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Call for papers: 2014 Special issue of the Journal of Gender Studies

The Journal of Gender Studies

Special Issue 2014: Call for Papers

‘Feminisms, Academia, Austerity’

Guest Editors: Helen Davies and Claire O’Callaghan

(JGS Editor: Blu Tirohl)

The current age of austerity is posing significant challenges to feminist scholarship within academia. Recent government funding cuts to higher education are jeopardising the future of research in the arts and humanities more broadly, but the decline of centres, institutes and courses devoted to gender and women’s studies has the potential to threaten the future of feminism in the academy. Retirements and redundancies may signal the end of feminist teaching and research in certain higher education institutions. The dearth of employment opportunities for postgraduates and early career researchers has the potential to elide the next generation of feminist scholars. The increasingly competitive environment of employment in higher education is generating divisions and inequalities which put pressure upon the networks of support, co-operation and community which have been integral to feminist research, teaching and practice

This special issue of the Journal of Gender Studies, ‘Feminisms, Academia, Austerity’, provides a multi-disciplinary space to critically investigate such concerns from a range of perspectives. In what ways are these changes affecting our work and lives? What potential is there to resist these narratives of decline? How might feminist teaching, research, theory and activism engage with and combat such challenges? The guest editors invite articles of 5000-7000 words in length which might address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • The impact of the age of austerity upon women’s and feminist writing, art, performance, scholarship, theory, teaching and activism;
  • Resistance to narratives of decline in the age of austerity;
  • The challenges posed to ‘sisterhood’ in the current academic environment;
  • Bridging the gap between postgraduate/early career feminist researchers and established scholars;
  • Postcolonial, queer, and/or differently abled responses to the age of austerity in feminist research;
  • Historical, political and sociological responses to the age of austerity in feminist research;
  • Exploring alternative futures for feminism in the academy;
  • Strategies of resistance to the marginalisation of feminist research;
  • Encouraging the next generation of feminist scholars.

The deadline for submissions is 30th June 2013. Please see the Journal of Gender Studies’ guidance for authors at

If you have any queries, please contact Helen Davies ( and Claire O’Callaghan (

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Friday, 29 March 2013

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