Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST): Special Issue on Transnational Feminism(s)
Guest edited by Tanfer Emin Tunc, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Deadline for Full-Text Submissions: September 1, 2012
According to Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan, “transnational feminist studies is not a luxury that is added to the end of a syllabus or that can be relegated to one week out of the semester or quarter.” Transnationalism should be integrated into all contemporary feminist discourse—whether through academic writing, in the classroom setting, or within the realm of activism—so that important questions are asked, and answered, about “ethnocentrism, racism, and nationalist viewpoints as foundation[s] to gender identity and issues of sexuality.” Unlike certain threads of global feminism, which espouse a “world-wide alliance of women,” invariably lapsing into the same tropes of condescension, paternalism, and cultural imperialism found in preceding feminist movements, transnational feminism represents a paradigm shift away from orientalist and colonial discourses that prioritize “the West” and that marginalize the social, cultural and historical contexts with which women struggle elsewhere in the world. Rather, transnational feminism signals a movement towards examining how “western” countries, such as the United States, are, for better or worse, implicated in global issues that impact women’s lives and how these issues can be broached.
The guest editor of this special issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) seeks original, previously unpublished manuscripts that examine transnational feminism(s) from an American perspective. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
-Teaching transnational feminism in the US or in an American Studies program
-The politics of transnational feminism in American academia
-Transnational feminist narratives, literature and theory
-Is there a transnational feminist “canon”?
-How do US-centric viewpoints exclude other types/definitions of feminism?
-American feminism and its impact on other nationsAmerican women of color (e.g., Chicana, Latina, Asian, African, Native American feminists) and transnational feminism
-Globalization, citizenship, immigration, and mobility
-Hybridity, diaspora, and (forced) displacement
-The role of men and masculinity studies in transnational feminism
-The language of transnational feminism
-Feminism as a transnational “F” word—the myths of feminism
-American feminist activism in transnational issues such as FGM, AIDS, sexual slavery, sex work/tourism, war/peace, violence, domestic abuse, natural disasters, sweatshop labor, economic exploitation, food production/distribution, consumerism, disability, women in art and popular culture, the beauty industry, the media, sports, critiques of capitalism, political oppression, human rights, NGOs, LGBT rights, reproductive rights, fetal sex selection, healthcare provision, education/literacy, the anti-nuclear movement, and the environment
-American feminist activism in transnational organizations such as the UN and the WHO
-The Internet, social media outlets (Facebook/Twitter), and transnational feminist activism
-Comparative approaches that include the United States
-The collaboration between American feminists and non-American feminists (i.e., feminists organizing across borders)
-Is “sisterhood” still relevant? Why do some still invoke the notion of a utopic “global alliance of women”?
-Can/should American feminist organizational techniques—such as consciousness raising, collectives, manifestos, and grassroots activism—be applied transnationally?
-Can the subaltern still speak?
Full-text manuscripts of between 6,000 and 8,000 words in MLA style (with parenthetical internal citations, a Works Cited page, minimal footnotes, and in Times New Roman 12-point font), as well as shorter personal essays, commentaries, and book/film reviews should be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments to Tanfer Emin Tunc (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 1, 2012. Please include a one-paragraph bio with all manuscripts. Topic inquiries are welcome prior to full-text submission.