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Feminists Interrogate States of Emergency: Special Issue CFP
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The full CFP is posted at http://feministformations.arizona.edu/formations.html
This special issue will take up the concept of “states of emergency” as an object of feminist analysis. We seek essays that will interrogate the ways in which a “state of emergency,” whether it be about economic scarcity, morality under siege, sexual violence or national security, is politically constructed and (re)produced through myriad technologies of power. How do political actors define a moment as a state of emergency in order to mobilize publics, re-define citizenship, or deploy political machinery? At the same time, we invite scholarship that names states of emergency made invisible by existing public discourse. In addition to essays that analyze the role and power of difference in framing narratives of emergency, we invite papers that question what can “count” as a state of emergency. For example, how can the racialized, sexualized and gendered exigencies of the everyday be seen as constitutive of affected “states”? How are so-called “natural disasters” of environmental calamity or contamination dependent on variable distinctions between “natural” and “unnatural”?
We seek papers that interrogate “states of emergency” in relation to gender, sexuality and race on topics such as war, institutions, law, literature, popular culture, “natural disasters,” state and intimate violence, citizenship, immigration, environment, population, health, and economic instabilities. We welcome contributions with U.S., global and transnational foci.
The special issue will focus on the following themes and questions but is not restricted to them:
• How are “states of emergency” produced, claimed and deployed? What are the institutional (e.g., government, media, religion) and/or informal (e.g., local networks) mechanisms that create /construct or facilitate a “state of emergency”?
Manuscripts will be subject to blind review and must adhere to the publishing guidelines of the Feminist Formations journal, found at: http://feministformations.arizona.edu.
Please contact any one of the co-editors with questions:
Submission Process: Full papers should be sent to Jill Bystydzienski by August 1, 2012.