Readers may notice that this issue (volume 37, no. 1) features an interview with Sally Haslanger by Jeremiah Joven Joaquin. Longtime readers may recognize that this is the first interview published in Hypatia since 2008, when an interview with Iris Marion Young by Neus Torbisco Casals and Idil Boran appeared in volume 23, no. 3, a special issue celebrating Young's life and work.
We the co-editors are pleased to announce that the journal will return to publishing interviews with feminist scholars. Though establishing a fair and adequate review process for interviews can be challenging, we feel that not publishing interviews in one of the small number of journals dedicated to feminist philosophy may serve as a barrier to continuing and nuanced engagement with the work of significant feminist thinkers. In the broader field, published interviews with canonical, nonfeminist philosophers often become important and highly cited parts of secondary work on these thinkers. As a major source of feminist philosophical scholarship, Hypatia can contribute to deeper scholarly engagement with influential feminist philosophers through this form.
We hope that, in the spirit of our new Feminism in Translation initiative, the interview feature will be used to highlight or introduce the work of feminist scholars working primarily in languages other than English or coming from traditions of feminist thought outside the mainstream of Hypatia articles. We seek not just to increase the bandwidth of established feminist voices, but to introduce and amplify less familiar voices at the margins of our current disciplinary boundaries. For this, especially, we ask your help.
We invite interview submissions at this time, through our regular submissions portal. In recognition of the anonymity challenges that interviews pose, submitted manuscripts will be subject only to editorial review, but will be evaluated by several editors. This process will be highly selective; successful interviews will significantly clarify or advance readers’ understanding of an author's thought or of a movement or organization's principles and methods. To reduce bias, if an interview is beyond the scope of the co-editors’ expertise, we will reach out to Hypatia Associate Editors for further review. Like other manuscripts, interviews cannot exceed 10,000 words, but there is no minimum word count to be met. Interviews should be submitted to ScholarOne by the interviewer (not the interviewee) and should list only the interviewer as author.
We appreciate your help in making the most of this renewed feature.