Women and Gender: Looking Toward “Caribbeanness”

Journal of International Womens Studies
Special Issue Call for Papers

Women and Gender: Looking Toward “Caribbeanness”

CFP deadline: Full papers due via email by 31 July 2015.

From the CFP:

This special issue of the JIWS explores notions of “Caribbeanness” and how they are manifested within the geographical region and beyond into the diaspora, through literature, transnational activism, and constructions of: feminism, identity, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality. Édouard Glissant’s work theorizes that while the notion of a Caribbean unity through diversity is capable of empowering its people to “possess their world and their lived experience” it is a dream “forever denied, often deferred…vital but not obvious” (Caribbean Discourse 221). How can Caribbeanness function beyond the imaginary as multiple, plastic and porous, shared and contested, bound and liberating? Given its possibilities for continued division and exclusion by way of language, race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation, once Caribbeanness takes form and expression, how can it be actualized as agency? Is the fragile reality of Caribbeanness still a dream to work towards?

We welcome work from across the disciplines, particularly literature and the social sciences, to initiate an interdisciplinary dialogue about what connects women and gender identities via the lens of Caribbeanness, across its many internal divisions? This special issue will explore the complexities of gender identity, performance, community and activism with varied analyses and interpretations of Caribbeanness. Additionally, we will ask if Caribbeanness is only accessible to those who are economically and physically mobile or for those who speak Creole, and thus serves as a marker of privilege? Can Caribbeanness ever materialize as an anti-structure or must it always be reduced to simply a new structure of exclusion and hierarchy?

We invite articles that speak to this theme of gender/sexuality and Caribbeanness and:

  • Transnational gender studies
  • Syncretism, multiplicity, counterpoint
  • Navigating/moving through disciplinary conditions and hierarchical structures of power—tensions between the structural lived experience/agency
  • Explorations and manifestations through literary/artistic forms and transnational social movements incorporating artistry
  • Actualizing Caribbeanness as agency and the poetics of transformation
  • How technology, particularly social media, facilitates the expression of gendered Caribbean identities, linking self-expression via literary forms—poetry, short stories, blogs, commentary, with activism/social change?
  • Diaspora and migration: How do individuals engage structural systems and with their creativity find voice and space to liberate themselves? Connect themselves to others across national boundaries?
  • The nature of inclusion-exclusion: how does unity emerge through fractions of language, race, identity, color, and class? Alternatively, how can those who do not have opportunities for travel, but see themselves as firmly rooted in Caribbean community, occupation, and economy access bridges toward Caribbeanness from local rootedness and deprivation?

Please send your submissions via email either to Allyson S. Ferrante at: Allyson.Ferrante@bridgew.edu or Diana J. Fox d1fox@bridgew.edu or jiws@bridgew.edu by 31 July 2015. Submission guidelines can be found on the journal website at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/policies.html#guidelines

The Journal of International Women’s Studies is an on-line, open-access, peer reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholars, activists, and students to explore the relationship between feminist theory and various forms of organizing. The journal seeks both multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, and invites submissions in the form of scholarly articles, essays, book reviews, and works of fiction. In addition, the Journal supports multi-media submissions through streaming audio capability, embedded video, and links to video sites to display short films and other visual materials. More information about JIWS may be found on its website here.

Above adapted from emailed announcement. PDF of the CFP available here.

2 thoughts on “Women and Gender: Looking Toward “Caribbeanness””

  1. Dears Madam/Sir,
    I want to register but the server is telling that it is not possible. Is there another way how I can register?
    My name is Mrs. M.E. Kock. I am residing in Aruba. As a PhD candidate I am interested in register.
    Warm regrds

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