Call for Papers: Gender and Populism in the Global South

Review of Women’s Studies Special Issue (Volume XXIX)

Special issue editors

  • Veronica Gregorio (National University of Singapore)
  • Cleve Arguelles (Australian National University)

About the special issue

The rise of populist forces has brought with it a particularly gendered rhetoric that invokes patriarchal norms that attacks women and other gender minorities. This manifests worldwide but most especially in the global south. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte’s assumption to the presidency is coupled with frequent articulation of misogynistic and sexist discourses in public. In Hungary and Poland, populist parties in power have continuously attempted publicly denounce the “gender ideology”. In many places, populism has rolled back progress on gender rights and issues although women and feminist groups like #BabaeAko did not take all of it sitting down. This special issue of the Review of Women’s Studies on gender and populism seeks to understand how women and the LGBTQ+ communities are faring in populist times. Although populism studies have recently picked up, the relationship between gender and populism remain understudied. As such, the aim of the special issue is to analyze how gendered populism and populist politics challenge and/or reinforce hegemonic gender norms. Since most scholarly research on gender and populism focuses on North America and Western Europe, studies that relate to cases from the global south are especially welcome. This special issue accepts scholarly articles and forms of creative work that can be printed from academics, activists, journalists, advocates, and all those whose works relate to the theme. In particular, those who are working on the following topics are especially invited to contribute:

  • What forms of resistance to populism are emerging? How are women’s and other gender movements tackling the populist challenge?
  • What can gender theories contribute to analyzing and responding to populism? How is this meaningful to research and activism in diverse global south contexts?
  • How are gender norms invoked in populist campaigns and mobilizations? How is the trend of gendered populist rhetoric manifest across the global south?
  • How can we explain women and other gender minorities who embrace, instead of reject, populist rule? What lessons can be drawn from the female and LGBTQ+ populist publics?

About the journal

The Review of Women’s Studies is a refereed journal published twice a year by the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of the Philippines. The journal serves as a forum where ideas on issues and concerns affecting the lives of women, seen from the analytical perspectives of different disciplines, may be exchanged. It encourages and seeks to publish research that employ feminist methodologies and that adhere to the principles of feminist research, bearing in mind the intersectionality of gender, class, religion, age, and education.

The RWS also features interviews of women through a first-hand account of their experiences to discover and highlight ways in which they have invested their lives with meaning and dignity. Creative works that provide insights into women’s consciousness and articulate their experiences are equally welcome.

The RWS follows the double-blind peer-review process.

Submission instructions

  1. Articles must demonstrate a high degree of scholarship, and will undergo a process of review and approval by the special issue editors, the RWS editorial board and by selected referees.
  2. Articles may be written in English or Filipino. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words. Articles in Filipino must be accompanied by a fairly comprehensive abstract in English.
  3. All contributions must be original, should have not been published previously, and should not currently be under review for publication elsewhere.
  4. Articles must have a maximum of 8,000 words and book/art reviews should be 6,000 words or less. When articles include graphs and tables, the maximum should not exceed 50 manuscript pages. All articles must be submitted in the Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format. The following specifications must be followed as well:
    • Articles should be formatted in A4 paper size.
    • Margins should be 1 inch for all sides.
    • Font should be Times New Roman, font size 12.
    • The article should be accompanied by a cover sheet containing the article title, author’s name, two to three lines of biographical data that includes the author’s present position and area of work, postal address, email address, and contact number. Repeat the title on the first page of the article. The author’s name should not appear after the cover page. No identifying information about the author should be included in the submitted manuscript or the abstract.
  5. All articles should use the APA Style in text citation. Please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) regarding notes, references, tables, graphs, diagrams, maps and photographs.
  6. When necessary, articles should be accompanied by images and illustrations (captions included) and other relevant media elements that are to be published with the text. These should be in separate files and not embedded in the text. A separate text document file should contain a list of the images’ filenames and their corresponding captions. It is the author’s responsibility to acquire copyright permissions for work outside of public domain.
  7. Articles and other submissions that do not comply with the guidelines will be automatically returned to the author without comments.

All submissions and inquires must be directed to the special issue editors Veronica Gregorio ([email protected]) or Cleve Arguelles ([email protected]) with “RWS Gender and Populism” in the email subject heading.


  • Submission deadline for the full paper & other submission types is 28 February 2019
  • Target publication date is December 2019