Saturday, April 28, 2012

CFP: The Future of Reproductive Justice

Call for Papers for a Femspec Special Issue:

The Future(s) of Reproductive Justice

Human Rights + (Social Justice Projects) * (Access + Consent) = Reproductive Justice

The term “reproductive justice” emerges from the work of women of color activists in the 1990s, who linked access to reproductive healthcare to racist, classist, and sexist power structures. SF authors like Octavia Butler, Nancy Kress, Suzy Charnas, and Marge Piercy have all used their work to explore the connections between power, access, consent, and reproductive wellbeing. In this special issue of Femspec, we invite our contributors to think critically about the future(s) of the reproductive justice movement.

As a peer reviewed journal dedicated to critical and creative works that challenge gender, Femspec branches several genres. Because of this, we cast our net wide, in search of articles, fiction, poetry, and prose that explores…
  • Speculative fiction’s engagement with reproductive justice
  • The connections between reproductive justice, bodily sovereignty, and science fiction feminisms
  • Fantasies of choice/non-choice in feminist utopias and dystopias
  • Visions of reproductive freedom
  • Policy, access to healthcare, and speculative fiction’s role in resisting conservative projects
  • Short stories, poetry, and excerpts from longer projects
  • Creative nonfiction

We particularly encourage submissions from students, scholars at large, and writers working outside the academy. This project will be partially funded through Kickstarter.

DEADLINE: October 15th, 2012

MLA format required. See the Femspec website ( for paper submission format. All copyrights will be maintained by Femspec. The cover artist will receive two free copies of the issue. The journal is double anonymously peer-reviewed. All submitters must have active subscriptions throughout the submission, review, and publication process.

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