CALL FOR PAPERS- Special Issue of the Dutch Journal of Feminist Studies 1, Autumn 2017

Subject: A critique of our own? On the epistemic habits of academic feminism

Guest Editors: Marianne Liljeström, Professor of Gender Studies,
University of Turku, and Salla Peltonen, MA, Gender Studies, Åbo
Akademi University, Finland

Deadlines: 1-page abstracts by November 20th 2016
Manuscript submission (6,000-9,000 words) February 1st 2017.
Please send abstracts to: and/or

This special issue of the Dutch Journal of Feminist Studies on
feminist critique and epistemic habits focuses critically on current
discussions within the field of gender studies and the state of
feminist critique.

We are looking for submissions that identify, discuss, air, and
interrogate the topical question of critique and its relation to
feminist knowledge production. The theme issue aims to address
questions such as:

  • How is critique currently understood, defined, envisioned and

practiced within feminist academic frameworks?

  • What is at stake in the politics of feminist knowledge production

when it comes to unraveling its epistemological foundations?

  • What role does, for example, suspicion, deconstruction,

de-familiarisation, destabilisation, denaturalisation, and
antinormativity have as analytical concepts, and methods of feminist

  • What about affirmation, affect and the politics of temporality and futurity?
  • How can we think about the decolonization of knowledge and methods

within the field of academic feminism?

  • What role does the undoing of the old and the envisioning of the new

play in a political, ethical and epistemological sense?

  • How can we develop and apply the concept of intersectionality in new


  • What role does critique play in the aftermath of the legacy of the

hermeneutics of suspicion, Foucauldian historicism, and Butlerian

  • What role do the frameworks of new materialist and Deleuzian

feminism play in rethinking critique?

  • How do queer feminists of color critiques address the epistemic

habits of white academia?

Further, the special issue investigates if, for example, the
aforementioned concepts have become routinized methods, thinking
habits, and reading techniques, that overdefine feminist knowledge
production and critique. Thus, the issue will discuss the effects of
the critical stance of academic feminism: what expectations are
connected to feminist critique as effective, affective, operational
and working for political changes in and outside academia?

Any contributions that critically approach questions of the
disciplinary apparatus of academic feminism, are welcome. We
particularly welcome submissions that deal with ?race?/ethnicity, and
also contributions from scholars working in the global south.
The Dutch Journal of Feminist Studies aims to promote excellence in
feminist research. We welcome articles that engage with political and
cultural issues, and that seek to challenge social norms of gender,
sexuality, race/ethnicity, class and disability, and which promote
themes of equality, diversity, and social justice.

The Dutch Journal of Feminist Studies encourages interdisciplinarity,
and the use of feminist methodologies in research. Articles to be
submitted should be grounded in the empirical and theoretical
exploration of gender and its lived experience within a range of
cultural contexts. We also welcome research on narrative,
representation, and discourse that critically analyses the
construction, maintenance and reinforcement of gendered normativities.
The journal particular encourages articles that provide information on
historical and current political struggles, activisms, and critical
social engagements.
Articles to be submitted for peer review should be between 7,000-9000
words in length, including all references, footnotes, and accompanying
material. If illustrations are included, please allow 250 words per
figure and ensure that you have copyright permissions. For general
enquiries please email to the managing editor via .
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