CFP Re-writing Women as Victims: From Theory to Practice

Published on 13 March par Heta Rundgren

Deadline: 24/05/2017
Eds.: M. J. Gámez Fuentes, S. Núñez Puente and E. Gómez Nicolau.

This proposed edited collection of interdisciplinary essays aims to critically analyse scientific approaches, political strategies, civil society initiatives and modes of representation that aim at dismantling the conventional narratives that sustain the present configuration of women in contexts of violence.

It would appear that, in the fight to eradicate violence against women, hegemonic narratives, mediated via institutional proposals and popular discourses, although geared towards gender equality, have succumbed to moral reductionism and legal discourses. Thus the entire problematic of inequality has been reduced to the categories of the victim and the victimiser/criminal. In the current panorama of revising frameworks of political and cultural understanding, it becomes therefore indispensable to search for modes of resignifying the woman-victim scheme in order to update narratives about experienced violence from a new theoretical perspective. This would enable us both to revise current institutional approaches and to explore modes of ascribing political value to the act of spectatorship.

It is on these grounds that we are interested in initiatives and narratives that make new spaces possible in which to name, self-identify, and resignify the female political subject as a social agent in situations of violence.

This area of inquiry requires a critical re-examination of both its foundations and its specialized academic production. A number of novel approaches —including epistemological, methodological, and analytical ones, especially emerging from feminist critical theory— have recently aimed to do so (J. Butler & A. Athanasiou, 2013, Dispossession. The Performative in the Political; J. Butler et al., eds., 2016, Vulnerability in Resistance). Therefore, we are looking for proposals that transcend the pair abuser-victim and explore the complex relations between gender and violence, and individual and collective accountability. In order to do that, the book initially comprehends four areas of enquiry:

A- EPISTEMOLOGIES: new theoretical and methodological approaches
B- POLITICS: innovative proposals from institutional politics and/or
social policy
C- ACTIVISM: transformative initiatives from associations and/or civil
society
D- CULTURAL PRODUCTION: analysis of case studies deconstructing
hegemonic narratives

Proposal topics may include, but are not restricted to:
● Critical theoretical approaches on victimology and gender
● Research methodologies tackling women’s agency in contexts of
violence
● Women’s resistances and responses to violence
● Worldwide public policies challenging the concept of women-victim
● Critical evaluation of secondary victimization of women as victims
through public policies, media and cultural and social discourses
● Counter-hegemonic media narratives of women as victims
● Film and television innovative approaches to women as political
agents in context of violence
● On-line activism and Social Network Sites discussing hegemonic
recognition of women as victims
● Feminist and grassroots activism re-writing women as victims
● Emancipatory social projects and practices of women challenging
violence

We will market the book for an international audience (the volume will be in English language). Routledge has indicated interest as part of the Gender & Sexuality series, and we will continue to consider other reputable academic publishers. Please circulate the CFP widely with graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars who work on any transformative aspect of women and violence from Sociology, Film & Media Studies, Politics, Social Policy, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Social Movement Studies, etc...

Submission guidelines:
● A 500-600 words abstract in English with 4-5 references should
be sent to Drs. María José Gámez Fuentes (Univ. Jaume I, Castellón, Spain) at gamezf@uji.es, Sonia Núñez Puente (Univ. Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain) at sonia.puente@urjc.es, and Emma Gómez Nicolau (Univ. Jaume I) at enicolau@uji.es by May 24th 2017. Please state in which of the four areas (Epistemologies, Politics, Activism or Cultural Production) you envisage your contribution to fit in.

● Please include a title, name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable, plus a two pages CV.

If accepted, the final draft version of your chapter, approximately 6,000 words, would most likely be due by May 10th 2018. Decisions about the final shape of the project will be made once the publisher has reviewed and agreed upon accepted full chapter proposals. Feel free to write to us with any questions you might have. We look forward to reading your submissions.