CALL FOR PAPERS - FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS: A JOURNAL OF CRITICAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POLITICS

Issue 5 Autumn 2019

FEMINISM AND MOTHERHOOD IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Guest editor: Dr Charlotte Beyer, Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Gloucestershire

Motherhood has long been a vital yet complex, even problematic topic for feminism. This special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics investigates the meanings of motherhood for feminism today, and the challenges it poses, in a glocal context characterised by gender fluidity and social inequality.

In her 2010 book Twenty-first-Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency, scholar Andrea O'Reilly comments on the significance of motherhood, arguing that, "Over the last twenty-five years the topic of motherhood has emerged as a central and significant topic of scholarly inquiry across a wide range of academic disciplines." Yet motherhood has presented feminist critics and scholars with complex questions surrounding agency and identity. What are the problems and challenges encountered by women who mother, globally and locally, in real-life and in texts, and what insights do their experiences generate for 21st century feminism?

In her article '"Global Motherhood": The Transnational Intimacies of White Femininity', critic Raka Shome argues that the term "global motherhood" poses problems for feminist criticism, as the term is inextricably linked to the re-production of white femininity on a transnational scale through discourses of whiteness in popular culture. What insights can studies of motherhood from postcolonial contexts, and from Asia and Africa, contribute to our understanding of motherhood? What lessons can be drawn from vulnerable mothers, and experiences and portrayals of mothering under political and/or social oppression and through austerity? In what ways are conventional definitions and understandings of motherhood challenged by issues such as distance mothering, absence, migration, trafficking? What are the challenges posed to the conceptualization and embodiment of motherhood by transgender motherhood?

These and other questions will be examined in this special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, which is dedicated to the critical analysis of contemporary motherhood and its glocal representations and manifestations. This issue has an interdisciplinary focus and welcomes contributions from a wide range of fields, including arts and humanities, social science, psychology, philosophy.

Article length 7000-9000 words including notes and works cited.

300 word Abstract and Bio by 1 November 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Decision 1 February 2018

Full articles due by 1 November 2018

Any contributions that critically approach questions of the disciplinary apparatus of academic feminism, are welcome. We particularly welcome submissions that deal with race/ethnicity, and also contributions from scholars working in the global south. Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics aims to promote excellence in feminist research. We welcome articles that engage with political and cultural issues, and that seek to challenge social norms of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, class and disability, and which promote themes of equality, diversity, and social justice. Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics encourages interdisciplinarity, and the use of feminist methodologies in research. Articles to be submitted should be grounded in the empirical and theoretical exploration of gender and its lived experience within a range of cultural contexts. We also welcome research on narrative, representation, and discourse that critically analyses the construction, maintenance and reinforcement of gendered normativities. The journal particular encourages articles that provide information on historical and current political struggles, activisms, and critical social engagements.If illustrations are included, please allow 250 words per figure and ensure that you have copyright permissions. For general enquiries please email the managing editor via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See our electronic submission guidelines at http://www.lectitojournals.com/submission-guidelines

Sally R Munt BA (Hons) MA MSc DPhil PGDip FRSA
Professor of Gender Studies
Professor of Cultural Studies

Director: Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
Founding Editor: Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics

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