Agenda Feminist Media – Call for Abstracts

Call for ABSTRACTS for 2013 AGENDA Journal


Contributors from the African continent and other developing countries are invited to write on the topic Ageing and/or Intergenerationality, in its broad feminist or gender contexts, from either a research or an activism perspective. Abstracts and contributions must be written in English and in a style accessible to a wide audience. Please submit abstracts to Alternately you could e-mail abstracts to No later than 31 May 2012


Agenda has been at the forefront of feminist publishing in South Africa for the past 25 years and raises debate around women’s rights and gender issues. The journal is designed to promote critical thinking and debate and aims to strengthen the capacity of both men and women to challenge gender discrimination and injustice. The Agenda journal is an IBSS/SAPSE accredited and peer reviewed journal

GUEST EDITORS: Vasu Reddy & Nadia Sanger

Conceptual Rationale:

Ageing and intergenerationality in the South (African context) remains remarkably under-studied. The meanings associated with these terms provoke debate, contestation and further questions. There is, however, also a growing interest in ageing and intergenerationality, both as a feminist and a gender issue. Ageing and intergenerationality directs attention to relations and life course matters that should rely not just on chronology or biology, but are part of a complex interaction between individual, society, culture and history. Ageing and intergenerationality are, therefore, not simply to be understood as linear processes of gradual, physical, and social decline, but as a dynamic and fluid process in the human and social life cycle.

The material, relational and cultural dynamics of ageing and intergenerationality shape people’s diverse life experiences. The gender dimension of ageing, for example, is not simply confined to the “elderly” in any given population, but clearly has differential implications on the life course of men and women within the broader context of for example, class, disability, ethnicity, race and sexuality.

This pioneering specially-themed issue of Agenda focuses on new and innovative research that addresses the phenomenon of ageing and intergenerationality in its broad feminist and/or gendered contexts. The editors are looking for papers that address a range of issues (from diverse methodologies/disciplines) on Ageing and Intergenerationality, including (but not limited to), the following:

  • Conceptualisations of ageing and intergenerationality
  • Categories of Othering
  • Education and pedagogy (classroom, community Hall & university)
  • Social exclusion, belonging and citizenship
  • Social construction of identities
  • Families and communities
  • Structure and agency
  • Rethinking retirement
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Care, caregiving and long-term care
  • Death, dying, ageing, education, and communities
  • Cultural constructions (e.g. older women as witches in some contexts)
  • Ageism, women’s studies and feminism
  • Place, space, geography
  • Political economy of ageing and intergenerationality
  • Narrative constructions (stories, life histories)
  • Social construction of Ageing as opposed to scientific constructions of ageing (in terms of gerontology)
  • Illness and diseases
  • Intersectionalities (race, class, ethnicity, disability etc.)
  • Language, speech and discourse
  • Well-being and happiness
  • Politics and social policy
  • Development, demographic change/s, forced migration and population trends
  • Intergenerational solidarity
  • Health & health Care
  • Social attitudes towards ageing and intergenerationality
  • Older people, children and the HIV/AIDS nexus
  • Gender, sex differences and sexuality
  • Body image, body politics and embodiment (including diets and cosmetic surgery)
  • Representation in different media (including literature)
  • Performance and performing age (including all forms of art)
  • Culture and the aesthetics of ageing
  • Abuse, vulnerability and risk
  • Investments in research into ageing and intergenerationality
  • Reproductive health issues (e.g., late childbearing and menopause)

Objectives of this special issue:

  • To further develop Agenda’s coverage of appropriate, topical and pertinent gender and feminist-related debates and themes;
  • To seek papers that provide next-generation insights that advance intellectual and political understanding of ageing and intergenerationality;
  • To showcase cutting edge research on ageing and intergenerationality from a feminist and gendered perspective (that focus on the African context);
  • To advance understanding, interpretations and knowledge on ageing and intergenerationality.

Authors and New Voices:

We anticipate this special edition will provide a space for new voices to be published. We will actively seek to identify and assist emerging authors to write on issues relevant to the proposed themes. To supplement the capacity building elements of this project more experienced writers will be approached and encouraged to work with less experienced writers as co-authors. We will also actively encourage diversity with respect to representation of race, gender and nationality in our selection of authors and topics.

Proposed Structure:

As indicated earlier, the issue will provide a space for new and established voices, as well as perspectives to discussions of the above issues that could be structured around some of the following formats utilized by the journal:

Guest Editorial Introduction (Motivation/Rationale for issue in relation to theme and overview of Pieces)

  • 4 – 5 articles (a higher number is proposed given that this is the first issue on this theme; in-depth well-researched topical issues warrant article format)
  • 2 – 3 briefings
  • 2 -3 focus pieces
  • 1 profile
  • 1 Open Forum
  • 2 -3 Short Reviews (this could be a combination of either film; art; literature)
  • 1 Photo essay (to be determined via an open call)
  • 1 Interview

At this stage it is difficult to provide a precise breakdown of each format. Given the topicality and ‘newness’ of the theme for the journal, we are being deliberately ambitious to be inclusive. The responses/abstracts to the theme will enable editors (in conjunction with the Managing Editor) to determine the best and ideal format to be chosen, based on the scope and quality of abstracts received.

Anticipated Audience:

We believe this edition will appeal to Agenda’s current audience, but also other feminist academics, activists, civil servants, policy makers, funders and the general public. Apart from South (African) interest in the edition, we anticipate global feminist scholarly interest.

Projected Timeline:

01 May 2012 – 30 November 2012 (with various steps to be determined by Managing Editor in conjunction with the Guest Editors) beginning with the Abstract Call to Final Publication. As a first step, we propose the call for papers to be issued by end of April at the latest (with a final closing date for submission of abstracts to be 31 May 2012). Papers will be due by 31 August 2012.

Submission Guidelines:

Manuscripts submitted to the special issue should contain original material not published in nor submitted to other journals. Abstracts (200-300 words with 5-6 keywords) which do not meet the publication quality standards, or does not pass the editorial assessment of suitability of this special issue will be rejected before the review process. Details of the journal and manuscript preparation are available on the Taylor and Francis website: Abstracts should be submitted to editorial at

About the Guest Editors:

Vasu Reddy is a Research Director in the Human and Social Development research programme. He holds an MA in comparative literature from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a PhD in gender studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He is also an Honorary Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the UKZN. He is the lead editor of From Social Silence to Social Science: Same-Sex Sexuality, HIV & AIDS and Gender in South Africa (co-editors: Theo Sandfort, Laetitia Rispel, HSRC Press, 2009) and co-author of The Country We Want to Live In: Hate Crimes and Homophobia in the Lives of Black Lesbian South Africans (with Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Jane Bennett and Relebohile Moletsane, HSRC Press, 2010). In addition to research, Professor Reddy sits on the Boards, either as Chairperson or as a member of three South African LGBT organizations. He is also an Editorial Collective Member of Agenda and an Editorial Board Member of Women’s Studies International Forum. He has edited/co-edited several special editions of Agenda previously (2004; 2006; 2009), Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (2006), Transformation (2011) and Culture, Health & Sexuality (forthcoming 2012 special edition).

Nadia Sanger is a post-doctoral fellow in the Human and Social Development research programme. Her interests include post-colonial feminist theory, feminist cultural production, constructs of identities, and the multiple intersections between gender, race, sexuality, and species in fiction, non-fiction and popular culture. She holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of the Western Cape, and a post-doctoral Fulbright scholarship in the Women’s Studies department at the Universityof Marylandin the United States. Nadia works with a number of NGOs in developing feminist tools and methodologies, and previously served as a board member for Rural Education, Awareness and Community Health (REACH), an NGO in Cape Town. A regular contributor to Agenda, Nadia has published a number of articles on the representations of gender, race and sexuality in the media, and the potential of alternative visual texts to speak about identity inSouth Africa. She has also done public writing on women in sport, the links between South African feminism and anthropocentricism, and the relationship between human beings and other animals.

Submission Guidelines for Agenda Journal
The following guidelines are intended to assist authors in preparing their contributions.

Agenda invites contributions from feminist and gender scholars, activists, researchers, policy makers, professionals, educators, community workers, students and members of women’s organizations and organizations interested in and concerned with gender issues.

Submissions should contribute to developing new thinking and fresh debate on women’s rights and gender equality in Africa and other developing countries.

Writers need to:
• Write in an accessible and understandable style;
• Inform, educate or raise debate;
• Try to pin down reasons for contradictions and point out differences of opinion;
• Provide an analysis and an argument;
• Be logical;
• Be sensitive to but not uncritical of how gender, class and race affect the reporting of an event;
• Ensure the introduction encapsulates the contents of the piece and that it attracts the reader’s attention by either making a controversial statement, providing a thought-provoking or new insight into the subject;
• Utilize a gender or feminist lens.

We publish articles in various formats, which range from 6,000 words for more theorized articles, which form the main reference pieces in an issue, to shorter pieces with a minimum of 1,500 words.

Formats of Contributions

 Article (6 000 words max) should be based on new research and contain analysis and argument.
 Briefing is an adaptable format for writers to write on a wide range of subjects (2 500 – 4 000 words)
 Focus examines an aspect of a chosen theme in detail (4 500 words max)
 Profile looks in detail at an organisation, project or legislation, or a person (2 500 – 3 500 words)
 Report-back covers reports on meetings, conferences workshops etc
 (1 500 – 4 000 words)
 Review typically reviews books or films (1 500 – 3 000 words)
 Interview can record a conversation among a group of people or a one-on-one interview in which the writer asks the interviewee/s questions on a subject (1 500 – 3 000 words)
 Open Forum is a vehicle for debate and argument, or pieces which deal with argument and difference of opinion on a subject/issue (2 500 – 4 000 words)
 Perspective is an adaptable format in which writers are able to use a more personal reflective, narrative style (1 500 – 3 000 words)
Contributions should be submitted in the following format:

  • File type: Microsoft Word
  • Font: Arial
  • Size: 10 pt
  • Line spacing: single
  • Justification: left
  • Referencing: Harvard style

All submissions should have the following:

  • Abstract: 200 – 300 words
  • Keywords: approx 5 keywords
  • Bio: 100 – word author biography, including email address
  • Bio picture: head-and-shoulders photo in 300 dpi jpeg format
  • Contributors are encouraged to provide photos and/or graphics to illustrate their submission

Selection and Editing Process

All submissions are peer reviewed. Articles, briefing and focus pieces go through a double blind peer review process, while all other contributions are reviewed by at least one member of Agenda’s Editorial Advisory Group.

Reviewers comment on the suitability of a text for publication in the Agenda journal, as well as provide comments to help develop the piece further for publication if required. Contributors will be asked to rework the paper accordingly.

On resubmission, the piece will be assessed by the Agenda editor and a final decision made regarding its publication in the journal.

Please note that Agenda reserves the right to edit contributions with regard to length and accessibility or reject contributions that are not suitable or of poor standard.

Agenda also invites the submission of poems on the topic of women’s rights and gender.

Please note, as per Agenda’s policy, writers who have published within the last two years
WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to publish – to allow new writers to publish for Agenda.

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