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Feminist Formations invites submissions that reflect the journal’s mission to cultivate a forum where feminists from around the world articulate research, theory, activism, teaching, and learning. The resources here, including our Author Guidelines below, should guide you in the preparation of your manuscript. Keep in mind our mission statement in this process.

We are particularly interested in cutting-edge feminist work in the following areas:

Affect Theory

Asian and Asian American Studies

Black Studies

Borderlands Studies

Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

Critical Ethnic Studies

Critical Youth Studies

Critical Geography

Cultural Studies

Disability Studies

Indigenous Studies

Performance Studies

Posthuman Studies

Public Scholarship

Queer of Color Critique

Queer Theory

Rhetoric

Trans Studies

Transnational Feminisms

Visual Cultures

Author Guidelines

Visit our www.feministformations.org for a Submission checklist, an anonymizing guide, and to download the style guide and a a sample article. Submissions should be prepared in the following manner:

  • Check to make sure that your manuscript falls within the Feminist Formations guidelines of 8,000-11,000 words. The word count includes endnotes and references.
  • Remove all identifying information, with the exception of the cover page, which should contain the author’s institutional affiliation and contact information (i.e. postal address, phone number, and e-mail address). The cover page should contain the following acknowledgment: “This is a draft copy of a manuscript submitted to Feminist Formations. If it is accepted for publication, the copyright will be assigned to the publisher, the Johns Hopkins University Press.”
  • Submit your complete manuscript here, including 1. a cover letter including all contact information, and 2. an anonymized word (doc) or text (rtf) file with the abstract and keywords and 3. the anonymized manuscript.
  • Follow the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) author-date system with parenthetical citations. All text, including quotations, must be double-spaced.

For any questions about the journal in general or about submitting, please feel free to contact the editor, Patti Duncan.


Feminist Formations invites submissions that reflect the journal’s mission to cultivate a forum where feminists from around the world articulate research, theory, activism, teaching, and learning.   

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, we publish innovative work by scholars, activists, artists, poets and practitioners in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Our subject matter includes national, global, and transnational feminist thought and practice; the cultural and social politics of genders and sexualities; and historical and contemporary studies of gendered experience. The journal values established and emerging lines of inquiry and methods that engage the complexities of gender as implicated in forms of power such as race, ethnicity, class, nation, migration, ability, and religion.

We are particularly interested in cutting-edge feminist work in the following areas:  

Affect Theory • Asian and Asian-American Studies • Black Studies • Borderlands Studies • Chican@ and Latin@ Studies • Critical Ethnic Studies • Critical Youth Studies • Critical Geography • Cultural Studies • Disability Studies • Indigenous Studies • Performance Studies • Posthuman Studies • Public Scholarship • Queer of Color Critique • Queer Theory • Rhetoric • Trans Studies • Transnational Feminisms • Visual Cultures 

For any questions about the journal in general or about submitting, please feel free to contact the Editorial Assistants, Leida (LK) Mae and Andrés López at feministformations@oregonstate.edu

Submissions should be prepared in the following manner:   

  • Check to make sure that your manuscript falls within the Feminist Formations    guidelines of 8,000-11,000 words. The word count includes notes.  
  • Anonymize: remove all identifying information, with the exception of the cover page, which should contain the author’s institutional affiliation and contact information (i.e. postal address, phone number, and e-mail address).    
  • Submit your complete manuscript through Submittable in three files as follows:  1st file) Cover page in the text box provided;  2nd file) Abstract and keywords to be anonymized and uploaded;  3rd file) Complete manuscript, including the abstract and keywords.  Files must be in Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).    
  • Follow the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) author-date system with parenthetical    citations. All text, including quotations, must be double-spaced. 

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Feminist Formations 

"The Erotics of Nonsexualities: Intersectional Approaches"

Guest edited by Ela Przybylo and Kristina Gupta

Submission deadline: August 19, 2019
 

This special issue seeks to bring into conversation intersectional work on erotics and on nonsexualities. The word erotics, derived from the ancient Greek eros, marks a way of thinking intimacy, relating, and kinship that can include but is not tied strictly to sexual desire. This way of thinking explores many different ways of being drawn to one another and forming relationships. Audre Lorde, in “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” (1978), depicted the erotic as a concept including more than sex and sexual desire, exploring the healing power of inner resolve, deep friendships, and life-affirming activities. For Lorde and scholars such as Sharon Holland (2012), Angela Willey (2016), Lynne Huffer (2013), Mireille Miller-Young (2014), and L.H. Stallings (2015), the erotic has been a powerful source of self-knowledge, of action in an unjust world, and, in Lorde’s words, a critique of the “European-American tradition, [where] need is satisfied by certain proscribed erotic comings-together.” Erotics also figure prominently in Indigenous feminist and queer thought through such frameworks as “Sovereign Erotics” and “Indigenous erotics,” which envision sexuality and intimacy on terms that are not bound to settler colonial understandings of sexuality (Qwo-Li Driskill 2004; Tracy Bear 2016).

We use the word nonsexualities to include asexuality, other forms of nonsexuality, and critiques of compulsory sexuality. Although definitions of asexuality vary, individuals and groups who identify as asexual often define an asexual person as someone who does not experience sexual attraction to other people. We reserve the term asexuality specifically to connote individuals or groups who self-identify as asexual. We use the term nonsexualities broadly to connote a variety of potentially related phenomenon such as asexual identification, abstinence (chosen or otherwise), singlehood, and/or experiences of low sexual desire. We use the term compulsory sexuality to “describe the assumption that all people are sexual and to describe the social norms and practices that both marginalize various forms of nonsexuality…and compel people to experience themselves as desiring subjects, take up sexual identities, and engage in sexual activity” (Gupta 2015).

We see erotics as an important theoretical interlocutor for thinking about nonsexual intimacies in terms that challenge settler colonial and Western knowledge paradigms. Erotics holds space for imagining nonsexual intimacies as places for celebration, protest, and world-making. A focus on erotics draws on queer of color contributions to challenging the separation of sexuality from other realms of life, community, identity, and activism (i.e., Cathy Cohen 1997; Patrick Johnson 2001; Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley 2010). In this special issue we ask: What are the histories of asexuality and nonsexual erotics and how have they been ignored by settler colonial, Western, and sexological approaches to thinking sexuality? How can we think about erotics as a place from which all forms of desire can flourish, as a way to explore intimacy on the broadest terms possible? How can erotics foster an intersectional approach to feminist action, theorizing, world-making, and celebration that holds space for asexuality and other forms of nonsexuality?

We seek submissions that develop intersectional approaches, in all their many forms and iterations. We use the term intersectionality to mark an approach to thinking about systems of oppression that has a strong lineage in black feminist thought. According to Patricia Hill Collins and Valerie Chepp (2017), “the first core idea of intersectional knowledge projects stresses that systems of power (e.g., race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, age, country of origin, citizenship status) cannot be understood in isolation from one another; instead, systems of power intersect and coproduce one another to result in unequal material realities and the distinctive social experiences that characterize them.” This special issue seeks scholarship on erotics and nonsexualities that employs intersectionality as a key analytic.

We welcome submission on topics including but not limited to:

  • new, intersectional, and interdisciplinary perspectives in asexuality studies
  • analyses of the desexualization and hypersexualization of individuals and populations and how these relate to gender, race, age, sexuality, ability, nation, and Indigeneity
  • historical and present-day genealogies, representations, manifestations, and “resonances” (Przybylo and Cooper 2014) of asexuality and nonsexualities in relation to gender,  race, age, sexuality, ability, nation, and Indigeneity
  • intersectional engagements with Lordean erotics
  • intersectional engagements with Sovereign and/or Indigenous erotics
  • intersectional engagements with eco-erotics and/or eco-intimacies
  • intersectional challenges to Freudian and Foucauldian conceptualizations of sexuality through erotics and/or nonsexualities
  • intersectional analyses of forms of nonsexuality such as abstinence, kinship and kin networks, friendship, family formations, non-monogamy, singlehood, virginity, chastity, human-animal and interspecies intimacies
  • violent, misogynist, and white supremacist interpretations of celibacy and abstinence (such as the religious right)
  • intersectional reflections on prudery in conversation with sluttiness and sex positivity
  • intersectional approaches to asexual community formation and identity including considerations of whiteness, racism, and trauma in asexual communities
  • histories of the function and role of compulsory sexuality in relation to whiteness, sexism, settler colonialism, ableism and/or science
  • intersectional considerations of “normal” levels of sexual desire in relation to who is encouraged to reproduce, stay “fit,” seek pleasure, and be happy
  • intersectional explorations of feminist, queer, Indigenous, and anti-racist organizing in relation to strategic and/or imposed sexual absence

We welcome engagements with the following topics: erotics, Audre Lorde, Sovereign and/or Indigenous erotics, eco-erotics/eco-intimacies, intimacy, incel, kinship, making kin, trauma, asexuality, nonsexuality, abstinence, celibacy, spinsterhood, friendship, political asexuality and celibacy, prudery, compulsory sexuality, frigidity, platonic love, Boston marriages, aphansis, sexual desire disorders, and virginity, among others

Guest Editors:

Ela Przybylo, Ruth Wynn Woodward Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University, ela_przybylo@sfu.ca

Kristina Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wake Forest University, guptaka@wfu.edu


Manuscripts must be submitted by August 19, 2019.

For information on submission preparation, download a Feminist Formations style guide, submission checklist, and anonymization guide.

We seek the following types of submissions:

-Original articles (between 8,000- 11,000 words including endnotes and references)

-Poetry related to the CFP themes and/or produced by asexually-identified persons

-Art-based submissions and creative writing, hybrid and mixed-media submissions. Creative pieces should be between 500-2500 words, with the exception of short poems. All art pieces must be accompanied by an artist statement of about 500 to 2500 words.

-Book reviews of books related to the special issue theme (please contact guest editors if you are interested in writing a book review for this special issue). Possible books and/or authors to review may include but are not limited to: Julie Sondra Decker’s The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality (2015), Angela Chen’s forthcoming ACE: Understanding Asexuality and Culture, Lauren Jankowski’s The ShapeShifter Chronicles series, Melanie Yergeau’s Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (2017), Kathryn Ormsbee’s Tash Hearts Tolstoy (2017)

Following the deadline, guest editors will review the manuscripts and determine those to be sent for full review. Manuscripts will be subject to anonymous peer review. 

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Editorial assistants Andrés López and LK Mae at feministformations@oregonstate.edu.   

Feminist Formations is a leading journal of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published three times a year by the Johns Hopkins University Press. It is housed in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University, under the editorship of Patti Duncan. For more information, see www.feministformations.org