CFP: EDITED VOLUME ON FEMICIDE (Female Killing) in 21st Century

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Call for Papers
March 30, 2020 to December 30, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Law and Legal History, Psychology, Sexuality Studies, Social Sciences, Women's & Gender History / Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS – EDITED VOLUME ON FEMICIDE (Female Killing) in 21st Century

In 2019, reportedly 302 women of all ages were murdered throughout Turkey between January 1 and November 20. The assailants were relatives, husbands, boyfriends, ex-partners, and/or total strangers. The murders usually made the headlines; the assailants were either caught, and released, or faced short to long-term sentencing; some went missing; a few were even released after questioning. The above data was compiled from local and national newspapers.  Actual number may be higher because not all homicides are labeled as “femicide.” Femicide or feminicide is a sex-based hate crime, broadly defined as "the intentional killing of females (women or girls) because they are females", though definitions vary depending on its cultural context. According to the reports the majority of the women were killed by intimate partners, 31 by immediate family members, 20 by neighbors or friends and 8 by their relatives.

The number of women killed in Turkey has been on the rise ever since Turkey became the first country to ratify a European convention on violence against women, with 440 killed in 2018. Of the 302 (+ plus) women killed in 2019, most were killed with firearms, 74 by stabbing, 25 by strangulation and 20 women by beating.

The edited volume, tentatively entitled, Love and Murder: Female Killings in 21st Century will provide broad historical and sociological background to female killings and facilitate professional discussions to explore its causes and hopefully offer solutions (legislative, sociological, academic, religious, civil society, conflict resolution) to bring a decisive end to a growing epidemic.  Academicians have to be engaged in developing a richer understanding of the societal, psychological, sexual, gender-related, religious, legal backgrounds and historical complexities of female killings in recent years. The objective is to establish a solid reference base that will serve as a blueprint and a beacon for the legislators, educators, policy makers, as well as for the governments to collaborate and work towards establishing a secure, safer and equitable future for all women.

The editor believes this study is timely, and it will be a landmark reference work that will reach a broader audience from an academic perspective. This project offers an opportunity for social scientists to present their research and propose solutions to stop the female killings in any part of the world, but primarily in Turkey. The editor aims to place the study with the national and international publishers who is best positioned to establish a vast readership for the book. Through academic research the editor plans to inform policy makers, civil society representatives, reformers, activists, government agencies and those who can bring change to stop female killings throughout the world. The scholarly research papers are invited to contribute to this interdisciplinary academic endeavor from the following areas/fields pertinent to the above mentioned topic:

Gender Studies

 Law and Legislation

 Criminal Psychology

 Turkish Studies

 Global Studies – Islamic Law




 Turkish Society and Tradition

Women’s Studies

 Women’s Rights

 Abuse and Criminality

*National and International academics whose research is related to femicide are encouraged.

**Parts of Interviews (with Victims’ Families, accompanied by a scholarly commentary) will be considered for inclusion.

Chapter Length and Style

The chapters should be original, in English and unpublished, with notes, and in proper MLA edition format, with Times New Roman script, 12 font-size including an abstract in 300 words, with title in six or seven words. The full-length paper (chapter) should be geared towards an educated and interested general audience; it should not exceed 6,000 to 8,000 words, not including endnotes. It should have a bibliography, along with a short bio of the author in 75 words. The paper should be emailed to with subject line reading “Edited Volume on Femicide”) Authors should provide necessary citations but should avoid extensive historiographical discussions.



Interested contributors should send a short abstract (300 words) and a short CV (1 page) to the editor by March 30th, 2020. Shorter statements of interests with questions regarding the suitability of a potential contribution are welcome as well.

Completed papers will be due at the end of December 2020. The editor reserves the right to refuse an incomplete paper, and may ask the contributor to revise or edit certain sections.

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Dr. Nilgun Anadolu-Okur


 Thank you for your interest in this topic.


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Dr. Nilgun Anadolu-Okur


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