The history of knowledge production and dissemination cannot be understood outside of the history of colonialism, patriarchy and capitalism that in turn underpin current neoliberal frameworks and institutions. Knowledge production is a process that entails power and is historically full of examples of colonial extraction and appropriation of knowledge systems from indigenous communities Furthermore, in the current global political context, which is marked by increasing right-wing extremism, the discourse of decolonising knowledge and practice is being steadily co-opted and instrumentalised to serve majoritarian agendas. All these factors have made addressing the theme of decolonisation even more urgent.
This issue of Gender & Development will examine the colonial and patriarchal power dynamics that undergird our knowledge and research institutions, publishing realm, development policy and practice and our everyday lives. We invite research articles, shorter practice-based essays as well as critical and innovative methodologies in the ‘global South’ and ‘North’ which could include photo-essays, illustrations, short audio and video submissions, as well as poetry and stories that offer a feminist decolonial/post-colonial analysis of these institutions and practices and propose creative solutions or ways ahead to tackle institutionalised colonialism, casteism, racism and patriarchy in knowledge production, dissemination and practice.
Please send your abstract of 250 words with details about your research and preliminary findings or a small multi-modal proposal (a two minute video clip abstract or 250 word abstract with images) in an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Abstract/Proposal submission for July/November 2023 issue’ by the 15th of January, 2023. Please include your name, contact details as well as organisational affiliation, if relevant. We will contact you by the end of January, 2023, if we would like you to develop your abstract into a full article/essay/photo essay/video/illustrations.
Read the detailed Call for Contributions: Decolonising Knowledge and Practice
Please read the Guidelines for contributors carefully before sending through your abstracts.
Note about Gender and Development:
Gender & Development, co-published by Oxfam and Routledge/Taylor & Francis, has been a steadfast source of essential readings in the field of development for the past 25 years. Since its founding in 1993, the journal has critically explored a range of cross-cutting issues in the areas of gender and development. It is a trailblazer in establishing inclusive and decolonialist approaches to knowledge creation and management in the wider international humanitarian and development sectors. From 1st January 2022, a consortium of Oxfam affiliates in the global South will be hosting Gender & Development. Together, Oxfams Brazil, Colombia, India, KEDV (Turkey), Mexico and South Africa will take over from Oxfam Great Britain, which has provided the editorial home for the journal since its founding more than 25 years ago.