frontiers.osu.edu/submissions.

Special Issue: Women Digitizing Revolution: Race, Gender, and the Technological Turn

Guest Editors: Anna Everett and Lisa Nakamura

June 1, 2015

Frontiers invites your submission to our special issue on women and technology. It is difficult to realize that it has been more than twenty years since such groundbreaking texts as Donna Haraway’s Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991), Susan M. Squier’s Babies in Bottles: Twentieth-Century Visions of Reproductive Technology (1994), Anne Balsamo’s Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women (1995), Sherry Turkle’s Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1997) and other publications that changed the discursive contours of science and technology studies both inside and outside the academy.  As Frontiers guest editors we are grappling with the “time passages” (to quote George Lipsitz) that have lapsed between the 2002 publications of our own interventionist works focusing on race and technology, namely, Lisa Nakamura’s book Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity and Identity on the Internet (2002), and Anna Everett’s “The Revolution Will Be Digitized: Afrocentricity and the Digital Public Sphere” (in a 2002 special edition of the Social Text journal).  

In the intervening years and decades, technological developments and innovations have transformed our cultures and societies in such fundamental ways that new feminist and critical race studies must reckon with our increasingly technologized everyday lives and knowledge regimes seem in order. For example, when Haraway warned us about women of color’s outsourced sweatshop labor in the computing industries in developing and underdeveloped countries, and Squire alerted us to the ways that masculinist patriarchal institutions wrest away women’s reproductive power and agency through technology and politics, women and some men recognized the need to become engaged and activist scholars around need for interrogating the dangers and benefits of technological progress. In addition, Balsamo and Turkle pushed us to consider the representational economies and narratives of gender in screen cultures in the internet age. As usual, we add the double-oppression problematic (where women of color are oppressed simultaneously by race and gender) to this persistent societal bias where opportunities and contributions of women and technology mesh.

And while contemporary technological discourses and scientific knowledge production are legible to lay readers as well as tech insiders as a result of our indebtedness to the foundational works above, the speed and pervasiveness of technological advances require new, and timely hermeneutics for addressing today’s concerns where women, race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and technology collide (particularly in our so-called “post-feminist” and “post-racist” eras) designed for the twenty-first century going forward.  Frontiers aims to add fresh voices and ideas to conversations about women’s roles and places in say, technology, education reform, and the MOOCs debate, reaching girls in K-12 STEM projects, gender, race, and sexualities in the digital humanities (DH) and big data programs, and what new interactive technologies mean for women in our pursuits of participatory democracy equity. This special issue of Frontiers is not only interested in scrutinizing the persistent and ongoing gender divide in technology, but we also understand the need to highlight and recognize women’s proactive and interventionist activities already underway as they represent best practices for how women scholars and independent technology workers collaborate today to make technological shifts and changes responsive and accountable to women and girls on our own terms.  

Thus we encourage submissions to our call for papers organized around the broad theme of women and technology. We are interested in topics that include but are not limited to:

Women and social media
Biotechnology and the new women’s reproductive rights movement
YouTube Feminism
Feminist media archaeology and women as technological innovators
Feminism and Online learning
“Lean In” Feminism: Labor, Time, and the Gendering of the Digital Industries
Feminist Twitter, Black Twitter: Hashtag activism and performativities
Women and the Open-source movement
Feminist digital pedagogy and the conservative backlash against race/gender studies
Women, privacy, surveillance, and mobile technology
Race, feminism, and the digital humanities
Politics, technology and feminist activism
Digital feminism and disability
Gender and serious/learning games

An inter- and multidisciplinary journal, Frontiers welcomes submissions of scholarly papers, activist essays as well as creative works such as artwork, fiction, and poetry.  Works must be original and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.  All special issue submissions and questions should be directed to frontiers@osu.edu.  For submission guidelines, please consult the Ohio State University Frontiers websites:  http://frontiers.osu.edu/submissions.

Thinking Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute
July 6-11, 2014
Columbus, Ohio

Thinking Transnational Feminisms is a collaborative five-day summer institute organized by and for feminist scholars who are engaging the transnational as a process, a critique, a paradigm, and/or a characteristic of social movement in their scholarship to make sense of these multiple, sometimes contradictory, approaches and concepts.  We invite graduate students, emerging, and established scholars to join us in exploring and sharpening our understanding of where the field of “transnational feminisms” is and where it is going by sharing and critiquing each others’ work in progress.
This institute will build the field of transnational feminisms by producing a sustained conversation and providing mentorship to produce a denser, more shared sense of what we mean when we use the terms of this quickly growing but contested field. We will revisit the goals of transnational feminist critiques and evaluate the current state of transnational feminist research.  In doing so, we seek to capture the radical potential of a transnational feminist critique that does not reproduce the inequalities of power inherent in international relations and the global economy.  Instead, we hope to intervene and propose alternate models for transnational projects of social justice globally.
We welcome established and emerging scholars from various institutions and disciplinary locations who are working at the borders (both physical and epistemic) of feminist theorizing.  We especially invite non-U.S. based scholars to participate in this institute to contribute to the work of decentering U.S. academic practices in thinking through transnational feminist knowledge production and engagements.   Our goals are to facilitate dialogue on transnational feminism’s potentialities and continued erasures, as well as the possibilities of models for coalition building among feminist activists across nation-state borders both locally and globally.  The institute will feature two types of sessions: 

  1. Paper workshops that help authors refine their research and writing and advance our collective understanding of transnational feminism.  We envision limiting these sessions to 24 authors to facilitate in depth engagement among all institute participants.
  2. Roundtables that tackle “big” issues in transnational feminism.  Roundtable themes that we plan to explore may include:
    1. Geographic Metanarratives:  How does the geographic orientation of scholarship influence the study and praxis of transnational feminism?
    2. Methodologies:  As scholars, how do we “do transnational feminism”?
    3. Practices, Styles, and Spaces:  What key infrastructures have shaped transnational feminism? 
    4. The Stakes:  How do the perspectives offered in transnational feminism influence our core analytical categories and insights as scholars?
    5. The “Body” Politic:  How does interrogation of the nation-state and its practices inform transnational feminism in discussions of immigration, sexuality, and bodily forms of discipline and pleasure?
    6. Indigenous Transnational Feminisms:  What does feminism mean for indigenous peoples whose lived experiences often are shaped by differential relations to the nation state? How does the idea of the transnational operate across borders between indigenous nations and settler colonial nation-states?
    7. Labor, Transnational Capital and Feminist Futures:  What can we learn and reclaim by reassessing transnational feminist socialist projects of the past and present? Where and how have the “red roots” of American feminism grown?   How do different imaginings of labor and justice shape and constrain cross-national, cross-industry and/or cross-issue activism?  

To apply, please send by December 15 the following materials via our online registration form, available here.

  1. A completed registration form
  2. A 300 word statement, uploaded as part of your online registration form
    1. If you are proposing a paper and a roundtable comment, please submit an abstract of your paper to be workshopped or roundtable topic that you would like to address.
    2. If you are planning to attend without proposing a paper or roundtable presentation, please provide a statement on your goals and proposed contributions to the institute.
  3. An abbreviated CV of two pages, also uploaded as part of your online registration form.  Please be sure to include your current contact information.

Questions may be directed to frontiers@osu.edu with the email title "Transnational Feminisms Summer Instiute."

Important Dates:

12/15/13:  Application Due
1/31/14:    Acceptances will be announced.
2/28/14:     Commitments to attend and fully participate in the weeklong summer institute, along with a financial deposit, will be expected.  For information about the estimated costs of attending the summer institute and about childcare, please see TFSI estimated costs and childcare information.  
5/31/14:  Submit your workshop paper.  This should be an unpublished article/chapter length piece of about 25 pp.) It will be made available to all summer institute participants.

Institutional sponsors collaborating in organizing and supporting this conference include Arizona State University Women and Gender Studies, The Ohio State University Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Department of Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Frontiers:  A Journal of Women’s Studies.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit their work to the special issue of Frontiers focusing on transnational feminisms.  Completed manuscripts are due May 1, 2014 before the institute convenes.

Thinking Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute

July 7-11, 2014
Columbus, Ohio

Overview
Sessions and Themes
Goals and Outcomes of the Institute
Application Process
Important Dates

Over the past forty years, scholarly and activist engagements of transnational feminism have reconfigured existing terrains, creating new possibilities and limitations for feminist scholars and the field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Transnational feminism has emerged as a heterotopic space consisting of diverse approaches. Key contributions have included calls for attention to specific historical contexts and colonial legacies (Kaplan and Grewal, 1994), explorations of how women relate across nation-state borders and how those relations have been structured by neocolonization and globalization (Mohanty, 2003), and critiques of ostensibly transnational human rights organizations that reproduce unequal relations of power (Engle, 2006). Transnational feminism has encompassed thoughtful engagement with emergent political movements, like the transnational rising of indigenous peoples, anti-globalization and environmentalist movements.  Somewhat paradoxically, it has also become part of a highly funded agenda akin to area studies, supported by neoliberal foundations and state interests to produce managers for global corporations and NGOs. (Briggs, Way, and McCormick, 2008).

Thinking Transnational Feminisms is a collaborative weeklong summer institute organized by and for feminist scholars who are engaging the transnational –  as a process, a critique, a paradigm, and/or a characteristic of social movement in their scholarship – to make sense of these multiple, sometimes contradictory, approaches and concepts.  We invite graduate students, emerging, and established scholars to join us in exploring and sharpening our understanding of where the field of “transnational feminisms” is and where it is going by sharing and critiquing work in progress.

We welcome established and emerging scholars from various institutions and disciplinary locations who are working at the borders (both physical and epistemic) of feminist theorizing.  We especially invite non-U.S. based scholars to participate in this institute to contribute to the work of decentering U.S. academic practices in thinking through transnational feminist knowledge production and engagements.   Our goals are to facilitate dialogue on transnational feminism’s potentialities and continued erasures, as well as the possibilities of models for coalition building among feminist activists across nation-state borders both locally and globally. 

Sessions and Themes:

The institute will feature two types of sessions:

  1. Paper workshops that help authors refine their research and writing and advance our collective understanding of transnational feminism.  We envision limiting these sessions to twenty-four authors to facilitate in-depth engagement among all institute participants.
  2. Roundtables that tackle "big" issues in transnational feminism.  Roundtable themes that we plan to explore may include:
    1. Geographic Metanarratives
    • How does the geographic orientation of scholarship influence the study and praxis of transnational feminism? Is “transnational feminism” a term that women from non-European and U.S. contexts utilize to connote their own feminist/scholarship practices?
    • To what extent are geographic mappings used in transnational feminism – such as, First, Second, and Third World; East/West; Global North versus Global South; or Western versus non-Western– and to what extent are they useful?  How do these maps overlap or contradict each other?  How can we trouble these contextually- and sometimes discipline-specific categories?
    • What examples of transnational feminism reveal multi-directional flows of exchange of ideas, practices, and commodities, and how are these multi-directional flows enacted? How do transnational feminisms move along and engage with diasporic networks?
    • How do nationalisms and internationalisms conflict and collaborate in transnational feminism?
    1. Methodologies
    • · As scholars, how do we “do transnational feminism”?  How do we access sources and archives that reflect experiences that transcend the nation-state? Is this a privileged vantage point (akin to Haraway’s “god’s eye view”) that only those with easy access to research funds, research libraries, and visas can attain?  Are there implicit methodological expectations when “transnational feminism” is invoked?
    • When juggling multiple national contexts in our work, how do we balance respect for national historiographies which contain different concerns, with the “transnational”? Can we speak of the transnational in the historical period before the nation? Are colonialism and its postcolonial nationalist aftermath “transnational”?
    • How are our methodologies as scholars complicit with or challenging power dynamics that structure the production of knowledge?
    1. Practices, Styles, and Spaces
    • What key infrastructures have shaped transnational feminism?  And how have transnational organizations, conferences, and movements operated as distinct spaces of organizing and power relations?
    • How have international conferences and supranational bodies such as the United Nations and NGOs operated as platforms for movements, as well as sites of contestation and asymmetrical power relations?
    • What theories and practices have fostered coalition building across cultural differences and national borders? What means have transnational movements used to connect far-flung individuals and groups ideologically?
    • How does transnational collaboration and conflict change the meanings of purportedly “universal” ideas such as “human rights,” or terms such as “globalization,” “feminism,” and “transnationalism” itself?
    • What role do affective relationships and interpersonal dynamics play in transnational feminism?
    1. The Stakes
    • How do the perspectives offered in transnational feminism influence our core analytical categories and insights as scholars?
    • How do they inform local and national studies?
    • How do they speak to contemporary globalization in a neoliberal era?
    • In the U.S., how can transnational feminism grow out of and shape the interdisciplinary, intersectional orientation of Women’s Studies?  How can it transform our pedagogical approaches?
    1. The "Body" Politic
    • How does interrogation of the nation-state and its practices inform transnational feminism in discussions of surveillance and criminalization of immigrants, including their sexual and reproductive practices; military service; and sex work?
    • How do corporeal concerns inform transnational feminisms, including debates around headscarves, genital cutting, and footbinding?
    • How does analysis of sexuality come into dialogue with transnational feminism in transnational sexual justice movements; sex tourism; sexual trafficking; campaigns against gendered violence; homophile movements; queer transnational feminisms; reproductive politics, labor, and technologies; and sexual identities and practices?
    1. Indigenous Transnational Feminisms
    • What does feminism mean for indigenous peoples whose lived experiences often are shaped by differential relations to the nation state? How does the idea of the transnational operate across borders between indigenous nations and settler colonial nation-states? Where and how do projects for indigenous sovereignty intersect with feminist practices?
    1. Labor, Transnational Captial, and Feminist Futures
    • What can we learn and reclaim by reassessing transnational feminist socialist projects of the past (and present), particularly those forged during the Cold War between state socialist countries in the East and socialist/non-aligned countries in  Latin America, Africa and South Asia? Where and how have the “red roots” of American feminism grown?
    • How do different imaginings of labor and justice shape and constrain cross-national, cross-industry and/or cross-issue activism?  What are the current achievements as well as limitations of labor activism in the context of widespread yet diverse precarious labor?
    • Has feminism suffered from “the cunning of history,” as suggested by Nancy Fraser? To what extent are the successes of contemporary global feminism (such as the movement against gender violence) forged on the ruins of socialism?  Where do we place the fierce anti-globalization activisms of the last two decades within Fraser’s lament that feminists have privileged representation over economics?
    • How are feminists and others envisioning a more egalitarian future? What desires are there for post-capitalism, democratic capitalism or even a communist horizon? What kinds of practices are already making a stake towards such futures?

We offer these questions and topics as examples and guidelines only; please feel free to submit papers or roundtable sessions that address other issues not listed here as well.

Goals and Outcomes of the Institute:

Through these explorations we want to try to capture the radical potential of a transnational feminist critique that does not reproduce the inequalities of power inherent in international relations and the global economy, and make visible alternate models for transnational projects of social justice for women globally.
Our hope is that this symposium, in seeking to articulate new analytics of transnational feminism, will:

  • Contribute to the ways in which the Global South articulates its critiques of transnational feminisms, and to intervene in accounts of feminism that erase, undermine, and divest the knowledge produced by feminists in the Global South about globalization, human rights, and social movements.
  • Contribute to more sophisticated and nuanced approaches of Global North-based non-government organizations to human rights issues that impact women throughout the world, including in the United States itself.  
  • Contribute to dialogues between women activists across the Global North, South, East and West divides that will allow for greater understandings and possible collaborations without replicating unequal power dynamics.  

The outcomes from this institute encompass the short-term and long-term.  We will measure short-term success by whether the institute achieves its goals of provoking deep discussion about transnational feminism, and of facilitating the dissemination of these analyses via publications and further scholarly collaborations. Long-term success of the institute will be demonstrated through continued discussions and engagements with transnational feminism, particularly how this results in rethinking the curriculum, goals, and engagements of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the training of feminist scholars, and possible collaborations between scholars.
One of the roundtables at the summer institute will be transcribed and edited for inclusion in the special issue of Frontiers focusing on transnational feminisms.
There may be the possibility of an edited anthology based on selected presentations that will be published with the Expanding Frontiers book series (University of Nebraska Press).
Other scholarly products will include contributions to participant’s own monographs, dissertations, and individually published articles.

Application Process:

To apply, please send by December 15 the following materials via our online registration form, available here.

A completed registration form

  1. A 300 word statement, uploaded as part of your online registration form
    1. If you are proposing a paper and a roundtable comment, please submit an abstract of your paper to be workshopped or roundtable topic that you would like to address.
    2. If you are planning to attend without proposing a paper or roundtable presentation, please provide a statement on your goals and proposed contributions to the institute.
  2. An abbreviated CV of two pages, also uploaded as part of your online registration form.  Please be sure to include your current contact information.

Questions may be directed to frontiers@osu.edu with the email title "Transnational Feminisms Summer Instiute."

Important Dates:

12/15/13:  Application Due
1/31/14:    Acceptances will be announced.
2/28/14:    Commitments to attend and fully participate in the weeklong summer institute, along with a financial deposit, will be expected.  

In order to enact feminist commitments to justice, radical democracy, and equity, the workshop fees, food and lodging costs will be on a sliding scale. For information about the estimated costs of attending the summer institute, please see TFSI estimated costs.  We are committed to subsidizing childcare, also on a sliding scale childcare information. Our intention is to produce a space where inequalities based on rank, national location, and family status are minimized.

5/31/14:  Submit your workshop paper.  This should be an unpublished article/chapter length piece of about 25 pp.) It will be made available to all summer institute participants.

Institutional sponsors collaborating in organizing and supporting this conference include Arizona State University Women and Gender Studies, The Ohio State University Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Department of Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Frontiers:  A Journal of Women’s Studies.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit their work to the special issue of Frontiers focusing on transnational feminisms.  Completed manuscripts are due May 1, 2014 before the institute convenes.

A Special Issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies
Women of Color & Gender Equity

Special Issue Women of Color and Gender Equity CFP Update:

Due date for Receipt of Papers is now July 15, 2013

 

Dear Colleagues,

 we have received several great submissions to the Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies special issue focusing on Women of Color and Gender Equity. We are pleased to inform you that the deadline has been EXTENDED to July 15, 2013. You can find the call for papers here: http://frontiers.osu.edu/call-papers.

 We would like to invite further submissions in the following areas as they relate to women of color and equity/equality:


  • third world, transnational, LGBT and queer  movements

  • education; employment and labor; healthcare and wellness, immigration/migration

  • politics and public policy



We also welcome submissions related to women of color and equity in other areas. Please feel free to email special guest editors, Anita Revilla or Wendy Smooth, for questions or additional information.



Anita Tijerina Revilla
Associate Professor
Director of Women's Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Box 5027
Las Vegas, NV
Main: 702-895-0837 Desk: 702-895-1525
anita.revilla@unlv.edu

Wendy G. Smooth
Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall
230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-247-8449
smooth.1@osu.edu

Call for Papers:

Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies invites submissions for a special issue on women of color and gender equity. With this special issue, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Women’s Educational Equity Act which provided funds for Title IX and codified women’s equality under the law in the U.S. setting forth a foundation for antidiscrimination policies and remedies as well as cultivating a language and rhetoric for gender equity. For this issue, we will explore the nexus between the enactment of gender equity policies, rhetorical and political strategies for empowerment, and the lives of women of color.

We encourage submissions that explore feminist commitments to the socio-political understandings of equality under the law but also conceptualize equity issues in broad terms.  For example, we are interested in analyses of gender equity that both expand and challenge notions of women’s equality in formal and informal politics across educational, political and legal institutions.

We especially encourage submissions that further the journal's commitment to scholarship on women of color, third world,  transnational,  LGBT, and queer  movements in local, national, or transnational contexts.  Foremost, we are interested in those papers that situate women as racialized, classed and/or sexualized subjects, and explore the collateral effects of these subjectivities in relation to their experiences with equality and the varied socio-political roads necessary to attempt to realize and/or preserve that equity.

An inter- and multidisciplinary journal, Frontiers publishes scholarly, creative, and practioner works that draw on the legacies of women of color and queer women’s political engagement and activism to interrogate women’s equity across issues including education, employment and labor, healthcare and wellness, and immigration/migration. Works must be original, and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All special issue submissions and questions should be directed to frontiers@osu.edu.  For submission guidelines, please consult our submissions page.

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies
Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1367
frontiers@osu.edu

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