CFP: Special Issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics: New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights.

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International Feminist Journal of Politics seeks manuscripts for a special issue on new directions in feminism and human rights. We invite manuscripts that capture the invocation of human rights strategies and discourses by feminist advocates, activists and grassroots movements for politically radical ends as well as manuscripts that offer new critiques and challenges of human rights practices in struggles for justice. We are especially interested in manuscripts that engage with both new and longstanding conceptions of human rights as individual, imperial and state-centric by foregrounding transnational feminist mobilizations of human rights.

The call should be interpreted as openly as possible. We encourage papers that discuss innovative uses of human rights that engage with, but are not limited to, the following analytical categories and themes:

Anti-racist human rights struggles * Indigenous women and sovereignty * Global struggles for rights to water, land, and other natural resources * Transnational feminist advocacy * Media and cultural expression * Sexual politics of human rights *”Human rights cities”* Reproductive rights and access to health care * Militarization, violence, and gendered (in)security * Feminist translations of international law into local justice * Prison abolition movements * Feminist democratization and the UN * Queering human rights * Gendering social, economic, and cultural rights *

Submissions for this special issue must focus on the praxis of feminist and other gender oriented movements and should promote cross-disciplinary conversations. We invite a range of different formats including academic pieces, testimonials from activists and practitioners, poetry, and film/book reviews. Please see the journal’s Instructions for Contributors for details concerning submissions, preparation of copy, references and style. Full-length critical essays/articles should not exceed 8,000 words. Testimonial   accounts, book/film reviews, and other creative submissions, such as poetry, should not exceed 3000 words. Submissions should be sent by 1 August 2009 to to IFjP home base office (, with a covering note specifying it is for consideration in the special issue on New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights. Please direct any other queries about the Call for Papers to the Guest Editors:

Dr. Dana Collins
CSU Fullerton
Sociology Dept.
P.O. Box 6846
Fullerton, CA 92834

Dr. Sylvanna Falcón
UC Riverside
Women’s Studies
2033 CHASS Bldg.
Riverside, CA 92521

Dr. Sharmila Lodhia
Santa Clara University
Political Science Dept.
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Dr. Molly Talcott
Arizona State University
Division of Social &
Behavioral Sciences
P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, AZ 85069

Please visit the IFjP website.

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