Special Forum: Undergraduate Perspectives on Feminism

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Feminist Scholarship, https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jfs/
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For Publication in Issue 20, Spring 2022

Forum Contact Email: Sabrinna Fogarty (sfogarty@uri.edu)

Co-editors: Anupama Arora, Jessica Frazier, Anna M. Klobucka, Erin K. Krafft, Jeannette E. Riley, and Heather M. Turcotte

In this special undergraduate section of The Journal of Feminist Scholarship (JFS), we seek to illuminate the ways by which current undergraduate students have come to encounter and experience feminism in their own generational realities. Numerous undergraduates today carry the collective experience of an upbringing in the information age. The social and political lives of Generation Z and the Millennial generation have predominately been structured around an increasing participation in, and dependence upon, the internet throughout their lifetime. Specifically, the continuous opportunity to interact with various social media platforms has largely defined their outlooks and involvement on global and domestic concerns. Those digital platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok, among others, have provided a venue to observe history materialize. More specifically, in the last decade current undergraduates have witnessed how smaller instances of documentation on social media can compile to generate entire movements for a social or political cause.

For example, the growth of smartphone videos posted online documenting individual instances of police brutality uncover firsthand the macrocosm that is the everydayness of systemic racism, which has helped to build the Black Lives Matter movement as we know it today. Furthermore, social media has provided an outlet for storytelling in which the #MeToo movement flourished, encouraging the empowerment of individual truths in order to provoke a national conversation around the realities of sexual violence. The #MeToo movement’s occupation of social media further contributed to the turmoil surrounding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as the dismissal of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony spoke to the evidently massive number of women who have faced similar violence.

These movements and others like them that grew from individual storytelling through media have impacted the experience of students currently studying as undergraduates. The substantial exposure to and engagement with various media outlets places them in a unique role as both spectators and informants in an evolving history of social progress. Therefore, current undergraduates have subsequently adopted a magnified scope of both the everydayness of feminist manifestations and the headlining moments that will define future histories of our time. They bear witness to the evolution of feminism and its ability to evolve with us in a more daily and explicit fashion than those before them were able to access.

The digital age has provided a distinct moment to gain awareness of feminist advocacy, and to also inform that very same culture on a much broader and more interactive scale. The Journal of Feminist Scholarship asks undergraduate contributors to reflect upon and incorporate those actualities of growing up in the digital age when examining their perspective on feminism and its current state. How has the historical moment of the digital age come to impact your perception of feminist concerns, and vice versa? How have you seen feminist issues emerge into the public world and how have you interacted with them?

Contributions may address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • Social reproduction theory
  • Sex work and body commodification in the digital age
  • Intersectionality, inclusivity, and allyship
  • Black and Indigenous feminisms
  • Women of color and transnational feminisms
  • Feminism and anti-racism
  • Feminism and disinformation
  • Feminism and environmental justice
  • Sexual violence
  • The appropriateness and/or the usefulness of the “wave” metaphor
  • LGBTQIA+ rights
  • Feminism and postcolonialism
  • Equity and labor
  • Contemporary feminist movements and figures
  • Channels for organization and activism
  • Women in positions of power and leadership
  • Reproductive justice and public health
  • Anti-capitalism and feminism
  • Anti-feminism and white nationalism
  • Anti-oppressive and Anti-white supremacy approaches to feminism

Interested undergraduate contributors should submit papers of 500-750 words in length as a word document to the JFS submission site and choose “Special Forum” as submission type at: https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/cgi/submit.cgi?context=jfs

Further information on formatting requirements can be accessed on the Journal of Feminist Scholarship website at, https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jfs/styleguide.html. Any queries can be sent to sfogarty@uri.edu We thank you for your interest and look forward to reading submissions.