Feminist Resistance

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
[sic] - a journal of literature, culture and literary translation / University of Zadar, Croatia

[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar

Call for Papers:

Feminist Resistance



Feminists, feminist activism, and feminist theories created inroads into contemporary pop culture as revealed through an even cursory analysis of politics, social activism, news reporting, athletics, subreddit discussion forums, and comics.  Current interdisciplinary scholarship about gender and popular culture emerged from the necessary early historical critiques of misogynistic representations, developing into nuanced analyses of feminism’s transformation by popular culture and, in turn, popular culture’s transformation by feminism.   This reciprocity manifests itself in global feminist podcasts, websites, publication, conferences, academic journals, and university courses.   The question that this special issue intends to investigate is in what ways popular culture has become a vehicle for perpetuation, subversion, and disruption of gender messaging across ideological and geographic lines. 

Feminist action figures, intersectional feminist music, rallies, clothing, DIY projects, superheroes, parades, protests, and hashtags exemplify what Andi Zeisler defined as “marketplace feminism” (2017).  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made the case for why “we should all be feminists” in her analysis of global sexual politics (2015).  Dan and Eugene Levy steer the plot of their Canadian hit comedy, Schitt’s Creek away from typical portrayals of gender based violence, pain, resilience that typically characterize queer characters.  Sans the heartache, the Levys disrupted dominant narratives.  Roxane Gay’s “bad feminist” and critiques of racism within feminism examined privilege and liminal spaces. Hashtag activism utilized popular culture as a vehicle to promote the work that Tamara Burke began in 2008 long before the Hollywood superstars created what we recognize today at #MeToo and #TimesUp. 

This special issue aims to bring together scholars from diverse geopolitical spaces to engage collectively in transnational, interdisciplinary dialogue about representations of feminist resistance within popular culture. We welcome essays that consider political, social, and cultural representations of feminist resistance and resistance to feminism through popular culture with clear argument framing the analysis of topics including but not limited to:


Consumers as producers of feminist resistance


Popular narratives and queer discourse


Symbolic embodiment of feminist resistance in cultural narratives


Gender, sport, and resistance


Feminist social action within the music industry


Tropes of the “death of feminism”


Masculinity and feminist resistance


Rage as a transgressive, disruptive, or deviant


Backlash against feminist resistance


In addition to the special topic theme for the 19th issue, we accept:

Original research papers: 5,000 to 7,000 words

Reviews: up to 2,000 words

Translations of literary texts: 5,000 to 7,000 words


Submission of research papers, reviews, translations of literary texts implies that the work described has not been published previously and that its publication is approved by all authors. By submitting a manuscript to [sic], the authors acknowledge that that the manuscript is original and entirely the result of work of the author or authors. The ownership and rights of works submitted and published in [sic] shall reside with the author(s). However, [sic] reserves the primary right of publication.


Submission Process

All manuscripts (research papers, reviews, and translations of literary texts) should be submitted by email attachment to sic.journal.contact@gmail.com. [sic] accepts submissions in English or Croatian. Manuscripts must be computer typed and saved in .doc or .docx formats (Times New Roman, letter size 12 points, double spaced, fully paginated). Please attach to every submission a covering letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.


Research Articles

All submitted research papers should contain:

Title page with full title and subtitle (if any)

For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details plus short biographical note (up to 150 words) should be supplied in a separate file. Please ensure that you have anonymized the script throughout, deleting self-references until after the review process is complete.

Abstract of 100-150 words

Up to 10 key words

Main text and word count – submissions must not exceed a total of 7,000 words, including abstract, main text, notes, all references and author’s short biographical note

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere (all quotations, titles, names, and dates should be double-checked for accuracy).



All submitted reviews should include the following:

title page with full title of the review and additional information on the work reviewed (title, author, publisher, place and date of publication, number of pages)

main text and word count – submissions (main text of the review and author's biography) must not exceed a total of 2,000 words


Translations of Literary Texts

All translations should include the following:

title page with full title and subtitle (if any) and the author’s and translator’s name

main text and word count – submissions (main text or the translation, original author’s and translator’s biographies) must not exceed a total of 7,000 words

Authors of translations are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders allowing the publication of the original author’s work in their translation in [sic].


 Citing and Formatting

Authors are responsible for ensuring that manuscripts are accurately typed before final submission. Manuscripts may be returned to the author if they do not follow the basic guidelines of the house style. The house style for [sic] is based on MLA (Modern Language Association, 2016 Edition) Style (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/) Authors will receive proofs of their manuscripts and be asked to send corrections to the editors within 3 weeks. Submissions are subject to editing and styling that complies with the journal's standards. Submitted manuscripts are not returned to authors. The journal does not pay contributors.

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Submission Process should be sent to the journal’s editors at: sic.journal.contact@gmail.com.

Submission deadline: October 1st 2019

Anticipated publication date: December 15th 2019