The European Journal of Women's Studies is a major international forum for original scholarship at the cutting edge of research in women's studies. The journal's main focus is the complex theoretical and empirical relationship between women and the particular, and diverse, context of Europe.
As well as articles, the journal includes short topical and polemical pieces (open forums); and book reviews.
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Book reviews to Ann Phoenix and Veronica Pravadelli
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Call for papers : Special Issue, EJWS 2017
Femininity Revisited: Figuring critical femininity studies
CALL FOR PAPERS
Femininity revisited: Figuring Critical Femininity Studies Special issue of European Journal of Women’s Studies (4/2017)
Guest Editors: Ulrika Dahl, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Södertörn University and Jenny Sundén, Professor of Gender Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden
Even if feminism lost any dream of a singular unified feminine subject long ago, the question of femininity remains both at the core of and a sore point in feminist theory and activism.
Indeed, as the brief list above suggests, there is a tendency to primarily associate femininity with (heterosexual) womanhood and to consider it a problem that is not over. In the past decade, as feminist/gender/women’s studies have diversified, critical masculinity studies has increasingly become an integral part of the field – with its own theoretical canon, scholarly journals and regular conferences – but what has happened to femininity? Curiously, even if the question of femininity remains central to feminist politics and theory in a range of explicit and implicit ways, we have yet to see a robust knowledge formation called critical femininity studies. This special issue of European Journal of Women’s Studies aims to take stock of contemporary theorizing of femininity and to offer a contribution to the field of critical femininity studies. To that end we seek papers from a range of disciplines that centre on theoretical and methodological concerns related to the question of femininity. Aiming to critically challenge the tendency to conflate femininity with (heterosexual) womanhood, we especially welcome papers that theorize femininity from nonRhegemonic or nonRnormative positions.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Theorizing/conceptualizing femininity and criticality
Revisiting classic ideas such as immanence, mystique, écriture feminine, sex/gender system, respectability, objectification
Femininity as a problem for/in feminism
Interrogating hegemonic femininity
Relations between femininities
AntiRmodernist, neoconservative femininities
Fascist and extreme right uses of femininity
The politics of femininity in feminist and other social movements, past and present
Rethinking feminizing categories and positions; the ‘effeminate’, the ‘sissy’ in gay male culture
Feminine embodiment, body modification and feminist materialism
The feminisation of migration
Feminine labour and the labour of femininity
Femininity and neoliberalism
Femininity, media, and technology
Femininity, whiteness, race
Trans femininities and misogyny
Queer femininities and femmes
Deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2016
All articles will be subject to the usual review process. Articles should be prepared according to the guidelines for submission on the inside back cover of the journal or at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/journals/EJWS/Home.aspx.
Full articles should be submitted online to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ejw by November 1 2016.
For further questions regarding this special issue, please email the guest editors: Ulrika Dahl [Ulrika.firstname.lastname@example.org] or Jenny Sundén [email@example.com ]
Informal queries can also be addressed to Hazel Johnstone, managing editor of EJWS [Email: ejws@ lse.ac.uk].
EJWS occasionally publishes online the best book reviews produced on WS and GS courses. The aim is for students to work with their tutors/lecturers to produce excellent book reviews to be submitted to the journal for consideration.
2015 best entry in conjunction with the University of Utrecht, gender graduate programme is as follows:
Ponzanesi, Sandra (ed.), Gender, Globalization and Violence: Postcolonial Conflict Zones, New York/ Abingdon, Routledge, 2014, (281 pp.), ISBN: 978-0-415-81735-6 (hbk).
Reviewed by: Barbara Grabher
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