Hypatia is a forum for cutting edge work in feminist philosophy. Since its inception in the mid-1980s, Hypatia has been a catalyst for broadening and refining feminist philosophy as well as an invaluable resource for those who teach in this area. Feminist philosophy arises out of diverse traditions and methods within philosophy and is also richly interdisciplinary in orientation.
Hypatia’s commitment to the development of feminist philosophy entails that, in all its policies and practices, Hypatia actively reflect and engage the diversity within feminism itself, the diverse experiences and situations of women, and the diverse forms that gender takes across the globe. Promoting diversity within feminist philosophy and philosophy in general is thus one of Hypatia’s core objectives.
We are committed to publishing articles that are broadly accessible. Hypatia serves as a resource for the wider women's studies community, for philosophers generally, and for all those interested in philosophical issues raised by feminism.
February 1, 2017 submission deadline
We invite submissions for the 2017 Hypatia Diversity Essay Prize. This prize is awarded biennially for the best essay, previously unpublished, written by a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or non-tenured faculty member that embodies a feminist, intersectional approach in a philosophical analysis combining categories of identity (e.g., gender, class, disability, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, sexuality). In addition to being published as the winning Diversity Essay in Hypatia, the winning author(s) will receive $500. Essays of high quality, but not titled with the award, will also be considered for publication.
The Diversity Essay Prize committee warmly encourages essay submissions! Please submit essays at the Hypatia Manuscript Central Submission Site. When you submit your essay, make sure to select "Diversity Essay Prize" in the drop-down menu, and also note in the cover letter that the submission is for the diversity essay prize.
If you have any question you may contact the Editorial Offices at Hypatia@villanova.edu.
Volume 33, Issue 3, 2018
Guest Editor: Clara Fischer
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy seeks contributions for a special issue on “Gender and the Politics of Shame.” Significant advances in recent years in the development of shame theory make this issue especially timely. The issue will evince unprecedented feminist scholarly interest in affect and the politics of emotion. Shame has been theorized as a particularly gendered emotion, given women’s frequent inability to act as authors of shaming narratives in patriarchal societies. This special issue on the gendered politics of shame interrogates the relationship between gender, shame, and power. It examines how the politics of shame comes to be enacted against a variety of normatively transgressive bodies and subjectivities, and how shame informs the construction, inter alia, of gendered, racialized, and classed Others. Inversely, “Gender and the Politics of Shame” asks how Others respond to their construction as shameful. How have feminists subverted shaming narratives, or indeed, performed a politics of shame in the service of liberatory projects?
Just as shame itself is often contested
as either a negative or productive experience, so the politics of
shame may invoke a diversity of conceptualizations that conflict
with each other. “Gender and the Politics of Shame” invites such
competing and varied theorizations, and asks feminist scholars from
philosophy, other disciplines, and those doing interdisciplinary
work, to present new and promising ways of thinking about the
gendered politics of shame. Contributions from disability studies,
critical race theory, queer studies, transnational and postcolonial
feminism are particularly welcomed. Articles may cover the following
- Shame and theories of emotion/affect: how can the recent “turn to affect” help us to reconceptualize or advance theorizations of shame? What contribution have canonical expositions of shame made to feminist scholarship and how might these relate to contemporary critical thought on the gendered politics of shame? Which theoretical models of shame are most convincing and conducive to feminist political projects?
- Shame and subjectivity: what is the relationship between shame and subjectivity? Is shame necessarily debilitating or is it an emotion that contributes productively to human and/or animal development?
- Shame and related emotions (disgust, embarrassment, guilt, pride): what is the relationship between shame and other emotions/affects, particularly the self-conscious emotions? How can we distinguish between closely related feeling-states such as guilt and shame or disgust and shame? How is shame best understood ontologically?
- Body shame and disability: how are certain bodies constructed as shameful? How do norms of (gendered) embodiment and ablebodiedness inform the politics of shame? How have critical disability theorists conceptualized shame?
- Racialized shame: how is the politics of shame racialized? Which racist and gendered tropes does the politics of shame engage? How has racialized shaming underpinned and sustained colonial and imperialist systems?
- Queer shame: what is the relationship between heteronormativity and shame? What role have heteronormative state policies and cultural sanctions played in the performance of the politics of shame? How have queer theorists advanced theorizations of shame in recent years?
- Classed shame: what is the relationship between economic inequality and shame? Has the shaming of classed Others intensified in light of the global financial crisis and related, recent events? How is poverty construed as shameful?
- Shame and activism/subversion: how do shamed constituencies deal with shame? What strategies have been developed to counter shaming narratives? How do activists draw on shame to highlight and remedy injustices committed by the state?
- Shame and political institutions/systems: what role does the state play in performing the gendered politics of shame? How do its institutions produce shaming narratives? Are institutionalized Others particularly subject to a politics of shame?
- Shame and humiliation: what is the difference between shaming and humiliating? Are shamed Others also humiliated Others?
- Shame and aesthetics: what role does the aesthetic countering of shame (evinced, for example, by ‘black is beautiful’) play in liberatory politics? How are shameful Others constructed in art? How do feminist artists engage shame and the gendered politic of shame?
Deadline for submission: December 1, 2016
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, submissions to the Musings section are encouraged. These should not exceed 3,000 words, including footnotes and references. All submissions will be externally reviewed. For details, please see Hypatia’s submission guidelines: http://hypatiaphilosophy.org/Editorial/submission_guidelines.html
Please submit your paper to: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hypa
When you submit, make sure to select “Politics of Shame” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editor, Clara Fischer, at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the title of the paper you have submitted.
Hypatia had its largest pool of manuscript reviewers ever, representing wonderfully diverse areas of philosophy and georgraphical locations! Thank you all!
Call for Musings
Hypatia seeks contributions for a series of Musings on “Scrutinizing Practices: Giving and Receiving Criticism.” Feminist philosophers have made tremendous strides in transforming the profession, but there is more work to be done, including work that challenges our practices of reviewing each other’s scholarship. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
· The politics of critique in the context of a discipline in which mainstream practice is characterized by the exclusion of perspectives from women, people of color, Indigenous peoples, and other historically marginalized groups.
· Scrutinizing practices: reviewing scholarship in critical race theory, feminist philosophy and other marginalized fields in an environment that is still hostile to these fields.
· Explorations of the ways in which practices of criticism can function to police the borders of what counts as philosophical and/or proposals for how they could be transformed so that the discipline can become more diverse and genuinely inclusive.
· Explorations of the affective politics of reviewing. How, as reviewers, do we negotiate the affective landscape of giving criticism, including as it relates to norms of professionalism and civility, to intergenerational dynamics, and to differences in disciplinary status? How do we negotiate the affective landscape of receiving criticism and how do we teach our students how to do this while maintaining self-trust?
· The role of scholarship review in the profession (e.g., in tenure and promotion files, in book marketing, in expanding the boundaries of philosophy, etc.).
· Reviewing scholarship within/across/between diverse methodologies in philosophical discourse.
· The politics of what scholarship is selected for review.
· Best practices in editorial review.
· The complex and perhaps contradictory set of obligations (to authors, readers, journals, presses, the profession, the reviewer’s career, etc.) that manuscript and book reviewers face.
· Questioning best practices: the role of anonymity in the review process.
By focusing on the topic of giving and receiving criticism, this series of Musings aims to provide a forum for discussion about the broader issues of inclusiveness, access, respect, and philosophical pluralism within the profession generally and feminist philosophy specifically.
Musings are approximately 3000 words and are subject to anonymous peer review. Please submit via Manuscript Central (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hypa). Although we will accept submissions on a rolling basis, for the purposes of this series, please submit by March 31.
Hypatia Diversity Grants Announced!
Hypatia is pleased to announce the projects and individuals selected for the Diversity Grants in 2015:
Sara Haq for her project "The Othering of Sufism in Feminist Theory" presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.
Tina Botts for her project on hate speech at the 2015 Mentoring Workshop for Early Career Women.
Elisabeth Paquette for her project "Aboriginal Women and Colonial Violence in the Canadian Context" presented at the Caribbean Philosophical Association meeting.
Xander Selene for her project on gender hierarchy presented at three different conferences.
Saray Ayala for a conference tentatively planned for Spring 2016 on "Foreigners in Philosophy."
Sarah Burke and others at the University of Oregon for a conference tentatively planned for Spring 2016 on the "Trans* Experience in Philosophy"
Congratulations to all! More information on the Diversity Grants may be found on this webpage under Feminist Philosophy Connections.
We are very excited about the upcoming conference: Exploring Collaborative Contestations and Diversifying Philosophy! The program is spectacular!
More information about the conference may be found on the Conference Site
Special Issue Call for Papers: Contested Terrains: Women of Color and Third World Women, Feminisms, and Geopolitics
Guest Editors: Ranjoo Herr (Bentley University) and Shelley Park (University of Central Florida)
Hypatia seeks papers for a special issue on “Contested Terrains” featuring feminist scholarship that explores the varied geopolitical landscapes on which contestations about feminist theories and practices regarding women of color and Third World women are situated. The experiences and perspectives of women of color and Third World women have been frequently erased, distorted and manipulated both by dominant feminist discourses and by dominant geopolitical discourses. Long after the proclaimed demise of second wave feminism in the academy, neoliberal feminist discourses continue to dominate within neocolonial geopolitical regimes. Conventional geopolitical discourses flatten the complexity of the lives of women of color and Third World women and ignore their diversely embodied, material and psychic realities by emphasizing conflicts and alliances between nation-states. We invite feminist analyses that rescale geopolitical landscapes, shifting our attention from the macroscopic perspectives of international affairs and globalization to the smaller scale connections between space and politics that play out at the level of intimate lives, community practices, and everyday tactics of survival and resistance of women of color and Third World women. Papers that explore the ways in which race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, age and other forms of difference intersect with issues of geopolitical location are encouraged.
This special issue starts from the premise that
differences and disagreements among women have value. Thus, we encourage
submissions that explore tensions among women—locally, regionally,
nationally and globally—as a potential source of productive feminist
questioning, reflection, knowledge and practice. At the same time, such
tensions should not be romanticized; disagreements are experienced
differently and disproportionately by diverse participants with varying
issues at stake. Because the material and psychic consequences of
disagreement are rarely distributed evenly across geopolitical terrains,
contributors are encouraged to analyze the consequences—as well as the
origins—of contestations between and among women of color and white women
and/or Third World and First World women.
Identifiers “women of color” and “Third World women” are used here to center the perspectives of women of color who—whether living in the Third World or in the First World—contest the neocolonialism and cultural imperialism of the First World, including First World feminisms. However, contributions critically examining the identifiers “women of color” or “Third World women” themselves, as well as geopolitical divisions of the globe into “First” and “Third” worlds (or other conventional geopolitical mappings) are welcome. How best to describe the differing geopolitical contexts of different feminisms in the era of economic, political, and cultural globalization is—and should be—itself a site of contestation.
Possible topics may include:
· Contested discursive terrains: For example, the contested geopolitical partitionings of West/East; North/South; or First World/Third World and competing feminist understandings of globalization as embedded in theories of “women of color feminism,” “Third World feminism,” “transnational feminism,” “postcolonial feminism,” and “global feminism.”
· Contested epistemological terrains: For example, inequitable access to publishing resources, the privileging of written over oral traditions, and different understandings of cultural intelligibility.
· Contested political terrains: For example, the geopolitics of war, military occupations, nationalism, patriotism, terrorism, migration, border patrols, detention, and deportation; differing experiences of trauma and violence, security and danger.
· Contested economic terrains: For example, resource conflicts between and among women (and girls) situated differently as owners, sellers, consumers, workers and commodities in various industries ranging from agriculture to technology to tourism.
· Contested terrains of kinship: For example, local and global disagreements among women concerning the ethics of polygamy, arranged marriages, transnational adoptions, and other familial forms.
· Contested terrains of solidarity: For example, the struggles that arise among women, locally and globally, with different ethico-political values or priorities; how allies often harm those they intend to help.
Submission deadline: December 1, 2015
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. All submissions 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 “Contested Terrains” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editor(s) indicating the title of the paper you have submitted: Ranjoo S. Herr: email@example.com and Shelley Park: Shelley.Park@ucf.edu
Special Issue Call for Papers: Feminist Love Studies in the 21st Century
Guest Editors: Ann Ferguson (University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.) and Margaret E. Toye (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking contributions for a special issue on “Feminist Love Studies in the 21st Century.” “Love Studies” marks a significant interdisciplinary interest over the last two decades in rethinking the concept of “love” as a distinct and important area of study. Thinkers across many disciplines are studying love as “love” rather than in terms of connected concepts such as “care” or “sexual desire,” and claiming love as an important ethical, social, and/or political force. But how much are these studies being led by male and non-feminist scholars? Love in Western thought is often associated with women/the feminine, but has this rhetorical ploy made it more difficult for female and feminist thinkers to theorize love? Certainly, love played an important role in the work of early feminist thinkers, such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Simone de Beauvoir, and in some of the first radical feminist work of Shulamith Firestone and Ti-Grace Atkinson. But have feminist thinkers responded to recent love studies either by theorizing love as a negative and harmful part of women’s lives or by focusing on the importance of one kind of feminized love, that is, care? What other aspects of love are important to examine from a feminist perspective?
This special issue, “Feminist Love Studies in the 21st Century,” will feature feminist scholarship that contributes to the development of the newly claimed area of “Feminist Love Studies.” While continuing to assess the harmful effects of patriarchal/colonial conceptions of love, Feminist Love Studies stresses the consideration of love as a productive and creative force/connecting energy/ capacity, and while it does not abandon the consideration of “care,” it emphasizes the consideration of love in its many other aspects.
Thinking about love is tied to thinking about connected concepts including, but not limited, to: identity, kinship relations, political solidarity/coalitions, bodies, sensation, matter, private/public, reason/emotion, and space/time. Rethinking feminist conceptions of love is therefore tied to 21st Century feminist rethinking of these concepts.
We welcome essays addressed to feminist philosophers as well as work across the disciplines. We particularly encourage contributions that are working in critical race, postcolonial, transnational, disability, queer, trans and animal studies. Questions authors may want to consider:
- Ontological questions: love as a thing vs. an action; ideal vs. non-ideal love; love and the posthuman; love in and across social locations, including gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality and ability; “love” vs. kinds of intersubjective love (e.g., romantic, erotic, parental, kinship love; love as friendship); love of the specific vs. the general (including love and political solidarity, love of the commons, love of nature, compassion, agape)
- Epistemological questions: love of/as theory (philos + Sophia =“love of wisdom”), methodologies for studying love, the centrality of love to feminist methods, love and feminist cartographies
- Political questions: a biopolitics/bioethics of love; love and labor/love as labor; love power; love in advanced capitalism; Western philosophy’s borrowing from Eastern philosophies of love; the privileging of philosophies of love in Western/Northern nations v. non-Western/Southern nations
- Ethical questions: love as gift; love as reciprocity; love mediated through social media and electronic technologies v. face-to-face love; love as energy/creative capacity
- Aesthetic questions: love as the unrepresentable v. love as representation/ discourse; love as sensation
- Feminist studies of love and the new materialism: intersubjective human love vs. love of/by the nonhuman: e.g. animals, objects, the environment, matter; bios, zoë, and entanglement as theories of love; love as creative energy
- Feminist love studies in relation to feminist affect studies: love as affect, emotion, feeling, sensation, force; love’s relationship to other affects/emotions.
Submission deadline: August 1, 2015
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. For details please see Hypatia’s submission guidelines: http://www.hypatiaphilosophy.org/Editorial/submission_guidelines.html Please submit your paper to: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hypa. When you submit, make sure to select “Special Issue Feminist Love Studies” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editors Ann Ferguson and Margaret Toye at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the title of the paper you have submitted.
Hypatia Diversity Grants
Hypatia is pleased to announce a small grants program for individual scholars and diversity projects. Read more (and check out our Author Interviews) under Feminist Philosophy Connections
In Hypatia 29.3, a special issue on Climate Change, feminist philosophers Chris Cuomo (author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing) and Nancy Tuana (author of Feminism and Science) focus critical attention on one of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our day. Policy makers have recently begun to acknowledge the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women and disadvantaged communities, but feminist analyses of the complex epistemic and political dimensions of climate change, as well as its causes and effects, are urgently needed. This special issue initiates a necessary conversation that will deepen our understanding and help identify promising opportunities for positive change. Co-editors Cuomo and Tuana have invited scholars and activists working at the forefront of feminist climate justice to share their perspectives. Watch the interviews online, and join the co-editors in an open forum on issues on August 18-22, 2014 on the Philosopher's Eye.
Hypatia is pleased to announce the release of author interviews. We've asked authors to comment on their articles and offer some additional thoughts for future generations of feminists. These short videos, aimed at a general audience, are a wonderful accompaniment to the articles for undergraduate and graduate courses. If you are interested in doing an author interview and have plans to be in the Philadelphia area, please contact us! We need a few weeks notice but we'd love to include you in the Hypatia video interview offerings. Contact the editor at email@example.com. A full list of our available interviews is available under the News tab: Feminist Philosophy Connections.
Exploring Collaborative Contestations: Call for Papers! May 28-30, 2015 The Hypatia Conference at Villanova
We are happy to announce the call for papers or panels for the Hypatia 2015 Conference. This year’s theme, Exploring Collaborative Contestations, aims to create a space for diverse perspectives, difficult conversations, and marginalized voices within feminist philosophy. We welcome papers and panel proposals on topics that address: a commitment to diversity, broadly construed; an openness to disagreement among feminists on difficult issues; and opportunities for collaboration among feminist philosophers within and across various disciplines, subfields, and theoretical orientations. Submissions on any topic in feminist philosophy will be considered. Deadline for submission of 250-500 word proposal for paper or panel: January 1, 2015.
Exploring intersectionality: race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, social class, disability
Engaging disability studies within philosophy: ethics, politics, epistemology, metaphysics
Exploring new connections with philosophies of race and ethnicity
Theorizing LGBTQ coalitions among philosophers and within philosophy
Working through and across borders of disciplines: interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and multidisciplinarity
Building on constructive disagreements within feminist philosophy
Exploring new connections for feminist theorizing: activism, youth movements, transnational alliances
Challenging philosophical subfields
Occupying: resistance and repercussions in the profession
Professional workshops on publishing feminist philosophy in journals, anthologies, books, blogs, and more hosted by the Hypatia Local Board.
Held in conjunction with the 2015 American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women Conference on Diversity meeting.
The APA Diversity Summit, May 29, 2015 during the conference!
Workshop on sexual harassment and bystander training.
APA/CSW Site Visit Training: May 31st at Villanova.
Modest travel grants available for presenters in need.
Conference website: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/hypatiaconference/.Accessibility planning in action – please contact conference coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Villanova University and the APA Committee on the Status of Women.
Presenters are encouraged to submit papers to Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy after the conference. The Hypatia Editorial Office is committed to implementing rapid review for all papers affiliated with the conference.
As we move to staggered Editorial and Advisory Board terms, it is more important than ever to recognize the extraordinary community of feminist philosophers who first made Hypatia a reality, and have since built it into the remarkable journal that it is today -- as members of editorial teams and as special issue guest editors, as Associate Editors and as members of the Editorial and Advisory Boards. So we've compiled a Hypatia HONOR ROLL: a list of everyone identified on the masthead of the journal as having served in these various capacities since Hypatia was founded in 1983, with their roles and their terms of service.
Check out the Honor Roll! Let us know if we're missing anyone, or missing dates and terms of service.
WARM thanks Hypatia affiliates for all you've done, and continue to do, to ensure that Hypatia thrives!
in "Animal Studies" has grown considerably over the last few years, yet
the feminist insights that much of this work borrows from and builds on
remain relatively unrecognized. This special issue of Hypatia
helps remedy this by showcasing the best new feminist work on nonhuman
animals that helps to rethink and redefine (or undefine) categories
such as animal-woman-nature-body. The issue provides the opportunity to
re-examine concerns that are central to both feminist theory and animal
studies and promote avenues of thought that can move us beyond
pernicious forms of othering that undergird much human and non-human
HYPATIA Reviews Online
We are pleased to announce that HRO - the new online venue for Hypatia book reviews – is now up and running! We launch HRO with five new Hypatia book
reviews and a very full archive of past reviews: a set of reviews
that appeared online in 2004, and links to all the reviews since
published in regular issues of the journal. HRO is open access; all HRO
reviews are available online at: http://hypatiaphilosophy.org/HRO
you’d like to receive regular email notices of new reviews as they
appear on HRO, join the Hypatia/HRO email subscription list here.
If you’re interested in reviewing for HRO, or can recommend books for review, please contact the Hypatia Book Review Editor, either directly or through the Hypatia Editorial Office.
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Sally J. Scholz, Editor
Department of Philosophy
Shelley Wilcox, Book Review Editor
Department of Philosophy