Call for Papers: Speaking Freely and Freedom of Speech? Women’s and Gender Studies Navigating the ‘New’ Right

Atlantis Issue 40.2 (Fall 2019)

Co-edited by Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst and Jennifer L. Johnson

Deadline August 1, 2019

At the end of October, 2018, posters appeared on campuses across North America that read: “It’s OK to be White.” The message bears similarities to previous messaging and graffiti left on university campuses stating “White Lives Matter” as direct backlash to the Black Lives Matter movement. Some of these messages have also included anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-feminist, and anti-LGBT+ language, and in some cases mention direct links to white nationalist organizations. These messages are, in part, the manifestation of tensions in online spaces where what has come to be known as the Alt-right is being reconstituted in Canada as a significant political voice. While those who overtly claim membership to white nationalist movements may be fewer in number, those who express degrees of support for these ideas or latently approve of their presence in social media are increasingly emboldened. Students, faculty, and staff who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, feminist, queer, and trans may find themselves subject to verbal and physical hostility. Typically, this hostility is characterized as “free speech,” while under-represented university community members are described as censorious and over-sensitive when responding.

Your submission will address the intersections of the field of Women’s, Gender, and Feminist Studies (WGS) with some of the following:

-White nationalism, white supremacist, Neo-Nazi, and Alt-right movements in Canada.

-Freedom of speech/academic freedom debates.

-Reflection on the institutional management of white supremacy by colleges and universities and how they affect research, funding, and resources of feminist teaching and the work environments faced by faculty and staff.

-Feminist, Black, Indigenous, and/or racialized people’s resistance.

-The suppression and management of feminist, Black, Indigenous, and/or racialized people’s resistance.

-University and college reactions to the presence of white nationalist, white supremacist, Neo-Nazi, and Alt-right groups, events, and messaging on campus.

-University, college, and wider community collaborations to challenge discourses of white supremacy.

-The illogic of caricaturizing WGS and feminist scholars and students as over-sensitive and censorious in contrast to the liveliness of debate in the classroom and the field, as well as the harassment and barriers faced at the university by students who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, people with disabilities, trans, and/or queer.

We invite submissions that examine interdisciplinary and discipline-based feminist interventions in these discourses through original research papers, position papers, book reviews, and original creative works, including short essay analyses of your own visual, aural, or spoken creative work. Research papers are not to exceed 7,000 words including references.

See submissions policies and guidelines here. Submit work directly to this website (see the “Make a new submission” link on our submissions page). Please include “Speaking freely and freedom of speech?” on your title page.

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