Feminist Public Intellectuals ProjectIn keeping with the consistent mission of Signs to matter in the world, the Feminist Public Intellectuals Project seeks to engage feminist theorizing with pressing political and social issues via three open-access, online-first initiatives: Ask a Feminist, Short Takes, and Feminist Frictions. Given the fragmentation of feminist activism and the persistent negative freighting of the moniker “feminist,” the Feminist Public Intellectuals Project seeks to genuinely reimagine the role a journal can play. This multipronged tack brings into conversation feminist public intellectuals with academic experts, activists with scholars in an effort to spark conversation, debate, and critical feminist discourse.
Ask a Feminist Conversations with feminist experts
Ask a Feminist is a podcast featuring interviews with leading feminist thinkers on current political life and social justice issues. With Ask a Feminist, we strive to create an ongoing conversation between and among feminist scholars, media activists, and community leaders, enhancing the journal’s reach, percolating in and between the space of intellectual production and activist engagement. In addition to the podcast, transcripts of Ask a Feminist interviews appear in print as well as on the Signs website.
Short Takes Commentaries on books shaping public feminist discourse
Short Takes examines current books about gender, feminism, and sexuality that have wide-ranging impact and reach (for better or worse!). These short commentaries from leading feminist public intellectuals and activists are not traditional book reviews but instead ponder broader questions of reach and resonance: Why this? Why now? And what does this say about the state of the feminist zeitgeist? Short Takes appears only on the Signs website.
Feminist Frictions Pointed takes on feminist controversies
Feminist Frictions features essays by prominent feminist scholars engaging a key concept or debate in which feminists of good faith have legitimate disagreements. Most assuredly not designed as encyclopedia entries, these pieces instead are potentially controversial “white papers” that offer a nuanced and edgy take on a key issue circulating in the feminist definitional landscape. Each essay is accompanied by an expansive multimedia digital archive that includes podcasts, videos, and cartoons, as well as more traditional books and articles, that speak to the concept in question. Feminist Frictions essays are published in print as well as on the Signs website.