General questions about the journal should be addressed to:
Laurence Raw, Editor in Chief
Department of English Language Teaching
Eskisehir Yolu, Ankara, Turkey
Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST): Special Issue on Transnational Feminism(s)
Guest edited by Tanfer Emin Tunc, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Deadline for Full-Text Submissions: September 1, 2012
According to Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan, “transnational feminist studies is not a luxury that is added to the end of a syllabus or that can be relegated to one week out of the semester or quarter.” Transnationalism should be integrated into all contemporary feminist discourse—whether through academic writing, in the classroom setting, or within the realm of activism—so that important questions are asked, and answered, about “ethnocentrism, racism, and nationalist viewpoints as foundation[s] to gender identity and issues of sexuality.” Unlike certain threads of global feminism, which espouse a “world-wide alliance of women,” invariably lapsing into the same tropes of condescension, paternalism, and cultural imperialism found in preceding feminist movements, transnational feminism represents a paradigm shift away from orientalist and colonial discourses that prioritize “the West” and that marginalize the social, cultural and historical contexts with which women struggle elsewhere in the world. Rather, transnational feminism signals a movement towards examining how “western” countries, such as the United States, are, for better or worse, implicated in global issues that impact women’s lives and how these issues can be broached.
The guest editor of this special issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) seeks original, previously unpublished manuscripts that examine transnational feminism(s) from an American Studies perspective. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Teaching transnational feminism in the US or in an American Studies program
- The politics of transnational feminism in American academia
- Transnational feminist narratives, literature and theory
- Is there a transnational feminist “canon”?
- How do US-centric viewpoints exclude other types/definitions of feminism?
- American feminism and its impact on other nation
- The collaboration between American feminists and non-American feminists (i.e., feminists organizing across borders)
- Is “sisterhood” still relevant? Why do some still invoke the notion of a utopic “global alliance of women”?
- Can/should American feminist organizational techniques—such as consciousness raising, collectives, manifestos, and grassroots activism—be applied transnationally?
- Can the subaltern still speak?
- American women of color (e.g., Chicana, Latina, Asian, African, Native American feminists) and transnational feminism
- Globalization, citizenship, immigration, and mobility
- Hybridity, diaspora, and (forced) displacement
- The role of men and masculinity studies in transnational feminism
- The language of transnational feminism
- Feminism as a transnational “F” word—the myths of feminism
- American feminist activism in transnational issues such as FGM, AIDS, sexual slavery, sex work/tourism, war/peace, violence, domestic abuse, natural disasters, sweatshop labor, economic exploitation, food production/distribution, consumerism, disability, women in art and popular culture, the beauty industry, the media, sports, critiques of capitalism, political oppression, human rights, NGOs, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, fetal sex selection, healthcare provision, education/literacy, the anti-nuclear movement, and the environment
- American feminist activism in transnational organizations such as the UN and the WHO
- The Internet, social media outlets (Facebook/Twitter), and transnational feminist activism
- Comparative approaches that include the United States
General Call for Submissions
Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST)
Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) is now accepting general submissions for future issues.
A semiannual print and on-line publication of the American Studies Association of Turkey, the Journal of American Studies of Turkey operates with a blind peer referee system and publishes work in English by scholars of any nationality on American literature, history, art, music, film, popular culture, institutions, politics, economics, geography and related subjects. The Editorial Board particularly welcomes articles which cross conventional borders between academic disciplines as well as comparative studies of American and other cultures. The journal also publishes notes, comments, interviews, book and film reviews.
Journal of American Studies of Turkey has been indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, and the American Humanities Index since the publication of its first issue in 1995, and in the MLA Directory of Periodicals since 1999.
All manuscripts should follow the MLA Style and be typed double-spaced (including notes and works cited). The articles should be approximately 5,000 to 6,000 words in length. Submissions should be sent as attachment (RTF or DOC) to the e-mail addresses below. No material will be considered for publication if it is currently under consideration by another journal or press or if it has been published or is soon to be published elsewhere.
The copyright of all material published will be vested in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey unless otherwise specifically agreed. This copyright covers exclusive rights of publication on printed or electronic media, including the World Wide Web.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright.
CALL FOR BOOK REVIEWS
The Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) is seeking book reviews.
If you are interested in writing a review, please contact our book
review editor, Clifford Endres, for more information:
Renumeration consists of a copy of the book to be reviewed, as well as
the issue of JAST in which the book review appears.
CALL FOR FILM REVIEWS
Compensation will be a copy of the journal in which the review appears.