Call for Papers:
“Feminist Philosophies. What of the Night?”

P.O.I. – Points of Interest, No. 8 (June 2021)

Submission Deadline (abstracts): February 20th, 2021


The bi-annual journal P.O.I. – Points of Interest invites submissions from scholars in philosophy and related disciplines for its forthcoming volume. Submissions should address the proposed theme and should conform to the criteria and terms outlined below.

The issue aims to explore feminist thought, in its variations or “waves,” from the 1960s to the present-day, in an attempt to retrace the most significant changes and debates on the subject of gender. In particular, the goal is to evaluate the contributions made to the feminist cause by the so-called “second wave” in order to understand its legacy. What remains of philosophies of difference, today? What have they produced? The theoretical horizon that pushes for overcoming the sexual binarism, in the wake of post-feminism, must contend with a world in which the conflictual man-woman dichotomy shows no sign of being overcome – a world in which, far from being extinguished, this conflict arises with greater violence. In this light, wouldn’t it be more productive to re-start investigating the reasons for the conflict and get back to analyzing their root, i.e. the sexual difference? And, hence, does it make sense (and is it truly possible) to abandon reflection on difference?

Although it is clear that the desired “overcoming” in fact differs from an “assimilation,” it is important to ask if now is the time to overcome a “feminist” thought properly so-called,  that is, a “warrior” approach, and to what extent it is necessary to dismiss the attempt to establish a community within one’s own sexual gender (whether one considers this gender in a restricted – that is, biological – sense, or in an extended sense, tied to individual choice). The question thus outlined is then inextricably linked to the problem of which economic models are connected to these two different approaches to the gender issue. Is there a causal link between the ontological and the economic level? And if so, where is this connection found? Which political-economic model(s) is or are legitimized through the overcoming of gender differences? Which, rather, through their perpetuation?

The following is a list of possible themes that could be developed:

  • The ontology of sexual difference vs. the ontology of sexual fluidity;
  • Feminism and Gender Studies: which political-economic models?
  • The labor market, issues of gender and equality;
  • Embodiment; the body politic; forms of control, old and new: politics and power in 21st Century feminism thought
  • Linguistic expressions of difference

Guidelines and terms for submission:

  • Submissions should be preceded by an abstract of fewer than 2000-characters, including spaces (approximately 350-400 words), which will be pre-evaluated by the editorial staff for relevance to the CfP topic.
  • The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 20th, 2021. Communication of decisions regarding the outcome of abstract submissions will take place after that date. Authors of accepted abstracts will then have until April 15th, 2021 to submit the full version of their paper (20,000-60,000-characters, including spaces; approximately 3500-10,500 words).
  • Contributions must be of original, unpublished work, and must not be under consideration by other journals.
  • Submissions in the following languages are accepted and will be considered: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish.
  • The journal employs a double-blind peer review process; therefore, the author’s name and affiliation must appear only once in the paper (under the title). The full version of the paper should include an abstract (of max. 250 words, in English), and 5 keywords (in English).

Editorial guidelines can be found at the following webpage:

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