CALL FOR PAPERS
The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy
Fall 2019 Issue: #MeToo and Philosophy
The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy invites papers on the topic of #MeToo and Philosophy. In 2006 Tarana Burke, a Black feminist social activist and community organizer, founded the Me Too movement to focus on the experiences of abuse suffered by Black and brown girls and women who are and remain disproportionately vulnerable. More specifically, the goal of Me Too was to connect survivors of sexual assault to the resources they need in order to heal. More than a decade later, this movement became #MeToo, a hashtag used in social media to demonstrate the ubiquity of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. As Tarana Burke has recently said, “What #MeToo allowed people to do was create community with these shared experiences. You have a built-in group of people who automatically gets you, who automatically believes you, who automatically wants to hear you. That’s the wildfire of it.”
This movement continues to be foisted into national and international consciousness as more and more men are accused and charged of sexually harassing and abusing women. And yet the number of cases that go unreported, the number of women who remain silent are even larger, pointing to the systemic problems of injustice for victims of abuse, assault, and harassment and the systematic failures of our institutions to bring about justice. All of these problems are complicated by the class, race, nationality, immigration status, sexuality, gender identity, and disability of victims.
#MeToo is a crucial form of resistance and the #MeToo movement, in all of its complexity, is ripe for philosophical engagement and analysis.
The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy invites papers, book reviews, and narratives for the Fall 2019 issue that include, but are not limited to the following topics:
- #MeToo and anger
- #MeToo and shame
- #MeToo and forgiveness
- #MeToo and epistemic injustice
- #MeToo and gaslighting
- #MeToo and credibility
- #MeToo and testimony
- #MeToo and allies
- Intersectional analyses of #MeToo movement
- #MeToo and himpathy
- #MeToo and misogyny
- #MeToo and misogynoir
- #MeToo and transmisogyny
- #MeToo and justice
- #MeToo and domestic violence
- #MeToo and sex education
- #MeToo and internet bullying
- #MeToo and civility
- #MeToo and the silencing of victims
- #MeToo and academia
- #MeToo in non-western countries and contexts
- Trauma informed responses to #MeToo
- The backlash of #HimToo
Invited papers by the following philosophers will appear in the issue:
- Cassie Herbert (Illinois State University)
- Alice MacLachlan (York University)
- Lori Watson (University of San Diego)
- Robin Zheng (Yale NUS-College)
The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy welcomes three different types of submissions:
- Papers: philosophical papers should be no longer than 7000 words (including references and footnotes).
- Book reviews: The newsletter will publish reviews of books with feminist content. The length should be between 1500-2500 words. Review books need not be related to the topic of the special issue. Reviewers must have specific expertise on the subject of the text. The format of book reviews is as follows. They should begin with a brief description of the book as a whole, should contextualize the book within the relevant literature, and should develop a critical evaluation of at least some of the main themes and arguments. Evaluative comments should be specific, instructive, and respectful of diverse philosophical methods and voices.
If you are interested in reviewing a book for the Newsletter, please send a C.V. and a brief explanation of your particular interest in and qualifications for reviewing the chosen text to the following address: Lauren.Freeman [at] Louisville.edu. If you do not own the book, I will request a copy from the publisher. Deadlines for reviews are negotiable.
- Narrative essays: We also invite shorter narrative style essays of around 2500 words in length. These essays should be less formal than standard philosophical papers and can discuss issues and problems related to feminism that philosophers face within the academy, but also in our public and personal lives.
The format for all submissions to the Newsletter is available on the APA website: http://www.apaonline.org/?feminism_newsletter
Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review and must be submitted by March 31, 2019.
Send submissions to: Lauren.Freeman [at] Louisville.edu
Editor, APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy
University of Louisville, Department of Philosophy
With thanks to FeministPhilosophers!