Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies

Volume 4, Issue 1 (May 2023)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2022

THEME: Women and Culture: A State-of-the-Art Review of the Field

The topic of women and culture is popular today, along with the study of gender, masculinities, sexuality, and embodied culture. At the same time, there may be a feeling that, as researchers, we are working alone and in the dark. Volume 4, Issue 1 (May 2023) aims to bring [some] attention to current activity and recent developments in the field.

This issue of Matrix is devoted to learning what research and activity is underway which focuses on women and culture, gender and culture, the culture of women in any community, cultural systems, or sexuality and culture (now or in the last fifteen years). We are interested in learning who else is working in the field (individuals or groups), from ethnographical studies to methodology to theoretical work, including those who are making strides in actively improving the lives of women, men, otherwise identified, and children, along with the entire community of humans, animals, and the environment, by taking research results or theoretical innovations and applying them to real-life situations.

We encourage research reports, photo exhibits, articles, critiques of past theory and directions for new developments, interviews with activists, or arts media.

This is a wide-open call, so don’t be confined by our imaginations. Possibilities for submissions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • current or recent research on women and culture or the culture of women
  • photo exhibits of actions for social justice for trans-people, gender nonconformity, or a community's women
  • reports from communities and groups strengthening their matriculture
  • new methodologies and/or developments in older methodologies
  • dialogues between scholars about women and culture
  • recent changes to kinship systems
  • theoretical innovations and/or critique of out-dated theories
  • development or innovation in epistemology and/or ontology related to women and culture
  • theorizing about the future of the field

This issue will be edited by the Matrix Editorial Collective.

Please submit a 300-word abstract (max) to the Editorial Collective of Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies.

Submission via email to: info@networkonculture.ca (subject line: Matrix Vol 4, Issue 1)

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2022

About Matrix

Matrix: a Journal for Matricultural Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal published by the International Network for Training, Education, and Research on Culture (Network on Culture), Canada. Matrix is published online twice yearly (May and November).

For many years, scholarship has explored the expression and role of women in culture from various perspectives such as kinship, economics, ritual, etc, but so far, the idea of approaching culture as a whole, taking the female world as primary, as a cultural system in Geertz’ classical sense of the term – a matriculture – has gone unnoticed. Some cultures have a weakly defined matricultural system; others have strong matricultural systems with various ramifications that may include, but are not limited to, matrilineal kinship, matrilocality, matriarchal governance features – all of which have serious consequences relative to the socio-cultural status of women, men, children, and the entire community of humans, animals, and the environment.

The main objective of Matrix is to provide a forum for those who are working from this theoretical stance. We encourage submissions from scholars from around the world who are ready to take a new look at the ways in which people, historically and currently, have organized themselves into meaningful relationships; the myths, customs, and laws which support these relationships; and the ways in which researchers have documented and perhaps mis-labeled the matricultures they encounter.

For more information, visit our website: www.networkonculture.ca/activities/matrix