Feminist Studies remains open for business!

In these uncertain times, the community we share with you,
our Feminist Studies readers, authors, and reviewers, is especially important.

We continue to welcome all general submissions to the journal — scholarly, political, and artistic —
and will process them per our typical schedule. We are fortunate to be able to keep our office open remotely, and the day-to-day business of the journal continues. We are no longer requiring hard copy manuscript submissions mailed to us; electronic submissions are sufficient. For additional information, please write to info@feministstudies.org.

Our next issue, 46:1, will come out in a few weeks — first online, and later in print.
Please anticipate a delay in receiving mailed hard copies. Stay tuned for this new issue!

Feminist Studies Call for Commentaries

The COVID-19 pandemic
Due date July 15, 2020

Feminist ideas can help guide us as we move through this crisis. Our journal can be a potential home for your new work that contends with the current moment and outlines the paths ahead. Our anticipated special issue on Feminism and Capitalism (2021, vol 47:1) would be an especially good venue for scholarly or activist commentaries on feminist responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome 1500-3000-word pieces from locations around the globe that take up the implications of this pandemic for feminism analyses of capitalism. Our original call for papers on feminism and capitalism highlighted our interest in the crises of care and social reproduction, on non-material labor and work, risk and debt, bioeconomies, and on the Anthropocene and environmental destruction. Work along these angles would be an especially good fit.

Due date for commentaries: July 15, 2020. Please send it to submit@feministstudies.org.

If you have a News and Views piece (1000-words) in mind that responds to a more immediate topic,
please send it along earlier by May 31, 2020.

The essays in this special issue on Indigenous Feminisms in Settler Contexts engage feminist politics from multiple Indigenous geographies, histories, and standpoints. What emerges is a panoramic view of Indigenous feminist scholarship’s conceptual, linguistic, and artistic activism at this moment in time. We learn of praxis aimed at reclaiming Indigenous languages and ecological perspectives and the varied modes of resistance, survivance, and persistence. We also unpack the complex racial/gender politics of colonial encounters in contexts where white women cared intimately for Indigenous children, or where they helped to recover Indigenous oral traditions, and we note how modes of help can also reproduce imperial power relations. Some essays, art works, and poems extend the geographic ambit of critiques of settler colonialism beyond American contexts: they deploy feminist rubrics to critique the continuing violent settlement of Palestine and Kashmir to demonstrate that the occupation of “marginal” places is constitutive of state-society relations; others describe how Australian Aboriginal and Sámi artists engage the question of Indigenous visibility. In different ways, they each show how staying in place, against all odds, can be radical.

Claire G. Moses Award
for the Most Theoretically Innovative Article Published in the Journal in 2018

Feminist Studiesis pleased to announce that Carol Giardina won this year’s prize for the 2018 “Claire G. Moses Annual Award for the Most Theoretically Innovative Article.” Giardina was selected for her article “MOW to NOW: Black Feminism Resets the Chronology of the Founding of Modern Feminism,” which was published in Volume 44, Number 3 (2018).

In her article, Giardina assigns black feminism a more central place in the chronology of US feminism by arguing that black women’s organizing against sexism in planning the 1963 March on Washington (MOW) was pivotal to later feminist efforts such as the National Organization for Women (NOW). Giardina traces how experienced civil rights activists such as Dorothy Height, Pauli Murray, and Anna Arnold Hedgeman demanded greater attention to women’s lives in formulating the objectives of the MOW, especially in the areas of wages and employment. Giardina traces how they established feminist protest models that they subsequently used in the formation of the National Organization for Women in 1966.

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The award, given to the most theoretically innovative article published in Feminist Studies each year, was created to honor Claire Goldberg Moses on her retirement as editorial director of Feminist Studies, a position she held from 1977 to 2011.

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