Sunday, March 30, 2008
Hello, my freaky darlings....
"Feminism For Freaks"
At its best, feminism offers an emancipatory potential from gendered
oppression, inequality, and violence. At its worst, however, feminism
can work to simply affirm the rights of middle-class, heterosexual,
white women, and exclude the voices of already-marginalised groups
such as women of colour, trans* women, sex workers and so on. Like
Derrida's democracy, a truly liberatory feminism is mostly a feminism
Not un-coincidentally, those marginalised groups of women are often
demonised by the dominant culture, rendered as monstrous,
simultaneously invisible and hyper-visible, compelling and
threatening, desirable and disgusting--and forever denied a voice of
our own. The question of if and how monstrosity can be reclaimed or
re-worked is a vexed one for feminists.
We therefore invite proposals that affirm the voices of socially
excluded people, that seek to create new and exciting knowledge and
address themselves to feminist theory and activism or the wider
culture, on such topics including, but not limited to:
* Monstrous bodies and identities
* Social marginalisation and exclusions (for instance, borders, walls,
and immigration laws, and the silencing of voices such as those of
women of colour and transgendered people)
* sex work
* queer sexualities and genders
* Visible signs of difference (Muslim women wearing the veil, disabled
* religion and spirituality
* freaks in popular culture, body modification etc
* fat positivity
Academic, non-fiction and creative work will be considered--the call is
broad, and we're willing to accommodate new and interesting work by
freaks of all kinds.
Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words by May 31st to
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
*Note - Given that some contributors may not feel safe or comfortable
telling their stories in the public sphere, submissions under
pseudonyms will be accepted.
(Come on, people. Totally send me your abstracts. I'm looking at you Mermi. Yeah. That's right. Pretty sure you'll be accepted.)