FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIES
Commentary and Criticism Call for Papers
Issue 14.3 Feminist Activism and Privilege Online
Online spaces have proven to be fertile ground for the growth of explicitly feminist activism and communities, with the emergence of many popular blogs, apps, and social media campaigns devoted to raising feminist consciousness and encouraging feminist action. Yet feminism continues to struggle with issues of privilege in online spaces. Questions linger as to whether online feminist activism is accessible by and inclusive of working-class and poor women, women of color, queer and trans women, differently-abled women, women in developing countries, and individuals who do not identify as women. Meanwhile, in other online spaces, including activist ones, feminist perspectives are frequently silenced, often with threats of violence. Given this, we seek papers that explore questions of access and inclusion in online feminist activism, and/or a discussion of feminist perspectives in online activism more broadly. We encourage the submission of papers that go beyond mere description to offer productive critique and shed light on examples of online campaigns and communities that are inclusive of feminists from marginalized groups, especially examples that cross national boundaries. Papers by feminist activists working outside of academic spaces are also particularly welcome.
Topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Strategies for generating access by and inclusion of diverse participants in online activism
• “Trolling,” verbal violence, and policing in online activist spaces
• Persistence of “the gender gap” and/or gendered privilege in digital activist movements
• Issues in building online networks for transnational feminist activism
• Critical reflections on experiences with feminist activism and privilege online
• Reviews of books or events relevant to the theme
The Commentary and Criticism section of Feminist Media Studies aims to publish brief, timely responses to current issues in media culture, for an international readership. Submissions may pose a provocation, describe work in progress, or propose areas for future study. The editors of Commentary and Criticism will also consider book and event reviews, as well as contributions that depart from traditional academic formats. We encourage all submissions to strategically mobilize critique to also offer a productive contribution to both feminist politics and media studies. Submissions must go beyond mere description in order to be considered for publication in Commentary and Criticism.
Potential contributors can write to co-editors, Susan Berridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laura Portwood-Stacer (email@example.com) to express preliminary interest. Final essays of between 1500-2000 words are due by February 1, 2014.
Email submissions directly to both Susan Berridge and Laura Portwood-Stacer (submissions for Commentary and Criticism will not be correctly processed if submitted through the main Feminist Media Studies site).
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