Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Due Date: 12-15-2022

To honor half a century of publication, the fiftieth anniversary issue of Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society aims to generate new questions and critical discussion around “Big Feminism” and around the role and power of feminist theory, today and into the future. Signs particularly encourages transdisciplinary and transnational essays that address substantive feminist questions, debates, and controversies without employing disciplinary or academic jargon. We seek essays that are passionate, strongly argued, and willing to take risks.

This issue seeks to engage with the big feminist questions that remain outstanding after all these years:

  • How has the definition of feminism evolved, and what does it encompass now?
  • How do we grapple with the relations and nuances between feminism, gender, sexuality, race, and capitalism?
  • How might we imagine a feminist vision for the future, from where we stand now? How might we get there?
  • What are the new forefronts of feminist theory? Compulsory heterosexuality, intersectionality, and gender performance (among others) are concepts that have shaped our feminist thinking over the past fifty years. What are the emergent feminist theories of the fifty years to come?
  • Given the strength of the patriarchy in the 2020s, including but not limited to the shocking efforts to roll back long-standing reproductive rights, what will it take to dismantle this system?

The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2022.

Read the full call for papers at

Please submit full manuscripts electronically through Signs’s editorial manager system at Manuscripts must conform to the guidelines for submission available at