Issue 11 (Fall 2016)
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Welcome to the Journal of Feminist Scholarship

Forthcoming Special Issue:
“A Gun for Every Girl: Girlhood in Contemporary Visual Culture”

In fall 2017, JFS will publish a double issue (12/13, Spring/Fall 2017) on the special topic of “A Gun for Every Girl: Girlhood in Contemporary Visual Culture,” guest-edited by Jen Kennedy, Trista E. Mallory, and Angelique Szymanek. The title of the issue appropriates Jean-Luc Godard’s maxim that all you need to make good art is a gun and a girl. The editors and contributors aim to explore what happens in moments when the girl takes the gun; they ask how this weaponized girl may trouble the material and symbolic violence done to her by visual cultures that value her as an image but not an agent.

Since the mid-1990s, the figure of the adolescent girl has been variously deployed by artists, writers, filmmakers, and other cultural producers to respond to, reflect on, and even subvert the affective, social, and economic contradictions of semiocapitalism. Images of girlhood and the byproducts of girl culture have been hijacked, diverted, and turned into ciphers for the myriad ills and unknowns of the contemporary condition––for example, biopower, schizoculture, desire. Yet, in art and popular culture, the generally degraded status of the girl in Western societies can become a privileged signifier. This issue asks: “If girls aren’t given any credibility as existential subjects, and girl culture is widely debased as intellectually bankrupt, superficial, excessively consumerist, and culturally depraved, then why has this figure become so significant to contemporary artists, writers, and theorists?”

The Journal of Feminist Scholarship is a twice-yearly, peer-reviewed, open-access journal published online and aimed at promoting feminist scholarship across the disciplines, as well as expanding the reach and definitions of feminist research.

We conceive the mission of the JFS as an exploration of the state of feminist scholarship at the turn of the new century, and we see this endeavor as part of a larger question of where feminism itself is heading. We wish to encourage a discussion of feminist thought for the twenty-first century. What are its directions today, and what relationship does it sustain with the foundations laid down by feminist inquiry and action in earlier centuries? We aim to publish work that explores the multiple theoretical paradigms and political agendas of contemporary and historical feminist scholarship and the potential intersections and tensions between these paradigms and agendas. We are especially interested in examining productive controversies and divergences between local and global contexts of feminism. We also welcome submissions that focus on feminist pedagogies and activism.

Publishing the journal online means that we are able to offer access to its contents to feminist scholars anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection. It also has an immediacy that allows us to publish articles on topics that are in the here and now and to significantly shorten the time lag from submission to publication for our contributors.

The Journal of Feminist Scholarship is an Open Access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

Copyright on articles published in the Journal of Feminist Scholarship is held by the authors. All material published in JFS can be reused under the terms of the following Creative Commons license: CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives). Any reproduction in a modified form (such as a translation) or for commercial purposes requires a separate agreement with the copyright holder(s).

Please visit the submissions page to see our guidelines for authors and our contact page for contact information for the JFS.

Catherine Villanueva Gardner • CGARDNER@UMASSD.EDU
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (US)

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (US)

Jeannette E. Riley • JEN.RILEY@UMASSD.EDU
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (US)

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