CALL FOR PAPERS – Feminist Scholarship on Climate Change

Special Issue in Hypatia on Climate Change
March 15, 2012 submission deadline
Volume 28, Number 3, Summer 2013
Guest Editors: Nancy Tuana and Chris Cuomo

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy seeks papers for a special issue on Climate Change. We welcome new feminist scholarship on the scientific, ethical, epistemological, economic, and cultural dimensions of current global climate change, as well as case studies that critically engage specific questions in local, regional, national, and/or global contexts. In addition to essays developing feminist analyses of the science, ethics, and politics of climate change, we encourage investigations of the gendered, neo-colonial, and other power-laden frameworks which shape the discourses and power flows that influence various parties’ understandings of and responses to climate change.

There has been a great deal of work in the natural and social sciences on various aspects of climate change, and there is increasing acknowledgement in the literature that extreme weather events and ecological disasters tend to have greater negative impacts on women, girls, and those who lack economic and social power. Nonetheless, little attention has been given to the complex ways in which hegemonic conceptions of gender, race, nation, and knowledge are implicated within institutional frameworks of climate policy, media representations of scientific knowledge, and suggestions of planetary redemption through “eco-engineering,” carbon markets, or profit-generating green technologies.

In addition to critical case studies focused on specific regions or trends, some questions and issues that might be considered in this special issue include (but are not limited to) feminist analyses of the following topics:

  • Geopolitics of climate change treaties and political processes
  • Ethics and politics of approaches to climate justice, including cosmopolitanism, human rights, human security, indigenous rights, and eco-centric perspectives
  • Critical analyses of industrial, scientific, policy and activist discourses
  • Climate change denial and epistemologies of ignorance
  • Intersections and tensions of development ethics and climate ethics
  • Epistemologies and ethics of climate modeling, including economic models
  • Naturalization of fossil fuel dependence and consumerism
  • Climate change and the resurgence of reactionary notions of population control
  • Critical analyses of the influence of popular media, from misinformation to education

Papers should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and bibliography, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. For details please see Hypatia’s submission guidelines

Please submit your paper to manuscript central. When you submit, make sure to select “Climate Change” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editors indicating the title of the paper you have submitted: Chris Cuomo:, Nancy Tuana: