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    Unraveling Violence, Gendered Extremism: Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives and Challenges

      The call for papers “Unraveling Violence, Gendered Extremism” is for a special issue in the journal Media Crime Culture. This is the webpage where information can be found:

    The Journal Crime Media Culture


    What constitutes violent extremism? Could violent extremism ever be considered a legitimate social reaction? Would critical analyses on gender provide a better understanding of extremism when we turn towards the so-called Global South? Can we explore the cultural alienation processes that generate gendered extremism violence in a mediatized global context?  This call for papers titled “Unraveling Violence, Gendered Extremism” aims to explore the ways in which gender is used to explain and narrate extremist violence such as terrorism and mass violence events like rampage killings.

    This special Issue of the Journal Crime Media Culture is seeking to collect interdisciplinary perspectives on the intersections of violent extremism, cultural dynamics of history, space and politics, and power and legitimacy. As guest editors, we hope to challenge taken for granted definitions of violence extremism and extremist violence, the gendered characteristics of those who commit it, as well as how gender is discursively, politically and strategically, used to construct, understand, and diffuse extremist violence in different contexts.


    Though scholars in policing, criminal justice and even in some social scientific studies claim that most of what is considered extremist attacks are perpetrated by men, and explanations of the violence tend to posit it as an aberration that is intrinsically linked to dominant expressions of masculinity (Kalish and Kimmel 2010), these leave many of the current cases unanswered. In the aftermath of 9/11, violent extremism was mainly associated with ideological factors that attract men and women to join Islamist groups, and thus positioned these men and women as culturally alienated, and simplified in the dichotomy of global conflicts (for example, Bakker 2006, Sageman 2008, van den Bos 2020).  Such alienation suggests that violent extremism is morally reprehensible, and relegates it to other people, despite the ubiquity of violence globally. Elsewhere, scholars note different motivations for violence such as relative deprivation, political corruption, and competition over natural resources Banunle and Apau 2019, and Khan, Khan and Ahmed, 2022). Studies on violent extremism in Kenya for instance note that although most violent extremists are men, idealized masculinity does not appear to be significant motivators (Allen et. al., 2015). Research in Malaysia challenges the discursive framing of Muslim women as “jihadi brides,” and points to the complexity of recruitment of women into terrorism and examining human trafficking and grooming of young women ( Abdul Hamid 2024).


    The divergent perspectives present a challenge to understanding what is called violent extremism, who perpetrates it, and under what conditions, as well as the social and cultural context in which the violence and knowledge about violence are embedded.


    The issue seeks to explore unpresented ways in which gender is (or should be) used as an analytical lens to explain extremist violence and trouble the normative theoretical frameworks of violent extremism. We are seeking contributions exploring the scope and intersection of race/ethnic identity, gender, class and geopolitics to understand what is contextually considered extremist and to how such understandings are discursively hegemonic.


    We welcome submissions that delve into gender and violent extremism through Indigenous, Global South/Southern, and queer theoretical lenses. Additionally, we invite submissions that employ qualitative research methods, including opensource data analysis, digital methodologies, interviews, and ethnographic studies. Interdisciplinary contributions from the social sciences and humanities are highly encouraged, and scholars specializing in anthropology, sociology, geography, and criminology are particularly invited to submit their work.


    Submission timeline:

    Abstract submissions: May 30, 2024

    June 15, 2024 Abstracts accepted, and authors notified

    Aug 25, 2024 Full articles submitted for peer review

    September, 2024 Authors notified of review outcome

    November 2024 Final article submission – for proofs


    Abstracts should be between 300-500 words, excluding references (which should be provided in Harvard format). All abstracts require accompanying author biographies of 100 words. Both must be sent in Word or PDF format to Sara Salman,


    Authors of accepted abstracts shall submit the full draft paper (word count around 6000-8000 words) by 25 Aug, 2024. All articles will be double blind peer reviewed. There are no fees payable for publication.


    If you have any further questions please email Sara Salman,