As a project of sociopolitical transformation, feminism of all kinds are engaged in practices of both critique and prefiguration: or, what has been called, the future perfect tense (Burman, 2016, p.710).
As we approach the third decade of the 21st Century, it is something of a truism to say that there are multiple feminisms. A post-feminist sensibility (Gill, 2007) establishes contemporary currency for debating feminist sociopolitical activism, for mistaking feminist identities, for rejuvenating backlash or lamenting fragmentation. This special issue aims to openly celebrate the multiplicity of feminist genealogical practices of critique and prefiguration, with respect for enabling tensions and productive problematics.
Our invitation for feminist genealogical writing accepts that there are no boundaries that clearly establish the historical trajectory of feminisms’ political emergence (which century? which women? which counter-movements, contests, continents could we count as feminist?). There are no borderlines delineating feminist subject-matter (who or what is at stake: women? gender? bodies? social hierarchies? human rights? liberation? freedom?). In this context, we aim to resist fabricating a totalising character for feminist genealogy, without foregoing recognisably feminist threads of subversion or disruption to trajectories of gendered social power relations.
We imagine feminist genealogies as transdisciplinary research and writing that engages critical genealogical methods to “travel along rhizomatic pathways, searching for new vantage points… and offer[ing] new ways of seeing the present” (Meadmore, Hatcher, & McWilliam, 2000, p. 470). We appreciate that some may embrace the “painstaking rediscovery of struggles together with the rude memory of their conflicts" (Foucault, 1980, p. 83) while others will initiate genealogy as “a force” storming the cannons of our disciplinary pasts to reconsider “the way we make sense” (Tamboukou, 2016, p. 116). We also acknowledge that not all work we read as feminist genealogy explicitly takes up those terms. We are mindful of projects like Salem’s (2016) theorising of intersectionality as traveling theory that reminds us of the “critical roots” that the concepts’ travels have erased; or Ferrando’s (2013) untangling of posthuman terminologies, including feminist new materialisms, through tracing movements of their emergence. They seem to us to be the kind of implicitly genealogical projects that show “‘something altogether different’ behind things:… the secret that they have no essence or that their essence was fabricated in a piecemeal fashion" (Foucault, 1984, p. 78).
Just as the journal Genealogy opens to multiple genealogical narratives and engagements with genealogical theories and methods, in this special issue we are inviting submissions of feminist transdisciplinary work including, but not limited to, engagements with:
- genealogical methods
- genealogical theory
- local genealogical narratives
- indigenous genealogies
- genealogies of affect
- genealogies of feminism, post-feminism
- becoming feminist, genealogies
- critical intersectionalities of feminism and genealogy
Prof. Mandy Morgan
Dr. Robbie Busch
Dr. Leigh Coombes
Dr. Ann Rogerson
Burman, E. (2016). Fanon, Foucault, feminisms: Psychoeducation, theoretical psychology, and political change. Theory & Psychology, 26(6), 706–730. doi: 10.1177/0959354316653484
Ferrando, F. (2013). Posthumanism, transhumanism, antihumanism, metahumanism, and new materialisms. Existenz, 8(2), 26–32.
Foucault, M. (1980). Two lectures. In Power/knowledge: Selected interviews and other writings 1972-1977 (C. Gordon, Ed. & Trans.; L. Marshall, J. Mepham & K. Soper, Trans.; pp. 78-108). New York, NY: Harvester Wheatsheaf.
Foucault, M. (1984). Nietzsche, genealogy, history. In P. Rabinow (Ed.), The Foucault Reader. New York, NY: Pantheon.
Gill, R. (2007) ‘Postfeminist media culture. Elements of a sensibility’ European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10(2): 147-66.
Meadmore, D., Hatcher, C., & McWilliam, E. (2000). Getting tense about genealogy. Qualitative Studies in Education, 13, 463-476.
Tamboukou, M. (2016). Sewing, Fighting and Writing: Radical Practices in Work, Politics and Culture. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
- Feminist genealogy
- Feminist theory
- Genealogies of feminism
- Becoming feminist
- Local feminist genealogical narratives
- Feminist genealogical methods
- Critical intersectionalities of feminism and genealogy
- Indigenous, feminist genealogies
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