Call for Papers

Contemporary feminist mobilizations in Latin America have come to occupy the forefront of a regional and international rearticulation of political resistance that has been defying generalized waves of conservatism taking over traditional politics in most of the world. The past years’ impressive articulation of an International Women’s Strike on 8 March calls attention to the transnational and popular character of these contemporary feminist movements, which have been able to produce solidarity across agendas and regions, being characterized as a “feminism of the 99%”.

What is particularly striking when we look at the relationship between gender violence and feminist resistance in the region is the apparent contradiction between the advancement of legislation to protect women and the growth of gender violence rates. In this context, feminist movements have been rearticulating political solidarities beyond the identity politics of “women,” historically considered as a minority position, opening instead avenues for bringing together movements and collectives not traditionally aligned with a feminist politics, such as syndicates, leftist parties, the landless workers’ movement (MST, in Brazil), indigenous collectives, and soccer associations, among others. These developments introduce new nuances in the political practices in the region. Increasingly, feminists are seen not only as identity groups representing a minority position within a larger and more important movement against capitalism and political and social oppression, but as occupying the forefront of the political arena — thus inviting renewed waves of anger and sympathy.

Latin America has thus become an important site to look for the way new forms of violence are victimizing women and feminized bodies in general, in spite of the advancement of legal protection against gender violence. At the same time, movements articulated in the region have been offering much needed inspiration to the advancement of a transnational feminist agenda which has been turning difference into a source of strength rather than weakness, being able to produce solidarity across multiple agendas.

In order to reflect on these dynamics, the 2019 IFJP Polycentric Conference at PUC-SP invites submissions that address the following questions:

  • How does gender relate to the broad spectrum of violence afflicting Latin America?
  • What are particular forms of gender violence in the region and how do feminist articulations – networks, organizations, collectives, movements – resist them?
  • What is the relationship between the affirmation of specific masculinities and the broad spectrum of gender violence in the region?
  • How do colonialism and the coloniality of power continue to have an impact on gender relations and gender violence in the region?
  • How to address the dialogues and tensions between feminism(s) and the indigenous women’s and/or feminist movements in Latin America?
  • What are the contemporary forms feminism has taken in Latin America and how do they affect the constitution of a democratic ethos in the region?
  • How do feminist movements in the region respond – or fail to respond – to the necropolitics involving transsexual bodies?
  • What is the transnational reach and impact of feminist articulations spreading from Latin America?
  • What are the impacts of intersectional issues in Latin America on the recent rise of feminist movements in the region?
  • What are the new solidarities, networks and attachments being produced by feminists in the global South and throughout the world?
  • What is the role of bodies, emotions and affects in restructuring feminist solidarities?
  • What roles might feminist scholarship have in addressing these contemporary developments in feminist articulations?

The IFJP 2019 Polycentric Conference at PUC-SP, Brazil, will be held in all three languages of the region (Portuguese, Spanish and English). Translation services will be provided for the Roundtables, but Panel sessions should be formatted in either one of the three languages.  In light of that, we will offer free registration to those willing to serve as interpreters.

Paper, panel and roundtable proposals must be submitted by June 7th, 2019

In addition to our general call for papers, we will be hosting a Mentoring and Networking Session on the last day of the event. See the “Submit your Proposal” tab for more information. Participants must enroll.

Criteria for submission

Participants can submit proposals in one of three formats: individual papers, complete panel sessions or roundtables (see Submit your Proposal for more information).

Submissions can be in any of the three languages (Portuguese, Spanish or English). However, any conference papers that are submitted for consideration by IFJP must be translated into English.

Participants in the Conference are limited to one paper. If a paper has co-authors, only one author can apply for a grant to participate in the Conference in São Paulo. If a participant co-authors a paper, this will be considered as the single contribution.

Authors may apply for a grant, specifying and explaining the amount required. Decisions about grant will take into consideration the quality of the submission as well as the provenance and academic status of authors. Authors selected to receive the grant must submit complete papers by September 1st, (see guidelines for submission below). Those who fail to submit the full papers by this date will not receive the grant.

During the conference, the editors will host a workshop on turning a conference paper into a journal submission. Not all papers will be accepted for the special issue, but this session is designed to help authors get the most out of the meeting.

Due to IFJP’s policy, papers must be written or translated to English in order to be considered for the Special Issue. Please note that these papers are not guaranteed a spot in the special issue, but will be evaluated for possible inclusion. This Issue will be subject to the normal review process followed by the Journal in such cases.

Guidelines for Submission of Papers

1.Submit the written paper through the email Grantees must ensure that their submission meets the deadline of September 1st, 2019.

2.Papers should be between 5000 and 9000 words.

3.Regarding format and language, we recommend following IFJP’s specifications available here.

4.Ensure the circulation of the written paper among members of the panel, including the panel moderator.