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The editorial board is pleased to issue a call for submissions for Number 2, 2015 of gender/sexuality/italy (g/s/i), a peer-reviewed, digital open-access journal on gender studies in Italian culture.

Articles must be either in English or Italian, no longer than 8,000 words with spaces (including bibliography and footnotes), and must conform to the standards of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Articles can include multimedia material (pictures, video, and audio files), provided that copyright permissions are obtained prior to article submission. Please submit your article through this website on Submit an Article by January 30, 2015. For further details, please consult the Submission Guidelines or inquire at

The accepted contributions will be published online in Number 2, 2105 of g/s/i.

Starting from the current issue, the journal will include four sections: 1. Themed Section, 2. Open Contributions3. Invited Perspectives, and 4. Reviews.

1. Themed Section: Gendered Domination in Contemporary Italy

We welcome contributions on cultures, politics, practices, discourses, strategies, and representations of gendered domination in contemporary Italy with regard to heteronormativity, post-patriarchal regimes, colonial and postcolonial issues of race and ethnicity, self-disciplinary and self-containment behaviors, and issues related to posthumanism, animal studies, and ecocriticism.

We deliberately use the term domination (from latin dominus, a, um) in its etymological association with the ideas of master, owner, or sovereign, in order to highlight the sense of over-powerment attached to certain forms of gendered domination that are prominent in contemporary Italy. However, domination can also be intended as a form of transformative empowerment, if referred to specific discourses, such as lesbian feminism or ecofeminism. In general, we would like to interrogate the sphere of gendered domination not only as forms of power-relations that impose individuals’ or groups’ supremacy, but also as more mobile and strategic forms of power dispersed across many sectors of Italian society.

We include a few topics as examples:

– cultures, politics, and strategies of gendered domination: 
gendered domination in colonial and postcolonial Italy,
political and public controversies on equal rights for LGBTQ individuals,
old and new policies and strategies on “quote rosa” and “parità di genere” in the Italian Parliament and work legislation,
issues of conservative gendered policies encouraged or implemented in public schools with the support of parents’ associations,
controversies on gender studies as a field of research;

 discourses of gendered domination
new discourses on femicide and other forms of abuse of gendered or weak subjects,
feminism, antifeminism, postfeminism, neofeminism and other antagonistic perspectives in matters of gender,
media campaigns demonizing female prostitution, young adult sexuality, dress codes, and sexual practices;

 practices of gendered domination:
practices of gendered and racist domination supported both in public discourses and at the institutional level,
verbal and non-verbal practices of gendered domination, such as gendered and racially discriminating forms of address, and vocabulary and corpora of gendered domination;

– representations of gendered domination in literature, film, visual culture, music, comics, and advertising:
heteronormativity and other gendered structures of domination,
empowered gendered characters,
the posthuman and the gendered ‘other’.

Possible theoretical approaches of contributions include, but are not limited to: feminism, postfeminism, queer studies, cultural studies, film, sociology, history, critical race studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, men’s studies, sociolinguistics, politics, animal studies, ecocriticism, and cultural semiotics.

For general inquiries please email the Editor, Nicoletta Marini-Maio at

2. Open Contributions

This section of g/s/i welcomes excellent scholarly contributions concerning topics that are consonant with the main focus of our journal, but are not related to the current call for submissions. The deadlines and submission guidelines are the same as those detailed above for the themed call. For inquiries, please email Open Contributions Editor, Ellen Nerenberg, at

3. Invited Perspectives

This section is intended for multimedia contributions by practitioners, journalists, philosophers, artists, and other individuals invited by the editors whose contributions may be instrumental to the further development of the current issue. For inquiries, please email Invited Perspectives Editor, Paola Bonifazio, at

4. Reviews

Please send inquiries about book and media reviews to Reviews Editor, Clarissa Clò at

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