November 17, 2014
GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES EVENTS
EVENTS ON CAMPUS
EVENTS OFF CAMPUS
CALLS FOR PAPERS
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GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES EVENTS
EVENTS ON CAMPUS
It’s On Us “National Week of Action” 11/17-11/20
UW-Madison is proud to be participating in the “National Week of Action” surrounding the Its On Us campaign.
Here are some ways you can participate:
* Attend the “Week of Action” events happening on campus next week and throughout the year. Click here for a list of events.
* Watch and share the first and second campaign PSAs from the White House
* Like and follow the It’s On Us UW-Madison pages on Facebook and Twitter
* Use the logos, materials, and talking points from the UW-Madison toolkit (via Box, here)
* Take the pledge online
* Make a pledge at a location on campus.
* Support and collaborate with student activists on campus to amplify student voice.
Contact email@example.com to learn more.
Beyond Citizenship: Working Out Claims and Obligations with Maternal Bodies
Monday, November 17, 2014, 3:30-5:00pm, 5230 Social Science Building
Claire Wendland, Professor, Anthropology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medical History and Bioethics, and Gender and Women’s Studies
In Malawi, where childbirth is evidently risky and maternal death has been politically contentious, experts narratives about maternal mortality proliferate . Many kinds of uncertainties contribute to these divergent narratives. An examination of the struggles over legitimacy in which they are wielded suggests the limits of citizenship (biological, biomedical, or therapeutic) for explaining claims and responsibilities stakes upon bodies.
Yoni Ki Baat: Womyn of Color Vagina Monologues Auditions
Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm, Humanities 1121
Individuals of diverse heritage who identity with the female spectrum are invited to audition for this year’s Yoni Baat 2015 Womyn of Color Vagina Monologues showcasing these stories through dance, theater, and spoken word performances.
One Love Workshops
Monday and Tuesday, November 17 – 18, 2014, Nancy Nicholas Hall
Seating is limited; please secure your seat by completing this RSVP today.
The One Love Foundation will be visiting our campus and screening their feature film on November 17th and 18th. You are invited to take part in a unique opportunity offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology (with the Couple Relationships course in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies) and the One Love Foundation. Founded in 2010 in honor of Yeardley Love, the One Love Foundation’s mission is to end relationship violence through education and technology.
“Be 1 For Change” and join One Love Foundation on campus by accepting our invitation to this landmark event. Each 90-minute workshop will include a new film screening and feedback session. The One Love Foundation is looking for UW-Madison students’ honest opinions and feedback on their educational film. This is a unique opportunity to weigh in on dating violence resources that are currently being developed. Your feedback can play an important role in preventing relationship violence and shaping future workshops around the country.
Resources for dating and relationship violence:
University Health Services http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/assault/
One Love Foundation http://www.joinonelove.org/
Or connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JoinOneLove
Statistics reported by the National Institute of Justice and One Love Foundation.
Know Your Rights Event
Tuesday, November 18th, 5:30-7pm, 3250 Appellate Courtroom, UW-Madison Law Building
Join UHS EVOC in the Law School next Tuesday for a special panel presentation, Know Your Rights.
Learn about state and federal rights for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in campus reporting options. The panel will be followed by a moderated Q+A. Panelists include:
Jamiee Gilford, Clery Program Director and deputy Title IX Coordinator with UW Police Department
Tonya Schmidt, Assistant Dean and deputy Title IX Coordinator with the Dean of Students Office
Jamie Temple, EVOC Survivor Services Coordinator and Victim Advocate with University Health Services
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and accommodation requests. (See flyer and Facebook event)
New Trends in Women and Politics Globally
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00pm, Landmark room in Union South (3rd floor)
Aili Mari Tripp, Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies
Women’s citizenship has expanded twice on a global scale over the past 100 years: first after World War I, when women started gaining the right to vote and for a second time more recently, when women began to attain significantly higher rates of political representation in legislatures around the world after the mid 1990s. In Rwanda, for example, women hold 63% of the legislative seats. In both instances, these reforms were linked to the end of war. In both cases, the dramatic post-conflict effects eventually diffused to other countries. My talk will focus on the second of these developments and the expanded use of gender quotas in over 100 countries to increase the representation of women in decision making bodies. It will also show how these trends are connected to the decline of conflict.
FALL 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.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Fieldnotes from Chile
Maria Azocar, PhD Student in Sociology
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Participatory budgeting meets feminist theory: Power and inclusion in the case of PB Chicago.
Madi Pape, PhD Student in Sociology
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Comics as Academic Inquiry
Heather Rosenfeld, PhD student in Geography
FALL 2014 Interdisciplinary Sexuality Seminar (ISS)
3 to 5 p.m. 8411 Sewell Social Science Building
The Interdisciplinary Sexuality Seminar (ISS) focuses on the scientific exploration of human sexual behavior and sexual identities. This research cluster offers an interdisciplinary environment for students, faculty and researchers interested in sex and sexuality to present their work and participate in an open dialogue about sex research. We welcome all scientific methodologies, from qualitative to quantitative research methods and both theoretical and applied orientations. Our speakers have included researchers from CAIR in Milwaukee, faculty and graduate students from sociology, psychology and women’s studies and visiting scholars.
Friday, November 21st
Are we asking the right questions to find the answers we seek in relationships and sexuality research?
Karen Blair, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Dept of Psychology
Breaking Stereotypes: Women in Islam, Change the Equation
Friday, November 21st at 7PM at 1310 Sterling Hall
Shiekh Ziyad Hamdan, the Imam of the Islamic Center of Milwaukee, will be speaking about powerful Muslim Women in Islamic History
Sr. Inshirah Farhoud, the Vice President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women Coalition and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, will be addressing the role of community building and Women in leadership
Reema Ahmad, the director of Project Mobilize, will be speaking about her experience as an activist and her role as a Muslim women leader
The Panel will be moderated by Professor Asifa Qureishi, a professor of Sharia Law here at UW-Madison
EVENTS OFF CAMPUS
The Demeter Foundation Community Information Session
Monday, November 17, 2014, 4pm, Goodman South Madison Library
Learn about The Demeter Foundation services and network with some great folks. Pick up class schedules and information materials. Monday, November 17, starting at 4 pm at the Goodman South Library on Park St. Madison, WI. RSVP at 608-298-3563. Snacks and beverages provided.
Celebrating 12 years of advocacy for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in Wisconsin!
The Demeter Foundation, Inc. www.thedemeterfoundation.com
We advocate for the humane treatment and civil rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their families in Wisconsin. Our goal is to reduce recidivism and facilitate self-empowerment, healing and strength.
RECURRING LOCAL MEETINGS
"Women on Topic" Brown Bag
1st Monday of every month, noon
Jane Addams Book Club
1st Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:00pm, Goodman South Library, 2222 S Park St
December 2, 2014 - Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Branch.
1st Wednesday of every month, location and host varies
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5-7pm, The Brink, 1602 S. Park St
9to5 to host.
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
2nd & 4th Monday 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**
ON THE RADIO
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.
Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies Program, UW-Eau Claire
A tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor is anticipated in the Women's Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department seeks a dynamic candidate with expertise in women's/feminist/gender/sexuality studies who is committed to teaching excellence and to maintaining an active program involving undergraduates. This appointment carries an initial two-year probationary appointment beginning with the 2015/2016 academic year, August 24, 2015.
To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by December 1, 2014. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. A criminal background check is required prior to employment.
Assistant Professor in Family Studies and LGBTQ Studies, Sociology and Women's Studies, UW-Eau Claire
A tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor is anticipated with an appointment in either the Department of Sociology or the Women's Studies Program beginning August 24, 2015. The successful candidate will contribute to both Sociology and Women's Studies/LGBTQ Studies. The tenure home will be appropriate to the successful candidate's credentials.
To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by December 1, 2014. However, screening may continue until the position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Applicants' names are subject to public release unless confidentiality has been requested in writing (this option is available in the online application process). Names of the top five finalists must be released upon request.
Advanced Associate or Full Professor in Intersectional Feminism and Critical Praxis, University of Illinois at Chicago
This position can be fully held in Gender & Women’s Studies or the candidate can request a percentage of the line be split between GWS and a second academic in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This is a senior appointment in the Social Justice and Human Rights Cluster, a campus initiative designed to expand interdisciplinarity and diversity at UIC through multiple hires over several years.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. For fullest consideration, please submit application by December 1, 2014. We will review applications until the position is filled.
Visiting Professor at UC-Santa Barbara
The University of California at Santa Barbara seeks an Advanced Assistant or beginning Associate Professor to serve as the Ella Baker Visiting Professor in Undergraduate Research, a one-year, non-tenure track appointment in the Department of Black Studies, with an affiliated appointment in at least one other department in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, or Sciences on campus for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Ella Baker Visiting Professorship in Undergraduate Research honors Ella Baker (1903-1986), the legendary Black woman activist and teacher who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Freedom Schools that taught thousands of African Americans in the segregated South literacy, as well as skills related to economic and political justice, especially the right of students to question what constitutes knowledge. In the Visiting Professorship, we request applications from professors who epitomize Ella Baker’s commitment to transformative education. We seek applicants with an active research agenda to spend the academic year at UC Santa Barbara conducting research and teaching undergraduates. Applicant disciplines include but are not limited to Sociology, Political Science, Economics, English, Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Chicano and Chicana Studies, Feminist Studies, Biology and Public Health, Materials Engineering, etc. The Ella Baker Visiting Professorship in Undergraduate Research exemplifies UC Santa Barbara’s commitment to diversity and to transformative scholarship and teaching.
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
UNICEF is currently recruiting for two Gender-related initiatives, which are as follows:
* 7 Regional Advisors for Gender, who will each serve as the most senior gender expert in each of UNICEF’s 7 regions - the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Latin America and Caribbean (LACR), Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAR), West and Central Africa (WCAR), East Asia and Pacific (EAPR), South Asia (ROSA) and Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) - supporting the development, application, and achievement of goals and strategies on gender programming for countries of his/her specific region, in alignment with UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan and Strategic Plan 2014-2017.
* Talent Groups: Gender and Development Specialists at the P-4 level and Senior Gender Development Specialists at the P-5 level. Talent Groups at UNICEF are exclusive lists of pre-vetted, highly qualified professionals intended to fast-track the recruitment process as positions become available. After a rigorous selection process, successful candidates who apply will be placed in a Talent Group at either the P-4 or P-5 level. While placement in a Talent Group does not guarantee a position with UNICEF, candidates in a Talent Group may be considered for P-4 or P-5 level vacancies for Gender and Development Specialists and Senior Gender Development Specialists as they become available at UNICEF's New York Headquarters.
How to Apply:
* 7 Regional Advisors for Gender: For more information regarding key expected results and job responsibilities and detailed information on the desired competencies and qualifications of a successful candidate by region, please click here by the deadline of 19 November 2014.
* Talent Groups: For more information regarding key expected results and detailed information on the desired competencies of a successful candidate, and to apply for Gender Talent Groups at the P-4 and P-5 levels, please click here by the deadline of 1 December 2014.
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies with research specialization in African American or African Diaspora
The University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for an appointment as associate professor in our interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Department. We seek a senior scholar focusing on race and racialization, whose principal area of research is African American and/or African Diaspora related.
Best Consideration Date: December 1, 2014
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Stanford University, California, USA
Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Call for Applications: 2015-17
Due: January 9, 2015
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.
The Kroc Institute 2015-2016 Visiting Research Fellowships
The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is a leading center for research on strategies of sustainable peace and the causes of violent conflict. The Institute seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with the following ongoing Kroc research initiatives:
* Gender, Peacebuilding & Post-Accord Transformation
* Diaspora Communities, Conflict & Peacebuilding
* Peace Studies (open)
The application is due December 5, 2014.
Re:Gender is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Community Innovation Fellowship program. The Fellowship will provide 24 mid-career nonprofit professionals the opportunity to participate in a program designed to enhance their leadership and project development skills. It will help strengthen their ability to shine a "gender lens" on the work of their host non-profit organizations, either through sharpening a current program or developing a new one. Additionally, Felllows will be able to network with peers, experts, and professionals across several fields. This Fellowship is generously supported in part by the American Express Foundation.
The Community Innovation Fellowship runs from January 2015 through August 2016. This fellowship requires a $500 program fee.
The application deadline is December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., EST. Please see the full program description for more information, FAQs and the application.
Volunteer Positions Available
The Wisconsin Women Making History website will provide students and lifetime learners an online destination to find remarkable women who have contributed to our state’s legacy. Through video, audio, photographs and links from partnering organizations, the website brings to life the stories of women and girls often overlooked in Wisconsin history. The site will launch in March of 2015. Get involved in the planning by volunteering or requesting to join the Facebook group at http://bit.ly/WWMHFacebook.
Researchers play a vital role in the project by finding biographical information about each woman nominated. Requirements include finding reputable online sources with information such as dates lived, cities represented, and major achievements, as well as photographs, video or audio. If online sources do not exist, researchers may be asked to find information in physical archives. Students: college credit may be available, contact us for information.
Writers bring the stories of Wisconsin women to life by drafting short biographies on each name selected for the project. Core content, research notes and sources will be provided and writers are asked to turn this research into 200word descriptions about their achievements. Strong writing skills and attention to accuracy required, as is the ability to write for middle school reading levels. Students: college credit may be available, contact us for information.
Ideal fact checkers have a close eye for accuracy and a love for history. Volunteers will review completed research and written biographies for selected women to ensure that dates, details and descriptions are consistent with historical record. Experience with fact checking is desired. Students: college credit may be available, contact us for information.
Email Renee at email@example.com with your contact information and desired positions.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/POSTERS
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.
CALL FOR PAPERS
SOCIAL THEORY FORUM
April 17-18, 2015
University of Massachusetts Boston
NEW PERSPECTIVES IN INTERSECTIONALITY:
RACE, GENDER, CLASS AND SEXUALITY
With Keynote Address by PATRICIA HILL COLLINS
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.
We are seeking papers and panels that examine how intersectionality functions in a variety of realms, including but not limited to the following areas:
Intersectionality as theory and method
Intersectionality in institutional contexts (workplaces, schools, family etc.)
Social activism, social justice, and public policy
Transnationalism and migration
Race and multiculturalism
Sex, sexualities, and queer studies
Disability and embodiment
International relations in a global era
This two-day international conference is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and other departments and institutes at UMass Boston. We strongly encourage and will give priority to submissions of complete panel sessions with a maximum of four presenters. Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes. At least 25 minutes should be reserved for audience discussion. Individual papers are also encouraged.
Paper and panel session proposals must be received no later than December 15, 2014. Please send via email to Meredith Gamble at email@example.com.
Gender, Work and Organization - Call for Papers
Submission Deadline 31st January 2015
Special Issue: "Gender Equality and 'Austerity': Vulnerabilities, Resistance, and Change"
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
Call for Papers (01/15/15)
New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies and Human Rights
A Special Issue of Feminist Formations
Co-edited by Wendy S. Hesford and Rachel Lewis
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copy the co-editors to your email: Wendy Hesford (email@example.com) and Rachel Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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
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
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.
2015 National Women’s Studies Association Conference
November 12-15, 2015, Milwaukee, WI
Online Collection of Photographs
The Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian has announced a new online collection of photographs of women’s everyday possessions in the 19th and early 20th centuries, plus numerous digitized texts (magazines, books, postcards, posters, and more) concerning women during that period. The objects and printed works themselves were amassed by Dovie Horvitz, an Illinois-based collector who hopes to find an institutional home for the entire collection some day — perhaps the presence of the photographs and digitized works will spark that interest. We hope so.
Objects in the collection include clothing (dresses, hosiery, bustles, garters, swimwear, undergarments, aprons, and more), accessories such as shoes and boots, hats, gloves, purses, fans, handkerchiefs, furs, and parasols; menstrual and other health products; cosmetic and grooming kits, powders, and related make-up items; dresser sets (combs and brushes); curling irons and other hair care devices; perfumes; boudoir pillow covers; eye glasses; and exercise equipment. The printed matter includes numerous women’s magazines, Sunday supplement illustrations, sheet music about women, suffrage postcards, World War I and II posters, photographs of teen parties, and pamphlets about sex, health, and menstruation. Page after page of ad-filled women’s magazines, as well as packaging elements such as hairnet envelopes, hosiery, handkerchief and hat boxes, constitute an important part of the collection. Most of the material is American in origin.
The collection seems of most immediate interest to women’s history classes, but American literature, communication arts (especially marketing), medical history, design, and other fields should also find it useful. It is also simply a pleasure to browse!
The fully searchable and browsable online collection homepage is at http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/GenderStudies.DovieHorvitz
An article about the collection is at http://www.library.wisc.edu/news/2014/10/13/dovie-horvitz-collection-showcases-extraordinary-evolution-of-ordinary-women/.
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
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