v.21, Fall 2020, Special Issue: Gender Relations and Women’s Struggles in Socialist Southeast Europe

This special issue of Wagadu, is edited by Dijana Jelača, Nikolay Karkov, and Tanja Petrović.


v.20, Fall 2019, Special Issue: Media Activism, Sexual Expressions, and Agency in the Era of #MeToo

This special issue of Wagadu, edited by Bekeh Utietiang Ukelina, State University of New York, Cortland—examines sexuality, sexual expressions, and power dynamics. It explores ways in which media activism is a site of protest for women around the world and how they have used digital spaces to reclaim conversations about their lived experiences, and to push for reforms.


v. 19, Summer 2018, Special Issue: Jamaica Kincaid as Crafter and Grafter: Agency, Practice, Interventions

This special issue of Wagadu, co-edited by Corinne Bigot, Toulouse-Le Mirail Université; Andrée-Anne Kekeh-Dika, Université Paris 8; Nadia Setti, Université Paris 8; and Kerry-Jane Wallart, Sorbonne Université—examines Kincaid’s fictional and discursive production with a particular focus on texts where grafting is foregrounded: The Autobiography of My Mother, My Garden (Book):, Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya and See Now Then.

v. 18, Winter 2017, Special Issue: African and Diasporic Women’s Literature: Transitions, Transformations and Transnationalism

This special issue of Wagadu, edited by Cheryl Sterling, Associate Professor of English and Director of Black Studies, The City College, City University of New York, explores what it means for African and African Diaspora women writers and artists to create imaginatively in the transnational sphere.


Volume 17, 2017, Special Issue: Telling My Story: Voices from the Wyoming Women’s Prison

This special issue features the dynamic results of feminist collaborative work by Wyoming Pathways from Prison (WPfP), a trans-disciplinary and trans-professional statewide collaborative that supports currently and formerly incarcerated people in navigating the waters of higher education and life more generally.


Volume 16, 2016 Special Issue: Difference that makes no Difference: The Non-Performativity of Intersectionality and Diversity

This special issue of Wagadu, edited by Nikita Dhawan, Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies and Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies, University of Innsbruck, outlines the ideological function of diversity and intersectionality as legitimizing performance indicators in discourses and institutions.

Volume 15, 2016 Special Issue: Epistemic Injustice in Practice

This special issue of Wagadu, edited by Dr. Franziska Dübgen, Junior Research Team Leader at the University of Kassel, investigates the particular harm of “epistemic injustice” in different realms of social life within contemporary societies.


Volume 14, 2015 Special Issue: Women, Gender, and Government Outsourcing in Comparative Perspectives

This special issue of Wagadu, edited by S. N. Nyeck, Assistant Professor, Political Science at Clarkson University, U.S. and Orly Benjamin, Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology Department; Gender Studies Program at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, is a first attempt to conceptualize government outsourcing as a gendered social policy with significant ramifications halting women’s access to resources around the world.

Volume 13, 2015, Race, Resistance, Reason: Contextualizing Racial Epistemologies, Imagining Social Justice

This special issue of Wagadu, edited by Mechthild Nagel, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, SUNY Cortland, takes to task the complexities of gendered lives in a global racialized world.


Volume 12, 2014, Queering Borders: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Global Heterosexism

From the academy to the streets, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies are challenging global heterosexism. This special issue of Wagadu, edited by Kathryn Coffey, Associate Professor of Health, SUNY Cortland, is dedicated to an interdisciplinary, intersectional, multi-movement, and multi-dimensional critique of heterosexism, from a global social justice queer perspective.


Volume 11, 2013, Women and Imprisonment

This volume, edited by law professor Helen Codd with Mechthild Nagel, a social philosopher, focuses on historical and contemporary experiences faced by women in the global carceral. Authors also advocate reform and abolitionist strategies by drawing attention to imprisoned mothers and their families.


Volume 10, 2012, Special Issue: Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: Gender, Society, and the State

Conflict-related sexual violence, once invisible due to patriarchal disregard for women’s experiences in war, has become a central focus for ending violence against women world-wide with far reaching consequences in humanitarian and international criminal law. In this special issue, social scientists and practitioners investigate the current state of “justice” for survivors of gender-based violence during armed conflict and post hostility transition.


Volume 9, 2011, Special Issue: Gender Equity in Higher Education

Articles in this Volume were first presented at the Women’s Conference on Succeeding in Higher Education held at the State University of New York at Cortland in October, 2009. The collective focus is on the obstacles, challenges, issues, and experiences surrounding the progress of women in higher education.


Volume 8, 2010, Demystifying Sex Work and Sex Workers

Sex workers throughout the world share a uniquely maligned mystique that simultaneously positions them as sexually desirable and socially stigmatized. In order to better understand how these processes function cross-culturally, ‘Demystifying Sex Work and Sex Workers’ combines thirteen articles by scholar-activists and sex workers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, Uganda and the U.S. that focus on the everyday lives of sex workers, broadly defined as those who exchange sexual services for something of value. Papers in this issue locate sex workers as actors and agents despite pervasive social messages and discourses to the contrary.


Volume 7, 2009, Today’s Global Flâneuse

Today’s Global Flâneuse presents feminine dimensions of flânerie’s revival in the 21st century. The contributors also redefine the range of the traditional urban setting for flânerie’s practice.


Volume 6, 2008, Special Issue: Women’s Activism for Gender Equality in Africa

The authors focus on women’s activism throughout Africa within a transnational and cross-cultural context. This edition expands traditional concepts of activism and adds to a broader awareness of how gender is articulated within social movements, governments and other social institutions.
This Volume is a joint production with the Journal of International Women’s Studies (JIWS), Vo. 10(1), 2008:

Volume 5, 2008, Special Issue: Anti-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice

This special issue is edited by Tiantian Zheng, associate professor of Anthropology at SUNY Cortland. Through the life experiences, agency, and human rights of women who are involved in a variety of activities that are characterized as “trafficked” terrains in a deterritorialized and reterritorialized world, this issue sheds light on the complicated processes in which anti-trafficking, human rights, and social justice are intersected. This special issue theorizes and conceptualizes the intertwined discourses on anti-trafficking, human rights, and social justice from the perspectives of the transnational migrant populations. Specifically, this issue includes articles that rearticulate the trafficking discourses away from the state control of immigration and the global policing of borders, and reassert social justice and the needs, agency, and human rights of migrant and working communities.


Volume 4, 2007, Special Issue: Intersecting Gender and Disability Perspectives in Rethinking Postcolonial Identities

This issue, edited by English professor Pushpa Naidu Parekh, Spelman College, explores the intersectionality of gender, disability and postcoloniality using the metholds and tools of critical race theory, transnational feminism, visual and performative media, cyberculture, queer/transgender analysis, as well as film, environmental and global studies. In addition, this issue features articles exploring disability as a cultural construct, human rights discourse, as well as a “development” agenda, in relation to postcolonial contexts, issues and theories.


Volume 3, 2006, Special Issue: Water and Women in Past, Present and Future

This summer we bring you a new volume with 11 articles on the politics and aesthetics of water, edited by Zdenka Kalnicka from Ostrava University. It should be a challenging and provocative read as the articles highlight not only a gendered political economy of water resources and allocations the world over but also philosophical and literary interpretations of the aesthetic dimensions of water and the feminine.


Volume 2, 2005, Special Issue: Women in a Global Environment

Women in a Global Environment, edited by anthropologist and linguist Kassim Kone, explore several themes: transnational politics of location; education and digital divide; women’s health in the context of the feminization of poverty; and women’s rights and environmental justice.


Volume 1, 2004, Special Issue: Feminists Confront Empire

In this inaugural volume edited by philosopher Mechthild Nagel, several articles explore the theme Feminists Confront Empire. The journal Wagadu invites interdisciplinary work which contributes to the field of postcolonial gender and women’s studies.