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Call For Papers: Transgender Feminism

MP an online feminist jourmal

MP: Transgendered (Fall issue) – Deadline August 31, 2011

Can there be a multi-gendered feminism?  MP journal seeks submissions that explore the many facets of transgendered feminism.  How do transgendered people experience, embrace, reject, or practice feminism?  What is the role of feminism within queer studies?  What is the role of feminism for those who occupy the interstice between male and female?  Is gender performance feminist?  MP Journal welcomes academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries on the subject of transgendered feminisms. International submissions are encouraged.

Submissions may be in any accepted academic format such as MLA, APA, Legal Bluebook, Chicago Style but must be consistent throughout and thoroughly and carefully edited.  Please send the submission, a 50 word bio, and a CV before midnight August 31, 2011 to

cfp categories: 
modernist studies
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Call for Papers: Sexuality in Muslim Contexts


WLUML – Women Living Under Muslim Laws


Women Living Under Muslim Laws is inviting papers for its forthcoming Dossier 32: Sexuality in Muslim Contexts. Since the 1980s, across the globe and in many Muslim contexts women have witnessed and contested a rising tide of politico-fundamentalist movements, in which social conservatives and actors linked to the religious right invoke Islam to control the expression of women’s sexuality. This control comes in myriad forms and includes restricting women’s mobility, socialisation and modes of dress, and their autonomous control of reproductive rights, as well as women’s ability to make free choices concerning marriage and sexual partners.

Young women are often denied access to comprehensive sexual education and sexual health services. Within marriage, women are also often denied the right to use contraception and protection, even when their husbands may have HIV or other STIs. This control of women’s sexuality is increasingly being legitimated across Muslim nations by legal means; through strict legislation and the creation of moral police forces charged with the right to reinforce, often violently, adherence to proposed moral codes. Across contexts ‘anti-pornography’ laws are being brought to the table, and sex work remains criminalised and stigmatised. Queerness and transsexuality remain incredibly taboo, though women’s movements in Muslim contexts are increasingly taking up the challenge of breaking these silences.

Besides papers that explore such topics, we are also interested in receiving short reports (1,000 words) on various initiatives that women have taken up to promote women’s sexual autonomy or to counteract and resist limitations imposed on women by state or non-state actors.

Possible topics to explore include:

· Violence against women as a mechanism of controlling women’s sexuality (‘honour’ killings, stoning, femicide, female genital mutilation, etc.)

· Sexual politics of human rights

· Transsexuality

· Anti-pornography legislation

· Sex work

· Moral policing

· Sexual orientation

· Dress codes

· Women’s autonomous control of their reproductive rights

· HIV and sex education

· Autonomy in marriage and divorce

· Marital rape

The above list is not exhaustive and we are also open to other relevant suggestions.

Articles should be 4,000-7,000 words including references. We would like to have abstracts submitted by 25 April 2011, with full papers received by 20 June 2011. We will also consider published papers which are not freely available on the internet that may be relevant to activists focusing on issues concerning various aspects of sexuality.

Please email abstracts to the WLUML Publications Officer:

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Call for papers – Piracy as activism

Online journal Re-public invites contributions for its upcoming special issue titled “Piracy as activism”. In spite of its long and intense presence in the popular imagery, piracy is a concept that has only scarcely and timidly been linked to forms of political activism. Mostly seen through the lens of criminalisation and policing (including also the transgression of the existing order by the heroic pirates) piracy has rarely been analysed in relation to its influence in shaping the everyday life of contemporary communities.

Piracy, in the seas or lands or digital networks, encompasses a wide array of practices that shape, and often transform, these spaces and networks. Apart from this constitutive power, pirate practices also challenge the formal organisation of spaces and networks, by projecting and instituting alternative mobilities, hierarchies, boundaries, and social relations.

This special issue aims to explore pirate practices and subjectivities in terms of their resistance to the dominant organisations of everyday life. Possible topics might include:

  • Piracy and the control of digital networks
  • Pirate networks, pirate markets and the transformation of urban space
  • Production, labour and the pirating of copyright, patents, and trademarks
  • Piracy and the administration of space
  • Pirate economies and the globalisation of capitalism

Essays should be approximately 1,500 – 1,800 words.

Please submit contributions in any electronic format to


Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2010

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Call for Papers: (re)Branding Feminism


A conference hosted by the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (IGRS), Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5ND.
1st -2nd March 2011.

Call for Papers:

There has been a general recognition, if not acceptance, of many of feminism’s key concepts.  But does this mean that it has ceased to assert itself as a unique movement?  Indeed, should feminism be (re)branded in an age when all ideologies are subject to market forces?  And what should this rebranding consist of?

Two years on from the stimulating ‘Where are we now?  A workshop on women and heterosexuality’ hosted by the IGRS, this conference will address some of the issues raised then to question the place of feminism in the twenty-first century.  While there has been ambivalent press and general apathy towards those issues that once encouraged women to put the political into the personal, it is increasingly women themselves who think there is nothing more to discuss.  Why has there been a decline in the link between the personal and the ideological?  Do we need a different kind of feminism to meet the cultural, political and academic needs of a younger generation?

Topics might include but are not limited to:

• Are sisters doing it for themselves?

• Feminism on the frontline

• I can be a real bitch 

• Family romances

• Home-makers and career women 

• God was/is a woman

• Feminism and the sex industry

• Feminist renaissance 

• Feminism is bollocks

• Rebranding feminism

• Pub talk

Abstracts between 200-300 words that explore any aspect of (re)branding feminism are sought as are poster submissions of 200 - 300 words on any topic related to rebranding feminism. Submit poster ideas and abstracts in a word document or .pdf.

Please send abstracts and poster ideas to both Jean Owen ( and Elisha Foust ( by 5pm 1 October 2010

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Call for Papers - NAHM VII: Culture - Nature Revisited

Culture - nature revisited

June 8-11, 2011

The 7th Conference in Nordic Anthropology of Health and Medicine will be held June 8-11, 2011 in Grenå, Denmark, under the auspices of the University of Copenhagen and University of Aarhus. The conference is organized by: Department of Anthropology and Ethnography, Aarhus University; Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University and VIA University College.

The opposition or dichotomy between culture and nature has been central through much of the history of anthropology, especially in defining what anthropology is about and defining cultural versus natural phenomena in specific cultures, not to speak of the interaction between the two. With Latour in mind it is now, however difficult to maintain a distinction that may belong only to an outdated vision of modernity that we have never reached.

As with many other fields in anthropology, the culture-nature distinction has now entered a more complex state where it is worth a closer inspection. This is especially the case for medical anthropology where new research fields in medicine, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, etc. with the use of e.g. animal spare parts in human bodies or the invention of cyborg-technology, makes it obvious that the borderlines between nature and culture are apt to rethinking in anthropological terms. Another development going on is an expanding physiologization of processes until now thought of as primarily or exclusively social, cultural or psychological. These developments are very visible e.g. within the field of psychiatry where the brain and neuro-chemical processes are given priority to the psyche and psychological mal-adaptation. In these research fields, as well as in others, the distinction is constantly challenged, directly or indirectly, and the possible changes, socially and culturally, contain a huge potential for critical thinking and analysis by medical anthropology. Some rethinking already takes place – the concept of ‘local biology’ has for instance been suggested by Margaret Lock to encompass the biological body, social reality and cultural discourse to overcome both the arbitrariness of the material, biological body and the cultural body. But also concepts such as cyborgs, bio-sociality etc. point in new directions for the relationship between nature and culture.

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Feminist Economics: 3 Calls For Papers

A Special Issue: Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises
A Special Issue: Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities
General Call for Papers: Information and Instructions

Guest Editors:
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, James Heintz, and Stephanie Seguino

The 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent global economic recession have prompted significant reflections on the workings (and failures) of the global economic system and inspired consideration of fundamentally different policy options. In the wake of growing evidence of gendered effects of the crisis, feminist scholars have the potential to provide important insights into appropriate policy responses and systemic reforms.

This special issue, planned for publication in 2013, will illuminate the multiple and gendered dimensions of the global financial crisis of 2008 and ensuing economic recession in economies of both North and South countries. Of particular interest are contributions that will explore the causes of the crisis, its human costs, and needed policy responses. Feminist Economics very much encourages submissions from the Global South and Central/Eastern Europe.

Contributions may cover diverse topics, including but not limited to:

  • Gendered and racialized effects of the crisis on human development and gender equality.
  • Feminist critiques of the political processes shaping global institutional change and systemic reform in governance.
  • Feminist critiques of policy responses to the crisis.
  • Lessons from earlier financial crises, including the East Asian crisis of the late 1990s.
  • Macroeconomic policy alternatives to prevent recurrent crises and promote equitable growth.
  • Social protection policies to mitigate social costs and aid rapid recovery.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2010.

Please direct queries and abstracts (500 words maximum) to the Guest Editors: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (, James Heintz (, and Stephanie Seguino ( After approval of abstracts, final papers will be due 15 September 2010 and should be submitted to Feminist Economics through the submissions website ( Questions about these procedures may be sent to, +1.713.348.4083 (phone), or +1.713.348.5495 (fax).

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CALL FOR PAPERS: “The Ethics of State Involvement in Women’s Health”

How do the laws and policies of a nation-state affect women's health?  Is the state invested in these issues because women are seen to be bearers and nurturers of future citizens?  Or are there are other concerns such as economic development, human welfare, or religious ideology that shape this engagement?  What are the current and historical responsibilities of the state in addressing women’s health issues?  How can they be measured and improved upon, and how do we approach the underlying ethical issues in practical and useful ways for women around the globe?

The USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, USC Center for International Studies, and the USC Institute for Global Health are co-hosting a symposium on Monday, April 5, 2010 to address these and related questions.  This multidisciplinary event will bring together participants from international relations, global public health, philosophy, gender and women’s studies, anthropology, sociology, religious studies, economics, psychology, and political science.  Travel awards are available to all selected participants.

Conference co-chairs:

Alison Dundes Renteln, Ph.D, J.D., Professor of Political Science &
Anthropology, USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S., Director, USC Institute for Global Health,
Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine,
Keck School of Medicine

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CFP: E-SWIP Virtual Conference

12-18 April 2010


The Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (ESWIP) kindly invites submissions for its 2010 Spring conference.  Abstracts (500 words), papers (2500 words), panel proposals, and roundtable discussion proposals will be considered. We welcome submissions in non-traditional formats.  Proposals for panels should include the names of all participants and each of their papers or abstracts.

In order to promote greater accessibility – to those with limited travel funds, to those with disabilities, and to those not within easy travel distance to the Eastern United States – ESWIP is excited to convene its first virtual conference.  Panels will post each day from Monday, 12 April to Friday, 16 April; comments will remain open until midnight on Sunday 18 April, at which point they will be closed.  All participants will log in to a secure site, so work and commenting is available only to registered participants.

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CFP: “What Pertains to a Man”? Transcending Gender Boundaries in Jewish and Israeli Law

Call for Papers

“What Pertains To a Man”?

Transcending Gender Boundaries in Jewish and Israeli Law

Conference to be held at the University of Chicago Law School

Monday March 1, 2010

This small one day conference will be structured around two documentary films, Praying in her Own Voice and Paper Dolls (Bubyot Niyar), each centered on ways in which Israeli law and culture deal with individuals and groups who transcend the gender boundaries of Jewish law.  The conference title is taken from Deuteronomy 10:22, which declares it to be an abomination for a woman to put on what pertains to a man and for a man to wear women’s clothing.

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Call for Papers - Feminism & HCI: Interacting with Computers

Feminism & HCI: A Special Issue of Interacting with Computers


Shaowen Bardzell (Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing)

Elizabeth F. Churchill (Yahoo! Research)

Portrayals of feminism, in politics, the media, and even in HCI conferences, suggest that this household word is not always well understood.  Academically, feminism is a subdomain of critical theory that examines “the ways in which literature (and other cultural productions) reinforces or undermines the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women.” (Tyson, 2006).  As a subdomain of critical theory, feminism integrates a collection of theories, analytical and interpretative methodologies, ethical values, and political positions, which have evolved over the past two centuries.

As HCI continues to expand beyond the preoccupations with how efficiently a system performs and is increasingly concerned with culture, society, and the experiential qualities of computing, the discipline stands to benefit from feminism.  Feminist theories and concepts have much to offer HCI due to a commitment to: studying arenas of interaction such as the home; reflective considerations of dominant and alternative epistemologies; understanding the constitution of gender and the self in everyday life; investigating the indirect effects of design; considering emotional landscapes including pleasure, desire, attraction, sentiment, anger, fear and resistance; studying the adoption and adaptation of technologies in leisure activities such as crafts; and addressing broader issues such as embodiment, memory, performance, and the effects of surveillance and gaze.

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