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30 June 2021
01 November 2021
Gender, Technology and Development
Special Issue Editor(s)
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rebecca J. Elmhirst,
University of Brighton, UK
Evelyn F. Wamboye,
Pennsylvania State University, USA
Gender, Technology and Development: Reflections on the Past, and Provocations for the Future
An international, refereed journal, Gender, Technology and Development serves as a forum for exploring the linkages between gender relations, development and/or technological change. In the 25 years since the inception of the journal, the journal has provided a platform for theorizing on the shifting meanings of gender, as it relates to advances in science and technologies and/or to social, political, economic, and cultural development and change. However, we seize this opportunity to reflect on the historical impact of this nexus, its continued relevance, and future directions for research in the academic, policy, and societal domains.
A quarter century of the journal has seen significant research articles address issues ranging from gender and technology in agriculture, human trafficking, and the conflicting impact of recent technologies like social media or robotics on gender identities, norms and relations. Nevertheless, despite the fact that we gained considerable traction in the context of gender, development and technology research there are significant and fundamental questions to be addressed. This anniversary issue aims to not only raise questions important to the field and our shared community, but interrogate, debate, and provoke answers that could guide us in the next quarter century.
A reasonable, and epistemological, basis to begin with would be to question the central tenets of the journal, namely the separate and combined meanings of gender, technology and development. In gender and development (GAD) studies, we note progress in women’s rights, feminist movements, and gender relations in social, political and economic spheres within personal, household, global and virtual arenas. In the age of digital technologies, we see the ubiquitous spread and stratospheric rise of communication technologies (encompassing online, social, and mobile media), enhancing and perhaps eclipsing the gains made with innovation in manufacturing in the industrial era. However, the rapid pace of change and regeneration makes defining what is technology elusive, with computing advancements leading to the rise of artificial intelligence, robotics, smart technologies, etc. In terms of development, the metrics of success have progressed from economic growth through political participation, and cultural representation. Rising global inequalities, with islands of prosperity surrounded by oceans of marginalization, render meaningless the binaries of the Global North and Global South.
We wish to revisit the three key words of our journal: “gender” “technology” and “development”. The critique of the concept of development has been conducted in various forum for many decades now. Technological advances together with economic growth were closely associated with development, but we have now moved toward definitions that are more centered on people and their well-being. In that process development has become global and not limited to lower income regions. We are also seeing that technologies and technological flows are becoming more invisible and borderless, something that we cannot see but that is shaping our ways of thinking and our behavior. In the inaugural issue of GTD, we defined the concept of technology to include social technology - that is, the social structure that shapes our lives. Gender concepts are still relevant and valid to analyze relationships, identities and representations, but how gender forms our experiences remains still obscure in many respects, and gender identities have also become recognized as more fluid and flexible. Now that both technology and gender are getting more and more intangible and deeply embedded in our everyday lives, are we missing something that is important but crucial to our theorizing?
To answer these broader philosophical questions and the original questions posed by the journal on the intersection of gender, technology and development, this special anniversary issue invites scholarly work that is on the cutting-edge of these intersecting domains. The issue invites new insights and critical conversations - theoretical essays, opinion pieces, and empirical investigations - at the nexus of gender, technology and development. The articles in this anniversary issue could address gender issues and concepts, through the following themes (but not limited to them, as gender analysis should remain the central focus):
- Borders, boundaries and borderlands
- Environment and climate change
- Intersectional perspectives on the future of work under technological changes
- Leadership, rights and political participation
- Mechanization innovation in digital agriculture
- Rural development in the digital age
- Situating digital technologies in contemporary development practice/discourse
- Social transformation of gender relations, digital cultures, and development
For guidelines on preparation of manuscripts and criteria for acceptance, please follow the Gender, Technology and Development Instructions for authors. Final papers should be between 4,000 to 6,000 words for theoretical and commentary/opinion papers, and between 5,000 and 10,000 words for empirical papers, including abstract, references, figures and tables.
Philippe Doneys, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Kyoko Kusakabe, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Arul Chib, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rebecca J. Elmhirst, University of Brighton, UK
Evelyn F. Wamboye, Pennsylvania State University, USA
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The journal will follow an editorial review process for initial submission of abstracts around 400 words, after which, based on first round selection, full papers will be invited, which will then go through a peer review process and be reviewed by a minimum of 2 reviewers and editorial decisions made accordingly. We aim to have an expedited review cycle to accommodate timelines and needs of the special issue.
Guidelines for the initial abstracts:
Abstracts for essays should locate their discussions within theoretical debates (proposed question, interrogation, debate, provocation, or conjecture). Abstracts for empirical studies should present a research problem, relevant methodology and expected date of completion of data collection, or key findings if the study has already been conducted. To submit your abstract, follow these steps:
- Go to the journal's homepage at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rgtd20/current
- Click on the "Submit an article" tab.
- Log in to your T&F account or create a new one.
- Submit your abstract as a WORD File through the usual review process, using the "Original article" option (even though you are not submitting a whole article yet). Before the file upload, select the "Special Issue" category.
- You need to upload a file with author names included, and one additional file without author names for reviewers (the system will not process the review request unless both files are uploaded).
If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]
Submit abstracts (~400 words): June 30, 2021
Acceptance notification of abstract: July 30, 2021
Submit full manuscripts for review: November 1, 2021
Review Process: November – May 2022
Final notification on papers: July 2022
Production: July – October 2022
Issue Date: November 2022
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