Dissident Feminisms


Acquiring Editor: Dawn Durante
Series Editor: Elora Halim Chowdhury

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce a new series, Dissident Feminisms, which seeks new feminist writing that traverses the fault lines of epistemology and power, particularly the relationship between social action, activism and theory. Featuring work by scholar-activists with critical and praxis-oriented methods, this interdisciplinary series seeks to intervene in conversations of critical import in a number of fields. We plan to foster rigorous feminist engagement with the enduring, intractable problems of our time: racisms; genocides; war and occupation; heteronormative, communitarian and state violence; militarism; and struggles for livelihood and basic human rights.

Dissident Feminisms seeks writing that breaks taboos. We will feature feminist analyses that combine radical critique with work towards progressive social change. The series is particularly interested in bridging the gaps between transnational and postcolonial feminist scholars, activists, and organizers and the work of U.S., immigrant, and native women of color. It will create space for radically plural critiques that combine analytic rigor with accessibility. The series will feature lucid and compelling academic monographs, edited collections that bring together a number of voices in focused, critical, and timely dialogue, and other writings that pointedly intervene in these urgent feminist conversations.

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In a Classroom of Their Own

The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools

Author: Keisha Lindsay
Pub Date: April 2018

Antifeminist and antiracist currents within an education reform movement   learn more...

link to catalog page, Politicizing Creative Economy

Politicizing Creative Economy

Activism and a Hunger Called Theater

Author: Dia Da Costa
Pub Date: January 2017

Rethinking the theoretical and policy optimism around the arts and creative economy   learn more...

link to catalog page, Dissident Friendships

Dissident Friendships

Feminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity

Author: Edited by Elora Halim Chowdhury and Liz Philipose
Pub Date: October 2016

Women enacting friendship across multiple borders   learn more...

link to catalog page, Against Citizenship

Against Citizenship

The Violence of the Normative

Author: Amy L. Brandzel
Pub Date: May 2016

The hypocrisies and oppression underlying the idea of citizenship   learn more...

link to catalog page, Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru

Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru

Decolonizing Transitional Justice

Author: Pascha Bueno-Hansen
Pub Date: August 2015

Gendered violence and reconciliation in post-civil war Peru   learn more...

link to catalog page, Beyond Partition

Beyond Partition

Gender, Violence, and Representation in Postcolonial India

Author: Deepti Misri
Pub Date: November 2014

Representations of violence and the competing ideas of what "India" means   learn more...

link to catalog page, Muddying the Waters

Muddying the Waters

Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism

Author: Richa Nagar
Pub Date: November 2014

A moving exploration of the promise and pitfalls encountered during two decades of transnational feminist work   learn more...

link to catalog page, Hear Our Truths

Hear Our Truths

The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood

Author: Ruth Nicole Brown
Pub Date: January 2014

A creative space for the performance of radically new interpretations of Black girls' lived experiences   learn more...