Update: The locations for the 2019 IFJP Polycentric Conferences have been chosen; stay tuned for details!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
2019 International Feminist Journal of Politics Polycentric Conferences
IFJP conferences have become a mainstay of the international community of feminist IR scholars in the seven short years since their inception. Following 2018’s stimulating and highly successful “Feminism + Knowledge + Politics” conference at the University of San Francisco, the Editors-in-Chief are thrilled to share the vision of next year’s “polycentric,” or dispersed, conference.
In line with our mission to “develop a journal whose pages, authors, and readership reflect the full spectrum of scholarly engagement with issues of feminist international politics around the world” and to “provide a platform for voices from the field that have not found genuinely democratic spaces for expression and engagement,” the journal will take a decentralized/multiple-centers approach by helping to fund several smaller meetings. We welcome proposals focused on a range of themes of regional or international relevance, that incorporate workshops, roundtables, and/or more formal panel presentations. Whatever the themes or formats, the meetings should contribute to the IFJP goal of publishing “cutting edge feminist research on international politics” in the journal. IFJP meetings could be stand alone or in partnership with a professional association’s conference or similar opportunity.
Our priorities for support are:
Proposals from places that have yet to host an IFJP conference. Previous IFJP conferences have been held in: San Francisco (2018), New Delhi (2017), Cincinnati (2016), Brisbane (2015) Los Angeles (2014), Brighton (2013), and Bloemfontein (2012).
Events that clearly support scholars from your region, possibly in conjunction with extra-regional participants, to develop work that could be submitted to IFJP. This could be concretized in the explicit goal of a special issue or special section of the journal, or as more general support for work on individual submissions. Innovative outcomes along these lines are also welcome.
Events where there is demonstrated commitment, including in-kind resources, from local organizations or institutions. We expect that IFJP funds would be spent on participant travel, with the local host/s providing the venue and/or covering other expenses out of registration fees, but we are open to other proposals as long as local resources are central to the meeting.
Meetings where members of the IFJP editorial board, including at least one Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor, participate as central conveners and/or participants.
Meetings that have a media plan for initial outreach, engagement, and final reflection.
To propose a meeting, please send a proposal of no more than 5 double-spaced pages that includes the following elements:
Name/s of the principal convener/s & organizational/institutional conference host/s
Theme/s & Format/s
Target participants: local/regional faculty, graduate students, activists, practitioners…
Estimated/desired number of attendees
Why should this conference be held on this theme in this place with these people?
How will this conference nurture international feminist work for possible publication in IFJP?
Proposed budget, drawing on in-kind support from local hosts, registration fees (sliding scales based on rank, geography, retirement/student/practitioner/activist status), and use of IFJP funds. The typical conference support available from IFJP is between $10-15,000 (not including potential Editor-in-Chief travel).
Letter or email confirming institutional support of a local host
Some of the participants (including current and former editors) at the #IFJP2018 conference in San Francisco.
The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces the 6th Annual IFJP Conference
Walking the Talk: Feminist Reflections on International Practices
April 10-11, 2017
Pre-conference Workshop: April 9, 2017
South Asian University, New Delhi, India
Venue: India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi (TBC)
Theme Call for Papers:
Feminist International Relations (IR) scholarship has persuasively represented global politics as a masculinist domain. The dominance of hegemonic masculinities over femininities and subordinate masculinities is evident across a broad spectrum of international practices, from treaty negotiations to the work of ‘progressive’ civil society groups that may well be complicit in the reproduction of gendered hierarchies in their everyday work. Even as gender issues gain recognition in the political arena and more women join public deliberations, the conduct of international relations continues to be defined by such powerful binaries. Stereotypical assumptions about race, sexuality and economic privilege – and relations of power therein – further ascribe the dominant ways of ‘doing’ global politics.
The conference organizers invite feminist reflections on diverse international practices such as diplomacy and statecraft, bureaucratic politics, activism and advocacy, and indeed research and other forms of knowledge production. We encourage submissions that seek not only to build on existing (re)formulations of international relations, but also to identify and propose specific feminist ethics, strategies and methods in/for the everyday conduct of international practices.
Potential contributors may wish to consider the following questions:
What makes an international practice, organization or institution feminist?
What difference do ‘diverse’ bodies, including those of women, make to international practices?
Are particular ‘levels of analysis’ or spheres of activity better suited to feminist practices?
What are the ethical anchors for feminist practices?
What is the significance of concepts such as accountability, democracy, empathy, solidarity and transparency in feminist practices?
What is the role of culture, broadly understood, in defining, understanding and advocating for feminist practices?
In light of the employment of ‘strategic essentialisms’ in advocacy and policy making, to what extent do ends justify means?
What is the scope of resistance and resilience in contemporary international practices? How are these gendered?
How do neoliberal logic and funding imperatives factor into gender-related work?
In what ways does attention to practices challenge existing feminist IR theories and methodologies?
Papers and panel proposals focusing on practices of specific international (or regional) organizations such as the United Nations are also welcome.
Inquiries should be addressed to the journal’s email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Voices from Kashmir
April 10th, 6:00pm
Indian Social Institute
This is an independent event hosted by the Journal
Panel 1: Narratives of Insecurity in Kashmir: Gendered Bodies, Gendered Practices
Chair: Emma Brännlund, University of the West of England, Bristol
Interrupted Life: The Mother of the Disappeared, Shubranshu Mishra, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent, Brussels
The Politics of Memorialisation in the Anti-Disappearance Movement in Kashmir, Niharika Pandit, Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London
Masculinity, Violence, and the Politics of Surrender: Listening to Testimonies of Male Activists and Former Militants in Kashmir, Akanksha Mehta, Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London/University of Sussex
Panel 2: Conflict and Resistance in Kashmir: Gender as a Site of Protest
Chair: Swati Parashar, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Gender and Resistance in India: A Case History of Kashmir Conflict, Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, independent researcher
The Relational Indian State; Women in Kashmir’s Resistance, Inshah Malik, independent researcher
Gender and Protest: An Analysis of the Kashmiri Unrest of Summer 2016, Seema Kazi, Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi
Feminist Disjunctions: Women’s Activism without Feminism, Emma Brännlund, University of the West of England, Bristol
The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces the 5th Annual IFJP Conference
Decolonizing Knowledges in Feminist World Politics
May 20-21, 2016
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Theme call for papers:
Decolonial feminist thought and praxis seek a de-centering of the West, including its epistemes, institutions, politics, and Westphalian world order, through centering the histories, lands, livelihoods, bodies, thoughts, emotions, and spiritualities of indigenous peoples colonized by white settler states past and present (Simpson 2015) as well as by Western gendered, racialized and heteronormative orders and the “neoliberal imperium.” (Agathangelou and Ling 2009). Latin American decolonial scholars have posited the “coloniality of power” and “gender” (Quijano 2000; Lugones 2010) in which the Eurocentric/non-Eurocentric divide under now global colonial capitalism structures all social, economic, and political relations into relations of domination and constructs the current gender system. Decolonial work in International Relations (IR) has ranged from reconfiguring IR’s origin stories in relation to the history of colonialism (Tickner 2014) and de-centering Eurocentric accounts of state security (Laffey and Weldes 2008) to more feminist- and queer-informed foci on indigeneities, the stateless, and groups, including nations, below and across states, with particular emphasis on decolonizing bodies, identities, and desires (Nayak and Selbin 2010). Recognizing that white Western women have tended to be the beneficiaries of the coloniality of power, knowledge, and gender and that, as a result, white Western representations of feminism, feminist IR, and transnational feminism require decolonization, IFJP seeks submissions for this special issue, which arises from the Fifth Annual IFJP Conference held at the University of Cincinnati in May 2016 on its theme, that address decolonizing feminist world politics knowledges through any aspect(s) of the following questions:
What constitutes decolonial feminisms? How are they imagined in different parts of the world?
What constitutes decolonizing methodologies in feminist world politics and/or transnational feminist inquiry today?
How do decolonizing projects de-center the state and the human in the Western liberal imaginary and with what implications for IR and feminist IR?
How are decolonizing projects related to the de-centering of hegemonic masculinities, heteronormativities, homonormativities, and gender normativities? What does it mean to decolonize these de-centering projects?
How are decolonial, postcolonial, and anti-racist projects (inter)related?
What does it mean to decolonize feminist security studies?
What does it mean to decolonize feminist global political economy inquiry?
What does feminist decolonial inquiry mean for transforming world politics?
What are decolonial challenges in transnational feminist inquiry?
How are bodies, emotions, and minds as well as geographies, institutions, and structures colonized and decolonized?
What are promising decolonizing movements and practices in various parts of the world?
What are the implications of decolonizing projects for what lives (human and non-human) matter?
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Breny Mendoza,"Decolonial Feminism and the Question of the Decoloniality of Democracy”
The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces the 4th Annual IFJP Conference
The Difference that Gender Makes to International Peace and Security
June 18-19, 2015
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Theme of Conference:
In 2015 it will be twenty years since delegate countries signed the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; fifteen years since the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security; and 2015 itself, will be a year of intense consultation and negotiation with the looming end of the Millennium Development Goals. A stated ambition of the High Level Panel of Beyond 2015 is to directly address the chronic failure in the past to prioritise gender inequality in all development and human rights projects. Gender inequality, namely the social, economic and political rights of women and men secured irrespective of sex or gender, has not yet been understood as both a universal good and one that must be mainstreamed across development, human rights and preventative diplomacy sectors.
Accordingly, the concern in 2015 is not remarkably different from the concern in 1995 – societal and state tolerance of gender inequality directly contributes to the ongoing discrimination and oppression of, namely, women. The intensity of discrimination against women will differ according to location, immigrant-status, sexuality, income, employment, disability, religious, economic, education and race/ethnic disparities; but it is present everywhere. When gender inequality is normalised, women face heightened risk of being politically and socially excluded; and being targeted for public and private acts of physical violence, particularly in situations where there is civil unrest and conflict.
There is increasing interest in understanding the correlation between high rates of gender inequality and the onset of conflict; likewise it is increasingly suspected that situations of extreme gender inequality may be an enabling precondition in situations of mass atrocities, which includes widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence. In post-conflict scenarios, gender inequality - when unaddressed - further risks alienation of women from peacebuilding processes, security sector reform and post conflict development programs. This in turn affects the necessities to achieve peace – refugee return, land distribution, disarmament and demobilisation, labour and reconciliation – all of which contributes to the cycle of post-conflict violence and heightens the risk of a return to one-sided/state-level violence.
Over the last twenty years understanding the effects of gender inequality on international peace and security has led to much study and data collection. This feminist-informed scholarship has deepened collective understanding of the preconditions for lasting peace and security. However, the impact that efforts to reduce gender inequality have had on sustaining peace and security has received less feminist scholarly attention. The argument that gender equality is not an optional extra but essential for the maintenance of international peace and security still needs to be made. This conference will bring feminist scholars of international relations together from across global regions. Papers directed at the conference theme will help to achieve this essential contribution.
It is in this spirit that the 2015 IFjP Conference theme will be devoted to the positive impact of gender equality on international peace and security - from the relationship to conflict prevention, the prevention of mass atrocities and conflict transformation, to the realisation of economic, social and political human rights. We seek to include papers that have a diverse representation of regional case studies (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Pacific). This will enable the theme papers at the Conference to be a novel source of regional comparative analysis of the positive impact of addressing gender inequality and injustice.
The purpose of this theme is to build data and cases that explore the positive impact of gender equality on international peace and security. We hope that participants will consider how their work applies to the theme, and enter the theme discussion. However, the conference will (of course) include papers that explore failed attempts to address gender inequality, or that speak to the remit of the journal and not necessarily the theme.
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The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces the 3rd Annual IFJP Conference
Gender and Crises in Global Politics
May 9-11, 2014
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
Theme Call for Papers:
If one is to believe what newspapers, news media, and even IR’s journals suggest, the global political arena is (again) in a time of crisis. The Global Financial Crisis still reverberates and is producing the Debt Crisis. The continued violence in Syria, the tensions between Israel and Palestine, the aggression of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the risk of Iran’s proliferation and other militarily volatile situation have been characterized as crises. Environmentalists warn of ecological crisis, health scholars warn of a disease crisis, cyber-security specialists suggest a coming information crisis, and migration experts warn of population crises. On the other hand, a range of issues are excluded from the categories of crisis. Why, for example, is rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo not a crisis? Taken together, these present-day presumed crises and non-crises sit beside a history of global politics that is often told as a connection of crises – wars, depressions, diseases, and natural disasters.
Feminist work in International Relations has addressed many of these crises, both historical and contemporary, yet there is more to be done. The thematic focus of this year’s conference is on feminist theorizing of crisis, as well as of crises. We hope papers will address some of the following questions, both theoretically and empirically:
How does an event or social situation come to be constituted and represented as a crisis? What do gender and/or queer lenses tell us about what we recognize as crisis and how we read those crises?
Whose suffering constitutes a crisis, and what reactions are warranted? How does crisis policy behavior allow for the omission of concerns and needs of people at the margins of global politics? What do feminist and/or queer approaches to the politics of crisis representation look like?
Who/what is the subject of crisis politics? In crises, who is protected, saved, or forgotten? Whose crises demand attention? Whose are ignored?
What do gender and/or queer lenses tell us about analyzing crisis in global politics? What unique methods do feminisms bring to identifying and understanding what constitutes crises?
Are there feminist and/or queer approaches to crisis management? What challenges do crises present differently from ‘everyday politics’ as traditionally understood? What might a gendered/queer analysis of ‘means and ends’ tell us about crisis? Do gender and/or queer lenses tell us something about crisis strategy generally and/or disaggregate their analyses by types of crises?
How does feminist and/or queer theorizing deal with characterizations of 'times of crisis’? Does feminist and queer work in history, sociology, geography, and politics provide contextualization of such characterizations?
What if anything does it do to look at theorizing crisis as in crisis? How do gender/queer lenses think about crises in theorizing – of crisis itself and of specific concepts in crisis located in political economy to security?
Speakers included: Jack Halberstam, J. Ann Tickner, Jacqui True, Sandra Harding, Cynthia Enloe, Cynthia Weber
The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces the 2nd Annual IFJP Conference
(Im)possibly Queer International Feminisms
May 17-19, 2013
University of Sussex, Brighton, England
Theme of Conference:
Feminists taught us that the personal is political. International Relations feminists taught us that the personal is international. And contemporary Queer Scholars are teaching us that the international is queer. While sometimes considered in isolation, these insights are connected in complex and sometimes contradictory ways. This conference seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners to critically consider the limits and possibilities of thinking, doing, and being in relation to various assemblages composed of queer(s), international(s), and feminism(s).
Questions to consider include: Who or what is/are (im)possibly queer, (im)possibly international, (im)possibly feminist, separately and in combination? What makes assemblages of queer(s), international(s) and feminism(s) possible or impossible? Are such assemblages desirable – for whom and for what reasons? What might these assemblages make possible or impossible, especially for the theory and practice of global politics?
Sub-themes include (Im)Possibly Queer/International/Feminist:
Lisa Duggan, American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, New York University: "Atlas Shrugging: The Impossible Queer Desire of Ayn Rand"
Vivienne Jabri, War Studies, Kings College London: "Mobilising Queer Theory for a Materialist Understanding of Space and the International"
Spike Peterson, International Relations/Gender Studies, University of Arizona: "(Im)possibly and Necessarily Queering States/Nations"
Jon Binnie, Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University: "The (Im)possibly Queer International Feminist Politics of Solidarity in Central and Eastern Europe"
Rahul Rao, SOAS: "The Queer Question"
The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces the1st Annual IJFP Conference
Leaving the Camp – Gender Analysis Across Real and Perceived Divides
August 2-4, 2012,
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Theme of Conference:
The nature and quality of the insider-outsider feminist conversations with and about International Relations (IR) has captured the attention of many scholarly debates. However, it remains questionable as to whether the opening up of conversational spaces between Feminist IR and mainstream IR, and the perceived voice which may have been won, have indeed facilitated a questioning of IR’s traditional roots. Similarly, in a fast-changing world where rhetoric and reality are conflated in the discourse of interconnectedness, so-called divides between feminist academics and gender policy makers are taken as a given and hence, sometimes become weakly conceptualised and under-theorised.
Against the backdrop of this brief outline of the problem, the conference seeks to bring scholars and practitioners together to critically consider the implications of erecting epistemological and empirical fences, and to explore ways in which gender analysis – as it intersects with the analysis of other identities such as race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation – may be used to challenge preconceived ideas about camps, silos and borders. Perhaps answers are to be found in the shared assumptions of, for instance, feminist, queer and postcolonial activism and/or studying of global politics. ‘Gender’ as the dominant category of analysis for ‘borders work’ could therefore also be contested.
Sub-themes include the following:
Theorising the idea of borders and divides – myths and realities
Gender across the policy/donor/practitioner/academy divide
Gender across geographical divides (gendering transnational spaces)
Gender across institutional divides (gendering international organisation(s))
Gender across feminist divides
Gender across disciplinary and trans-disciplinary divides
Interviews conducted at the Conference by Soumita Basu
Bernedette Muthien, Director and Project Leader of Engender, Cape Town: On Feminist Activism and on Current Issues
Galia Golan, Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, On the "Arab Spring" and on Current Issues