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Public Feminisms: Community Engagement through Writing, Research and Activism

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Categories: Digital Humanities, Lingustics, Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Rhetoric & Composition, Women's Studies, African-American, 20th & 21st Century, Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-06-01 Abstract Due: 2020-06-01

In an increasingly precarious and complicated political, social, and cultural landscape—in academia, in activist spaces, and in everyday life—feminist scholars often find themselves at a crossroad between their professional obligations and their desire to make both their teaching and writing continually relevant to a larger public. Feminist scholars are uniquely positioned to advance public knowledge and help maintain a vibrant cultural awareness of issues affecting women and girls, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, indigenous peoples, LGBTQAI individuals, and others adversely affected by the current political climate both in the U.S. and transnationally.

Many of us engage with our communities and with our students via methods that extend beyond the traditional academic classroom, scholarly journals, and/or on-campus activities. This anthology will showcase the many innovative techniques feminist scholars (teachers and students) utilize to amplify the voices of women, girls, and non-binary individuals, engage in activism, write or speak to a larger public beyond academia, and promote social awareness in their communities.

We are seeking proposals for an anthology of short essays (10-15 pages) on public feminisms emerging from the academy to be submitted to the peer-reviewed, open access press, Lever Press.

We welcome engagements with the following topics:

  • New, intersectional, and interdisciplinary perspectives on public feminisms
  • Feminist scholars writing for the feminist press
  • Feminist scholars writing for and speaking to the mainstream press
  • Feminist scholars on television and radio
  • Community-based learning
  • Community-based research
  • Activism inside and outside of the academy
  • Activism as a form of pedagogy


Carrie N. Baker, Professor and Chair of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College, cbaker@smith.edu

Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of English, Arizona State University, adovevie@asu.edu

Proposals (250 words) due June 1, 2020
Notification of provisional acceptance August 1, 2020 Full papers (2,500-4,000 words) due November 1, 2020

Questions and proposals should be submitted to Carrie N. Baker at cbaker@smith.edu.


Carrie Baker