Issue 35-3/ABOLITION

Summer 2012

Late release; for immediate distribution

On the horizon of feminist struggle, what does abolition mean as a radical rhetorical position and as a material goal or praxis? Departing from communization theory’s call to abolish gender (along with class) as a necessary measure of destroying the capitalist class relation, how does the figure of abolition — a word perhaps most often used today to advance the abolition of prisons, and before that, slavery, and enduringly, colonialism — restructure the struggle and praxis of feminisms?

We are interested in investigations and problematizations of overlaps between feminist and abolitionist struggles — whether in opposing capital, imperialism, or specific mechanisms such as slavery or prison. Recognizing the tendency of certain (primarily white) cultural feminisms to appropriate the struggles of racialized peoples and ignore the struggles of poor people, we are rather invested in analysis that understands these structures of oppression as mutually constituted, and so their destruction as necessarily linked.

For the coming issue of FUSE, we seek out articulations of materialist feminisms that take up abolition as tactic or ideal. These are feminisms that recognize that the exploitation of not-men by men is the result of systemic conditions — namely, patriarchy, capitalism and colonialism — and cannot be rectified by the extension of benefits and protections under these conditions. Rather, the conditions themselves must be changed, and this is the demand of abolition.

FUSE is a quarterly magazine that publishes at the intersection of contemporary art and social justice. Our mission is to publish artwork and writing that contextualizes, engages and critiques the roles of artists and the arts in social movements. We publish a spectrum of non-fiction — factual reports, opinion pieces, research papers, essays, reviews and beyond — on a range of topics by no means constrained to art writing or cultural criticism. We encourage submissions from passionate and engaged thinkers and makers: activists and organizers, students, scholars and independent researchers, artists and other cultural workers, &c.

Types of submission: (a) Short FUSE/reporting on or response to current events (1,500 words); (b) short article (3,500 words); (c) feature essay or interview (4,500 words); (d) artist’s project (1-3 spreads); (e) book, exhibition or event review (1,000 words).

Proposal: Friday March 30 (see PDF attached or here for submission guidelines)
First draft: Monday April 30
Final submission: Monday May 28
Note: All deadlines are FIRM, and are at the end of the day

Send all materials and/or any inquiries to content [AT] fusemagazine [DOT] org.


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