Hypatia Special Issue:
Interstices: Women of Color Feminist Philosophy
Call for Papers
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy seeks papers for a special issue on women of color feminist philosophy. We welcome feminist philosophical scholarship with the aim of interrogating and/or demonstrating work created within the terrain of these three terms- women of color, feminist, philosophy. As the profession of philosophy has witnessed a small emergence of women of color who are pursuing academic degrees in philosophy as well as those who find philosophy useful in the service of other types of research and activism, women of color feminist philosophers still struggle to negotiate political and/or academic spaces often acknowledged as “interstitial” or “liminal.” And, yet, when one considers that within the past decade that younger (i.e. newer) feminist scholars now have access to successful and now classic works of a handful of senior feminist philosophers of color, one can instantly recognize that we are at a threshold of expanding the purview of what it means to philosophize as a woman of color feminist philosopher. This latter circumstance points to a significant transformation. We are at a juncture that deserves celebration as well as serious contemplation on the presence or lack thereof women of color feminist philosophical work. To this end, we encourage new essays that explore the promises of scholarship as well as problems of objectives and/or methodologies pertaining to women of color feminist philosophy.

By women of color feminist philosophy, we mean intellectual work done by feminists who take women of color as their primary philosophical touchstones and/or scholarly focus. As such, we invite papers on a wide range of topics. We look forward to new insights concerning the identity and/or existence of “women of color” feminist philosophical scholarship as well as whether and what philosophy and philosophical tools aid or prohibit pursuing and addressing women of color feminist work. We also encourage essays on the process of including women of color’s voices into one’s own academic work. In particular, we hope that this issue will stimulate articulation of the diverse truths inherent to the diversity of women included in the moniker women of color, as it is understood within and against the American context or post-racial, post-feminist sensibilities. To this end, we encourage contributors to explore integrating resources from their particular racial, ethnic, and/or cultural background with an attention to the hazards or victories of such an exploration. We welcome essays ranging from ethical and social political explorations to metaphysical and epistemological concerns. We invite discussion of ways in which the label “women of color” translates and/or does not translate in contexts outside the US as well as whether and how it can be re-appropriated and transformed within international arenas. We also encourage explorations of the relationship and distinctions between women of color feminist philosophy and critical race feminism or transnational feminism including articulations of what makes a work philosophical and how it becomes so.

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2012

Papers should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and bibliography, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. In addition to articles, we invite submissions for our Musings section. These should not exceed 3,000 words, including footnotes and references, and unless they are invited contributions, they will be subject to external review. For details please see Hypatia’s submission guidelines, Please submit your paper to: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hypa.

When you submit, make sure to select “Interstices” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editor(s) indicating the title of the paper you have submitted:

 Kristie Dotson and Donna-Dale Marcano

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