CALL FOR PAPERS – Hypatia, Special issue on Climate Change

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy has extended the deadline for submission of papers for a special issue on Climate Change. The new deadline for submissions is October 15, 2012.

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.

We welcome new feminist scholarship on the scientific, ethical, epistemological, economic, and cultural dimensions of current global climate change, as well as work in applied philosophy that engages specific questions in particular contexts. In addition to essays developing feminist analyses of the science, ethics, and politics of global climate change, we encourage investigations of the power-laden frameworks which shape the discourses that influence various understandings of and responses to climate change.

In addition to critical case studies, 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, such as human security, indigenous rights, and eco-centric perspectives
  • Critical analyses of industrial, scientific, policy and activist discourses of climate change
  • Climate change denial and epistemologies of ignorance
  • Intersections and tensions between development ethics and climate ethics
  • Religious discourses concerning climate change, from denial to corporate responsibility
  • 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: