Call for Papers - Ecofeminism in the 21st Century: Bridging Theory and Practice

Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit research papers, review articles, discussion papers, case studies and thematic essays for the thematic issue of the journal Facta Universitatis: Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2023. This Call for Papers is aimed at bringing together a selected number of scholars and associates from the environmental community who wish to participate in the thematic issue and submit their work about ecofeminism and/or environmental activism linked to the values of ecofeminism.

The common definition of ecofeminism is that it is an anti-hierarchical and anti-capitalist movement that works on a global scale as evidenced by a wide range of activism across the globe demonstrated so far such as the Chipko movement in India or activism of Wangari Maathai in Kenya (Griffin, 2020; Fakier & Cock, 2018; Holy, 2007; Shiva & Bandyopadhyay, 1986; Jain, 1984; Bandyopadhyay, 1999; Moore, 2011; Mishra et al, 2021; Green Belt Movement, n.d.). Ecofeminism is a feminist movement “and current of analysis that attempts to link feminist struggles with ecological struggles” (Sandiland, 1999, p. xvi), and as such ecofeminism focuses on the duality of oppression of women and Nature (Mallory, 2012) by the ideology of hegemonic masculinity and patriarchy, both of which are also linked to capitalism (von Werlhof, 2007; Merchant, 1992; Stoddart & Tindall, 2011; Radford Ruether, 2012; Henderson, 1997; Maclaran & Stevens, 2018; Gaard, 1997; Ling, 2014; Warren, n.d.; Đurđević & Marjanić, 2020).

 

In other words, as opposed to other feminisms that are either overly dogmatic or overly white and western to apply to everyone, ecofeminism indeed can be (and has been) used in a variety of contexts (Topić, 2021). It is relevant to point out that Nature refers to the whole universe and the whole material world and forces that co-exist in Nature (this includes everything and everyone whether alive or not) whereas environment refers to the natural environment, which includes air, soil, water, climate and alive creatures, and this term also sometimes includes cultural heritage created by humans. Ecofeminists speak of Nature and its protection albeit environmentalism is sometimes used when describing ecological and environmental movements. Rosemary Ruether (1975) summarised what ecofeminism stands for and this definition is as current today as it was back in the 1970s when the movement was formed,

 

“Women must see that there can be no liberation for them and no solution to the ecological crisis within a society whose fundamental model of relationships continues to be one of domination. They must unite the demands of the women's movement with those of the ecological movement to envision a radical reshaping of the basic socioeconomic relations and the underlying values of this [modern industrial] society”  (p. 204).

 

While the importance of ecofeminism is unquestionable, the question is how do we continue from now on and how do we make sure that all voices get heard? How do we bring ecofeminism into teaching and activism, particularly in the individualistic West? How does the ecofeminism struggle continues in the Global South, which has historically taken the lead in this formo f activism? What is the situation with the sustainability debate nowadays and what can ecofeminism bring to the table to help tackle the most pressing problem of climate change affecting all human and non-human life on the planet alike? How do we move away from the notion that the planet belongs to humans only and start living in harmony with all species? How do we communicate sustainable practices and policies? Is there a class issue that prevents ecofeminism from widely spreading and getting embraced globally?

Therefore, this special issue tackles some of the problems outlined above. The proposed structure of the special issue is divided into two sections, a) a section on problematising ecofeminism and b) teaching and activism about the movement. An introductory article will outline a timeline of the movement, its impact and some issues and debates that arose, and then discuss these against articles in the special issue.

Both scholars and practitioners are invited to submit their work, and case studies of activism will also be considered and published.

You are invited to submit the final versions of your research paper (in electronic format) by  30th April  2023. The reviews will be conducted during May, June and July 2023 and the issue is scheduled to be published in August 2023.

The research papers should be submitted in English, and they should not exceed 16 pages (A4 format, 30.000 characters, line spacing 1.5, font Times New Roman, font size 12). Case studies should be up to 15.000 words long.

The submitted papers will be subject to double-blind peer review except for practitioner case studies, which will only be reviewed by the guest editor. In order to ensure authenticity, relevance and legibility, the submitted papers are also subject to the process of proofreading and copy-editing by the editors and editorial staff.

For technical details and editorial requirements on preparing the paper for publication, please refer to Author Guidelines, available at http://casopisi.junis.ni.ac.rs/index.php/FUPhilSocPsyHist/about/submissions#authorGuidelines 

All interested scholars and practitioners are invited to submit papers/case studies. We will not discriminate based on the epistemological or methodological orientation of authors, or based on any protective characteristic (gender, age, race, disability, etc.).

For any questions about this issue, please contact the guest editor (M.Topic@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)

Niš, 30 October, 2022

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