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In medias res

Call for Publications

Theme: In medias res
Subtitle: Decolonial Interventions
Publication: Journal of International Women's Studies
Date: Special Issue (June 2020)
Deadline: 15.11.2019

This Special Issue invites contributions from all disciplines that
consider decoloniality as an entry point for getting into or
being-within the middle of gender and decoloniality. From a common
ground of shared struggles against epistemic and systemic power, this
Special Issue invites contributions that interrogate the ambiguities
of coloniality as a continuing condition and that begin to illuminate
the qualities of struggle, the formations of hope and the
regenerative tactics that live in its midst.

For in this midst of socio-cultural, political, economic, gendered
and sexual systems of domination, power and exclusion, an
epistemological and ontological shift may be emerging. Spanning the
Global North and South, this shift reveals that our multiplicity is
our strength. “In medias res: Decolonial Interventions” seeks to open
up and animate the debate on decoloniality by focusing on
interventions and moments in the middle of things: occupying obvious
areas of impossibility and ‘brokenness’ – of economies, powers,
states of being, bodies, and environments – with a sense of
generative promise. We invite contributors interested in excavating
and addressing themes of collaboration, complicity, agencies and the
complexities of the “intimate enemy” (Nandy, 1983). By doing so, we
hope to open up and name a shared ground hospitable to fluid, trans,
and non-conforming ways of thinking, doing and being capable of
living with struggles against oppression, displacement and dispersal
in critical and generative ways.

We offer said themes and questions as prisms to invite decolonial,
inter and transdisciplinary contributions that confront these shifts
and challenges and reflect on possibilities for regeneration and
transformation. We therefore call for contributions that:

- Situate, orientate, witness, name and resist ongoing exclusions
- Excavate, unlearn and repair structures of exclusion and injustice
 such as racism and sexism, and impasses of anti-racism and
- Exceed and co-create the emergent forms of survival, being and

Submissions relating to (but not limited to) queer and post-feminist
theory, living queer decoloniality - such as the Hijra/ Kinnar of
India, post-feminist psychoanalysis and decolonial gender studies are
welcome alongside those exploring transdisciplinary and radical
pedagogies, higher education, cognitive justice and epistemic
freedom. Works situating themselves in real-world cases concerning
social justice, development/ post-development, indigenous studies,
biopolitics, reproductive labour and politics of care - particularly
through ethnography and/or collaborative authorship - are also
encouraged. Researchers, practitioners, artists, and engaged members
of the public are invited to contribute to an emerging multi, inter,
or transdisciplinary perspective. We particularly welcome
contributions involving novel and experimental formats.

The length of the papers is expected to be between 5000-7000 words
including footnotes and list of works cited. Please submit your
abstract (300-400 words) with keywords (not more than 6) with “In
medias res: Decolonial Interventions” in the subject heading, by 15th
November 2019, to:

The final publication date is approximately the end of June, 2020.


Dr. Su-Ming Khoo, Lecturer, Department of Political Science and
Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Anique Vered, Independent Researcher, Australia

Dr. Sayan Dey, Assistant Professor, Amity Law School, Amity
University, India


Dr. Sayan Dey
Journal of International Women's Studies