The Traffic in Feminism: Contemporary Women's Movements in Europe
European Journal of Women's Studies
Special Issue August 2002
Judith Ezekiel (firstname.lastname@example.org), and
Mieke Verloo (email@example.com)
This issue hopes to bring together articles related to the circulation of
people, ideas, representations, and practices of feminist movements in
post-World War II Europe and between Europe and other parts of the world.
The seeming commonality of feminist movements throughout Europe rests, no
doubt, on shared political conceptualization of the subject "women" but
also on the concrete circulation of people and ideas. Examples abound, be
it the spread of new notions such as consciousness-raising and marital
rape or a specific call to "show us how" to organize shelters. Even the
process of diversification--of multiplying issues addressed or of expanding the
subject "women" to include the many groups hidden behind the term--is
paralleled in many places. Feminist movements cross-nationally do seem to
have more similarities than many other social movements.
Yet upon examination, the "similarity" is often the tip of a
culturally-specific iceberg. Women's movements export, adopt and adapt
things selectively, serving domestic as well as international agendas.
Definitions, representations, and periodization of the movement can
exclude or include peoples and groups. The trafficking in feminism is a situated process within the contexts of historical, cultural and political
dynamics. Thus, we encourage comparative approaches that elucidate these processes.
We welcome articles about the trafficking of feminist ideas and practices
between countries, between centers and peripheries, between generations of
activists, and along and across societal cleavages. Studies might also
cover regional, international and diaspora networks or coalitions, or
focus on connections and disjunctures with other political and social movements.
Case studies (cities, countries or groups) must move beyond the
descriptive, challenge previous narratives and bring to light new
Some of the questions that might be addressed are the following: How has
circulation occured in the changing configurations of Europe (Central and
Eastern Europe, the European Union, former Yugoslavia, Austria, etc.)?
How have movements posititioned themselves faced with histories of extreme
violence ("ethnic cleansing," the Shoah)? How have European connections
reinforced or eroded the marginization of minority groups within the
movement? In what ways are networks affected by language boundaries? How
have feminist texts "translated"? What has been the impact of the diverse
channels used (mainstream media, alternative sources, ICT)? How are
"foreign feminisms" represented and used domestically (American feminism,
French feminism, western feminism, third world feminism). Are European
movements part of so-called global feminism? How have various goals and
strategies produced different outcomes, in terms of national institutions,
lifestyles and cultures and the state of the movement itself?
We encourage contributions from all disciplines. Articles go through our
Please send manuscripts to:
The European Journal of Women's Studies
3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands
Deadline for the submission of articles is May 1, 2001
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