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25. november 2013

CfP: Gender equality, nationalism and welfare

NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research seeks submissions for a special issue slated for publication in autumn 2014.

Gender equality, nationalism and welfare:                                                   Intersectional contestations and the politics of belonging

Deadline: 1 April 2014                                                                                               Editors: Birte Siim & Pauline Stoltz

Support for both the welfare state and gender equality is seen as important for the politics of belonging (Yuval-Davis 2011) in a number of Western societies. At the same time, contemporary nationalist and populist parties (e.g. in the different Nordic countries) have formulated welfare and gender-equality policies that have been criticized by many observers. The assumption of these parties is that all natives are already gender equal, whereas migrants from non-Western countries are accused of oppressive behaviour in terms of such categories as gender and sexuality.

Consequently, we would like to encourage papers that focus on theoretical and analytical questions about understandings and conceptualizations of equality, nationalism and welfare. This could be in the context of one or several of the Nordic countries, but theoretically and analytically informed submissions might also address other geographical contexts.

Whereas an inter-categorical approach to intersectionality focuses on the way in which the intersection of social categories, such as gender, ‘race’, class, religion and sexuality affects particular social behaviour or the distribution of resources, intra-categorical studies problematize the significance and boundaries of the categories themselves. We welcome papers addressing both these approaches, not least in combination with each other.

Suggested areas for submissions include:

  • Marginalized sexuality and nationalism
  • Political and media representations of sexual violence
  • Activism of ethnic minorities
  • Democracy, multiple (in)equalities and contemporary political transformations
  • Re-framings of gender-equality discourses
  • Discrimination and equality
  • The future of equality politics