DEADLINE EXTENDED Call for Submissions: "Feminism and Academia Today: A Graduate Student Forum"

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Feminist Scholarship
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Deadline Extended to June 1

Call for Submissions: "Feminism and Academia Today: A Graduate Student Forum”

Journal of Feminist Scholarship


In its inaugural issue in Fall 2011, the Journal of Feminist Scholarship asked feminist scholars and activists to share their ideas about feminism and feminist scholarship today. Responses from Amrita Basu, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Agnieszka Graff, and more composed a critical forum assessing the state of the field and pushing it into new directions. Now, eight years later, we ask the same question – this time, to graduate students engaging with feminist studies across all disciplines. What is the state of feminist scholarship today?

JFS seeks brief position statements to be published as part of a forum in the next issue of JFS. Statements should focus on graduate student perspectives on feminist questions and experiences with academia and/or graduate school. Questions to consider may include:

  • What feminist issues shape the experience of graduate students, including labor and economic disparity, mental health concerns, citizenship, work/life balance, or global politics?
  • What role has the past decade of feminist activism played in academic circles?
  • Which feminist histories and theories have been most relevant to you in your graduate studies, and why?
  • What oversights or gaps still exist for feminist studies’ reach into graduate student experiences?
  • How are feminist spaces created in academia, and how do they contribute to, or impede, intersectional work focused on racial justice, gender justice, immigration justice, and more?
  • In what ways does the feminist project refuse or embrace the academic industrial complex? And what is the role of graduate students in academic feminist knowledge production?
  • Does feminism and feminist activism continue to be necessary for graduate education and the graduate experience? What are some models of feminist justice that you will take with you after your graduate studies?

JFS is a twice-yearly, peer-reviewed, open-access journal published online and aimed at promoting feminist scholarship across the disciplines, as well as expanding the reach and definitions of feminist research. We aim to publish work that explores the multiple theoretical paradigms and political agendas of contemporary and historical feminist scholarship and the potential intersections and tensions between these paradigms and agendas.

Currently, JFS is published through a collaborative feminist and institutional relationship between the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island, while continuing to encourage a discussion of feminist thought for the twenty-first century. We are a “double-anonymous” peer reviewed journal. As an online journal, we are able to offer open access to its contents to feminist scholars anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection. Online publication also has an immediacy that allows us to feature articles on topics that are in the here and now and to significantly shorten the time lag from submission to publication for our contributors.

Brief, 1000-word statements are due by June 1st, 2019. To submit, access the submission portal at our new site: Please consult our Policies page and Journal Style Guide for details.

Please direct any questions to Kara Watts, editorial assistant, or to executive editor Heather M. Turcotte