CALL FOR PAPERS “In medias res: Decolonial Interventions” 

Journal of International Women’s Studies – Special Issue

[ Image credit – “Breathless in the face of a ruin” – DeeAshley ]

Special issue Editors

Dr. Su-Ming Khoo, Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Anique Vered, Independent Researcher, Australia
Dr. Sayan Dey, Assistant Professor, Amity Law School, Amity University, India

This Special Issue invites contributions from all disciplines that consider decoloniality as an entry point for getting into or being-within the middle of gender and decoloniality. From a common ground of shared struggles against epistemic and systemic power, we invite contributions that interrogate the ambiguities of coloniality as a continuing condition and that begin to illuminate the qualities of struggle, the formations of hope and the regenerative tactics that live in its midst.

For in this midst of socio-cultural, political, economic, gendered and sexual systems of domination, power and exclusion, an epistemological and ontological shift may be emerging. Spanning the Global North and South, this shift reveals that our multiplicity is our strength. “In medias res: Decolonial Interventions” seeks to open up and animate the debate on decoloniality by focusing on interventions and moments in the middle of things: occupying obvious areas of impossibility and ‘brokenness’ – of economies, powers, states of being, bodies, and environments – with a sense of generative promise. We invite contributors interested in excavating and addressing themes of collaboration, complicity, agencies and the complexities of the “intimate enemy” (Nandy, 1983). By doing so, we hope to open up and name a shared ground hospitable to fluid, trans, and non-conforming ways of thinking, doing and being capable of living with struggles against oppression, displacement and dispersal in critical and generative ways.

We offer said themes and questions as prisms to invite decolonial, inter and transdisciplinary contributions that confront these shifts and challenges and reflect on possibilities for regeneration and transformation. We therefore call for contributions that:

  • Situate, orientate, witness, name and resist ongoing exclusions
  • Excavate, unlearn and repair structures of exclusion and injustice such as racism and sexism, and impasses of anti-racism and anti-sexism
  • Exceed and co-create the emergent forms of survival, being and flourishing.

Submissions relating to (but not limited to) queer and post-feminist theory, living queer decoloniality – such as the Hijra/ Kinnar of India, post-feminist psychoanalysis and decolonial gender studies are welcome alongside those exploring transdisciplinary and radical pedagogies, higher education, cognitive justice and epistemic freedom. Works situating themselves in real-world cases concerning social justice, development/ post-development, Indigenous studies, biopolitics, reproductive labour and politics of care – particularly through ethnography and/or collaborative authorship – are also encouraged. Researchers, practitioners, artists, and engaged members of the public are invited to contribute to an emerging multi, inter, or transdisciplinary perspective. We particularly welcome contributions involving novel and experimental formats. The length of the papers is expected to be between 5000-7000 words including footnotes and list of works cited. Please submit your abstract (300-400 words) with keywords (not more than 6) to with “In medias res: Decolonial Interventions” in the subject heading by 15th November 2019.