Situated Knowledges of Gender and Love

deadline for submissions: 
February 20, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
International Society for the Study of Gender and Love
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Feminist theorists and scholars have recognized for decades that knowledge is neither universal nor transcendent, but is always produced within specific social, temporal and geographical contexts. Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding and the standpoint theorists of the 1980s (and later) insist that claims to objectivity and universality – that is, to ‘truth’ – in Western philosophy and theory amount to no more than attempts to seize epistemological power and conceal patriarchal and racist agendas. The call for scholarly attention to be paid to situatedness (however conceptualised) is made more urgent by calls from the Global South to decolonize education and scholarship by foregrounding the context of epistemological production. If we recognize explicitly that knowledge is shaped by the specificities of its context, including the individuals who produce it, their geospatial locations, and the contingencies of race, class, sexuality and gender, what does that say about what we know about gender and love and the spaces and connections between them? Is it possible to lift situated knowledges of gender and love into onto-epistemological reflections on the characteristics of gender and love including methodological consequences thereof?

Prof.  Deirdre Byrne, Dr Wernmei Yong Ade and Dr Kelly Gardiner will edit a special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics on the topic of situated knowledges and representations of gender and love. Abstracts are invited on any aspect, and from any discipline, on the situated knowledge of gender and love, including but not limited to:


v  Inter-regional and intercultural dialogues about gender and love

v  Geographies of gender and love

v  The body as a site of inscription for gender and love

v  Creative and/or literary refashionings of gender and love

v  Nonhuman and/or posthuman components of phenomena and events

v  Age, gender and love

v  Knowledge-making and learning about gender and love

v  Languages and performances of love and gender

v  Affective leanings in becomings of gender and love

v  Contemporary engagements with the themes of gender and love

v  Advocacy and solidarity-building

v  Situated human rights perspectives on gender and love

v  Feminist ethics of care

v  The situated politics of belonging

Submission of abstracts

Please submit a 300-word abstract, together with a brief biography, by 20 February 2022 to Prof. Byrne (, Dr Ade ( and Dr Gardiner ( Full papers (8 000-11 000 words) must be uploaded on the journal’s website ( by 31 May 2022.

In case of queries to the journal, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Sally Munt (