Feminisms in Our Words, From Our Worlds

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Call for Papers
March 30, 2019 to May 30, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Humanities, Sexuality Studies, Social Sciences, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Feminisms in Our Words, From Our Worlds is a volume of personal essays by feminists across the globe on how they enact feminism in their daily lives. It seeks to explore the stories of our feminisms -- how we became acquainted with them; how we put our feminisms into regular practice; how we nourish them and how they in turn enrich us; what defines the “political” for us and how we engage with it in feminist ways.

The collection intends to understand how the extraordinary and the mundane bring feminism to us, or have brought us to feminism, propelling us to explore, expand, critique, and transform it. The collection encourages feminists to gain power over our narratives through their (re)construction -- an affordance we are seldom allowed in spaces dominated by the cacophony of more privileged voices. The book also aims to explore how feminists negotiate with and subvert patriarchal power in personal and political ways, and how we contribute to gender and sexual liberation despite insurmountable odds, challenges, and struggles.

The collection explores the following questions: Where were you introduced to feminism, as a belief system and as a practice? How did you come to identify as a feminist? What does your feminist practice look like? As your understanding of feminism transformed, how has your daily life evolved? How has your feminism influenced your interactions with your home, your family, your work, yourself and the world you inhabit? How does your practice challenge patriarchy in your public and private lives?

The editors of this volume themselves are queer feminists and two of them are from South Asia. By making space for our stories, by allowing ourselves the agency to craft our own narratives, by creating spaces for our pain, anger, joy, love, and victories, we believe, our daily acts of subversion can be chronicled and archived. By documenting the ordinary, we author our own histories. We welcome the work of and especially encourage trans, queer, non-binary folx, bisexual, lesbian, disabled, Black and/or South Asian women to submit their work.

Essays should be between 2000 and 3000 words in length and submitted in Microsoft Word format. Please send us a pitch of no more than 300 words by March 30, 2019 with a 100 word bio-note and a brief cover letter. Final submissions are due on 30 May, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the project, feel free to reach us at ourfeminismsproject@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you and reading your stories!

Contact Info: 

Arpita Ghosh

Assistant Professor

Ramananda Centenary College