Call for Papers for Romanian Feminist Journal

Call for Papers 5

Women, Mobilisation and Political Representation

Political representation of women has been an important area for theory production and consistent research since the middle of the last century. There is a wide and engaging literature on gender and politics addressing various topics from voting behavior, obstacles women face when entering politics, strategies used to increase women’s political representation, the role of women’s movements, policy outcomes when women enter politics etc. Pamela Paxton, Sheri Kunovich and Melanie M. Hughes when selectively reviewed the literature on gender in politics focusing on women’s formal political participation, they notice that „our knowledge of women in politics is still expanding. Indeed, the literature on women in politics could be described as exploding.” (Paxton, Kunovich, Hughes, 2007, p. 264). However, some contexts were more opened for researches than others and became more visible for scholars and the wider public. These contributions are highly valuable since they developed complex theoretical, epistemological and methodological instruments and stream of thoughts. The authors conclude that future directions for research should include as well the perspective of globalizing theory and research:

Future research must globalize our present understanding of women’s political participation, representation, and impact by (a) determining which theories developed in the West apply to the non-Western context, (b) , and (c) investigating whether these newer theories apply to other regions or globally”. (Paxton, Kunovich, Hughes, 2007, p. 275)

Nevertheless, despite expanding the arguments for a politics of presence, women have actively mobilized outside the realm of politics to better pursue their interests, sanction politicians for not addressing substantive representation, urge them to elaborate a gender sensitive agenda or women ‘just’ mobilized to support various causes (environment, LGBTQ, anti-globalization etc.). The evolution of technology and communication platforms made their mobilization more flexible.

We solicit contributions (theoretical or empirical) on women’s and men’s participation as members of political parties, political candidates, and activists pursuing gender interests or women’s interests. Papers that examine social media as a mobilization tool for politicians and activists are welcomed. We are interested in strategies of actions of politicians and activists, coalition making, alliances or autonomous strategies when pursuing a gender sensitive goal. Of particular interest are intersectional approaches to political representation, political and civic engagement.

The following themes suggest some of possible aspects that could be approached in the submitted articles for this new issue of AnALize, but any contributions regarding the topic are welcomed:

  • What are the limitations of  theories developed in the West when applied to the non-Western context? For instance, what are the theoretical limitations when addressing political representation in Central and Eastern Europe? (We welcome case studies).
  • Do descriptive representation and substantive representation intersect in specific areas: violence against women/gender based violence, sexual and reproductive rights, and work-life balance?
  • What challenges pose an ‘amateurish’ discourse in regards to political representation of women? Does it feed backlash? Does it support caricature-like depictions of political representation?
  • How do men support substantive representation of gender interests or women’ interests?  (We welcome case studies).
  • Can men be critical actors when it comes to political representation? In what sense? Are they progressive or conservative?
  • Are women critical actors when in comes to political representation? In what sense? Are they progressive or conservative?
  • How do media step in when it comes to mobilisation? Do media support or hinder mobilisation? Which type of media, traditional or new/social media?(We welcome case studies).
  • How do mobilised groups interract with politics? Do they engage in a dialogue or conflict? (we encourage case studies)
  • How do women active during protests confront traditional gender sterotypes?
  • Do women involved in environment, anti-globalisation movements assume a gender identity as well?
  • How does the interaction between politics and civil society shape policies addressing women’s interests/gender interests?
  • What types of challenges poses intersectionality in regards to political representation?
  • How can intersectionality be operationalised in regards to political representation? (we welcome case studies).

Submission deadline is:  November 1st, 2015

Manuscripts should be sent at:

Issue coordinator: Associate professor Oana Băluță, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism

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