This issue of Meridians looks at the expansive domains of transnational feminism, considering its relationship to different regions, historical periods, fields, and methodologies. Through scholarship and creative writing, contributors showcase populations often overlooked in transnational feminist scholarship, including Africa and its diaspora and indigenous people in the Americas and the Pacific. Understanding that transnational feminism emerges from multiple locales across the Global South and North, this group of contributors, working in exceptionally diverse locations, investigates settler colonialism, racialization, globalization, militarization, decoloniality, and anti-authoritarian movements as gendered political and economic projects. Working with manifestos, archives, oral histories, poetry, visual media, and ethnographies from across four continents, the contributors offer a radically expanded vision for transnational feminism.
Ginetta E. B. Candelario is professor of sociology as well as a faculty affiliate of the programs in Latin American and Latina/o Studies and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She is editor of Meridians and the author of Black behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops. Laura Briggs is professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transnational and Transracial Adoption. Robyn C. Spencer is an associate professor of history at Lehman College, City University of New York and is part of the corsortial faculty in the History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center and is an affiliate faculty with the American Studies Program. She is the author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland.
Contributors: Elisabeth Armstrong, Maile Arvin, Maylei Blackwell, Laura Briggs, Ginetta E. B. Candelario, Ching-In Chen, Tara Daly, Nathan H. Dize, Deema Kaedbey, Nancy Kang, Rosamond S. King, Karen J. Leong, Brooke Lober, Neda Maghbouleh, Melissa A. Milkie, Nadine Naber, Laila Omar, Ito Peng, Robyn C. Spencer, Stanlie James, Evelyne Trouillot, Denisse D. Velázquez, Mandira Venkat, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu.