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Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophyHypatia 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.

Call for Papers

Hypatia Special Issue:
Indigenizing and Decolonizing Feminist Philosophy

Volume 35, Issue 1, Winter 2020
Guest Editors: Celia Bardwell-Jones and Margaret A. McLaren

This special issue of Hypatia brings feminism and Indigenous thought together in constructive dialogue to contribute to a broadening of perspectives, and to decolonize standard philosophical thinking, which is grounded in colonial norms and standards. Feminist philosophy has a legacy of expressing concern for diverse claims of minority groups, including Indigenous people, while at the same time frequently ignoring philosophy’s role in perpetuating colonial domination within philosophical scholarship. Thus, feminism can be perceived as either useless or damaging to Indigenous people. Decolonizing feminism philosophy involves challenging dominant modes of thinking and analysis; specifically, it involves the unsettling of Eurocentric assumptions and values. We encourage submissions that engage non-European philosophical perspectives and address issues of colonialism in a variety of contexts and geographical locations not limited to North America and Europe, but also including, South America, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the island regions of the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Essays in this issue might explore what terms such as “indigenizing” might mean in philosophy, and imagine strategies of decolonizing methodologies. Framing questions of indigeneity may offer some insight into what decolonizing methodologies might look like. Moreover, understanding decolonization requires a concrete analysis of what types of methodologies are deployed to challenge colonial legacies. It is critically important for feminists to accept tensions that emerge among differently situated women due to histories of colonization. Accepting these tensions is a source of productive knowledge and can advance our understanding of the complexities of women’s lives produced by colonialities of power. This issue seeks to examine the consequences of these contestations and tensions between native and non-native relationships within feminist thought as well as collective strategies of resistance to colonial oppression.

This special issue aims to address questions such as: How might feminist work be transformed through Indigenous thought and encounters with Indigenous concerns? How are concepts of identity, gender roles, reparations, nations/national sovereignty, property, marriage, community, nature/culture, environment, and sustainability challenged or enriched by Indigenous ideas and philosophies? How might Indigenous philosophy transform feminist philosophy? How might projects of decolonization shift through an Indigenous feminist philosophy? Decolonization (and colonization) scholarly and activist projects take place in a variety of contexts/areas: geographical, psychological, epistemological, ethical, social and political, educational and pedagogical. How can feminists working in the areas of ethics and social theory engage in efforts of decolonization in these areas? How can feminist philosophers contribute productively to both practical and theoretical projects of decolonization?

We invite submissions that take up feminist philosophy in relation to Indigenous thought and decolonizing methods, including the important issue of cultural appropriation in feminist scholarship. We welcome papers that take both theoretical and practical approaches to these issues and related issues in feminist ethics, epistemology, political and social theory more broadly construed.

Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to:

  • Challenges to sovereignty understood as a nation-building concept
  • Reconceiving empowerment within Indigenous communities
  • Gender and sexual differences within Indigenous communities, including the idea of gender complementarity versus gender equality
  • Intersectionality within Indigenous communities: race, gender, sexuality, class, post-colonial
  • Indigenous trans/queer identities: two-spirit, fa’afafine, mahoo, etc.
  • Indigenous feminist critiques of feminist philosophy
  • Cultural appropriation and the problems of feminists “going native”
  • Cultural appropriation and cultural artifacts in museums
  • Ecofeminism and Indigenous philosophy/ecofeminist Indigenous philosophy
  • Comparative analysis of Indigenous conceptions of nature and Western thought
  • Women and gender in Indigenous cosmological thought
  • What is Indigenous, indigeneity, or native?
  • Reparations
  • Genocide
  • Indigenous conceptions of education and feminist pedagogy
  • Indigenous intellectual sovereignty and/or intellectual exploitation (such as bio-piracy)
  • Human rights and Indigenous peoples and philosophies

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2018

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’submission guidelines.

Please submit your paper to: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hypa. When you submit, make sure to select “Indigenizing and Decolonizing Feminist Philosophy” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editors indicating the title of the paper you have submitted: Celia Bardwell-Jones: celiab@hawaii.edu and Margaret A. McLaren: mmclaren@rollins.edu.

Please note that the Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) is sponsoring a conference on the theme “Decolonizing and Indigenizing Feminist Philosophy,” October 5–8, 2017. For more information on the conference, please visit: http://www.afeast.org/conferences/.

Hypatia Board of Directors Announces Interim Editors

The Board of Directors of Hypatia is pleased to announce that Ann Garry, Serene Khader, and Alison Stone have agreed to serve as Interim Editor and Co-Editors of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy effective immediately, until Jan. 1, 2018. We are grateful to them for accepting the position and thus enabling the journal’s operations to continue uninterrupted. They bring a wealth of experience in feminist philosophy as well as with Hypatia. Their co-edited volume, The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, appeared in Spring 2017.

Ann Garry (Interim Editor) is Professor Emerita of Philosophy, California State University, Los Angeles. She was one of the founders of Hypatia and served as an Associate Editor until 2006, a Special Issue Editor (with Talia Bettcher, 2009), President of the nonprofit Board of Directors (2012-2016), and on the Advisory Board (2006-2016). Her publications in feminist philosophy range from applied ethics to intersectionality and feminist philosophical methods.

Serene Khader (Interim Co-Editor) is Jay Newman Chair at Brooklyn College and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Hypatia and the author of Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment (Oxford, 2011), as well as a number of articles in feminist moral psychology and political philosophy. She recently completed a book on the normative dimensions of transnational feminist praxis entitled Decolonizing Universalism.

Alison Stone (Interim Co-Editor) is Professor of European Philosophy at Lancaster University, UK. She served as Associate Editor of Hypatia (2011-2016) and is the author of Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2004), Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2006), An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (Polity Press, 2007), Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Maternal Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011) and The Value of Popular Music (Palgrave, 2016).

The Board of Directors would also like to report that Hypatia is forming a Task Force that will be charged with 1) revising Hypatia’s governance structure to ensure the protection of appropriate editorial autonomy and integrity while providing checks and balances in the form of editorial advice and a transparent dispute resolution process; 2) providing guidance to Hypatia so that it may strengthen and deepen its commitments to pluralism and inclusion and help heal the feminist philosophy community; and 3) appointing a search committee for Hypatia’s next permanent editorial team. Chairs and members of the Task Force will be announced soon.

The Board of Directors has taken these actions to move the journal through the current crisis and to assure that the journal can deal more effectively with controversy in the future.

Hypatia is committed to publishing multiple, diverse, and marginalized approaches to feminist philosophy. Because these commitments may at times result in deep and divisive controversy, it is critical that all those associated with Hypatia share common standards of publication ethics. To that end, we would like to reassure potential authors and peer reviewers that all who are associated with Hypatia in editorial or non-profit board positions will now be required to sign a statement of adherence to guidelines issued by COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics.

We encourage feminist philosophers who wish to help heal the feminist philosophy community and see Hypatia flourish as a journal committed to pluralism and inclusion to submit your work, serve as peer reviewers, and send us and the Task Force your thoughts about how the journal should move forward.

Hypatia Board of Directors:
Miriam Solomon, President
Lisa Tessman, Chair
Leslie Francis, Treasurer
Heidi Grasswick, Secretary
Elizabeth Anderson, member at large

Announcement from the Editorial Team (07-20-2017)

The recent position taken by Hypatia's Associate Editorial Board and the subsequent controversy has limited the ability of our editorial team to continue management of Hypatia and Hypatia Reviews Online while upholding the Journal's high standards for scholarly inquiry, diversity, inclusiveness, and rigorous academic and review standards. Consequently, Scholz has restricted her involvement to shepherding on-going journal issues through the production process and Wilcox has stepped down as Book Review Editor. It seems clear that a change of leadership structure at the Journal might create space to move forward not only at Hypatia but perhaps in feminist philosophy more generally. We have urged Hypatia's Board of Directors to undertake comprehensive restructuring of the Journal’s governance structure to provide a suitable environment for the next editorial team and we understand that they have begun to do so.

Statement from the Hypatia Board of Directors (07-20-2017)

It is with disappointment and regret that the Board of Directors of Hypatia has received the news that Sally Scholz and Shelley Wilcox are resigning from their roles as editors of Hypatia. Throughout their tenure with the journal, they have stood by fundamental principles of publication ethics, which call upon all who are involved in the governance of a journal to respect the integrity of the peer-review process and to support authors published by the journal (with rare exceptions such as plagiarism and fraud). The Board is also committed to these principles and fully supports Scholz and Wilcox in their commitment to and execution of them.

Unfortunately, the Associate Editors’ public apology for the publication of an article failed to respect these principles. Their action, appearing to speak for the journal rather than as individuals, invited confusion over who speaks for Hypatia. It also damaged the reputations of both the journal and its Editors, Scholz and Wilcox, and has made it impossible for the Editors to maintain the public credibility and trust that peer reviewed academic journal editorship requires.

We wish to reiterate that neither Hypatia, nor the journal’s Editors, have apologized for or retracted the article in question. We also wish to reaffirm that the Associate Editors did not in any way speak for the journal, nor do they have authority to do so.

As the board ultimately responsible for the well-being of the journal, we find it necessary at this time to take emergency measures to restore the academic integrity of the journal and shepherd it through a transition period to a new editorial team. Thus, we have temporarily suspended the authority of the Associate Editorial Board. As detailed in the Editors’ statement, Sally Scholz has generously offered to continue to take Hypatia issues already in the works through production. Hypatia Reviews Online will be managed through January 1, 2018 by Joan Woolfrey and Simon Ruchti of West Chester University. We hope to announce an Interim Editor shortly. Villanova University is continuing its support of the journal office and Managing Editor until January 1, 2018. We do not forsee any interruption in the operation and publication of Hypatia.

Simultaneously, we are assembling a task force devoted to restructuring Hypatia’s governance in order to create a structure that is conducive to continued academic integrity and appropriate editorial autonomy, while maintaining resources for useful and diverse editorial advice. From this point forward, everyone involved in the governance of Hypatia will be required to commit to COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) principles (https://publicationethics.org/), which include respect for the autonomy of the Editors and the integrity of the peer review process. We are focused on the future of Hypatia, and we hope to work with many in the Hypatia community and the broader communities of feminist philosophy in making the changes necessary to ensure that this future is a bright and inclusive one.

We are very sorry to see Sally Scholz and Shelley Wilcox depart Hypatia, especially under these circumstances. In their four years as an Editorial team, they have produced journal issues of the highest quality and they have undertaken many creative initiatives to further the cause of feminist philosophy. These include the expansion of Hypatia Reviews Online (tripling the number of book reviews), a major conference on diversity in philosophy, the creation of podcasts and videos to make the work of authors more accessible, and social media initiatives on Facebook and Twitter. They substantially increased the number and diversity of peer-reviewers, the readership of Hypatia, and Hypatia’s citation record. We are proud of what they have accomplished and thank them wholeheartedly for their service. We wish them well in their future endeavors.

Hypatia Board of Directors:
Miriam Solomon, President
Lisa Tessman, Chair
Leslie Francis, Treasurer
Heidi Grasswick, Secretary
Elizabeth Anderson, member at large

Released May 18, 2017

Statement by the Board of Hypatia

This statement is written and signed by the Board of Directors of Hypatia, the non-profit corporation that owns Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy: Elizabeth Anderson, Leslie Francis (Treasurer), Heidi Grasswick (Secretary), Miriam Solomon (President), and Lisa Tessman (Chair). Sally Scholz, who as Editor of the journal is an ex officio member of the Board, has already made a public statement.

During the last week of April, an open letter circulated, calling upon Hypatia to retract the publication of Rebecca Tuvel’s “In Defense of Transracialism,” on account of harms it allegedly caused to diverse groups, and in particular to trans people and people of color. The letter, with 830 signatures, was delivered to the Editor, the Associate Editorial Board, and the Advisory Board on the evening of May 2. Two days prior to the delivery of this letter the Associate Editors of Hypatia issued a statement, which was widely disseminated, posted on various personal sites, submitted to philosophy blogs, and eventually at the request of the Associate Editors, also posted on the Hypatia Facebook page on May 1. The statement apologized for the harms alleged to have been caused by Tuvel’s paper, and stated their opinion that “Clearly, the paper should not have been published, and we believe that the fault for this lies in the review process.”

The Board of Directors of Hypatia would like to clarify the nature of the controversy, since there are misrepresentations in the press and on social media. Further, we would like to articulate the principles we are committed to as we move forward beyond this controversy.

1. The Board acknowledges the intensity of experience and convictions around matters of intersectionality, especially in the world of academic philosophy, which has an egregious history of treatment of women of color feminists and feminists from other marginalized social positions. To those unfamiliar with the issues, outrage about a particular academic
publication is often dismissed as nothing more than the censoriousness of hypersensitive groups. The objectionable features of the particular case, considered in isolation, seem too minor to outsiders to warrant the degree of outrage focused upon it. Such dismissal reflects ignorance of the cumulative history of marginalization, disrespect, and misrepresentation of oppressed groups.
Usually, objections to a particular academic publication reflect the objectors’ knowledge of a history of grievances of which outsiders are unaware. It is difficult to assess how much of the outrage is properly directed at Hypatia, and how much at other public, academic, or philosophical institutions. Nevertheless, the Board would like to take this opportunity to learn from the expressed outrage. Hypatia has always held itself to a higher standard of inclusion than most other philosophy journals. During the years in which Sally Scholz has served as editor, it has continued to develop these commitments to diversity (including organizing a major conference on diversifying philosophy, the solicitation of special issues and clusters specifically focused on diversity, and the creation of podcasts and video interviews to make Hypatia articles more widely accessible). Going forward, with consultation amongst those who perform various roles for our organization, Hypatia will review its governance structure, procedures, and policies, aiming to continue to improve its inclusiveness and respect for marginalized voices in a manner consistent with the continuation of Hypatia as a scholarly enterprise committed to feminist values.

2. The Board affirms Hypatia’s commitment to pluralist inquiry, which is simultaneously acore feminist value and a core academic value. In this regard, it is especially important to respect scholars who work on a wide variety of topics and utilize a wide variety of methodologies.

3. The Board finds that the Associate Editors’ statement undermining the editorial decision was disseminated without adequate consultation with the Editor. Further consultation, if necessary, could have included other parts of the governing structure of Hypatia, such as the Advisory Board or the Board of Hypatia. The open letter could have been taken seriously
without such precipitous action.

4. In response, the Board calls upon all those who wish to participate in Hypatia’s governing structure to commit themselves to playing their role in support of the journal, as this is required for the continuation of Hypatia as a scholarly enterprise. The continuation of Hypatia as a scholarly enterprise, its ability to foster feminist inquiry, and its academic
reputation, depend on its respecting its contractual obligations, core principles of research ethics and norms of academic discourse, and consultation with all the arms of Hypatia’s governing body. Hypatia is bound by principles of publication ethics to stand by its editors, referees, and authors except in specific cases such as plagiarism and fraud. These principles have been thoughtfully designed to establish critical conditions for progress in inquiry.

5. The Board wishes to correct two misunderstandings that have appeared in the press and on social media

     A. Reports that the Associate Editors called for retraction of the article are incorrect. The Associate Editors did not and are not calling for retraction of the article.
     B. Reports that the statement of the Associate Editors was made on behalf of Hypatia are incorrect. The Associate Editors wrote on their own behalf, and clearly identified the authorship of their statement. Hypatia has a complex governance structure, also including its Editor and Book Review Editor, an Editorial Board, an Advisory Board, and a Local Advisory Board. The Associate Editors, by themselves, cannot speak for Hypatia.

6. The Board stands behind the judgment of Hypatia’s Editor, Sally Scholz, concerning the publication of Professor Tuvel’s paper. On May 6, 2017, Professor Scholz released a statement to the Chronicle of Higher Education affirming that Professor Tuvel’s paper went through the usual double-masked peer review process and was accepted by the reviewers and by
the Editor. We endorse her assessment that, barring discovery of misconduct or plagiarism, the decision to publish stands. We also approve her willingness to refer the matter to Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Board also recognizes Professor Tuvel for her work and condemns any ad hominem and personal attacks that may have been directed against her. As a scholarly publication, Hypatia supports our authors and appreciates their contributions to advancing understanding of contemporary social issues.

7. We regret the harms to current and prospective authors, editors, and peer reviewers of Hypatia that were created by this controversy.

We are working hard to respond responsibly to this troubling and difficult controversy. We acknowledge the history and continuation of injustices around matters of intersectionality, and know that many of us have much to learn from those who have lived in and worked on intersections of marginalized racial and gender identities.

Hypatia, founded in 1986, will continue to be a journal committed to a diversity of methodologies, schools of thought, and perspectives in feminist philosophy. It will also continue to be a journal committed to the best practices of scholarly publication. We take the intensity of this controversy to be a testament to the importance of the issues that the journal discusses.

Elizabeth Anderson
Leslie Francis (Treasurer)
Heidi Grasswick (Secretary)
Miriam Solomon (President)
Lisa Tessman (Chair)

Published May 6, 2017 in the Chronicle of Higher Education

From the Editor of Hypatia:

As Editor of an academic journal that espouses pluralism and diversity, I believe that Hypatia should publish on a wide array of topics employing a wide array of methodologies.  I believe that a community of scholars should contest concepts and engage in dialogue within the pages of the journal to advance our collective project of educating—students and ourselves.  I believe that an academic journal is not a blog or a discussion board.

I firmly believe, and this belief will not waver, that it is utterly inappropriate for editors to repudiate an article they have accepted for publication (barring issues of plagiarism or falsification of data).  In this respect, editors must stand behind the authors of accepted papers.  That is where I stand.  Professor Tuvel’s paper went through the peer review process and was accepted by the reviewers and by me.

The Associate Editorial board acted independently in drafting and posting their statement.  That board is a policy board and plays no role in the day to day management of the Journal. 

Since April 30, I have been working with the publisher, Wiley, to respond responsibly and appropriately. We have consulted with the corporation which owns Hypatia and, together, we are proceeding to refer the situation to Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for guidance.

Sally J. Scholz, PhD



Call for Nominations for Editors

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking an editor or an editorial team to serve a term of five years, beginning July 1, 2018. The journal issues a call for nominations for editor(s) every five years in order to consider new proposals and directions for the journal, and to give others a chance to be involved.  All proposals will be judged on their merits. We encourage self-nominations as well as nominations of others. Self-nominations and nominations of others are due no later than March 1, 2017.

Hypatia is the preeminent journal for feminist philosophy; it has a wide international readership and a robust institutional subscription base.  It serves as an important resource not only for philosophers, but for all those interested in philosophical issues raised by feminism, including interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies scholars. The journal publishes work covering a wide range of philosophical traditions and topics, and therefore we encourage nominations (including self-nominations) of editors who have diverse interests and expertise in sub-areas and methodologies of Philosophy and Feminist Studies.

Candidates should have a record of publication in feminist philosophy, and some previous editorial experience is desirable. Hypatia is committed to the inclusion of the scholarship of feminists of color, trans feminists, transnational feminists, queer feminists, and disabled feminists.  Individuals constituting an editorial team need not be members of the same institution.  Candidates (or at least one member of an editorial team) should be at an institution with graduate students in Philosophy or Gender/Women’s Studies who can serve as managing editors and editorial assistants.  Candidates who prefer to co-edit and/or construct an editorial team should indicate how they would share the work of the journal.  Candidates should also indicate what kinds of institutional support they expect to receive. 

If you are nominating yourselves, please send CVs for each member of the editorial team. Also, please include a statement of interest that indicates how the work of editing the journal will be shared and where the journal will be housed, as well as brief statements regarding your previous relevant experience and the directions in which you would like to take Hypatia. If you are nominating others, please send a letter briefly stating your reasons for nominating them, as well as their institutional/postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. We will contact them and request that they provide the same materials as self-nominators should they wish to be considered.

Timeframe for the search process: After reviewing the nominations, the search committee will invite a subset of nominated editors or editorial teams to submit initial applications, which will then be due by May 1, 2017. These initial applications will be reviewed and a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposals must be sent by October 1, 2017.

Instructions for preparation of proposals will be posted on the Hypatia website.

Nominations should be sent to:

Kim Q. Hall, hallki@appstate.edu. Please write “Nomination for Hypatia Editorial Team” in the subject line of the email. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Kim Q. Hall.

Editorial Search Committee:  Kim Q. Hall, Ann Cahill, Karen Jones, and George Yancy



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.  Diversity Prize committee includes: Kyoo Lee, Lewis Gordon, and Amy Oliver

If you have any question you may contact the Editorial Offices at Hypatia@villanova.edu.

Gender & the Politics of Shame

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 themes: 

-          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 clara.fischer@ucd.ie indicating the title of the paper you have submitted.


Thanks to our dedicated referees in 2015!

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:
Individual grants:
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.

Project grants:
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: rherr@bentley.edu 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 femlovestudies@gmail.com 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

Climate Change Online Forum

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.

Author Interviews

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 editor@hypatiaphilosophy.org. 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.

 Suggested topics include

  • 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

 Additional features of the Hypatia 2015 Conference:

  • 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. editorialassistant@hypatiaphilosophy.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.

HYPATIA Honor Roll

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! 

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

If 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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