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December 04, 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS: Michigan Feminist Studies

Deadline: January 16, 2009

Michigan Feminist Studies invites submissions for its 2009 issue on the theme of Politics and Performativity. Women's roles in politics per se, and more generally in the public sphere, often theorized through notions of performativity, are important topics for feminist researchers, academics, and activists. This volume of Michigan Feminist Studies seeks to engage with this subject from many different angles and perspectives. While our empirical and theoretical focus is on women and gender, we also encourage submissions that draw linkages between gender and other social identities, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, and nationality.

We welcome submissions in the form of empirical/scholarly analysis, literature reviews, theoretical papers, creative writing, and visual art from emerging or established scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, artists, creative writers, and activists. We encourage scholarly works from all disciplines, including (but not limited to): anthropology, sociology, psychology, English/literature, linguistics, women's studies, biology, chemistry, physics, history, public health, public policy, philosophy, art history, business/marketing, information sciences, political science, studio arts, communications/media studies, theater, international studies, law, and education. As feminists, we also support interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research.

In this issue of Michigan Feminist Studies we are interested in considering questions such as: How have women in the public sphere/politics been represented in the media? How are women and/feminism implicated in conservative versus liberal politics? How are feminist issues given attention in policy decisions? What is the role of women in grassroots political organizations? How is gender constructed through political discourse? How are femininity and sexuality of female politicians portrayed by the media and handled by the public? How do gendered discourses frame political campaigns? How has the feminist movement been shaped by its political goals? How do drag and other forms of subversive gendered dress make a political statement?

More specific topics for submissions could include:
• Reproductive rights
• Identity politics
• Presentation of the self in the political arena
• Nationalism
• Women and (dis)enfranchisement
• Women, language, & politics
• Political economy
• Public/private divide
• Femininity and political figures in the ancient world
• Sexism in politics
• Gay marriage
• Power of women in ancient dynasties

Please note that these questions and topics are intended as suggestions and not limitations.

Michigan Feminist Studies is an annual publication edited by graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Manuscripts should be roughly 4000-6000 words and double-spaced. Please submit three single-sided copies, and include a 150-200 word abstract, brief biographical note, institutional and departmental affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Papers may be submitted in the accepted format of your own academic discipline (e.g., MLA, APA). If your paper is selected, you will then be asked to submit an electronic file.

Mail submissions to: Michigan Feminist Studies
1122 Lane Hall
204 South State Street
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

The Deadline for Submissions is January 16, 2009.

Inquiries can be directed to mfs.editors@umich.edu.

Posted by zzhu at December 4, 2008 02:51 PM