International Feminist Journal of Politics



Calls for Papers

IFJP Special Conversations Section - "Popular Art and Epistemic Violence/Justice"

The Conversations section is an innovative intervention by the International Feminist Journal of Politics which aims to offer space and opportunity to make strong theoretical and practical contributions to feminist debates that do not necessarily take standard academic forms. It typically includes interviews with prominent or early career scholars, practitioners, and activists; narratives and short stories; photo essays, artistic pieces, and poetry; film readings; conference reports; and other “non-traditional” modes of scholarly writing.

Aiming to interrogate different possibilities in which cultural and artistic renditions can create inclusive and just epistemic communities, which resist epistemic violence, we now invite submissions that explore the following questions:

  • How does popular cultural and aesthetic renditions (such as literature, poems, plays) help to disrupt the boundaries of the academic field of international relations?

  • How can cultural and aesthetic renditions in the global South disrupt western accounts of knowledge and subject production and address issues of epistemic justice/violence?

  • How is art in the peripheries contributing to the creation of gendered, racial and epistemic justice more generally?

  • How can indigenous cosmologies and cultural practices open distinct ways of approaching social and political interactions, which include different experiences of sexuality, gender, community, spirituality?

  • How can popular art help to reconceptualize subjectivity and defy the normative boundaries demarcating the traditional subjects and objects of international politics?

We encourage submissions that engage diversity of content in terms of format, topic, author location, and seniority.

Submissions should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words including bibliography. Please also upload a biographical note and five keywords. Make sure to edit it thoroughly for language and clarity, and format it to correspond to the Taylor & Francis guidelines.

Conversations pieces are internally peer reviewed by all the IFJP editors, including the Conversations Co-Editors: Catia C. Confortini (Wellesley College, USA) and Natália Maria Félix de Souza (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil).
Feel free to contact us with questions | For general questions about the Conversations section, please refer to our FAQs also.

Special Issue - Feminism + Knowledge + Poltics - IFJP 22(I)

Feminist scholarship has always entailed taking responsibility for and taking a stand on the relationship between politics and knowledge. At the 7th Annual International Feminist Journal of Politics conference we invited scholars from around the world to embark on a contemporary investigation into the question of the role of feminism within the politics of knowledge. At the conference we brought together scholars and practitioners for an interdisciplinary and global exploration - now we invite the entire IFJP community, including conference participants, to participate in a special issue on the topic:

  • What is the impact of feminist politics on knowledge?

  • What is the impact of politics on feminist knowledge?

  • What is the relationship between feminist methodology and knowledge?

  • What use is feminist knowledge in a “post-truth” world?

  • Can feminist knowledge be anything but “race” blind?

  • How might we understand the relationship between queer theory and feminist theory?

  • Which methodological, conceptual, and/or theoretical approaches are most fruitful in deepening intersectional analysis that includes, but is not limited to, feminist queer, and anti-racist perspectives in all of their many manifestations?

  • How far has intersectionality been advanced?

  • Can feminist scholars and practitioners share knowledge to advance feminist politics?

We welcome submissions that continue conversations familiar to feminist scholars related to political economy, desire, security, violence, migration, and rights, for example. We also are looking for work that takes up topics important to politics, but on which feminist knowledge has not sufficiently been brought to bear, such as indigenous knowledge, gendercides and feminicido, climate change and climate justice, refugees, asylum-seeking reproductive justice, visibility of women and queer people and their political actions on the internet, artistic and cultural expression, and other topics that may or may not fit well in the terrain that we have come to understand as feminist IR but to which feminist IR can contribute and from which feminist IR can learn.

We welcome papers using familiar methodologies as well as innovative and alternative methodologies. Feminist international relations covers global to local and local to global social, economic, political and epistemological terrain. We encourage authors to treat every topic in a way that provides a substantive and theoretical contribution to feminist international relations. We encourage authors to make connections to and build on and extend existing feminist work. We encourage authors to take a stand on the front line of making other feminists’ scholarship and activism visible.

Submissions should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words. Those with methodological approaches that require up to 12,000 words are encouraged to reach out to the editors with an abstract and a brief argument for why the approach requires the longer exposition well in advance of the deadline.

Submissions from both the conference and theme-related submissions that were not presented at the conference are welcome. Accepted articles will be included in the Special Issue – Feminism + Knowledge + Politics – IFJP 22(1).