Feminist Political Communication in the Global South

Call For Papers

Feminist Political Communication in the Global South

Special Issue of Communication, Culture & Critique (March 2024)

Abstract Deadline (500 words): February 1st, 2023

Complete Manuscript Deadline (6000-7000 words): June 1st, 2023

Co-editors: Ayleen Cabas-Mijares (Marquette University) and Sharon Adetutu Omotoso (University of Ibadan)

Feminist political communication underscores feminist intersections, forms, and strategies of power relations in the transmission, interpretation, and usage of political information (Omotoso & Faniyi, 2020). Although these have been largely undertheorized and underexplored, the pursuit of the global sustainable development goal of gender equality has aided more critical considerations of the discords, crisscrosses, accomplishments and/or setbacks encountered by women across geopolitical spaces.

As scholars extensively investigate the obstinate underrepresentation of women in parliaments and governments as well as threats to women’s rights worldwide, critical communication studies have not paid much attention to the place of feminism as political proposition and collective movement that impacts the lives of millions of women in the Global South. Consequently, much of concerns about women’s involvement in politics for decades has been discussed within political studies.

With acknowledgement to the critical scholarship that provides comprehensive nuances of feminist political communication on a global scale, the epistemic invisibility (Omotoso, 2020) of feminist political communication within expanding Global South contexts (Shome, 2019) leaves a gap in communication studies as well as comparative politics. Feminisms in the Global South have long histories of calling for alternatives to neoliberalism, neocolonialism, ethnic and ecological annihilation. However, neoliberal and postfeminist sensibilities have attempted to depoliticize feminism, turning it into a quest for personal empowerment instead of a political movement driven by collective action (Dosekun, 2015, 2020; Dutta, 2021; Gill, 2016).

Additionally, heteropatriarchal states and right-wing nationalist movements have invoked women’s rights to stigmatize and justify violence against Black and people of color, particularly Muslims, worldwide (Farris, 2017). These erasures and mischaracterizations underscore the urgency of critical communication studies about feminist mobilizing and how it continues to provide tools for anti-colonial resistance.

To this end, this special issue aims to theorize and showcase critical examinations of feminist political communication from the Global South, given its evolving peculiarities in terms of geopolitics, location, identity, ownership, and agency. With the goal of highlighting critical cultural communication approaches autochthonous to feminist methodologies and practices of the Global South, the special issue aims to present perspectives that have taken center stage in Southern contexts and have often contributed to stronger South-South relationships in feminist politics and activism. This special issue endeavors to center marginalized voices, epistemologies, axiologies, and ontologies while drawing attention to the importance of alternative theorizing and thinking, ultimately providing homegrown solutions to local challenges.

We seek contributions specifically using qualitative methods and critical/cultural theoretical approaches rooted in critical communication scholarship that present nuanced discourses and practices around feminist political communication.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical communication, feminist politics, epistemicide, and knowledge production.
  • Communicating feminist political epistemologies of the Global South.
  • Critical analyses of practices and phenomena that characterize feminist political communication strategies in the Global South.
  • Decolonization and feminist political communication.
  • Gender expansiveness and feminist politics in Global South contexts.
  • Media (mis)representations of women in politics in the Global South.
  • Development communication and politics for social change.
  • Intersectionality, theory and praxis in political communication.
  • South-South relationships and collaborations in transnational feminist politics.
  • Politics of ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality in the postcolonial reality.
  • Feminist methodological and theoretical interventions in political communication.
  • Imperialism, white supremacy, and femonationalism.
  • Feminist media and mediated activism across the Global South.
  • Futures of feminist political communication in Global South.

Submission Instructions:

Please submit a 500-word abstract as well as a short (two-page) CV by February 1, 2023, to the guest editors of the special issue at (ayleen.cabasmijares /at/ marquette.edu), and (sa.omotoso /at/ ui.edu.ng). Please include all co-editors on your email submission.

Authors whose abstracts are selected will be notified by March 1st, 2023, and asked to submit complete manuscripts (6000-7000 words, including notes and references, in Word format, following the 7th APA style) to the guest editors by June 1st, 2023.

There are no article processing charges required.

NOTE: Only accepted articles will be asked to submit to ScholarOne (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cccr). Acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee publication of a full essay, which will be subject to anonymous peer review. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the guest editors at the above email addresses.

Guest editors’ bios:

Ayleen Cabas-Mijares is an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Marquette University. Using a critical/cultural lens, Cabas-Mijares examines the relationship between media, journalism, and social change, specifically the role of media in the constitution and political strategies of social movements. Cabas-Mijares’ work centers phenomena in the context of Latin America and the Latinx diaspora. Her research has been published in Journalism, Journalism Practice, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Visual Communication Quarterly.

Sharon Adetutu Omotoso, a Senior Research Fellow in the Gender Studies Unit of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria is also Coordinator, Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC). She has published significantly in her areas of research interest including Applied Ethics, Media & Gender studies, Political Communications, Philosophy of Education, Socio-Political Philosophy, and African Philosophy. Sharon co-edited Political Communication in Africa (2017) and edited the book ‘Women’s Political Communication in Africa (2020). She is currently working on broad gender contexts of theorizing African political communication.