Call for Papers: "Feminist Critique" and Balkan Society for Theory and Practice

"Feminist Critique" and Balkan Society for Theory and Practice Call for Submission

March 2018
Breaking with Transition: Decolonial and Postcolonial Perspectives in Eastern Europe
"Feminist Critique" Journal together with Balkan Society for Theory and Practice (BSTP) invites submissions for a special issue that focuses on decolonial and postcolonial perspectives on Eastern Europe. The objective of this special issue is to articulate decolonial and postcolonial theories as they emerge out of Eastern Europe.

We welcome papers that focus on decolonial and postcolonial feminism, queer studies, critical race theory, trans* studies, disability studies and anti-capitalist politics. We also welcome submissions that compare Latin American/Africana and Caribbean decolonial and postcolonial approaches to Eastern European emerging decolonial and postcolonial theories. We highly encourage submissions with a special emphasis on queer and feminist studies, political theory and practice to submit their work for consideration in this special issue. We welcome papers that investigate connections between race, gender, sexuality, religion, and class. We are open to all disciplines as long as submissions explore decolonial and postcolonial perspectives of post-socialist Balkan countries.

Topics and questions to consider may include, but are not limited to:

What characterizes East European decolonial and postcolonial theory? How does Eastern European socialist past influence these theories?
How does the status of European countries that are not EU members change the dominant conception of Europe and hence the distinction between West and East?
What is the relationship between neo-colonialism and capitalist impositions in the Balkans?
How does the history of racial and ethnic discrimination of Balkans by Western Europe inform the nature of political intervention in the region, which results in greater economic and socio-political devastation?
How has transition politics and the “civilizing mission” of Europe foreclosed or opened up possibilities for non-heteronormative sexualities and/or gender expression in the Balkans?
How has queer identity become politicized in the campaign to Europeanize the Balkans?
What is the relationship between post-socialist sexuality, Islam, and homonationalism in Eastern Europe?
What characterizes Islamophobia in Eastern Europe?
Decolonizing transgender bodies in Eastern Europe;
Transition politics and its relation to Eastern European socialist past and to present neoliberal policies;
The history of feminism in Eastern Europe during and after socialism;
The figure of the Balkan refugee and capitalist humanism;
​​Submission Deadline: September 30, 2018.

Submissions in both English and Albanian are accepted and all papers will be peer-reviewed. We encourage participants of the 2018 BSTP workshop to submit their papers for this special issue.

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"Feminist Critique" Journal is a scholarly peer-reviewed Eastern European journal of Feminist and Queer Studies.

Balkan Society for Theory and Practice ( is a society that seeks to promote research on Eastern Europe through the work of academics, artists, and activists living in and outside of Eastern Europe. The primary objective of BSTP is to provide a platform for theoretical and political exchange between Eastern European and international scholars, artists, and activists.

Please direct any questions to the Lead Editors:

Jeta Mulaj (DePaul University), Deniza Mulaj (North Carolina State University) and Jasmine Wallace (Villanova University) at: