SOCIOLOGIJA – Special Thematic Issue: Feminism, Knowledge Production and Social Change: Critical Perspectives from the Semiperiphery of Europe (2018/1)

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Guest editor of this issue is Marina Blagojević Hughson

Papers can be written in B/H/S or English language. Instructions for the authors can be found on:


Feminism and women’s movements in Eastern and Southeastern Europe continuously generate high level interests in transnational gender study communities. However, the links between sociology, social research and feminism in societies in question are consistently weak, and feminist knowledge is only marginally connected to mainstream sociology as an academic discipline. Further on, theoretical advancements in sociology, social theory and feminist theory develop mostly independently and without a dialogue. In countries “in transition” feminism has been largely understood as daily political practice and reduced to “policy making” while its fundamental transformational role in knowledge production and consequently in a production of a progressive social change has been largely marginalized. Feminist theoreticians and researchers are covered by the veil of invisibility, and their knowledge contributions are seen as irrelevant to the main body of knowledge, non-objective and “ideologized”. The space for introduction of feminist knowledge as fundamental critical knowledge which supports social transformation in its depth, has been severely limited. On the other hand, gender studies communities often do not show enough interest in defining contextually relevant knowledge, and instead, mostly engage in transmission of the knowledge from the “core” often even without adequate translation into the respective social and discursive contexts. Present practices of scientific measurements which favor “core” and, more specifically, Anglo-Saxon based knowledge hierarchies, do not support creative feminist scholarly engagements into the societies and academia of the semiperiphery. The attitudes of both sides, feminist scholars and dominant sociology scenes in the societies at the semiperiphery of Europe, have complex epistemic, theoretical and practical/political implications which we want to explore in this thematic volume and bring them into light for the purpose of constructive dialogue between feminist and sociology scholarly communities.

The issues include, but are not limited to the following:
– Limitations and obstacles for feminist knowledge production in Academia at the semiperiphery

– Theoretical and methodological innovations of feminist scholars from the semiperiphery which have contributed to social transformation

– Academic feminist debates in different countries (case-studies)

– Intellectual and theoretical influences from the “core”, “semiperiphery” and “periphery” and their critical explorations – Transversal dialogues as source and inspiration for knowledge production in feminist encounters (“East”-“West”; “North”-“South” and “core”-“semiperiphery” and “periphery”)

– Social problems of semiperipheral contexts and engagement of feminist scholars – Semiperipheral social contexts as sites for sociological research and theoretization

– The role and the perception of the “grounded theories” coming from the semiperiphery

– Academic influences of feminist contributions from the semiperiphery to the core

– Differences and similarities between post-communist feminist discources and post-colonial theories

– Existing nodes of repeated theoretical misunderstandings and conceptual confusions

– Case studies of positive and negative institutional policies related to integration of feminist knowledge into mainstream sociology

– Case studies of openness or closeness of specific sociological disciplines to feminist contributions and epistemic and theoretical consequences

– Case studies of exclusion/inclusion of feminist authors into the professional communities, associations and their decision-making bodies

– Case studies of individual biographies and auto-ethnographies of feminist authors and their experiences in the field

– Feminist knowledge production, political and ideological contexts at the semiperiphery

– Out-of- academia influences on feminist knowledge production

– Transnational epistemic alliances of feminist scholars and their influence in concrete national academic contexts

– Anti-feminism and its influence in academic communities

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2017
  • First round of notifications: October 15, 2017
  • Organization of a workshop in BelgradeNovember 25, 2017
  • Submission of papers: January 20, 2017
  • Revision of papers: February 15, 2018
  • Revised papers due: February 28, 2018
  • Expected publication date: end of March, 2018

About Journal “Sociologija”:

Journal Sociologija is a scientific journal in which are published theoretical, empirical and methodological papers in the fields of Sociology, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology. It is published by the Sociological Association of Serbia and Montenegro and the Institute for Sociological Research of the Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade. The journal is published quarterly since 1959. The editorial board accepts only papers that are not previously published. Papers are published in Serbian, English or other international language after independent and anonymous peer review process. Besides original scientific papers, in journal are published book reviews, and other papers of professional and scientific interest.

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