Call for Abstracts: Special Issue of Feminist Formations
"Time, Urgency, and Collaboration in the Corporate University"
Guest edited by Fatima El-Tayeb and Maria Stehle
Abstract Submission deadline: April 15, 2020
There is no doubt that transnational, intersectional collaborative strategies are urgently needed in response to the global rise of neo-nationalism within a persistent system of neoliberal racial capitalism: violence, poverty and displacement are escalating while wealth disparities continue to increase. Commitments to equitable access to education and resources are undermined by a mainstreamed rhetoric of “entitlement abuse” and “special rights.” Meanwhile, the Left’s organized response is marred by internal conflicts around so-called “identity politics” identified with feminist, queer and racialized positionalities. Economic and political precarity, travel restrictions and bans, anti-genderism and anti-immigration discourses, and hostility against academics and intellectuals around the globe form new interconnected systems of surveillance to hinder and intimidate connections and collaboration.
This special issue focuses not only on the challenges of doing political work in the context of neoliberal appropriations but aims to find paths for critical practice and resistance. We seek pieces that provide new feminist theorizations, practices, and pedagogies through and/or about collaboration that challenge the dominance of North American education models by reconceptualizing the temporalities of the neoliberal university. This is a university that values collaborations as long as they produce measurable, assessable outcomes, grants, patents, or “innovation.” Self-care and wellness are employed in the service of productivity and as forms of self-optimization. Neoliberal racial capitalism is driven by the “clock” of assessment and heteronormative and ableist understandings of time and productivity. Productivity translates into numbers and speed, resources are distributed based on seemingly neutral algorithms, while teaching and scholarship are assessed in terms of numerically measurable outcomes.
Meanwhile, universities increasingly become targets in the new culture wars initiated by neo-nationalist forces everywhere, be it through crackdowns on critical academics and students by increasingly authoritarian neoliberal governments in Turkey or India, massive online harassment of feminist scholars in supposedly stable democracies such as Germany or censorship of BDS initiatives in the US. Thus, while right wing movements frame academia as a hub of subversive, radical thinking and activism, innovation and collaboration in the service of transformation often faces institutional obstacles. Curriculum-building and public scholarship that serve university “diversity” missions are valued only if they can be tightly connected to improved recruitment and retention numbers and are rarely adequately considered in tenure and promotion processes. Co-teaching, collaborative writing and cross-disciplinary collaborations are frequently discouraged. We are primarily interested in contributions that focus on collaborative strategies that challenge neoliberal notions of productivity and time championed in Western models of academic knowledge production and build new collective forms of creating and sharing transformative knowledge.
We envision a volume that includes academic articles and creative formats, that draw, among other theories, on feminist and queer critiques of racial capitalism, on concepts of queer time and futurity, crip time, settler spacetime, decolonial theory and critical race theory.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Challenges to heteronormative and ableist understandings of time and productivity within neoliberal racial capitalism
- Feminist collaboration and speculation as resistance/subversion/change
- Research-Creation as/and Scholar-Activism
- Challenges to the theory/praxis divide
- Feminist pedagogies that enable student collaboration for social justice
- Assessment cultures and feminist responses
- Collaboration with partners outside of academia, public scholarship
- Radical and political notions of self-care and wellness
- Crip time
- Decolonial time
- Theorizations of time within transnational frameworks
- Diasporic spacetime
- Abolitionist networks within and beyond the academy
- Futurity and imaginations of/speculations for just futures
- Collaboration as coalition and solidarity building, as feminist anti-racist praxis
- Feminist community building within and beyond the university
Submit your 350-word abstract, short bibliography, short bio, and contact information by April 15, 2020. Full manuscript submissions will be due October 15, 2020.
Abstracts should be submitted to this Feminist Formations Submitable page directly.
Following the deadline, guest editors will review the manuscripts and determine those to be sent for full review. Manuscripts will be subject to anonymous peer review.
For more information, download a Feminist Formations style guide, submission checklist, and anonymization guide.
Questions about the submission process may be sent to editorial assistants Andrés López and Carina Buzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feminist Formations is a leading journal of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published three times a year by the Johns Hopkins University Press. It is housed in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University, under the editorship of Patti Duncan. For more information, see www.feministformations.org.