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THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CRITICAL DIVERSITY STUDIES (IJCDS)

The International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a platform for critical engagement with hierarchies of power that create and sustain privilege and oppression along axes of difference. IJCDS contains original articles (research and theoretical) and book reviews and is published in June and November. All articles are submitted for anonymous peer reviewing by at least three referees.


Professor Melissa Steyn, the Editor-in-Chief for the IJCDS holds the South African National Research Chair in Critical Diversity Studies and has the overall responsibility to ensure that kind of knowledge produced in IJCDS serves an integral role of unlocking our national and global potential. The IJCDS Editorial Board consists of local and international prominent persons in key research institutes whose expertise represents the journal's wider scope.

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IJCDS Call for Papers

Call for 2019 Special Issue: Decolonizing Feminism The IJCDS Volume 2

This SPECIAL ISSUE will consider the entanglements of feminism with colonialism and anti-colonialism.
Feminism has a multifarious history in that, while some critical feminist expressions have conceived of
patriarchy as a global concern, many branches of feminism have elided the experience of non- Western
women from critical feminism or have enshrined Eurocentric values within a feminist discourse. The
theorizations of particularly white Western women have often obscured the struggles of all women, in
addition to those who are queer, transgendered, or disabled. Racialized social structures have given white
feminists more direct access to political power and public discourse than those feminists who confront
combined gender and racial oppression. The mantra “feminism is for everybody” calls attention to the
need for feminist modes which are not merely adaptable to non-Western experience, but rather fused at
the root with the diversity of women. The IJCDS is interested in articles dealing with any aspect of the
decolonization of feminism theory and activism, including but not limited to:


• Alternative feminist histories which foreground early and pioneering anti-colonial feminist practice;
• Critical explorations of the lingering white bias in contemporary feminism, be it academic or
mainstream feminism;
• Approaches to the decolonization of feminism which contend with one or more additional diversity
issues, such as disability and ability, sexual orientation, transgender identities, issues of
locatedness and social class;
• Decolonial analyses of race and gender as they are represented in literature and films, on the
internet and in other media;
• First-person experiential accounts by feminist activists;
• Pedagogical approaches to decolonizing feminism;
• Discussions by artists whose practice is informed by anticolonial feminisms.


Key deadlines and details
• Submission deadline: January 31, 2019
• Planned publication date: June 2019


• Submissions to IJCDS are through the ScholarOne submission portal. Author guidelines must be
followed and can be found on the WiCDS website at: https://www.wits.ac.za/wicds/.


The IJCDS is published by Pluto Journals and upon publication, individual articles can be located through
the JSTOR database. Please contact the IJCDS editorial team with regards to any questions.

Open Call for Papers 2019

The IJCDS is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a platform for critical engagement with hierarchies of power that create and sustain privilege and oppression along axes of difference. The journal is international in scope and is uniquely placed to reach both academic and social justice audiences. Both original articles and book reviews are accepted. Areas of interest include but not limited to:
• The constructions of social locations and positionalities;


• Intersections, co-constructions and co-constitutions of systems of oppression;
• Race; gender; sexuality; dis/ability; class; age etc.;
• The politics of knowledge production;
• The politics of being and affect;
• The politics of history and time;
• The politics of geography and location;
• Reproduction and resistance social injustice;
• Reframing differences.
Key deadlines and details
• Submission deadline: April 30, 2019
• Planned publication date: November 2019
• Submissions to IJCDS are through the ScholarOne submission portal (coming soon). Author guidelines
must be followed and can be found on the WiCDS website at:
https://www.wits.ac.za/wicds/.


The IJCDS is published by Pluto Journals and upon publication, individual articles can be located
through the JSTOR database. Please contact the IJCDS editorial team with regards to any
questions.

(Re)Imagining Liberations Special Issue

This SPECIAL ISSUE engages with dominant paradigms and concepts for imagining liberation and fashioning hope. Traditional paradigms such as nationalism, globalism and liberalism increasingly appear to conceal rather than reveal the nature and impact of dominations. Achievements of anti-colonial, anti-racist, feminist, queer, disability and other struggles may be facing a reversal as once again dominations, marginalisations and exploitations of those constructed as racial, ethnic, religious, national, sexed/gendered ‘others’ seem to be gaining currency. The planetary ecological crisis, global financial crises, expanding social inequalities, political and religiously motivated violence contribute to a climate of systematised and institutionalised domination and oppression. In such a world, it may seem that the odds are so stacked against the disempowered that they are structurally condemned to despair. When the systems of domination are so durable and inventive, how can we enhance and redouble our efforts to bring about social justice? How should we reinvigorate our thinking on how contemporary societies may move beyond structures and systems of domination? How do we create horizons of hope envisioning a world in which our diversity is protected and valued? How do we advance efforts at the re-humanisation of the oppressed, and indeed, of the oppressor? How can we sharpen our critiques? How should critical scholarship and activism engage despair? How should hope inform critical scholarship? What kind of hope should this be?

 The IJCDS invites manuscripts that look at the interrelationships of liberation, hope and despair in the contexts of:

- Achievements and failures of past struggles - Knowledge production and epistemologies

- Normative social formations - Affective economies

- Emerging centres and margins - Bodies and embodiment

- Social and political institutions - Faith, spirituality and religion

- Identities and subjectivities - Law and legislation

- Social movements and civil society - Institutions and organisations

- Migration and nation - Economic practices and occupations

- Ethnic and cultural formations - Violences

- Culture, arts and representation - Past, present and future imaginaries

- Memory and memorialization

 Key deadlines and details:

  • Submission deadline: February 28, 2019
  • Planned publication date: June 2019
  • Authors must use the ScholarOne submission portal to submit manuscripts. Submission guidelines should be followed and can be found at: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/ijcds

The IJCDS is published by Pluto Journals and upon publication, individual articles can be located through the JSTOR database. Please contact the IJCDS editorial team with regards to any questions.

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