Volume 39, Number 3, 2018

Volume 39, Number 3, 2018

As this issue goes to press, spring 2018, the world continues to be consumed with political make-ups and breakdowns (North and South Korea and US talks); fear of “immigrant caravans” and “border flooding”; and sexual harassment (#metoo). Thus it was interesting to reflect on the art and essays in this issue, which were created before now but feel so vital and relevant for the future. The cover artwork, produced in 1990, remains a prescient depiction, and the essays are right on cue for present day headlines, discussing issues of immigration, harassment beyond the #metoo movement, Koreagate, activism, and resistance. Each essay provides analysis of colonial mechanisms of power and women’s bodies—whether bodies as blockades; bodies marked as classed, raced, immigrant, nationalized, sexualized, infectious; or the mattering of sleep, hair, sex. In addition, several essays look at the use of media platforms, a timely analysis in an era of “fake news” and uses of social media that yield high influence on attitudes, beliefs, and policy.V
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Volume 39, Number 2, 2018 Special Issue: Mapping Gendered Violence

Volume 39, Number 2, 2018 Special Issue: Mapping Gendered Violence

While the current local and global crises may be triggering a new wave of domestic and societal violence, this special issue of Frontiers seeks to explore institutional, structural, and gendered forms of violence as well as instances of the silenced "Other" within the modern nation-state, globalization, and respective ideologies of hegemony and power. In the process of silencing and othering, a framing of practices and conditions that further shape inequalities and marginalizations emerges. The proliferation of nationalist accounts and discourses of supremacy in many contemporary societies underscores the contingency of understanding the extent to which gendered and state violence continue to multiply. By examining these modalities, this themed special issue proposes fresh critiques, reimaginations, and new visions of understanding gendered violence in societal relations while opening a dialogue about agency, social justice, and social ties in addressing reactive trends, critical trajectories, political projects, and activist solidarities.
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Volume 39, Number 1, 2018 Special Issue: Women Digitizing Revolution

Volume 39, Number 1, 2018 Special Issue: Women Digitizing Revolution

This special issue of Frontiers appears at a critical moment in US history. Rather than appearing at a historic juncture marked by the eagerly anticipated election of this country’s first woman president, Hillary Rodham Clinton, this edition arrives instead as the nation grapples with the surprising electoral victory of Donald Trump, arguably one of the most racially bigoted and sexist presidents in modern US history. Our volume, with its timely array of discussions concerning women of color engaging with technology, arrives at the right moment in time. Organized around the theme of “Women Digitizing Revolution,” this Frontiers edition features essays that were developed during a more optimistic political period when the nation had recently reelected its first African American president, Barack Obama, to a second term with the expectation that the country was moving closer to its democratic ideals of gender and racial parity. However, the political upset and ideological reset made manifest with the controversial Trump presidency complicate somewhat how best to introduce and contextualize the powerful voices and amazing insights on display in this remarkable collection of essays. But we persist!
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