CfP: Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities (Journal of Gender Studies); by: 31.10.2021

Journal of Gender Studies (Web); Sylvia Mieszkowski, Elisabeth Holzleithner, and Birgit Sauer (Univ. of Vienna)

Proposals by: 31.10.2021

This special issue starts from the premise that “the in_visible” is a complex of problems embedded in globalized cultural, social and political changes, which are triggered by the economisation of the social and political spheres, (forced) migration, pluralism of religion and belief, new media technologies and the narrations they produce. What is in_visible is not a given, but historically specific and a result of contingent processes of in_visibilisation, which manifest on the shifting terrain between public and private spheres. Being and becoming visible is a prerequisite of being politically and socially intelligible, yet visibility does not necessarily or automatically translate into power. And even if such a translation does take place, it can create a host of ambivalences on the way, in which we are particularly interested.

We seek to put together an interdisciplinary special issue with a spectrum of articles from fields such as (but not limited to) philosophy, sociology, anthropology, literary, film or media studies. On the one hand, these contributions should consider (intersectional) gender and/or desire as important categories of analysis; on the other, the submitted abstracts should outline articles that aim to investigate the social practices, cultural meanings and political power structures in which processes of in_visibilisation are embedded, as well as the broad array of images that they produce. Our issue’s goals are analytical and methodological as well as normative, since we are looking to i) explore ways in which in_visibilities create ambivalent, gendered relations of power, subjugation and resistance, and ii) identify and describe transformative strategies that build (and/or subvert) agency, and lend themselves to reflecting on ambivalent processes of governance.

The editors understand gender as intersecting with other categories that are structured along axes of power (such as sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religious belief and belonging, dis_ability, class and/or age). How a person’s gender is (supposed to be) performed is … read more (Web).

Source: Female-l