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Womandla! Feminism and social movements in the Global South - Latin America and South Asia focus

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12 June 2024

Manuscript deadline
12 July 2024

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Kate Law, University of Nottingham
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Kundai Manamere, University of the Free State
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Ana Stevenson, University of Southern Queensland
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Womandla! Feminism and social movements in the Global South - Latin America and South Asia focus

Histories of social movements in the Global South remain dominated by the visions and achievements of male activists. Feminist scholars have responded by demonstrating the central role that women have played in social movements, especially the civil rights, women’s liberation, and anti-apartheid movements. Building on current historiographical trends toward transnational histories of women, gender, and feminist activism, this Special Issue of Third World Quarterly brings together historians and interdisciplinary feminist scholars concerned with feminism and social movements in the Global South. Contributors trace the global exchanges taking place between individual activists, their networks, and their ideas in order to draw connections between scholarship about social movements in the Global South and Global North. Edited by Dr Kate Law (University of Nottingham), Dr Kundai Manamere (University of the Free State), and Dr Ana Stevenson (University of the Southern Queensland), this Special Issue will develop new approaches to the conceptualisation of feminism and social movements in the Global South by connecting past and present.

We are currently seeking additional papers for submission to this Special Issue, with a particular focus on Latin America and South Asia. Proposals based upon historical and interdisciplinary scholarship about feminism, women, and social movements – broadly conceived – from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century will be welcomed. Proposals may speak to themes including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Marriage, reproduction, and family;
  • Education, home, and work;
  • Sexual violence and bodily autonomy;
  • Health and community;
  • Colonialism, anti-colonialism, and decolonisation;
  • Race and ethnicity, especially interracial and cross-class solidarity or contention;
  • Suffrage, politics, and politicians;
  • Imprisonment, violence, and the state;
  • Queer lives in historical perspective;
  • Literary, print, visual, and digital culture;
  • Politics of commemoration;
  • Knowledge production and memory; and
  • Feminism, feminist theory, and theorisations of the Global South.

The Special Issue is thematically structured under the rubrics of ‘Bodies’ and ‘Institutions’ so as to address two of the biggest feminist concerns of the last 100 years: 1) women’s agency and bodily autonomy; and 2) the liberal feminist conception of women reforming institutions by ‘getting a seat at the table’.  As the Special Issue demonstrates, both propositions were and remain extremely complicated.  Collectively, existing articles under consideration for this Special Issue cover significant sections of the decolonising world: South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana in Southern Africa; Mexico in Latin America; Ireland in Europe; and India in South Asia. The articles also attend to the activism of Global South feminists operating within these regions and beyond, including through resistance organisations and international forums operating in Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Submission Instructions

Scholars conducting research on Latin America and South Asia are invited to send an Expression of Interest (EOI) of 300-500 words and a biography of 100-150 words to the editors by 12 June 2024. Successful participants will be notified as soon as possible thereafter. Full papers will be due by 12 July 2024.

All manuscripts submitted to the Special Issue will be subject to TWQ's usual peer review process.

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