Call for Papers

Posted November 9, 2020


Atlantis is a scholarly research journal devoted to critical work in a variety of formats that reflects current scholarship and approaches to the discipline of Women's and Gender Studies. The journal incorporates a diversity of feminist, anti-racist and critical identity, intersectional, transnational, and cultural studies approaches to a wide range of contemporary issues, topics, and knowledges.

For Issue 42.1 of Atlantis, we invite submissions in two categories: (1) open theme and (2) COVID and the academy.

Open theme: We invite submissions of original research, book reviews, and literary work on a diversity of topics related to critical studies in gender, culture, and social justice. Please read our submission guidelines and current and past issues for information on the type of work published in Atlantis.

COVID and the Academy: Atlantis welcomes submissions that examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic institutions, including the shifting conditions of research, teaching, and all forms of work for faculty, staff, and students. As a growing body of research shows, the pandemic has amplified existing inequities within and beyond academic institutions, including inequities in the distribution of care labour, the risks to physical and mental health, and access to the teaching and research resources necessary for tenure and promotion (Academic Women of SFU 2020; Oxfam 2020; Shew 2020). Many of these inequities are rooted in and exacerbated by decades of neoliberal austerity and assumptions that university faculty are “work ready” and equally positioned to assume, as required, additional, fewer, remote, and/or in-person work responsibilities (Brabazon, 2020).

Through a feminist lens, submissions to this issue should examine the intersections of gender, race, age, sexuality, dis/ability, and citizenship. Submissions may address themes of precarity, productivity, and caregiving in relation to academic knowledge production, conditions of work and research, promotion and tenure, work-life balance, critical pedagogy and other approaches to teaching and learning.

Submissions to this section may be original research, commentary, literary work, or essay-style reflective work. Please read our submission guidelines and current and past issues for information on the type of work published in Atlantis.

For all submissions:

Expressions of interest are welcome but full papers will also be accepted without submission of an abstract.

If submitting an expression of interest: Send an abstract of 300 words or less to Atlantis Managing Editor: Include “Submissions Issue 42.1” in the subject line. Deadline: December 17, 2020. We will contact authors with further guidance on submitting full papers.
If submitting a full paper without first submitting an expression of interest: Please review our submission guidelines. Send submissions to Atlantis Managing Editor: Include “Submissions Issue 42.1” in the subject line. Deadline for full papers: March 5, 2021

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Works Cited:

Academic Women of SFU. 2020. Radical Inclusion. Equity and Diversity Among Female Faculty at Simon Fraser University. August 2020.

Brabazon, Honor. 2020. "Faculty should push back during COVID-19." CAUT Bulletin. May 28, 2020.

Oxfam, 2020. Care in the Time of Coronavirus: Why care work needs to be at the centre of a post-COVID-19 feminist future. June 25, 2020.

Shew, Ashley. 2020. "Let COVID-19 expand awareness of disability tech." Nature. May 5, 2020.


Recently closed CFPs:

“Gender and the Canadian Armed Forces: Does change mean feminist progress?”

Special Issue of Atlantis, Fall 2020
Edited by Maya Eichler

Deadline for abstract submissions: February 29, 2020
Deadline for paper submissions: May 30, 2020

Almost twenty years ago Atlantis published a special issue on “Women and the Canadian Military” (2001, issue 1). The collection outlined the ways in which women’s contributions to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) were hidden and constrained by traditional gender roles. With this upcoming special issue on “Gender and the Canadian Armed Forces: Does change mean feminist progress?” we revisit this topic.

Much has changed over the past twenty years:

Women have entered military trades and occupations previously closed to them and the military is working to change its sexualized and gendered culture through initiatives such as Operation HONOUR. Diversity in military recruitment and retention is being promoted. Canada has also seen the death of its first female combat soldier (in the more than decade-long military mission in Afghanistan). More recently, Canada has begun implementing United National Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for an integration of gender perspectives into conflict resolution and post-conflict initiatives, and has a dedicated a feminist foreign policy.

This special issue of Atlantis considers what these changes mean from a feminist perspective. Does the increasing integration of women and gender perspectives into the Canadian military indicate feminist progress or a cooptation of women and feminism?

Submissions to this collection will provide critical feminist and feminist intersectional analyses of the Canadian Armed Forces by addressing topics including, but not limited to:

  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives in the CAF

  • Canada’s national identity as a “peacekeeper,” alongside the CAF’s engagements in combat

  • The culture of, and institutional response to, sexual misconduct in the CAF

  • The CAF’s relationship with contemporary Canadian military families

  • Gender and Canadian foreign and defence policy

  • The Women, Peace and Security Agenda

  • Experiences of, and institutional responses, to injuries and illness, including PTSD and MST

  • Militarized masculinities and their transformation

We invite submissions that examine interdisciplinary and discipline-based feminist interventions in these discourses through original research papers, position papers, book reviews, and original creative works, including short essay analyses of your own visual, aural, or spoken creative work. Research papers are not to exceed 7,000 words including references. Paper submissions will be invited after review of abstract submissions of maximum 300 words.

Further details and information regarding all types of submissions can be found on our submissions page.

Submit work directly to Atlantis' Open Journal System (this website). Please include “Gender and the Canadian Armed Forces: Does change mean feminist progress?” in your submission.

For general inquiries about Atlantis or about this call, contact or