CfP: Digital Media, Feminisms, and Public Health in the Age of Pandemic

Call for papers

Special issue “Digital Media, Feminisms, and Public Health in the Age of Pandemic” Editors: Ilaria A. De Pascalis ((ilariaantonella.depascalis /at/ and Veronica Pravadelli ((veronica.pravadelli /at/
Deadline: May 1st 2023

Ideologies such as sexism, racism, and classism in relation to bodies and all life forms are still globally hegemonic (Haraway 2016; Braidotti 2021; Ahmed 2021), and structures of privilege and power violently mould policies of care. This was particularly evident with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when power imbalances affected communities’ coping mechanisms.

This Special Issue of the European Journal of Women’s Studies will address how digital media have contributed to public and private narratives about the Covid-19 global health emergency and policies of care (cf. The Care Collective 2020; UN Women 2021). Digital media, online platforms, and handheld devices have been essential to feminist and queer practices facing the challenges of this shocking collective experience.

Key emerging questions that articles in the Special Issue can address include:

• How have national and local institutions across Europe used digital media to narrate the health emergency and the politics of care? To what extent has this been gendered? And how have digital platforms and devices been used to cope with such a public health emergency?

• What are some of the ways digital media have shaped relations between institutions and citizens in relation to gender?

• Taking an intersectional approach, how have individuals, groups and communities used digital media to represent their experiences of the pandemic and related practices of care?

• In what ways have digital media contributed to solidifying existing communities as well as creating new forms of ‘coming together’ in relation to feminist and queer agendas?

• The pandemic has magnified the role of age and class differences in relation to the digital divide. How has this issue been represented by institutions and communities?

• Lockdowns and self-isolation have strongly influenced affective networks. How have digital media and devices reconfigured personal relations of any form (love, friendship, family ties, etc.)?

• The pandemic has caused a resurgence in the implementation of border procedures for all European citizens. How has this fueled new imaginaries of Europe/nation-states relations and their circulation in digital media?

• How have feminist and queer activists used digital platforms and grassroots media to cope with the public health emergency and the politics of care?

• How have creativity and art been mobilised to represent the pandemic and particularly the suffering gendered body?
• How have feminist and queer theories addressed the aforementioned issues?

Articles should be prepared according to the guidelines for submission on the inside back cover of the print

All articles will be subject to the usual peer review process.

Articles should be submitted online to by May 1st 2023 .

Informal enquiries can be sentto Hazel Johnstone, Managing Editor of EJWS [Email: (ejws /at/ ].

This is a no-APC CfP.