Call for Paper: In Movement: Women in Africa and the African Diaspora

A call for a special-issue: In Movement: Women in Africa and the African Diaspora. The issue will be guest-edited by Henriette Gunkel, Zethu Matebeni, and Catherine Raissiguier.

Deadline: October 31, 2013
Submit your paper directly to Catherine Raissiguier at craissiguier at

We seek articles (5,000 to 6,250 words) and review essays (on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 1,000 to 1,500 words).

African women on the African continent and its Diasporas have always been agents of social change and initiators of political/cultural transformations. This special issue aims to explore the different forms of activism, grass roots interventions, and social movements they have generated and/or impacted. We are particularly interested in the ways in which African women inflect and transform current debates about rights, citizenship, belonging, and representation. We are also seeking essays that do not take for granted the concept of politics, but rather reflect on what actually constitutes the political.

Possible topics for articles

Historical and current impact of African women's political interventions from the grass roots to the global level
Explorations of regional and global African women's political networks
African women's organizing efforts around issues of work, peace, violence and sexuality
African women in ethnic and im/migration politics
African women's roles in public health campaigns and politics
African women and the politics of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and/or religion
African women agitating for change around poverty, insecurity, and education
African women and body politics
African women's political interventions in literature, visual arts, and popular culture
African women's involvement in and analysis of the so-called Arab spring
African women and the use of social media as a mode of political agitation and organizing

Send submissions or inquiries in MS Word or Rich Text format to: Catherine Raissiguier. Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page. All submissions will be acknowledged via email. Kindly contact us via email if you do not receive an acknowledgement of your submission.