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December 15, 2014



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Gender & Women’s Studies Colloquium: Spring 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
4th Thursdays, 3:30pm, 3401 Sterling Hall

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ellen Samuels, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and English
"Crip Time: Undoing the Normative Future"

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Janet Hyde, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and Psychology
"Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth: Science vs. the Media on Psychological Gender Differences"

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Susan Friedman, Department of Gender & Women's Studies and English
"Religion, Migration, and Feminist Theory: Muslim Feminisms and Women's Diasporic Writing"

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Myra Marx Ferree, Department of Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies
"The Battle for the Best Brains? Gender Equality Policies in Higher Education"
Ruth Bleier Scholarship in the Natural Sciences
The Ruth Bleier Scholarship in the Natural Sciences was established to encourage undergraduate women at UW-Madison to pursue careers in the natural sciences or medicine.
Applications due: March 1
Eligibility: Any UW-Madison undergraduate woman student enrolled in the Gender and Women's Studies major or certificate program AND in a major or certificate program in science or health is eligible to apply.
Application: Please send application materials via email to the Center for Research on Gender and Women at crgw@mailplus.wisc.edu.
The application should include:
. A letter of application describing career goals and what makes you an appropriate candidate (make sure to provide contact information for the summer if it is different)
2. A resume
3. Complete transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial transcripts accepted)
Award: The one-year award will provide a stipend of $1,000, which will be awarded at the end of the Spring semester to be used during the following academic year.
In the tradition of Ruth Bleier's perspective and work, the scholarship winner will also be able to reserve a place in Women's Studies 103 (Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease) and in additional Gender and Women's Studies science courses (such as 431, 530, 531, 533).


Spring 2014 Feminist Seminar (FEMSEM)
Thursdays from 12:55 to 2:30pm in Social Sciences 2435
The training seminar for the gender area is colloquially known here as “Femsem.” Activities at femsem include student and faculty presentations of their current research, workshops on publishing and other aspects of academia, discussions of gender in the academy, and talks by invited speakers from other universities or other departments at UW.
End Violence on Campus (EVOC) End of Semester Social
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1-3pm at University Health Services (333 E Campus Mall).
Please RSVP here: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9AEMI1oB35RKzWJ.
All are welcome to attend.
Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women’s Carpets
January 23-March 1, 2015, Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Nancy Nicholas Hall
Opening Celebration January 25, (3:30-6:00 p.m.)
Talk by Connie Duckworth January 25, (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Reception January 25, (4:30-6:00 p.m.)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. & Sunday 12-4 p.m.
The exhibition highlights a community-based program to empower Afghan women thru weaving of carpets following centuries-old techniques to create a sustainable quality of life for their families. Their carpets will be shown within the context of historic carpets and textiles from this region and culture, extending a past tradition into the present.


Wisconsin Women’s Network Annual Meeting
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 4pm, WWN office at the Center for Change, 612 W. Main Street
All individual and organizational members are warmly invited to attend. The meeting agenda, proposed 2015 budget, and 2014 Annual Report will be circulated in advance, so stay tuned! The Annual Meeting will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room. We hope you can join us.


"Women on Topic" Brown Bag
1st Monday of every month, noon
January 5, 2015
Jane Addams Book Club
1st Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:00pm, Goodman South Library, 2222 S Park St
January 6, 2015 - The Unconquerable World, by Jonathan Schell
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Branch.
Feminism On-Tap
1st Wednesday of every month, location and host varies
Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 5-7pm
The happy hour rotates in its hosts and venues and is a collaboration of the Wisconsin Women's Network, Wisconsin NOW, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, 9to5 Wisconsin, Zonta Club of Madison, AFSCME Local 60, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI. Like us on Facebook to learn more about next month's event!
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Branch
2nd Wednesday of every month. 6:30-8:00pm, Goodman South Library, 2222 S Park St
Madison NOW
2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month
6:00pm, Madison Central Public Library, 201 W Mifflin St
LGBT Books to Prisoners Project
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm and every other Saturday, 10:00am-1:00pm
Rainbow Bookstore Co-operative, 426 West Gilman Street, just off State St.
Open mic night (for queer-identified folks and allies)
The 4th Wednesday of every month
7:30pm-9:30pm, Dutch's Auto Repair (202 Regas Rd.)
Sign up by 7:15 to be assured a spot in the lineup. Additional volunteer performers will be taken if time permits.
**Hosted by members of LGBTQ Narratives**

Each Wednesday – 7pm WORT, 89.9 FM Tune in to locally produced LGBT show "Queery." - Queery features local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news & information that affecting Madison's LGBT community in a news magazine format. The first show of every month is music

Each Sunday - 11am WORT-FM, 89.9 FM “Her Turn” - News and information by and about women in a magazine format. Includes shorter news stories and in-depth features produced by the Her Turn Women's Collective. The last show of each month is a call-in program.

Followed by “Her Infinite Variety” at 11:30am – Featuring Women Artists, Musicians, singers and song writers.

NOTE: Feminist news program "Her Turn" is looking for volunteers to join the collective and help produce weekly, 30 minute broadcasts covering local and global issues, by and about womyn-identified individuals. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and Her Turn is always looking for new members. No previous radio experience required! Click here for more information.



Vice Provost for Diversity, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who partner with the university. This mission is accomplished through collaboration, leadership and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice, and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives, while supervising the group of key diversity units that comprise the Division. While directing a number of institutional initiatives, the vice provost for diversity also provides leadership, coordination and support for the many efforts underway in schools, colleges and other administrative units across the campus.
The position vacancy listing is available at http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/WebListing/Unclassified/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=81432. The ensured consideration date is January 19, 2015.
Brian Yandell, professor in the Department of Statistics, will chair the search and screen committee. You may nominate people by sending an email to vp-diversity-search@provost.wisc.edu. Please submit your nominations as soon as possible.
Director & Professor – Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Iowa State University
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University invites applications for a Full Professor and Program Director. We seek an outstanding scholar with expertise in Women’s and Gender Studies and an aptitude for program leadership. The primary responsibilities of the faculty Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program are to provide leadership and strategic vision for the program, facilitate day-to-day operations, and conduct research and teach in the program. The research emphasis of applicants should be appropriate for a tenure home appointment in one of the academic departments in the college such as Biology, Economics, English, History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or Mass Communication. The successful candidate will teach in Women’s and Gender Studies in addition to their home department.

You can learn more about the ISU Women’s and Gender Studies program here: https://womensstudies.las.iastate.edu/. Find out more about Ames and Iowa State at http://web.iastate.edu/about/ames.php.

Qualifications: Ph.D. and a substantial record of publication that meets university standards for appointment at the rank of Full Professor; supervisory experience; a range of teaching experience in related course work. *Proposed start date: August 16, 2015*. *Salary:* Commensurate with qualifications. *Deadline*: Applications will be accepted only by electronic submission and will continue until the position is filled. Application review will begin *January 16, 2015*. Please direct questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Anastasia Prokos (aprokos@iastate.edu <mailto:aprokos@iastate.edu>). You may also contact Dr. Gloria Jones-Johnson (gjj@iastate.edu) or Dr. Amy Slagell aslagell@iastate.edu <mailto:aslagell@iastate.edu>) with questions about the position.

To apply for this position, view the complete details and application instructions at https://www.iastatejobs.com/postings/8478 (Posting number 400097). Please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae (including a list of Women’s and Gender related courses taught)
2) Letter of Application that includes a statement of the candidate’s administrative philosophy and experience and a description of research interests
3) Teaching philosophy statement
4) Contact information for three references (including mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number)

Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2015; however, applications can be submitted until the position is filled.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.



Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Stanford University, California, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research
The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.  Recent Ph.D.'s in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences whose research focuses on gender are eligible. We encourage scholars with a strong interest in interdisciplinary methods to apply.
The postdoctoral scholar will focus on the Institute's theme, "Beyond the Stalled Revolution: Reinvigorating Gender Equality in the Twenty-first Century.” While in residence at the Institute, postdoctoral scholars are expected to participate in Clayman Institute activities throughout the academic year in addition to pursuing their own research.  Postdoctoral scholar responsibilities will include writing articles for our research publication, Gender News, working with Graduate Dissertation Fellows, and attending our regularly scheduled faculty luncheon discussions.
The appointment is for two years. Applicants must have their doctoral degree in hand no later than 30 days prior to the appointment start date, and the start date must be no more than three years after the awarding of their degree. Postdoctoral scholars will receive a stipend and benefits, set and adjusted in accordance with Stanford University rules, and must be in residence for four academic quarters, beginning approximately August 1, 2015.
The Clayman Institute is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and fair and open competition.
How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted online by January 9, 2015. Instructions and detailed information are available on our website:  http://gender.stanford.edu/postdoctoral-research-fellowships.
2015-2016 Research Associate Program Call for Applications
Five College Women’s Studies Research Center

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center announces a call for applications and nominations for three categories of Associateships in 2015-2016 (Applications Due: March 1, 2015)
Located in an area with one of the largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. During the period of appointment, all Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, to attend weekly seminars, lead one public colloquium, and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions. While at the Center, Associates are provided with an office at the Center and have access to Five College archival and other library resources. This is a non-stipendiary residency. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the Associate.
We welcome applications from colleagues worldwide for 2015-2016 Associateships in one of three categories:
Research Associateship: Colleagues with faculty status at institutions of higher learning are invited to apply.
Graduate Associateship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Graduate students at the dissertation stage of their PhD are invited to apply.
Alumnae Associateship: In the spirit of long-term collaboration between Research Associates and Five College Faculty, this Associateship is awarded to alumnae of the FCWSRC who propose 1) a joint research or teaching project with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges to be initiated in 2015-2016 or 2) the continuation of an established research or teaching project in 2015-2016 with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges.
Applicants should complete our online application at http://apply.interfolio.com/27517 which will also require a project proposal (up to three pages in length), curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references. Project proposals should include 1) statement about the contribution to and significance of the project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies, 2) a detailed description of the project or dissertation and timeline, 3) a statement about the contribution and significance of your project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies and 4) how a stay in the Five Colleges will advance the project or dissertation. Alumnae Associates will be asked to provide the name(s) of their faculty partner(s) in the Five Colleges.
For more information, visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc or email fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu. Applicants may also contact Darcy Buerkle, Center Director, at dbuerkle@smith.edu.


National Council of Women's Organizations Internship Program
NCWO hosts interns each Fall, Spring, and Summer. We are currently accepting applications for the following Summer internships:
Social Media and Communciations Internship
Programs and Policy Internship
NCWO internships are unpaid, but can be performed for college credit. Interns are reimbursed for travel costs.
Application Deadlines:
Fall – August 1st
Spring – December 21st
Summer – April 15th
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) to Dawn Aldrich, Director of Programs & Policy at dawn@ncwo-online.org
Internship with Ms. Magazine
Ms. Magazine (West Coast)
Internship at Feminist Majority Foundation
Feminist Majority Foundation (DC Metro Region and West Coast)
NGOabroad Internship & Volunteer Opportunities
NGOabroad is a unique service that helps you enter or advance in international humanitarian work and provides frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities. Check how & where your skills are needed. Both students & seasoned professionals needed.
Interested? Please read NGOabroad website http://www.ngoabroad.com/ and send answered Questionnaire and resume to: info@NGOabroad.com. These are volunteer opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Call for Papers: Gender and Sexuality: Identity Borderlands
Alliance of History Graduate Students Conference on the History of Gender and Sexuality
February 20-21, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Abstracts due December 15, 2014
The Alliance of History Graduate Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is pleased to announce their annual inter-disciplinary conference, with this year’s theme highlighting gender and sexuality. “Identity borderlands” is a phrase meant to bring to mind intersectionality—the borderlands where gender and sexuality cross paths with race, class, culture, and a host of other identities. This conference hopes to examine, critique, and advance the historical meanings of gender, sexuality and identity within an intersectional context/framework. We are particularly interested in receiving papers from a spectrum of disciplines and a broad range of genres that help illuminate these themes.
Call for Proposals: Women’s Wellness Conference at UW-Platteville
Saturday, April 18, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Proposals due by December 15, 2014
The Women’s Wellness Conference will be used as a tool to educate, uplift, empower, and motivate women of all races, sizes, colors, and ethnicities.  In addition to a keynote, the schedule will include a series of breakout sessions throughout the day with topics including but not limited to:
* Sexual assault awareness
* Safe sex
* Being healthy at any size
* LGTBQ health and wellness issues
* Empowerment and confidence building
* Surviving alcohol and other drug abuse,
* Domestic abuse
* Women’s health information and awareness
* Other topics related to women, gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and wellness
Feminist Communities in Research and Practice
Hosted by the Penn State Women’s Studies Graduate Organization
February 13-14, 2015, Penn State University Park Campus
Call for Papers:
The Penn State WSGO is pleased to invite proposals for presentations at our annual conference, to be held in February 2015. The conference will consider the ways that community develops through feminist research, teaching, and activism, and also as a subject that feminist scholarship and pedagogy will continually need to address. Where do you see new feminist communities forming today? How have feminist communities in the past formed, succeeded, or failed? What interests, relationships, projects, or goals are those communities based upon? How do digital culture and digital media play a role in the formation and focus of feminist communities? Panels at this conference will discuss research and teaching on gender and sexuality from all academic disciplines. 
This conference also serves as a venue to consider the relationship between Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments and the university community, and to present talks on community-based research and activism. We have confirmed that our conference keynote speaker will be Prof. Lisa Nakamura.
We welcome submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics:
* Theories of solidarity
* Continuity or difference between generations of feminists
* Global networks or coalitions
* Facilitating community in the online WGS classroom
* Feminist New Materialisms
* Disability studies and feminism
* Digital collaborations and communities (including DOCCs and other feminist interventions)
* Trans-feminisms
* Feminist pedagogical communities
* Race, gender, and feminist communities
* Biotechnology and reproductive communities
* The future of WGS departments
* Queer kinships and relationships
* Art and feminist community
* Feminist communities throughout history
Submission format
Please submit proposals for individual presentations, panels, roundtables, art exhibitions, performances, and workshops to wsgo.officers@gmail.com. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 300 words, and proposals for panels or roundtables should be no longer than 1,000 words. The deadline for submissions is December 15.
Third Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference
Lives and Afterlives: The Future of Asian Studies
March 13-15, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The TAGS-C Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the third annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, encompassing Asia-related research across a wide range of fields. The aim of this conference is to facilitate greater communication among disciplines, approaching Asia from multiple viewpoints in literature, linguistics, art history, geography, anthropology, political science, religious studies, sociology, history, folklore, gender and women’s studies, performance studies, visual culture studies, and other related fields.  Participants will have a valuable opportunity to share work and receive feedback from peers and professors in the UW system, as well as to gain insight into recent developments in Asia-related research across various disciplines.  This year’s conference examines topics that address the state of Asian humanities and potential futures in or beyond Asian area studies. Our own University is at a crossroads: the economic and cultural climate demands that area studies programs evolve, yet what path we should take remains undecided and highly debated. We must leave behind the corpse of disciplinary knowledge structures, and ask what knowledge looks like in the afterlives of Asian area studies. This year, we are pleased to announce that in addition to individual paper submissions and panel submissions, we have reserved the evening of the 13th to showcase audio-visual projects and performances.

Submission guidelines:
Interested graduate students in the University of Wisconsin system and Midwest region may submit an individual or group proposal.  This year, we are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students interested in presenting quality academic papers. Undergraduate proposals should be centered on a well-researched academic project of a senior thesis or honors thesis project caliber. Proposals for group panels should be submitted in a single email by a designated organizer and should include a 300-word abstract for the panel as a whole in addition to abstracts for each individual paper. All proposals should be sent in an email as an attached MS Word file.  They should include title (20 word limit) and abstract (300 word limit).  Do not include your name or affiliation in the MS Word file.  In the body of the email, please include the following information in the following order:  
1) Name and contact information
2) Presentation title (20 words or less)
3) University affiliation
4) General research interests.
The papers themselves should be about 8-9 pages double spaced in 12-point Times font. Those presenting audio-visual or performance projects should submit a 4-5 page discussion of their work. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
Submit proposals to: tagsconference@rso.wisc.edu
Abstract Due: January 31, 2015
Acceptance Notification: February, 15 2014
Full paper due: March 1, 2015
Conference Date: 13-15 March, 2015
Questions about the abstract submissions or the conference in general should be directed to: tagsconference@rso.wisc.edu
SSSP: Announcing Call for Papers and Call for Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards
The Call for Papers for the SSSP 2015 Annual Meeting is now live! View the Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards announcement and submit a paper or nominate a book, article, or scholar! We are very excited about our 65th Annual Meeting, to be held August 21-23, 2015, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, IL. This year's theme, selected by President Marlese Durr, is Removing the Mask, Lifting the Veil: Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century. Please visit the following links for more information and forward to others who may be interested. You will also be receiving a poster in the mail shortly.
Call for Papers: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/611/
Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/296/
Hotel Reservation Information: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/612/Hotel_Reservation_Information/
Renew Your Membership: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/255/fuseaction/ssspmember.portal/userid/-1
All papers must be submitted by midnight (EST) on January 31, 2015 in order to be considered.
Gender, Work and Organization - Call for Papers
Special Issue: "Gender Equality and 'Austerity': Vulnerabilities, Resistance, and Change"
Submission Deadline January 31, 2015

This special issue invites papers that analyse the impact of gendered austerity measures on advocacy, support services and employment for women and feminist organisation and resistance to these measures. Our aim is to take forward debates on ‘gendering change’ (Benshop, Mills, Mills and Tienari, 2012) by focusing on the gendering of change in the organisation of public services within austerity regimes, and on emergent forms of resistance.

Although initial government positions have often been that ‘we are all in it together’, there is some evidence that measures to address the current economic crisis, including ‘fiscal consolidation’ have widened inequalities, and that vulnerable demographic groups, vulnerable geographies and vulnerable organizations are bearing the brunt of national and international austerity measures (Leschke and Jepsen, 2012; Pearson and Sweetman, 2011).

Within the UK, there are suggestions that women, particularly those with intersecting disadvantages such as poverty, disability ethnicity and age (young and old), are bearing the larger part of the impact of austerity (Fawcett, 2013; Women's Budget Group, 2014).
Government strategies of reducing regulation (‘cutting red tape’) as well as public expenditure,  appear to be reducing the scope of equality legislation and institutional mechanisms to promote gender equality and diversity (Conley and Page, 2010).  There is emerging concern for the fate of the ‘Third Sector’ in this context. Some of the public and voluntary sector organisations that provide and advocate for services to women in crisis appear to be casualties of austerity (Women’s Resource Centre, 2013).  The increasing use of competition rather than democratic accountability as a principle mechanism for organising public services has changed the environment in which public and Third Sector organisations are working (Breitenbach, Brown, Mackay and Webb, 2002; Newman and Clarke, 2009). These organisations include services supporting women, some of which, such as refuges and rape crisis centres, have been supported by state funding and have emerged from feminist activism.

In this context, there appears to be a resurgence of feminism and feminist activism in a variety of traditional and non-traditional forms within the UK and internationally (Walby, 2011). Equality advocates, social movements and trade union activists, are seeking new ways of organising, and of defending democratic accountability in relation to public services and the state, and women are playing a lead role in many of these initiatives (Newman, 2012). Alongside these traditional forms of protest, networked and lateral forms of organisation offer potential for extending the scope of political engagement, and for developing new forms of feminist political practice, locally and transnationally (Conway, 2013; Franzway and Fonow, 2011). Among these, new media, cultural practices and arts based and aesthetic modes of inquiry offer potential for developing new forms of organisation and pre-figurative political practice.

This special issue seeks to bring together conceptual and empirical papers that investigate these issues, with a focus upon emergent feminist organisation and resistance to gendered austerity measures, and their discursive and organisational forms.

Papers on the following indicative topics would be welcome:

•  The impact of gendered austerity measures on the organisation of advocacy, support services and employment for women;
•  The implications of neoliberal de-regulation for public and third sector organisations providing services to women;
•  Feminist engagement with austerity discourses and strategies;
•  Analyses of initiatives and practices that address gender equality in the context of the economic and financial crisis;
•  Case studies of legal and organisational challenges to the gendered impact of austerity measures, at local, national and international levels;
•  Analyses of the narratives and discourses of gender in/equality that underpin resistance and challenge to austerity measures;
•  Research on the use of social media, aesthetic and arts based practices and analysis of whether and how these may complement, extend, or promote feminist political practice in the context of neo liberalist discourses of austerity and in response to austerity measures.

Deadline for submission of full papers: 31 January 2015
Manuscripts should be around 9,000 words. Manuscripts considered for publication will be peer-reviewed following the journal’s double-blind review process. Submissions should be made via the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscript Central at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gwo.  Author guidelines can be found at the journal’s website at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291468-0432/homepage/ForAuthors.html

Mobilizing Vulnerability:
New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies and Human Rights
A Special Issue of Feminist Formations
Co-edited by Wendy S. Hesford and Rachel Lewis

Call for Papers (01/15/15)

During the past decade, there has been a substantial growth in academic scholarship devoted to exploring the intersections among vulnerability, precarity, and human rights. While feminist and queer theorists have turned toward concepts of vulnerability and precarity as a way of accounting for contemporary forms of political violence, critical theorists have turned to vulnerability and affiliated terms (precarity and precarization, for example) as the basis for understanding human interdependencies, obligations, and ethical responsibilities (Berlant, Butler, Cvejić, Fineman, Lorey, Puar, and Vujanović). However, what has not been considered to date and what this special issue aims to elucidate are the contributions that transnational feminist scholarship and methods can make toward our understanding of embodied and structural vulnerabilities, especially as these vulnerabilities shape human rights theory and practices.
This special issue will discuss both the value and the risks of theories of vulnerability and precarity for transnational feminist research on human rights. Specifically, we seek to address how transnational feminist analytics might increase our understanding of the mobilization of vulnerability and how concepts of vulnerability and precarity travel transnationally to produce new rationalities. We seek contributions that focus particular attention upon the intersection of notions of vulnerability and precarity with human rights discourses, with an emphasis on how these concepts might advance or counter transnational feminist projects. A key issue will be the ways in which such discourses typically map vulnerability onto certain bodies (marked in terms of gender, race, class, or age) and not others, and how these bodies take on the burden of representation in domestic and international politics and law. As such, we invite article submissions on any topic pertaining to the subject of global human rights, sexuality, disability, and emergent work in vulnerability studies. Key questions framing the special issue include the following:

1. To what extent has the growing inclusion of women’s rights, LGBT rights, disability rights, and children’s rights on the international human rights agenda opened up a space for alternative conceptualizations of vulnerability and human rights discourses? How do marginalized subjects perform resistance through the mobilization of vulnerability and precarity?

2. How might theories of vulnerability and precarity challenge second wave feminist understandings of women’s human rights grounded in freedom from gender violence and the pursuit of sexual autonomy? What role might transnational feminisms play in further elucidating the potential and limitations of vulnerability as an analytic?

3. How do advocacy groups navigate the international moral economy of human rights and unsettle moral dichotomies (victim/agent) as they take on shifting identities and positions in narrating their struggle for power within their multifaceted particularities?

4. How might transnational feminist and queer theories of vulnerability and precarity help scholars, practitioners, policy-makers and human rights advocates to better account for the pleasures and vicissitudes of desire and relationality, emotion and affect, corporeality and interdependency, care and protection in human rights narratives?

5. In what ways might theories of vulnerability and precarity establish new critical frameworks for rethinking the contested relationship between women of color feminisms and transnational feminist practices?

We especially invite contributions that explore the intersections among vulnerability, precarity and human rights in relation to the following thematics:

- the role of vulnerability and precarity within transnational feminist theory and activism
differential distributions of vulnerability and precarity along the lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and citizenship
- the potential and limitations of theories of vulnerability and precarity for thinking through race, gender, sexuality and the formation of international human rights discourses
- racism and state violence
- trauma and the ethics of witnessing
- dispossession, ecstasy and the limits of sexual autonomy
- disability and displacement
- interracial vulnerability and economic precarity
- love and gender violence
- sexual rights and erotic vulnerability
- precarity and gender norms

We seek contributions from across the humanities and social sciences that interrogate representations of gender, sexuality, disability, human rights, and vulnerability in relation to law and public policy, social media, literature, narrative, popular culture, and social justice activism. We welcome contributions with U.S., global, international, and transnational foci.

Essays should be 8k -11k words, including endnotes and references. Submit your complete manuscript via email to FF editorial assistant, Brooke Lober (feministformations@email.arizona.edu) and copy the co-editors to your email: Wendy Hesford (hesford.1@osu.edu) and Rachel Lewis (rlewis13@gmu.edu).

For information on Feminist Formations, visit our website. And for further manuscript specifications, see Author Guidelines. For all other questions, please contact the special issue guest editors.
Bodies of Knowledge in the Academy: Embodied Knowledges and Academic Freedom
28th Annual University of South Carolina Women’s & Gender Studies Conference
April 23-24, Columbia, SC
Proposals are due: January 30, 2015.

As USC’s Women’s & Gender Studies Program celebrates its 40th anniversary on the Columbia campus, we are conscious of the unprecedented attacks on gender and sexuality studies in this region—including legislative attacks on common reading texts at College of Charleston and at USC Upstate, and legislative and institutional attacks on gender and sexuality studies programming at USC Upstate. This seems a perfect time to think about gender studies and embodied knowledges in the academy (and in our region).

We take Bodies of Knowledge as our conference title to honor and acknowledge the important sexuality studies conference founded by Dr. Lisa Johnson at USC Upstate in 2008. Intended to bring a greater knowledge of about sexuality to the region, the conference began, in part, as a response to the 2007 death of Sean Kennedy, victim of an anti-gay assault in Greenville.

While all abstracts on gender and sexuality studies are welcome, we are particularly interested in papers that explore gendered bodies and knowledges. Suggested topics include:
* bodies of knowledge, disciplinary bodies and disciplinary boundaries
* academic freedom and academic responsibility, gender/sexuality studies and academic freedom
* embodied knowledge, queer bodies, trans bodies, black women’s bodies, fat bodies, girls’ bodies
* feminist knowledge, hip hop feminist knowledge
* vernacular forms and situated knowledge
* subjugated knowledge
* disciplinary violence, actual violence, anti-violence work

Please send 200-word abstracts to WGST Program Coordinator Anna Sykes at ESYKES@mailbox.sc.edu with the subject line “WGST conference proposal.”
2015 UW System Women & Science Program Spring Conference
May 18-19, 2015, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.
Submissions are due Friday, February 20, 2015.
We are now open for submission of proposals for presentations. Please share teaching, advising, mentoring, or other strategies that attract and retain students and educators who are underrepresented in STEM. Priority will be given to presentations that include assessment of the activity. The form will ask for your contact information, availability, a title, and short abstract for your presentation. Presenters' meals and rooms will be paid for by the Women & Science Program; campuses will be asked to cover the mileage to get to the conference site.


Feminism in Theory, Practice, and Policy
February 19-22, 2015, Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, DC
It’s Time to Register for the 2015 SWS Winter Meeting
Registration is open until February 6, 2015
Connecting Leaders, Advancing the Movement
The 2015 Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference
February 20-22, 2015, Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee
The Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference is an innovative approach to building a more skilled and connected network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied leaders who are empowered to achieve and protect LGBT equality in their local communities across the state of Wisconsin.
Early Bird registration rates are still in effect and have been extended through January 9, 2015! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!
11th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference
March 21-23, 2015, Arlington, Virginia
Sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation, the 2015 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will provide young activists with the opportunity to network, grow their knowledge on pertinent domestic and global feminist issues, and fine-tune their organizing methodology. Join young feminist activists from around the nation as we discuss issues including (but definitely not limited to) reproductive justice, eco-feminism, intersectionality and identity-based activism, campus organizing tactics and methods, violence against women, ballot measures and political organizing, social media and web-based activism, and global women’s rights and health.
Early Bird Registration is now open for the 11th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference!
Our Early Bird rates are $25 for individuals and $20 per person for groups of 5 or more people. To access the group rate, email us at nyflc@feminist.org. We'll offering prizes to the largest delegations in attendance and the largest Early Bird Registration groups!
After Early Bird Registration closes, those rates will go up - so don't hesitate! Register today.
All registration will close at 6 PM on Monday, March 16.
Democracy’s Promise: Deisolating Gendered Experiences
Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos, Texas.
After the symposium, presenters are invited to submit their papers to the Journal of Research on Women and Gender, a peer reviewed, open access, online journal hosted by the Texas Digital Library. To register to be an author or reviewer, go to:
Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
The Eleventh Social Theory Forum
New Perspectives in Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality
With Keynote Address by Patricia Hill Collins
April 17-18, 2015, University of Massachusetts Boston
Intersectional approaches to social research suggest that systems of oppression such as race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality are interconnected and intersect to shape the experiences of individuals. Intersectional research centers on the experiences of persons often historically ignored by policymakers and in academic scholarship. Without their experiences our theories of power and social processes are both incomplete and inaccurate. As a research paradigm intersectionality has its origins in black feminism, third world feminism and queer theory. It has come to shape research in many disciplines including feminist studies, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, public policy, public health, law, psychology, anthropology and sociology.
The International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice
May 28-31, 2015, Indiana University, Bloomington
London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) is organizing the International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice in collaboration with the School of Education - Indiana University-Bloomington, Centre for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN) - Michigan State University and Department of Law - Gediz University.
This event aims to engage in discussions and debates concerning gender related issues within educational settings. The ICGE will explore the consequences and reflections of hierarchical structure in organizational settings, resistance of society towards gender issues, politics and gender inequality, laws enacted on gender issues, and cultural norms and values that cause intersections based on gender.
The event is open to academics, researchers, Post graduate students, NGO representatives, government officials and practitioners.
Attending to Early Modern Women: It's About Time
June 18-20, 2015 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Taking as its inspiration the fact that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the first Attending to Early Modern Women conference, the ninth conference, “It’s About Time,” will focus on time and its passing, allowing us to archive our achievements, reflect on the humanities in the world today, and shape future directions in scholarship and teaching. It will address such questions as: Can we trace gendered and embodied temporalities? How did time structure early modern lives, and the textual and material commemorations of those lives? In what ways do categories of difference condition understandings of time? How do contemporary and early modern conceptions of time inform our work as scholars and teachers?
2015 AAUW National Convention
June 18–21, 2015, Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Registration Is Now Open. Don’t wait! Best-value rates expire January 15.
6th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference
A Critical Moment: Sex/Gender Research at the Intersection of Culture, Brain, & Behavior
October 23-24, 2015, UCLA
This conference occurs at a critical juncture in sex/gender research in neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines. New theories are utilizing a conception of the brain as dynamic, plastic, and adaptable, and of sex/gender brain and behavioral differences as subject to the influence of a broad range of biological, cultural, and social or environmental factors. In organizing this conference, our aim is to bring the neuro- and social sciences together to consider three cross-cutting questions on sex/gender: why now? what’s fixed/changing/changeable? what’s at stake?
Registration for our conference is Now Open:
EARLY Registration ENDS on June 30, 2015
• Afterwards, LATE registration, with higher registration fees.
All others (Current Students/ University of California Faculty/ International Customers/ Conference Scholarships) must register by MAIL/FAX/IN PERSON to UCLA Central Ticket Office windows
Seating is very limited. Please note that our conferences in 2010 and 2012 sold out before the end of early registration. Don’t miss out. Register Now to secure your seat at our 2015 conference.
2015 National Women’s Studies Association Conference
November 12-15, 2015, Milwaukee, WI


October 23-24, 2015, GWS turns 40!
In 2015 Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison turns 40 and we here at GWS would like to take this opportunity to pause and reflect on our history, our present, and our future. We have much to celebrate and much to think through for the years to come, and we hope you will join us to share this exciting moment.
On Friday October 23, 2015, we will have a reception and opening words in our own space in Sterling Hall, and Saturday October 24, 2015, we will have a full day of academic program followed by plated dinner and dancing at the nearby Pyle Center.
Watch for formal invitation coming in January.


The Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Center for Research on Gender and Women invite students, alumni, faculty, and friends to make a donation to support our on-going efforts to advance women and gender issues within our teaching and research mission.

Please visit the Department and Center websites to learn more about making a donation.


Janet Hyde, Director
Center for Research on Gender & Women
University of Wisconsin-Madison
3409 Sterling Hall, 475 North Charter Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Phone: 608-263-2053
Fax: 608-265-2409
Email: jshyde@wisc.edu

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