Call for Chapters: Routledge Companion to Global Women's Writing

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Call for Publications
August 10, 2022 to October 15, 2022
United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Humanities

Routledge Companion to Global Women’s Writing

Editors: Tripthi Pillai and Ina Seethaler

We invite abstracts for chapters of previously unpublished and original work to be included in the new Routledge Companion to Global Women’s Writing, which is under contract to be published in July 2024 as part of the Routledge Literature Companions series.

Covering both established and emerging topics and methodologies, The Routledge Companion to Global Women’s Writing equips readers with interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to women’s writing in the global context. Movements and experiences shaping the twenty-first century assert the urgent need for expanding and re-envisioning existing academic and social definitions as well as cultural perceptions of gender, location, and creative expression. In response to this growing need felt by diverse communities across the world, the collection forges new directions in and conceptualizations of identity, experience, and practice. Specifically, we welcome contributions that engage the three principle aspects informing the collection—“global,” “women,” and “writing”—in inclusive ways that not only broaden readers’ understanding of these key identities and concepts but also enable them to explore the underappreciated connections among them. Towards this end, the editors seek a multiplicity of voices from a variety of disciplines and geocultural landscapes. Similarly, we welcome with enthusiasm diverse perspectives, positionalities, and approaches, ranging from commentary on dominant/key debates to exploratory work on budding and innovative practices of global women’s writing.

Each section of the handbook offers a broad range of topics that are globally applicable and provide critical and creative access to the nexus of women’s writing.

Possible sections and topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Bodies:
    1. Disability and women’s self-expression
    2. Global perspectives on healthcare
    3. Spirituality, religion, and ritual
    4. Transgender poetics and politics 
  2. Locations:
    1. Language, borders, and migration
    2. Domesticity and negotiations of home
    3. Ecologies and environments
    4. Carceral experiences
  3. Media Landscapes:
    1. Body art as authorship and activism
    2. Graphic writings
    3. Women in gaming
    4. Social media and global communication
  4. Disruptive Canvases:
    1. Textiles as texts
    2. Storytelling through graffiti/murals/poster art
    3. Global foodways
    4. Artifacts and experiences of war
  5. Movements of Resistance:
    1. Global writing and #metoo
    2. Grassroots activism and movements
    3. Education and liberatory/oppressive practices
    4. Law, justice, and policy

We are especially interested in contributions from authors at various stages of their careers who embrace interdisciplinary approaches and/or adopt practices of citational justice.

Please send an abstract of up to 350 words as well as a 200-word biography to and by October 15, 2022. Contributors will be notified by 15 November 2022 of their abstracts’ acceptance. Completed chapters of up to 6000 words will be expected by May 15, 2023. Some flexibility exists regarding word count, especially in the case of contributions that discuss non-dominant identities, geographies, and/or writing practices. Feel free to reach out to the editors with any queries.

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