Cfp: KKF 2020/2: #MeToo Discrimination & Backlash

Call for papers:

#MeToo, Discrimination, & Backlash

Special Issue

Women, Gender & Research, 2020/2


This call intends to address sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and backlash against any form of feminist knowledge production which can address these challenges. From the very beginning when feminist agendas started to inspire and shape research and knowledge production it was met with great resistance. Introducing feminist agenda´s into patriarchal institutions or societies has always been extremely controversial. This is still true today, where we have seen the rise of the Everyday Sexism Movement and the #MeToo Movement. Both movements explicitly challenge (primarily white, heterosexual, and cis) men´s rights to both women´s and minorities’ bodies and minds. However, at the same time, we have seen parties and movements with right-wing populism and anti-feminist agendas on the rise across the globe - finding traction from Denmark to Hungary to Thailand to the US and Brazil. This includes heads of state, such as recently elected American and Brazilian presidents who explicitly support sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and xenophobic behaviors and policies.

We intend to put focus on this clash between major progress in dissemination of feminist agendas about sexual harassment, sexism, and gender discrimination to the broader public, and the wave of rightwing backlash against feminist research and knowledge production. We therefore invite you to submit abstracts for papers or essays which explicitly address these developments and challenges, with particular attention to the resistance or backlash researchers or communicators of these types of feminist knowledge productions experience in the process.

In other words, we pose the question: What types and/or degrees of resistance/backlash are researchers exposed to when they explore highly controversial topics of sexual harassment, sexism, and overt/explicit gender discrimination? What happens when feminist knowledge production meets a patriarchal organization or society? How do ideals of cis- and heteronormativity, whiteness, and nationalism intersect and play out in the face of the #MeToo movement and other forms of feminist knowledge production? How is anti-feminism articulated in politics, media and academia?

Abstracts, which cover areas of knowledge production/research focusing on the following topics, are particularly welcome:

  • Resistance/backlash against feminist knowledge production and dissemination
  • Sexual harassment and sexual violence (due to gender or minority status)
  • Sexism
  • Overt/explicit gender discrimination (due to gender or minority status)
  • Intersectional perspective on the above mentioned categories



Lea Skewes, Postdoc at Aarhus University

Molly Occhino, Ph.D. Fellow at Roskilde University

Lise Rolandsen Agustín, Associate Professor at Aalborg University


Deadline for abstracts (max 300-word + up to 100 word author bio): October 15, 2019

Deadline for articles: April 15, 2020


All contributions must be in English and authors should register and submit online at:

Guidelines for contributors:

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Questions about the call for papers, guidelines or submission process, should be sent to the editorial secretary:

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