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Institutional Feelings: Practicing Women's Studies in the Corporate University
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A Special Issue of Feminist Formations Co-edited by Jennifer Nash and Emily Owens
If women’s studies (WS) can be described as occupying a space between precarity and legitimacy in the contemporary, corporate university, how do we experience, feel, and inhabit the discipline’s in-between location? "Institutional Feelings" theorizes the contemporary institutional iterations of WS, with attention to the pressures, perils, pitfalls, politics, and potential pleasures of this partial institutionalization.
We particularly welcome innovative papers that theorize, engage, and/or capture an array of perspectives on the feelings that institutionalization can generate. We are invested in questions about the feelings that WS’s partial institutionalization generates: What does the field’s partial-institutionalization feel like for students, tenured and tenure-track faculty, adjunct faculty, and administrators who labor in a field that has always had a fraught relationship with institutionalization? What are the feelings—pleasure, desire, optimism, melancholy, ordinariness, elation—that the discipline’s partial institutionalization engenders? How does it feel to use a set of analytics—intersectionality, postcolonial, global, transnationalism, diversity, interdisciplinarity—that are increasingly celebrated, and, at times, mobilized by the corporate university?
Potential topics include:
•the transnational turn in feminist thought, and its relationship to the institutionalization and/or feminist knowledge making of WS
Deadline for full essays: October 1, 2014
Essays should be 8k -11k words, including endnotes and references. Submit your complete manuscript via email to FF editorial assistant, Brooke Lober (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copy the co-editors to your email: Jennifer Nash (email@example.com) and Emily Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your submission should contain 3 attachments:
To see Feminist Formations general author guidelines, visit www.feministformations.org