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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.

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: 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 Third World women are situated. The experiences and perspectives of 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 Third World women’s lives and ignore their diversely embodied, material and psychic realities within nations 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 Third World women’s intimate lives, community practices, and everyday tactics of survival and resistance.  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 Third World and First World women.

 We use the identifier “Third World women” 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 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 “Third World feminism,” “transnational feminism,” “women of color 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 between 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.

Diversity Essay Prize

February 1, 2015 submission deadline

We invite submissions for the 2015 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.

The Diversity Prize Committee is chaired by Linda Martin Alcoff and includes Ladelle McWhorter and David Haekwon Kim. If you have any question you may contact either the Editorial Offices at Hypatia@villanova.edu or Linda Martin Alcoff at lmartina@hunter.cuny.edu.

Please prepare manuscripts in accordance with submission guidelines for Hypatia.

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.

More Ways to Get Your Hypatia News

For Hypatia news and alerts, check out the new mobile app, "Philosophy Spotlight." It is sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell and features Hypatia, among a number of other WB philosophy journals. You can download the app for free by clicking here. The website for the APA's Committee on the Status of Women is another place where Hypatia news is often featured.

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