[Air-L] CFP : Special issue of Feminist Encounters on ‘Digital Activisms and Intersectionality in Context.’ Spring 2026

Radhika G gradhika2012 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 14 06:29:23 PDT 2023

Call for Papers
Special issue of Feminist Encounters on ‘Digital Activisms and Intersectionality in Context.’

Spring 2026

In the past two decades, there has been a great deal of visibility for marginalised populations from many parts of the world via social media platforms (whether through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Tumblr, YouTube, and other platforms). We have seen protest movements focused on gender, race and caste issues, for instance, utilising these privately-owned communication technology infrastructures to build networks, reach global audiences, and demonstrate the influence of digital "publics," "contrapublics," "alternetworks," "counterpublics," and so on. At the same time, these platforms are equally accessible to trolls and groups that use them to spread hate speech, fake news, propaganda, misinformation, and divisive rhetoric in the name of freedom of speech. Misogyny and cooptation of feminist languages of choice happens side-by-side with brand-feminisms and feminist activist callouts. Oppressive governments also use social media surveillance to silence dissent, enforce bans, and suppress opposition voices.

In this seemingly chaotic digital space, activists, influencers, and advocates attempt to simultaneously speak to their local, regional, national audiences while broadcasting outwards transnationally to garner solidarity and support. These outcries, callouts, and protests in digital publics create nuanced awareness around the particularities of social inequalities in the regions from which they originate. Therefore, we invite submissions that examine the cultural and political contexts of digital activism and how they shape practices, strategies, and considerations of activism and online engagement. 
We welcome papers that nuance intersectionality as theory or method and those that deploy situated, contextual, intersectionalities to flesh out how activisms and solidarities can be forged based on shifting temporal, social, and geopolitical dynamics. We encourage contributors to deep-dive into how digital activisms conceptualise intersectionality within and beyond activists' contexts and the nuances made visible in activists' use of intersectionality as critical praxis or analytical strategy.

While this is not a mandatory condition for submitted papers, we welcome co-authorship across an academic-activist spectrum, caste contexts, racial contexts, or global north and global south contexts. We also encourage submitting authors to explain how these collaborations occurred. 
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
·      The cultural and political contexts of digital activism on Twitter/Facebook/TikTok/Instagram/any and all social media 
·      Intersectionality as method/praxis/strategy in digital activism
·      Feminist/Queer/Trans/Racial/other historically marginalised digital activism movements
·      Counter-response and counterpart digital activism strategies 
·      Digital Labor Cultures
·      Community building, advocacies and allyship online
·      Discourses of resistance online
·      Critiques and problems with digital activism, including debates around hate speech, fake news, and propaganda
·      Digital activism in resistance to state surveillance and oppressive governments, including Twitter bans and restrictions
·      Transnational solidarities and crossings in digital activism 
·      The future of digital activism and the intersectional internet
We invite submissions that explore these topics and more, and we welcome contributions from a range of perspectives and disciplines.
Guest Editor(s): 
Prof. Radhika Gajjala, Professor of Media and Communication and American Culture Studies, 
Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Email: radhik at bgsu.edu
Maitrayee Basu, Assistant Professor, University of Leeds, Media and Communications
                        Email: m.basu at leeds.ac.uk
Ololade Faniyi, Doctoral Student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
                        Email: ololade.faniyi at emory.edu
Abstracts of 750 words (excluding listed sources) and a short biographical note of no more than 100 words should be sent to radhik at bgsu.edu

 no later than 30 June 2023. 

Please ensure that your abstract includes a clear description of your methodology, and lists 3 to 5 sources that represent your conceptual grounding/approach. 

Your email should have a subject header that says “FE_SI_2026” – otherwise it may get lost.
We will send notifications of accepted abstracts by 1 August 2023.
Full articles will be expected by 1 March 2024.
The expected word length of the full manuscript (including references) is 8,000 words; other word lengths are to be negotiated with the editors. Images are welcome but must include relevant copyright permissions and permissions if any research participant is shown.
All articles must be submitted in the journal’s house style, details of which are to be found on the Feminist Encounters website (http://www.lectitopublishing.nl/feminist-encounters).
Chief Editor of Feminist Encounters: Professor Sally R Munt, University of Sussex UK
Managing Editor of Feminist Encounters: Dr Rose Richards, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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