DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 1ST JULY
We call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Gender Studies to be published in the Journal of Gender Studies in early 2017.
This special issue will interrogate the meanings, constructions, uses and abuses of ‘happiness’ and the power of pleasure through a gendered intersectional lens from interdisciplinary perspectives.
We encourage a discussion of the gendered/intersectional dimensions of happiness in a positive sense, for example exploring the importance of happiness and pleasure in individual gendered lives. Here papers might consider what brings happiness and pleasure to individuals, through their everyday lives, their intimate relations, their identities forged through their work, their play, their representations of self, etc.
We also critically interrogate happiness, to consider the tyranny of happiness, the mask of pleasure that can obscure the interplay of power within patriarchal gender regimes. Sara Ahmed (2014), for example, has talked about happiness and the gloss of equality and diversity talk as;
‘A boil that bursts through a beaming smile; a shiny apple with a rotten core. Diversity becomes here a technology of happiness: a way of creating a shiny surfaceis a way of not addressing and thus reproducing inequalities […] Being a feminist killjoy can involve the refusal to find such images of happy convincing. We are not convinced by the effort to be convinced […] Feminism involves political consciousness of what women are asked to give up for happiness. There can be sadness simply in the realization of what one has given up'(Ahmed, April 8, 2014, Feminist Killjoy Blog, http://feministkilljoys.com/page/3/).
Some of the questions papers could address might include:
o How is happiness constructed, experienced, performed, represented through different histories, cultures, identities, genders?
o How do we experience happiness through our sexualities, our masculinities, femininities, trans identities?
o Is the restriction of happiness or pleasure a violation of our human rights?
o Can and should the law legislate for happiness?
o What are the tyrannies of discourses of happiness?
o Is happiness a chimera, akin to the ‘bread and circuses’ we are fed to keep us in order?
o Is happiness a development issue?
o How do we write happiness onto our bodies?
o How is happiness as a gendered construct written into literature, represented in popular culture?
o What measures do we go to in our search for happiness and pleasure?
o Who has the power to define happiness and who does not?
o In what ways is happiness denied us in different socio-economic and cultural contexts?
o What are the links between gender, happiness, health and wellbeing?
We are looking for high quality submissions that emerge from recent empirical research and/or interesting theoretical explorations of the themes above. Submissions should be original works not previously published and that are not currently under consideration for another journal or edited collections.
In the first instance submit a 200 word abstract, 6 keywords words suitable for online search purposes and a 1000 word summary outline of your proposed article by 1st June 2015 to the issue editor, Suzanne Clisby (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Authors will be notified if they have been selected for inclusion by 1st August 2015. At that stage authors will be required to submit a full draft (5000-7000 words in length) (accompanied by a 200 word abstract, 6 keywords and a brief paragraph of biographical details) to be submitted to the Journal of Gender Studies through Scholar One Manuscripts http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjgs20/current. by 1stNovember 2015.
Articles will be sent to peer review. The issue editor will liaise with authors individually during the editorial process. Final publications must be ready by 1stAugust 2016.
Contact: Dr Suzanne Clisby email@example.com