Atlantis Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice

Managing editor(s): Dr. Katherine Barrett / Editor(s): Dr. Tegan Zimmerman (Journal Editor)



Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale was established in 1975 at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1980, the journal became a publication of Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The journal has been published continuously for 45 years, first in print and, since 2011, as a digital publication.


Focus and Scope

Atlantis is a scholarly research journal devoted to critical work in a variety of formats that reflects current scholarship and approaches to the discipline of Women's and Gender Studies. It incorporates a diversity of feminist, anti-racist and critical identity, intersectional, transnational, and cultural studies approaches to a wide range of contemporary issues, topics, and knowledges. Atlantis is dedicated to the ongoing growth of knowledge in the field of Women's and Gender Studies, as well as to critical reflections on the field itself.

Atlantis is published twice a year and only considers previously unpublished materials (i.e. not currently in the public domain, either in print or electronic form).


General Inquires


Managing Editor

Open access

The current issues and the journal’s archives are offered in open access.

Back issues (8 issues)

Permanent archiving of articles on Érudit is provided by Portico.

Editorial policy and ethics

Peer Review Policy

Atlantis considers only previously unpublished submissions (i.e. not currently in the public domain, either in print or electronic form), including scholarly research, review articles, book reviews, interviews, and literary work. Original research and review articles undergo double-blind peer review by at least two external reviewers. The publication decision is based on the referees' reports. See further details about the submission and review process under Submissions.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no fee to publish an article in Atlantis.


This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. Read more.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2. Authors are aware that articles published in Atlantis are indexed and made available through various scholarly and professional search tools, including but not limited to Erudit.

3. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

4. Authors are permitted and encouraged to preprint their work, that is, post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process. This can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. Read more on preprints here.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Information for contributors

General Submission Guidelines

1. Atlantis considers unpublished scholarly research articles, review articles, creative (literary) writing, and book reviews. We welcome material on any interdisciplinary subject that relates to the critical study of women, gender, and social justice.

2. Articles submitted for consideration must be no longer than 7,000 words, including references. Citations, bibliography and style must follow The Chicago Manual of Style author-date format. Please include the date and status of submission (e.g., initial submission; revision; comments on copyedit etc.).

3. Footnotes are not acceptable and endnotes are discouraged. If endnotes are absolutely necessary, type each note's appropriate number into the text. Do not use the endnote insert function, as anything created with formatting codes, such as the notes, will be deleted when the document is converted for layout.

4. Submit a cover letter as an attachment containing: the name(s) of the author(s) and an email address; a biographical note of the authors' academic degrees or relevant experience, professional titles or roles, and affiliations; and any desired acknowledgment of research support or credit.

5. Include an abstract of the article, in the language of the article (200 words maximum).

6. Authors are encouraged to avoid overly technical language. The author(s) has/have responsibility for the accuracy of references and calculations, as well as for obtaining clearance to reproduce any artwork that is not their own or has been published elsewhere. The author must attach these figures and illustrations in web quality.

7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. This includes removing all instances of the author(s) name from the manuscript AND removing author attribution from the "properties" of files. Please click on the link "Ensuring a Blind Review" and review instructions when uploading your paper for more details.

8. Submissions of written creative work will be considered by the editors. Poems must not exceed three pages and short stories must not exceed 3,000 words. Other types of submissions may be considered on an individual basis.

Editorial board

Editors / Editorial Board

Editorial Board members are selected by submitting their CV to the Board (via the Managing Editor ( An annual call for Board members will be circulated online and in the first quarter of each year. Board members are appointed for a three-year term with the option to renew.

The criteria for Editorial Board membership are:

  • Experience in scholarly intersectional and feminist studies with a post-graduate academic degree, or a graduate degree in progress combined with community-based work;
  • A publication record of research articles, books, or other types of scholarly work (including exhibits and performance pieces) related to the themes of intersectionality and feminism;
  • Familiarity with the editorial and publication processes of academic journals. Ideally, previous experience on an Editorial Board;
  • Current academic appointment at a university (or equivalent scholarly work);
  • Proficiency in the English language.

Current Editorial Board members:

Christiana Abraham is Scholar in-residence, Critical Race Pedagogies at Concordia University. Her teaching and research specialities are in critical race studies, media, visual representations and culture; de/post-coloniality and gender; race, ethnicity and media and transnational and global-South media practices. A scholar, media practitioner, and independent curator, her scholarship is interested in the destabilization and re-visualization of visualities in anti-racist and de-colonial pedagogies. Her writings have been featured in the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry, Atlantis, and TOPIA (forthcoming). She is the curator of Protests and Pedagogy: Representations, Memories, and Meanings, an archival exhibition that commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Sir George Williams Student protest. Prior to this, she curated From the Archives to the Everyday: Caribbean Visualities and Meanings, a collection of vintage family photographs of Caribbean life.

Rohini Bannerjee (she.her.elle), born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, daughter of immigrants from Himachal Pradesh, India, is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages & Classics, Graduate Coordinator of the International Development Studies program and a Faculty Member in the Asian Studies, and Graduate Women & Gender Studies program at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. Rohini’s primary research focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Francophone Indian Ocean. When she is not teaching poetry and fiction, she attempts to write it herself. Her work has appeared with Cambridge Scholars, Caitlin Press and Canadian Scholars and Women's Press. Rohini self identifies as a woman scholar of colour.

Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst (Journal Editor) is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Her research is concerned with the relationships between power, embodiment, and (visual) culture, from the perspectives of psychoanalysis and decolonial thought.  She is author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (MQUP, 2015), editor of Representing Abortion (Routledge, 2021), and co-editor of Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2013) as well as a special section of Atlantis (41.1). Her most recent essays have been published in History of Photography, Feminist Studies, Configurations, and Body & Society.

Jennifer L. Johnson, PhD, holds degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies from York University, the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and Queen’s University. Her community-based research and teaching are guided by deep commitments to critical pedagogies and methodologies that open onto better understandings of gender, race, and sexuality in un/paid work, space and place, and equitable workplaces. She is co-editor of Feminist Issues: Gender, Race, and Class 6th edition (Pearson Education, 2016), Feminist Praxis Revisited: Critical Reflections on University-Community Engagement (WLUP, 2018) and Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place (Demeter Press, 2019). Jen Johnson lives in Sudbury Ontario, on the traditional territories of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation and Wahnapitae First Nation, and in acknowledgement of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850.

Emma McKenna is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in Criminology at the University of Ottawa and an Honorary Killam in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta (2020-2022). She is currently working on a book examining the overlaps and tensions between second wave anti-violence feminisms and the sex workers’ rights movement in Canada, and wrapping up a collaborative SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant with Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist. Her writing can be found in Sexualities; On_Culture; Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Women: A Cultural Review; Atlantis: Journal of Gender, Culture, and Social Justice; Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; and Journal of Gender Studies. She is also the author of the poetry collection Chenille or Silk. See for updates.

Maki Motapanyane is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her research spans the fields of feminist theory and methodology, colonialism/anti-colonial social movements/decolonization, motherhood, and cultural studies. Recent publications examine Canadian childcare policy, and EDI policies in academe. She is the editor of Motherhood and Lone/Single Parenting: A 21st Century Perspective (Demeter Press, 2016), Mothering in Hip-Hop Culture: Representation and Experience (Demeter Press, 2012), and co-editor (with Roksana Badruddoja) of "New Maternalisms": Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable) (Demeter Press, 2016).  Web: 

Managing Editor

Katherine Barrett holds an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of British Columbia and is currently Adjunct Professor in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has published scholarly research in both the natural and social sciences, as well as literary work in journals such as The New Quarterly and The Antigonish Review. Katherine is the founder and editor of Understorey Magazine.

University Liaison

Tanja Harrison is the University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is also a PhD student enrolled in the Nova Scotia Inter-University Doctoral Program in Educational Studies within the foundations of leadership area of study. She holds degrees in classics, English, German, and art history from Bishop’s University as well as library and information studies from Dalhousie University. Tanja's current research is focused on developing a critical feminist history of library education in Canada during the early twentieth century with a focus on the Maritime provinces.

Administrative Assistant

Jessica Long completed her Master of Arts in Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University and her undergraduate studies at Acadia University. Jessica is currently working as the Research Capacity Liaison in the MSVU Research Office.

Technical Support

Stanislav Orlov is a Systems Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University. He has a Masters of Education from Moscow State Pedagogical University and a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. Besides ensuring seamless access to various e-resources, he teaches the Intro to Research in Info Age course. Stanislav’s research interests include Open Education Resources and Social Media in Libraries.