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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Women, Gender, and Families of Color: Call for Papers

Women, Gender, and Families of Color, a multidisciplinary journal published by the University of Illinois Press, is currently seeking manuscripts for three forthcoming Special Issues. This journal is sponsored by the University of Kansas and published by the University of Illinois Press

Race, Gender, and Disability
Abstracts Due: 6/1/13
Manuscripts Due: 10/20/2013
Despite discourse on gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity or gender and disability, there are few studies about the intersections of race, gender and disability from a critical perspective. This issue will focus on articles that analyze these intersections from different disciplinary perspectives. Categories include interrogations into the lives of people of color and white subjects from a critical whiteness perspective; gender as it encompasses interrogations of femininity, masculinity, transgender, or intersex subjectivity and any form of sexual expression and identity and their intersection; and disability to encompass impairment and the socio-cultural aspects that accompany it. Topics include but not limited to:
  • Family caregiving or parenting at the intersections of gender/race/disability
  • Lived experiences of disabled women/people of color
  • Representations of disability in families of color in films and literature
  • News and media representations of race, disability and gender/sexuality
  • Historical analysis that highlights these intersections (e.g., eugenics)
  • Policy, activism and interventions that empower disabled people of color
  • Articles connecting disability studies, queer theory and women's studies to critical race theory and critical whiteness studies
  • Analysis of policies related to education, employment, immigration and incarceration that centers on the intersections of race, gender and ability.

Contact: Guest-Editors Sandy Magana, maganas@uic.edu; Liat Ben Moshe, lbenmosh@uic.edu, University of Wisconsin.

The State of Child Welfare for Children and Families of Color

Manuscripts Due: June 30, 2013
What does the child welfare system mean to children and families of color in the US? It has long been a site of struggle for families of color. In the 1970s, the National Association of Black Social Workers issued a statement against the placement of black children in white foster or adoptive families and Native American activists achieved the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Today children of color are among the almost 700,000 children in foster care, about half of whom experience chronic medical needs and eleven percent of whom age out of the system with no permanent family placement. This troubling data raises questions about the relationship of the child welfare system to racial/ethnic minority children and families.
This special issue is soliciting manuscripts that explore the historical and contemporary issues, circumstances, policies, practices, and outcomes of child welfare for children and families of color; which includes multiracial/ethnic or transracial/transcultural foster care and adoptive families. Editors are particularly interested in historical, social, and behavioral science approaches to the following broad topics:
  • foster care and adoption
  • guardianship and kinship

  • placements, welfare policies, and permanency
  • aging out of state care and outcomes
  • transnational comparisons on any of the above
  • other topics that fit the general subject matter

Contact Editor Jennifer F. Hamer, Jhamer@KU.edu Guest-Editor Margaret Jacobs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
U.S. Immigration: Women's Rights and Realities
Manuscripts Due: 12/15/13
Women and families across racial and ethnic groups have historically moved to the US in search of better living conditions, safety, and opportunities. These women disproportionately suffer from poverty, assault, unfair labor practices, poor health, a lack of health services, and ambiguous protections and educational access for themselves and their children.
This special issue is devoted to scholarship that explores the historical and contemporary social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of living as documented/undocumented women of color emigrants. Possible topics include but not limited to:
  • separation from children, partners, and kin
  • emotional challenges

  • abuse and violence
  • reproductive rights and health care
  • labor issues
  • managing families and households
  • living conditions
  • documented and undocumented women
  • legal rights and protections
  • education

Contact: Editor, Jennifer Hamer, JHamer@KU.edu Guest-Editor, Jacqueline McLeod, Metropolitan State University of Denver