New Special Issue: Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Feminist Formations
"On Decolonial Feminisms: Engagement, Practice, and Action"

Guest edited by Leece Lee-Oliver and Xamuel Bañales

Submission deadline:November 15, 2021

Feminist Formations invites submissions for a special issue, “On Decolonial Feminisms: Engagement, Practice, and Action.” This special issue aims to explore decolonization as a feminist social justice modality in the 21st century and advance new strategies for radical feminist social justice practices in the United States, while considering or centralizing transnational inroads. We seek scholarly, analytical, creative, qualitative, quantitative, and/or grassroots works that grapple with sovereignty, civil rights, and liberation, while taking to task racial heteropatriarchy, (settler) colonialism, and/or the conceptualization of human difference as it is rooted in colonial ideology and western empire. We center movements in the United States in order to examine how decolonial feminist movements operate within, disentangle from, and reveal the metrics of western empire in global contexts. We look to critically engaged decolonial feminist scholars, protectors, culture bearers, artists, and activists in the field for strategies of liberation and/or fissures within decoloniality that impact solidarity and futurity. We encourage the submission of projects that imagine decolonial futures that transcend epistemological, ontological, and transnational borders to shape new horizons grounded in radical epistemologies of love, healing, action, and possibility.

“On Decolonial Feminisms: Engagement, Practice, and Action” recognizes the global resurgence of heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and the coloniality of power while responding to the ongoing suppression of women and Queer and Trans peoples of color. We take note of the entrenchment of structural inequalities that clearly bear their marks on marginalized communities. We see contemporary decolonial feminisms as offering pathways to understanding and moving beyond current socio-political contexts locally, nationally, and around the planet. Motivated by contemporary movements for justice like, but not limited to, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, #SayHerName, Sovereign Bodies, and #MeToo, we underscore the ways in which diverse networks and community-based projects call for global attention to ongoing state violence and oppression.

We aim for the special issue to generate conversations, provide space, and assert radical epistemologies that focus on general areas, such as: 1) efforts/movements that are autonomous, yet intentionally seek solidarity and/or coalitional partners; 2) new dimensions of decolonial feminisms; 3) origins of diverse decolonial feminist formations; and/or, 4) new points of departure predicated on liberation, sovereignty, body autonomy, and love.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • community engaged and/or participatory action research projects;

  • sovereignty, oral history, critical auto-ethnography/theory/methodology;

  • the presence of femicide;

  • the epidemic violence against Native American women and girls;

  • the continued vulnerability and invisibility of Black women and girls killed in interactions with police;

  • the sterilization of Latina women and girls incarcerated by ICE;

  • the erasure and/or prevalence of human trafficking;

  • anti-Asian rhetorical violence by US citizens and government agents;

  • silence and violence in the silos of immigration, neighborhoods, institutions, and public spaces;

  • transgender/transexual liberation, equality, state violence;

  • anti-violence resistance at the forefront: social movements, wellness centers, research initiatives, scholarship;

  • legislative dis/empowerment (i.e. sovereignty; consent; embodiment; identity);

  • race/gender/queer/trans grassroots campaigns;

  • cultural appropriation and dis/empowerment;

  • art, poetry, and other forms of expression for the purpose of public education, healing, and/or mental health;

  • the impacts of US industry and military occupation on the sovereignty, health, and wellbeing of people, ecosystems, and cultural-intellectual rights;

  • mutual aid and reciprocity;

  • human rights and the need/power of global solidarity;

  • U.S. racial capitalism as a global phenomenon;

Contemporary decolonial feminist theoretical work and grassroots activism often engage mixed-method approaches to enact social change. As such, we envision that this special issue will include complex modalities including, but not limited to place-based research, public forums, installations/murals/graffiti, and justice-focused public education endeavors. We seek a variety of forms of submissions, including scholarly articles with qualitative research, transdisciplinary work, co-authored collaborative works, creative writing, visual works, interviews, art, poetry, and creative non-fiction attuned to decolonial feminisms, social movements, and/or scholarly-activism.

Submission Process: Manuscripts should be submitted to the Feminist Formations Submittable page by October 15, 2021. We cannot consider submissions that have been previously published or are currently being reviewed by other journals.

Following the deadline, guest editors will review the manuscripts and determine those to be sent for full review. Citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. For more details, please see Feminist Formations submission guidelines. Manuscripts will be subject to anonymous review and must adhere to the publishing guidelines of Feminist Formations, found at: Scholarly essays should not exceed 10,000 words, including notes and references. Please contact the Feminist Formations Editorial Assistant (email: with questions or concerns about the submission process.

Anticipated Publication Date: Spring 2023 For information on submission preparation, download a Feminist Formations style guide, submission checklist, and anonymization guide. Following the deadline, guest editors will review the abstracts and determine those to be invited to submit manuscripts. Manuscripts will be subject to anonymous peer review. Questions about the submission process may be sent to editorial assistants Miranda Findlay and Carina Buzo Tipton at Feminist Formations is a leading journal of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published three times a year by the Johns Hopkins University Press. It is housed in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University, under the editorship of Patti Duncan. For more information, see