Feminist Formations: "Time, Urgency, and Collaboration in the Corporate University"


Call for Abstracts: Special Issue of Feminist Formations: "Time, Urgency, and Collaboration in the Corporate University"

Guest edited by Fatima El-Tayeb and Maria Stehle 

There is no doubt that transnational, intersectional collaborative strategies are urgently needed in response to the global rise of neo-nationalism within a persistent system of neoliberal racial capitalism: violence, poverty and displacement are escalating while wealth disparities continue to increase. Commitments to equitable access to education and resources are undermined by a mainstreamed rhetoric of “entitlement abuse” and “special rights.” Meanwhile, the Left’s organized response is marred by internal conflicts around so-called “identity politics” identified with feminist, queer and racialized positionalities. Economic and political precarity, travel restrictions and bans, anti-genderism and anti-immigration discourses, and hostility against academics and intellectuals around the globe form new interconnected systems of surveillance to hinder and intimidate connections and collaboration.

This special issue focuses not only on the challenges of doing political work in the context of neoliberal appropriations but aims to find paths for critical practice and resistance. We seek pieces that provide new feminist theorizations, practices, and pedagogies through and/or about collaboration that challenge the dominance of North American education models by reconceptualizing the temporalities of the neoliberal university. This is a university that values collaborations as long as they produce measurable, assessable outcomes, grants, patents, or “innovation.” Self-care and wellness are employed in the service of productivity and as forms of self-optimization. Neoliberal racial capitalism is driven by the “clock” of assessment and heteronormative and ableist understandings of time and productivity. Productivity translates into numbers and speed, resources are distributed based on seemingly neutral algorithms, while teaching and scholarship are assessed in terms of numerically measurable outcomes.

Submit your 350-word abstract, short bibliography, short bio, and contact information. Full manuscript submissions will be due October 15, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted to this Feminist Formations Submitable page directly. Following the deadline, guest editors will review the manuscripts and determine those to be sent for full review. Manuscripts will be subject to anonymous peer review.


05. März 2020


15. April 2020