CFP: Feminist Encounters - Gender Activism in South Asia (Spring 2023)

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2021
Subject Fields: 
South Asian History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies
Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics (Spring 2023)
Gender Activism in South Asia

Guest editors: Munira Cheema (King’s College London) and Salma Siddique (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Feminist Encounters seeks multi-format submissions for a special issue on Gender Activism in South Asia for Spring 2023.

In this issue, we wish to consider historical activisms, and also how gender activism in the region has been changing over the last decade. Arguably, it is an unprecedented moment for urban South Asian gender activisms. Multi-city collectives and calls such as Why Loiter?, Pinjra Tod (Break the Cage), and Girls at Dhaba seek to tackle the double bind of protection and risk for urban women. On the one hand, South Asian gender activists are using conventional methods such as public protests, but we have also seen a huge growth in the use of social media to shape their respective discourses in the public sphere.  Populist regimes continue to try to define and restrict the role of women, including in the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, which in turn is producing – and hopefully will produce – various kinds of resistanceWe invite proposals for articles that will address how civil society, nation states and the media are shaping narratives of feminism and gender activism in the region of South Asia. We are interested in contributions from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Themes are not restricted to, but may address the following questions: 

How are choreographies of gender centric protests challenging the patriarchal state? 
How has social media redefined gender activism in South Asian countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and others?
How do right-wing feminists utilise social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter?
Ask whether gender activism can be understood to be unifying or dividing the region across religion, class, caste and ethnicity? 
What narratives of feminism emerge in the labor of online influencers?
How can we map contradictions and similarities amongst different shades of Muslim feminisms? 
How does intersectionality inform new media activism?
How are Muslim feminisms changing to meet emergent challenges in South Asian countries?
What is the relationship between Muslim feminism and the patriarchal state? 
Can gender activism thrive under populist regimes? 
How does the #MeToo Movement redefine the culture of shame in South Asia? 
What is the role of documentary filmmaking in shaping activism on gender?
How do instances of online misogyny such as ‘sulli deals’ and ‘bois locker room’ produce new activisms centered on online safety?

Submissions can include interviews, video essays and long-articles (7000-11000 including notes and references)

300 words abstract and bio by 1 November 2021 to or

Decision by 1 December 2021

Submissions due by 1 April 2022

Contact Info: 

Dr. Salma Siddique,

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin