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Journal of Gender Studies

Deadline: 31 January 2020

Special Issue:

Sexual Politics and Gendered Lives: East Asian Perspectives

Living as we are told, in the ‘Asian century’, we cannot but be aware of Asian economic ascendancy, ‘the seemingly irreversible shift to the East, particularly to Asia, of the dynamism of global capitalism’ (Bhambra and Santos 2017: 4). There remains a profound asymmetry between theory and research generated from the ‘west’ or the metropole and that generated elsewhere. Too often parochially based western knowledge is assumed to be universal, while that generated elsewhere is categorized as 'area studies', as relevant only to a particular part of the world. A number of authors have drawn attention to the parochialism of Eurocentric knowledge claims, calling for a decentring of European traditions of thought or a decolonization of knowledge production (see e.g. Chakrabarty 2008; Chen 2010; Connell 2015; Bhambra and Santos 2017). Feminist scholarship is not immune from Euorcentrism and has been critiqued from a variety of locations and perspectives (e.g. Connell 2015; Giraldo 2015; Lugones 2010; Moletsane et al. 2015). Much of the debate has been generated by scholars and activists with South Asian, African and Latin American roots and is beginning to have at least some impact on western feminist thought.

East Asian feminist work, however, is less often recognized, except by Area Studies specialists. Partly this may be due to the specific colonial history of the region so that it does not fit so easily into understandings of the post-colonial world. Moreover, this region does not sit easily within the Global North/Global South divide, if the latter is seen as comprising relatively impoverished or ‘developing’ nations. In economic terms, much of East Asia could be included in the ‘metropole’, but in the academic literature continue to be treated as peripheral. Even China, now the second largest economy in the world, but which might partially fit into the ‘global south’ has been neglected by western feminists. This neglect is certainly not due to a lack of feminist research on gender in the region, much of which is engaging critically with western theory, challenging its assumptions and developing new perspectives and conceptual tools (see e.g. Lan 2014; Ochiai 2014; Qi 2018).

Writing of the poor understanding of Chinese women in western academia, Jinhua Teng (1996) expressed the hope that gender studies might provide an opportunity for ‘Chinese studies to end its segregation’, which had ‘meant its marginalization in the Western academy’ (1996: 144-45). Over two decades later, this hope remains unrealised, not just in relation to Chinese scholarship, but East Asian feminism more generally. This special issue aims to revive this hope and contribute to remedying the neglect of East Asian feminism by showcasing work by East Asian authors rather than ‘western’ scholars working on East Asia. We invite both empirical and theoretical contributions that offer distinctively East Asian perspectives from any discipline. For the purposes of this special issue. we define East Asia as comprising Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Korea and Japan. We will also include Singapore, which, while geographically South-East Asian, culturally and economically has much in common with capitalist East Asia.

Contributions may address (but are not limited to):

Conventional, unconventional and new forms of family relationships
Sexualities and sexual relationships
Gendered divisions, differences and ambiguities
Masculinities and femininities, straight, trans and queer
Gendered embodiment
Gendered migration
Gender, class and ethnicity
Gendered ageing
Gender online – gendered networks and representations
Gender and nationalism
Gender and modernity
Politics, activism and protest

Submission Guidelines

Call for abstracts: End of January 2020

Selection of abstracts for invitation to full papers; End of February 2020

Submission of full papers: End of April 2020

Redrafting and resubmission of papers: April 2020-August 2020

Minor corrections to resubmitted papers and submission to ScholarOne: November 2020

Publication: 2021

Abstracts are to be emailed to: Professor Petula Sik Ying Ho by the end of January 2020

Editorial Information:

Guest Editors:

Professor Petula Sik Ying Ho, University of Hong Kong

Professor Stevi Jackson, University of York


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