Gendering decolonizations: ways of seeing and knowing
Journal issue, 15. January 2021.
Open Call for articles and visual essays for RLC nº. 54 (Spring / Summer 2021) - Gendering decolonizations: ways of seeing and knowing
No payment from the authors will be required.
The article submission process for the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Revista de Comunicação e Linguagens, “/Gendering decolonizations: ways of seeing and knowing/”, edited by Maria do Carmo Piçarra (ICNOVA – NOVA FCSH), Ana Cristina Pereira (CES – U. Coimbra) and Inês Beleza Barreiros (independent scholar), is open until January 15th 2021.
In the context of the internationalism that was the backbone of liberation struggles worldwide, women used images – mostly photography and film – as a weapon. In a certain way, this political engaged praxis was a sort of response to the use of images by political, scientific, and economic propaganda, which very much sustained the colonial order and ideology.
In Portuguese-speaking countries, among the women who photographed or made films for political purposes, the names of Augusta Conchiglia, Margaret Dickinson, Ingela Romare, Sarah Maldoror and Suzanne Lipinska stand out. The filmed materials – and not just the ones women authored – were given meaning by film editors Jacqueline Meppiel, Cristiana Tullio-Altan or Josefina Crato (the only woman among the four young Guineans sent, by Amílcar Cabral himself, to Cuba to study cinema).
Margarida Cardoso, Pocas Pascoal, Maria João Ganga, Isabel Noronha through their cinematographic fictions; Kamy Lara, Ana Tica, Diana Andringa and Catarina Laranjeiro, through their documentary films; Eurídice Kala, Vanessa Fernandes, Filipa César, Mónica de Miranda, Ângela Ferreira, Luciana Fina, Jota Mombaça and Grada Kilomba through their projects, installations, performances and visual art works, make decisive contributions that reflect on (post-)colonial memories and experiences, ways of decolonizing the archive and re-imagine Portuguese colonialism and the struggle against it.
This special issue aims to gather contributions that reevaluate the role of women in the imagination of colonialism in Portuguese-speaking countries, once the contributions of women to decolonization processes or the perspectives of women involved in anti-colonial movements or even women who were part of the colonial authority structure are rarely spoken of.
No history of decolonization or of decolonizing praxes is ever completed without attention to gender. We, therefore, welcome historical and theoretical approaches as well as artistic proposals, in the form of visual essays, to critically analyze:
How did women view the liberation struggles in the former Portuguese colonies? How were their ways of seeing integrated or not in the imagination of colonialism? Was there a specific gaze to women over the liberation struggles? What knowledge and awareness do we have of/about these ways of seeing? And how do these ways of seeing intersect with those of contemporary filmmakers, artists, curators and academics who are now questioning public and private archives, are visually recreating their memories or re-imagining colonialism? What role academic research, archive conservation policies, programming and curatorship have in questioning or prolonging (official) “politics of memory”?
Contributions can address, among others, the following topics:
– Women in national liberation movements;
– Colonialist ways of seeing and knowing of women artists and scientists (past and present);
– Sexual policies and intimacy geographies of empires (Stoler);
– Feminisms, nationalisms and decolonization;
– Race, gender and sexuality (sexuality as an instrument of power);
– Human rights, women’s rights;
– Exotization and emancipation of women’s “colonized” bodies;
– Women who make militant cinema / political cinema;
– Re-imagination of colonialism and artistic practices;
– Ways of “decolonizing” the archive and representing colonized female bodies;
– Anti-colonial and decolonial theories and methods produced by women authors
Articles can be written in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese and will be subjected to blind peer review. Formatting must be done in accordance with the journal’s submission guidelines and the submission via the OJS platform by January 15, 2021.
Guidelines for submission and instructions for authors:
Visual essays format:
Up to 12 pages. The essay can be entirely visual or combine image and text. The visual element of the essay must be an integral part of the argument or the ideas expressed and not serve as an example or illustration of them. It must also include an introductory text (150-300 words) that helps understand the essay and its relevance in the context of this issue. Particular attention should be given to the layout of images/texts: the essay should include a PDF file with suggested layout for 17 × 24.5cm and image resolution of at least 300ppi.
(Useful information: https://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/toolkit/the-visual-essay/
No payment from the authors will be required.