Decolonial Feminist Praxis: Centering knowledge & resistance at the margins Edited Anthology – Call for Submissions.

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Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima & Dr. K. Melchor Hall, Editors Editors: Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall

Knowledge production occurs in a range of institutional apparatuses: education, political, religion, legal, cultural, and media and communication based. Through these institutions, subjects are disciplined into citizens, where colonial logics of “us” versus “them” take hold. As global pandemic, environmental catastrophe, political oppression, ongoing state-based violence and uncertain futures occur, it is ever more pressing that communities cohere to share the modalities and visions that make possible insurgent knowledge and praxis. As foregrounded in the Feminist Freedom Warriors collaborative book (2018) and web archive (http://feministfreedomwarriors.org/) of Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda Carty, feminist scholars, organizers, and activists must “sustain radical struggles against neoliberal, transnational capital, carceral, national-security-driven nation-states, and the rise of racist, right-wing, authoritarian regimes in the United States and around the world.” Mohanty and Carty foreground “the urgency of a decolonial, anti-capitalist, anti-racist resistance,” that is “building coalitions and solidarity across struggles.” Mohanty and Carty (2018) highlight how feminist freedom warriors engage resist and build coalitions with an imaginative and courageous spirit. This anthology will be curated attention to this kind of a feminist praxis.

As Chandra Talpade Mohanty conveyed, emancipatory knowledge is “communally wrought.” And a genealogy of scholars and practitioners have shaped the way revolutionary thinking and methodologies have been thought, the relationship between colonization and the archive, and the radical possibility in transnational feminist organizing. We have learned from the Feminist Freedom Warriors that, “because communities struggle on the basis of ideas and visions of justice and equity, the intellectual and political work of knowledge production is always key to all forms of social movements and resistance.” As the Feminist Freedom Warriors paved a way to illuminate a genealogy of thinking and praxis, this call for proposals invites community organizers, activists, scholars who choose the life of the precariat, feminist scholar-activists disrupting and shifting the margin to the center, and anyone who seeks to imagine a decolonial future through insurgent knowledge creation, resistance, and decolonial praxis.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall, editors of the anthology, are former fellows of the Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institute. Dr. Fukushima is a KoreXicana scholar-activist, author of award-winning book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US, Co-Principal Investigator for the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, and Co-Lead for the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects Migratory Times, a collaboration with the Center for Arts Design and Social Research. Dr. K. Melchor Quick Hall is the author of Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness and host of the related transnational Black feminist online series of conversations with Black feminist artists and activists. Hall is a faculty member in the Human and Organizational Development programs at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center and an instructor with Boston University’s Prison Education Program.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall invite contributions of scholarly, creative, and visual works that share diverse modes of decolonial praxis. We invite contributors to consider the following themes:
● Activism and feminist transnational movements
● Anti-racist pedagogies, education of the commons
● Arts as resistance, arts and social change
● Communities and technologies of resistance
● Decolonized archives and historical forms of remembering
● Decolonizing food: from radical gardens to collective food-ways
● For the commons: Water, air, and the environment – knowledge and ancestors
● Responding to state violence through radical epistemologies

We invite single author, co-authored, collaborative, and collective works including but not limited to the following forms:
● Interview / dialogue
● Lexicon/vocabulary
● Manifestos
● Multimodal work
● Poetry/fiction
● Scholarly essay/article
● Testimonio

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due September 1, 2020. Full manuscript submissions should not exceed 6,000 words, including notes and references. Format citations in Chicago style (Author date). Submit to: bit.ly/DecolonialFeministPraxis. Full submissions are due December 31, 2020. Critical to a decolonizing and feminist knowledge praxis is dialogue and collective sharing. Therefore, accepted submissions will be invited to participate in a virtual dialogue with the editors and Democratizing Knowledge Institute fellows and faculty during the month of March 2021. After receiving collective feedback, authors will be invited to submit a revised and final draft for publication June 1st, 2021.

Questions? Email: a.fukushima@utah.edu and kmhall@fielding.edu

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