Feminism and Capitalism –
This is a call for innovative theoretical, empirical, and creative submissions about feminism and twenty-first-century capitalism. Our call is spurred by phenomena such as the millions of people displaced and relegated to invisibility as “surplus populations,” increasing debt and income inequality, rising corporate profits, persistent agrarian crises, planetary urbanization, labor precarity and informality, and climate change.
We acknowledge the recent resurgence of feminist engagements with capitalism—on the crises of care and social reproduction, on immaterial labor and work, and on the Anthropocene and environmental destruction, for instance. New feminist interventions on the intimate, poetic, and generative lifeworlds that articulate creative responses to capitalism give us glimmers of hope.
We invite scholarship on feminism, capitalism, and anti-capitalism through a wide range of angles such as social reproduction, pinkwashing, corporate feminism and state feminism, neoliberalism, financialization, risk and debt, racial capitalism, bioeconomies, and nonhuman-human relations. We also invite essays that open up feminist thinking to new conversations about capitalism as an emergent social formation through a focus on specific spatiotemporal sites. Lastly, we encourage the submission of essays that grapple with the aporias and contradictions of capitalism such as its technologies of desire, economic (entrepreneurial) aspiration, and the commodification and fetishization of difference.
Contributions based on ongoing academic and activist collaborations, debates, and discussions are welcome. Submissions may range across genres such as empirical and theoretical studies, speculative conceptual essays, review essays, art essays, poetry, fiction, and news-based commentaries.
Deadline: September 1, 2019
For your submission to be complete, please send all of the following:
- One double-spaced hard copy mailed to Feminist Studies, 4137 Susquehanna Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. (In order to protect anonymity, the author’s name should appear only a separate title page and not on the manuscript itself.) This requirement is waived if you are submitting from a country outside of North America.
- An electronic copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Alternatively, you may include a CD with the mailed hard copy.) Please send the electronic file as a Word or WordPerfect document, not as a PDF.
- A 200-word (or fewer) abstract
- A cover note with mailing and email addresses.