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Hazel Johnstone, MBE

Managing Editor


European Journal of Women's Studies
Gender Institute/ LSE
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom


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European Journal of Women's Studies

The European Journal of Women's Studies is a major international forum for original scholarship at the cutting edge of research in women's studies. The journal's main focus is the complex theoretical and empirical relationship between women and the particular, and diverse, context of Europe.

As well as articles, the journal includes short topical and polemical pieces (open forums); and book reviews.

Peer-reviewed articles submitted direct to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ejw

Book reviews to Ann Phoenix and Veronica Pravadelli

Open forums to madeleine kennedy-macfoy

Editor's Tips:  Titles, Keywords, Abstracts

It is very important for you as author and for us as a journal that people download your article. In order for this to happen, you need to pay careful attention to the title, keywords, and abstract for your article. Here are a few tips:

1. Title

Try to make your title short and snappy. Avoid long lists and complicated descriptions. The title should grab the reader’s attention, while, at the same time, giving a clear idea of what the article is about. You want to reach as broad an audience as possible.  Most readers are either looking for something which applies to their own work, or can inspire them in pursuing their research interests. It is not always advisable, therefore, to include the specific place in which the research was done because every inquiry is conducted in a specific place. Neither is it always necessary to mention the specific ethnicity of your informants. For example, if an article is about domestic work and migration,  a title like ‘The experiences of Latin American migrants with domestic work in Belgium’ could be shortened to ‘Migrants experiences with domestic work’ and the more specific details mentioned in the abstract.  If you can think of a title which is intriguing, all the better!


2. Keywords

You need to have 4-5 keywords. Since your article can be downloaded through the title, you want to avoid repeating title words as keywords. This is just a missed opportunity. Instead look for keywords that might be used in a search. These could be theoretical concepts or specific events or processes. Imagine what you type into google yourself when you are looking for literature.

3. Abstracts

Remember that the abstract will be the first thing someone reads. It will be decisive in determining whether he or she decided to read the article.  You need to weigh every sentence and, indeed, every word.  Your abstract should be clear and well-written. Make sure that you give the reader a good idea of what the article is about as well as the kinds of  results s/he can expect without giving away all of your arguments.


Call for papers


Call for papers : Special Issue, EJWS 2017

Femininity Revisited: Figuring critical femininity studies


Femininity revisited: Figuring Critical Femininity Studies Special issue of European Journal of Women’s Studies (4/2017)

Guest Editors: Ulrika Dahl, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Södertörn University and Jenny Sundén, Professor of Gender Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden

Even if feminism lost any dream of a singular unified feminine subject long ago, the question of femininity remains both at the core of and a sore point in feminist theory and activism.

Indeed, as the brief list above suggests, there is a tendency to primarily associate femininity with (heterosexual) womanhood and to consider it a problem that is not over. In the past decade, as feminist/gender/women’s studies have diversified, critical masculinity studies has increasingly become an integral part of the field – with its own theoretical canon, scholarly journals and regular conferences – but what has happened to femininity? Curiously, even if the question of femininity remains central to feminist politics and theory in a range of explicit and implicit ways, we have yet to see a robust knowledge formation called critical femininity studies. This special issue of European Journal of Women’s Studies aims to take stock of contemporary theorizing of femininity and to offer a contribution to the field of critical femininity studies. To that end we seek papers from a range of disciplines that centre on theoretical and methodological concerns related to the question of femininity. Aiming to critically challenge the tendency to conflate femininity with (heterosexual) womanhood, we especially welcome papers that theorize femininity from nonRhegemonic or nonRnormative positions.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theorizing/conceptualizing femininity and criticality
  • Revisiting classic ideas such as immanence, mystique, écriture feminine, sex/gender system, respectability, objectification
  • Femininity as a problem for/in feminism
  • Interrogating hegemonic femininity
  • Relations between femininities
  • AntiRmodernist,  neoconservative  femininities
  • Fascist and extreme right uses of femininity
  • The politics of femininity in feminist and other social movements, past and present
  • Rethinking feminizing categories and positions; the ‘effeminate’, the ‘sissy’ in gay male culture
  • Feminine embodiment, body modification and feminist materialism
  • The feminisation of migration
  • Feminine labour and the labour of femininity
  • Femininity and neoliberalism
  • Femininity, media, and technology
  • Femininity, whiteness, race
  • Trans femininities and misogyny
  • Queer femininities and femmes

Deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2016

All articles will be subject to the usual review process. Articles should be prepared according to the guidelines for submission on the inside back cover of the journal or at  http://www2.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/journals/EJWS/Home.aspx.

Full articles should be submitted online to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ejw by November 1 2016.

For further questions regarding this special issue, please email the guest editors: Ulrika Dahl [Ulrika.dahl@sh.se] or Jenny Sundén [jenny.sunden@sh.se ]

Informal queries can also be addressed to Hazel Johnstone, managing editor of EJWS [Email: ejws@ lse.ac.uk].

Book reviews:

EJWS occasionally publishes online the best book reviews produced on WS and GS courses. The aim is for students to work with their tutors/lecturers to produce excellent book reviews to be submitted to the journal for consideration.

2015 best entry in conjunction with the University of Utrecht, gender graduate programme is as follows:

Ponzanesi, Sandra (ed.), Gender, Globalization and Violence: Postcolonial Conflict Zones, New York/ Abingdon, Routledge, 2014, (281 pp.), ISBN: 978-0-415-81735-6 (hbk).

Reviewed by: Barbara Grabher



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