Call for Papers

Themed issue on ‘Transnational Feminist Research’ 

The Feminist Review Collective invites submissions to a themed issue on transnational feminist research.

‘Transnational feminisms’, as both activist and scholarly practice, is a plural field of feminism that has largely been developed and influenced by the work of women of colour and postcolonial scholars located in the West and non-West. These scholars and activists continue to expand, refine and build on the so-called ‘third wave’ feminist responses to Western liberal feminisms through an ongoing interrogation of frameworks such as: American imperialisms, ‘women in development’, ‘governance feminism’ and the modernity/tradition binary as a mode of organising knowledge and power in feminist-oriented projects. Thus, despite recent critiques of transnational feminism (see Fernandes, 2013), the influence of global transnational feminisms on feminist research and scholarship across different disciplines and on feminist activism has been, and continues to be, considerable. 

For this issue of Feminist Review, we seek contributions from scholars and activists, working within and across disciplines, located globally, who are critically engaging with transnational feminist frameworks to shape their research questions and design and/or their practice. We seek contributions that reflect on the process of constructing both research methods and methodologies that speak to the complexity of transnational feminist academic and/or activist projects and their accompanying research designs. This includes the kinds of epistemological innovations required when connecting method, methodology, fieldwork data and theory in transnational feminist research, and working against the grain of the existing canon and area studies scholarship.

We invite academic articles and creative interventions that address any of the following questions:

  • What kinds of methods and methodologies are central to the making of transnational feminist research questions and projects?
  • What happens when these projects are located primarily outside of the West, and even outside of the Western academy/university?
  • What methodologies adequately address transnational localities and the social spaces constructed by transnational migrants and other circuits and flows?
  • How have transnational feminist approaches helped us to ‘get the question right’ (Mamdani, 2013), or figure out what research questions to ask, in the first place?

Issue editors: Anneeth Kaur Hundle, Joanna Pares Hoare and Ioana Szeman

If you would like to discuss your ideas for this issue please contact the editors at akaurhundle@ucmerced.edu, joanna.j.p.hoare@gmail.com and i.szeman@roehampton.ac.uk.

Full articles or Open Space pieces to be submitted by 2 January 2018.

Manuscripts should be submitted through Feminist Review’s online submission system and in FR house style. See http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/author_instructions.html.

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Themed issue on ‘Digital Labour’ 

Feminist Review is calling for articles and Open Space pieces for a themed issue on Digital Labour.

Digital labour refers to a range of tasks executed by humans on, in relation to, or in the aftermath of digital platforms. On-demand logistics services, micro-work platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, data economies generated by social media sites, and online retail portals all comprise digital labour. So does the emotional work of withstanding the stress of high-tech workplaces with long hours and nebulous corporate Human Relations (HR) policies. To the extent that it is mediated by platforms, digital labour is also intrinsically bound to hardware: mobile phones, computers, and data servers on which software runs and operates. What is common in the many forms of digital labour is an active celebration of worker flexibility, from the precarious workers concentrated in sectors of the Western labour market, to the non-Western countries where vast swathes of online and below-the-line work happens. As such, digital platforms supply an actual labour market with large numbers of individuals virtually excluded from formal employment and consigned to permanently unstable working conditions. Digital labour is thus experienced predominantly as a modern version of on-demand piecework.

As awareness of digital labour conditions grows, this themed issue draws attention to the gendered and racialised foundations of this in/formal digital economy. This work is the flip side of the mythical white, male ‘brogrammer’ or software developer enjoying the comforts and benefits of large multinational tech firms. Given the large proportion of marginal subjects, such as women, urban poor and minorities, taking up digital work in the absence of other alternatives, there is an urgent need to understand the structural elements of digital labour. We are especially interested in the continuities that exist with traditional factory, domestic, agricultural and manual work.

The social effects of a contingent workforce with growing numbers of self-employed, raise policy problems regarding adequate welfare and subsistence to fit the needs of an at-will service class. This themed issue is therefore concerned with the ways that race, gender and class status are embedded in digital platforms and with the formation of a global precariat across the spectrum of high-tech production and consumption. Our aim is to put feminist thinking at the forefront of existing sociological studies of work and technology, so as to show the ways in which feminist theory is central to adequately accounting for the nuances of labour value.

Contributions may include, but are not limited to:

  • the on-demand economy: gig work, virtual work and crowd work
  • below-the-line artificial intelligence: piecework in AI and machine learning
  • engineering culture and minority voices in STEM
  • informal labour economies, past and present
  • productivity services and personalisation of outsourcing
  • gender, voice and personal assistance, including the history of delegation
  • call-centre work and the dynamics of offshoring
  • electronics assembly work and circuits of production
  • emotional labour in software design
  • on-line and off-line resistance against digital capitalism (and sexism and misogyny)
  • AI, robotisation and post-work imaginary

Issue editors: Melissa Gregg and Rutvica Andrijasevic

If you would like to discuss your ideas for this issue, please contact the editors at melissa.gregg@intel.com and ra14611@bristol.ac.uk (Rutvica Andrijasevic).

Full articles or Open Spaces pieces to be submitted by 16 May 2018.

Manuscripts should be submitted through Feminist Review’s online submission system and in FR house style. See http://www.feminist-review.com and http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/author_instructions.html.