Call for Papers – Special Issue on Gender and Political Transformation in Societies at War

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From the FLP mailbox, this CFP:

Call for Papers – Special Issue on Gender and Political Transformation in Societies at War

Deadline: January 1, 2012

The Journal of International Women Studies seeks manuscripts for a special issue on gender and political transformation in societies at war.  We invite manuscripts that investigate  the relationship among gender and political transformation in societies beset by high levels of violence, in which building democratic institutions and practices necessarily involves a process of establishing civil peace and reconciling diverse factions of society.  We are especially interested in manuscripts that engage critically with the literature on gender and peace-making, transitional justice, and human security.

Questions of interest include but are not limited to the following:

1.)  Does conflict create space for achieving conflict and post conflict gender equality?  Under what condition does wartime organizing along gender lines to promote peace and/or deliver humanitarian aid translate into postwar gains for gendered justice?

2.) How do efforts to promote peace and transitional justice translate into gender equality?  How do women participate in processes to promote peace and transitional justice and to what effect?

3.) Do women’s groups form coalitions with broader human rights organizations, civil society actors, and political parties in attempting to establish peace and democratic institutions and practices?  If so, when and how do such coalitions reach across sectarian, class or other lines?

4.) How do men organize to resist war and the construction of hypermasculinity that accompanies it?  What are the linkages among men outside the mainstream?  When and how do they reach across sectarian, class or other lines?

5.) What is the definition and role of sexual minorities in post- conflict situations?  How do GLBTQ activists and groups participate in attempts to establish peace and democratic institutions and practices?

6.) How are global gender norms negotiated and applied at the local scale in conflict and post-conflict settings and with what outcomes?

7.)What is the effect of the “NGO-ization” of civil society on women’s groups and movements?  Does the prevalence of NGO modes of organizing during and after war undermine or promote a sustained, grassroots women’s movement?

8.) What is the impact of international actors (states, IO, INGOs) on gender roles,  relations and equality in war-to-democracy political transformations?  Do democracy assistance programs help or hinder the establishment of more equitable gender relations?

Submissions:  Submissions should be a maximum of 7,500 words inclusive of notes and bibliography.  For further information on submission guidelines see http://www.bridgew.edu/SoAS/jiws/submit.htm.  Manuscripts should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Please direct any questions about the call for papers to the guest editors.

Please send submissions to either:

Maureen Hays-Mitchell, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York 13346, USA / EE.UU. tel: 315-228-7251; 315-228-7038; mhaysmitchell@colgate.edu

OR

Jill Irvine, PhD, Presidential Professor and Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019; 405 325 2205; Jill.Irvine@ou.edu

-Bridget Crawford

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