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CFP: European Journal of Women’s Studies “Transnational/Global Europe, Female Artists an

Submission Deadline: October 31st

The European Journal of Women’s Studies

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Special Issue: Transnational/Global Europe, Female Artists and Visual Culture

Editors: Veronica Pravadelli (Roma Tre University) and Rosanna Maule (Concordia University)

Europe has been the site of major transformations during the past three decades. New flows of migrants have been modifying the social, economic and ethnic fabric of the continent. In 1989 the Fall of the Berlin Wall brought about geopolitical changes still underway. These events fed two opposite, parallel phenomena: the crisis of Nation-States and the upsurge of ethnic nationalism. More broadly, Europe has been experiencing an ongoing reconfiguration of its own identity through, in particular, a redefinition of its borders, both within and without, both literally and metaphorically, both politically and culturally.

This special issue of The European Journal of Women’s Studies explores the ways in which film and visual culture have captured Europe’s geopolitical and cultural transformations of the past thirty years through the analysis of works by female artists active in cinema, video, photography, digital media and installation art. Specific attention will be drawn to artworks documenting Europe’s sociopolitical transformations from a gender-specific perspective; artworks about shifting identity and gender within the new geopolitical realities and transnational contexts of post- or sub-national Europe.  Contemporary cultural theory defines globalization in terms of flow, movement, and circulation. These notions are at the core of female European artists in the age of globalization. This and other concepts will be addressed within the following frameworks: European studies, feminist theory, transnational feminism, post-colonial theory, border thinking, new media theory, cyberfeminism, etc.

We welcome submissions on specific artists and on themes that develop across different works and artists.  We particularly welcome contributions that discuss aesthetic projects in relation to contemporary cultural theory. Suggested topics also include:

–          Female artists who work across media (such as, for instance, Chantal Akerman, Ursula Biemann, Ulrike Ottinger), and/or across modes, as those that undermine the relation between fiction and documentary;

–          artworks that engage specifically issues of biopolitics in Europe, particularly as they refer to the policing and control of gendered bodies in sub- trans- or post-national contexts;

–          artworks that deal with notions of flow, passage, circulation of bodies (as with, but not limited to, queer and transgender bodies) in post-national and trans-national Europe;

–          artworks that address the representation of Europe as a geographic entity with mobile frontiers;

–          women’s activist and political art in post-nationalist Europe: contexts, issues, platforms.

We welcome contributions from diverse regions both in and outside Europe.

All articles will be subject to the usual review process.

Articles should be prepared according to the guidelines for submission on the inside back cover of the journal or athttp://www2.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/journals/EJWS/Home.aspx.

Articles should be submitted online to:

http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ejw

by 31 October 2015.

Informal queries to

Hazel Johnstone, managing editor of EJWS

Email: ejws@ lse.ac.uk.

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