Black protests and beyond: women’s social movements and the challenges for feminisms in Central and Eastern Europe

Deadline: 15/09/2018

Special Issue

Editors: Julia Kubisa (University of Warsaw) and Katarzyna Wojnicka (University of Leeds 

Papers addressing the following points:

  • The strategies of social movements: the organizational model of these protests and what is novel about them in terms of strategies of mobilisation, patterns of leadership, alliances and narration, and institutionalization;
  • The place of social class in the movement, in its narration and in its strategies. Whose voice is being foregrounded? The strike as a form of women’s social protest;
  • The new actors and patterns of mobilisation and organization (e.g. social media);
  • The human geography of the women’s protests – on the local, national, transnational and virtual levels – the forms of international solidarity, transnational activism and their local varieties. What interconnections, information flows, exist between them?
  • The puzzle of the feminist agenda – when women’s rights go mainstream, what happens to their feminist roots?
  • The political and theoretical relation between the movement and contemporary feminism. Do and how they incorporate or challenge the notion of “ordinary woman”?
  • The political framework of the protest – against which hegemony and oppression? How are they constructed, what kind of categories – such as patriarchy, femininity, masculinity, conservatism, capitalism – are used?
  • Men and masculinities: opposition and/or support?
  • The normative aspect of women’s protests – what kind of world and gender relations can we expect afterwards?
  • The contemporary political structure (lack of opportunities) (Kriesi 1995) and its implications for women’s mobilisations;
  • The theoretical and methodological implications of the new forms of women’s protest.

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