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I am a freelance writer for AltFem, (http://www.altfemmag.com/) an online magazine out of the US covering religion and women’s issues.
I am working on a piece on how women, being the majority of teachers in the UK, will lead Britain’s fight against religious extremism with their new two-religion GSCE requirement.
Through my research, I found the FWSA and would love to connect with women there to gain their perspective and insight on the story.
Are you able to connect me with someone who can speak for interview, via Skype, phone or email- whatever is easiest- sometime this week?
Please do let me know if they are able. My deadline is Friday.
I will put your message out on our mailing list and hopefully someone will be able to help you
I’d love to discuss this with you.
Dear FWSA Team,
I attended your 2015 conference in Leeds last year and loved every minute of it. I am now looking to become a member of FWSA in order to take advantage of more conference, research and information opportunities. I am a first year PhD student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. I just wanted to ask about the student rate on your page and how best to process my order. It says that the rates have changed for 2016 but the purchase option remains the same as for 2015. Just wanted to know what the correct amount was and how best to process it.
Thanks for this… we are having some issues with the payment process at the moment, paypal is being difficult! I think the best thing to do is to email our membership secretary Poonam email@example.com, and she can hopefully send you an invoice separately.
Welcome to FWSA!
I’ve been trying to submit an abstract for your Early Careers Workshop but I keep getting a bounce back from the email address.
Is there another address I can send this to?
Apologies – this workshop is not run by us but by the Feminist Review, we are just promoting it. The best thing to do would be to get in touch with someone from this organisation.
I am a Portuguese researcher organizing a Summer School on the theme Liminalities.
Gender, Translation, Performance.
Can you please help us to publicize this information:
IV Summer School CEHUM Liminalities. Gender, Translation, Performance
June 13th-15th 2016
The Universidade do Minho’s 2016 Summer School, organized by its Research Center CEHUM, will focus on the areas of Gender, Translation and Performance Studies.
Aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral students from a variety of national contexts, the Summer School will be organized around individual seminars in these areas and larger seminars bringing together students who wish to discuss intersections between the research fields above named globally inscribed in a Comparatist Studies framework.
The seminars will be led by specialists in each field, who will present research material and methodologies to students and provide feedback on their research projects. All students will be expected to present a paper in the seminar, max. 15 min. (abstract should be atttatched in the registration form) as a basis for discussion and for comments from the seminar leader during the workshops that will take place after each session.
– Jane Linden (Univ. de Manchester)
– Eleonora Federici (University L’Orientale, Naples)
– Fernando Matos (Univ. de Coimbra)
– César Dominguez (Univ. Santiago de Compostela)
Deadline for registration: 1st April 2016
For more information and registration: http://cehum.ilch.uminho.pt/ivsc/default/index
I have scheduled this to be posted next week. Thanks for getting in touch!
Hello! I am a part of a postgraduate research network at the University of Sussex, and we are currently looking for papers for our third annual conference, to be held at Sussex on 18th May 2016. I wondered if you could be so kind as so circulate the CfP (the deadline for this is 4th March)? I have attached it in the website link box. Thank you for your time.
I have scheduled this to post on Saturday 🙂
Hi, my name is Yamila, I am a student at University of Buenos Aires, and I’ve been studying Selima Hill’s poetry. I’ve been wondering if there’s a site or some way else to get Lucy Winrow’s conference or paper on silent violence in Selima Hill’s poetry. Kind regards, Yamila.
I’m afraid we don’t have her contact details here, however if you google “Lucy Winrow Selima Hill” you get a couple of papers, are these of interest?
Please could you circulate the following via your mailing list about an upcoming conference which may be of interest to your members?
CALL FOR PAPERS: Preventing Sexual Violence Conference, 25th August 2016, Birmingham City University
Abstract submission deadline – Friday 15 April 2016.
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Sandra Walklate (University of Liverpool) & Prof. Sarah Brown (Coventry University).
The conference organisers invite you to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words. Abstracts
will be reviewed and graded for inclusion within either the oral presentation or poster sessions
at the conference. We welcome submissions from established and early career academics,
current PhD students and those with frontline practitioner experience. Authors will be notified
by Friday 22 April 2016.
One way of exploring how best to prevent sexual violence is from a public health perspective.
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) states that a “public health model
strives to prevent harm through identifying and reducing ‘risk factors’ that may contribute
to the perpetration of, and victimisation by, sexual abuse.” It also identifies and enhances
the “protective factors that may prevent the development of sexually abusive behaviours and
vulnerability to victimisation”.
This one-day conference aims to bring together an understanding of what we already know
and what we can learn when attempting to prevent sexual violence. We hope to explore this
concept from a range of perspectives, and therefore invite practitioners and academics
with specialist knowledge to the conference. We aim to foster a dialogue between those
researching and working with both perpetrators and victims of sexual violence, providing
greater networking opportunities and a platform for knowledge exchange. We hope to
encourage delegates with experiences (both perpetrator and victim perspective) in the
following areas (list is not exhaustive):
• Domestic violence
• Child sexual exploitation
• Online sexual violence
• Exploitation of sex workers
• Juvenile perpetrators and victims
• Violence perpetrated against and by people with intellectual disability
• Female perpetrators
• Transgender sexual violence
• Sexual violence and the media
• Sexual violence and the family
• Situational violence
If you wish to submit an abstract, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information regarding how to register for the conference, timetable, venue, prices and more
will be made available shortly.
Many thanks for sharing this, I have scheduled it to be posted in the next few weeks (sorry for the delay, we’ve had lots of CfPs so there is a queue!)
I am co-hosting an event with the PG CWWN in June entitled ‘Representations of Romantic Relationships and the Romance Genre in Contemporary Women’s Writing’.
I would be really grateful if you could share this on your website. It’s going to be a great opportunity for those interested in contemporary women’s writing to network with researchers with similar interests and gain conference experience, whilst discussing this hugely popular and often incredibly underrated genre.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for sharing this, I have scheduled the post to come on our website in the next few weeks (sorry for the delay, there’s been a sudden rush on CfPs so there’s a backlog!)
I am not a member but could you please post this CfP – it may be of interest to some of your members.
Special Edition of Contemporary Theatre Review: Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Performance
Proposal Deadline: Friday 22 April 2016
Guest Editors: Geraldine Harris, Lancaster University; Jen Harvie, Queen Mary University of London; Sarah Gorman, Roehampton University, London
We invite proposals for articles of 7,000 – 8,000 words in length (inclusive of notes and references) for a special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on ‘Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Performance’. We also welcome submissions for shorter responses of 1,000 – 1,500 words to contribute towards the ‘Backpages’ and ‘Documents’ sections and we draw attention to the opportunity for online ‘Interventions’, specially developed online features that add to and extend the themes and topics explored in the print journal. For more information about the Interventions sections see here: http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/submissions/
The impetus arises out of the sense that there has been a resurgence and renewal of interest in feminism in Britain, the US and many other countries worldwide over the last five years. This is evident in the feminist activism and debate boosted by social media but flourishing across a whole range of platforms, embracing groups such as UK Feminista, Slutwalks, Everyday Sexism, Daughters of Eve and One Billion Rising, as well as in the number of celebrities from Lena Dunham to Beyoncé via Emily Watson openly advocating feminism. It is also evident in the ever rising number of popular publications on feminism from Caitlin Moran’s How To Be a Woman, to Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist.
After a long episode of what Elaine Aston termed theatrical ‘feminism fatigue’, the same period has seen a number of widely applauded productions which explicitly engage with questions about the nature of feminism and what it means to be a feminist. In the UK these include works as diverse as Nic Green’s Trilogy (2010), (2012), Karin Young’s The Awkward Squad (2012), Project O’s O (2012), Rosana Cade’s Sister (2013), Ontroerend Goed’s Sirens (2014), Rachael Young’s The Way I Wear My Hair (2014), Lauren Barri Holstein’s Splat! (2013) and the musical version of Made in Dagenham (2015). Events such as Camden People’s Theatre’s ‘Calm Down, Dear’ annual festival of feminist theatre launched in 2013, the Live Art Development Agency’s Just Like a Woman events (2015) and the Hear Me Roar feminists arts festival in Lancaster (founded 2015), have directed attention back on this politics. In the meantime, women have been becoming increasingly visible in all areas and genres of theatre, and female experience has been placed centre stage by a new wave of practitioners – who may not always present their work as ‘feminist’ – including GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, Eggs Collective, Lucy Hutson, Zinnie Harris, Figs in Wigs, and Abi Zakarian.
This therefore seems a crucial moment to take stock of the current role and influence of feminism in theatre and performance in the UK and elsewhere, and to consider how, as contemporary scholars and artists, we might respond to the challenges and opportunities represented by the resurgence of interest in this politics.
We hope that the issue will reflect the ‘diversity’ both of the subject area and of the subject positions and identities embraced by feminism and gender studies and draw attention to points of resistance within ‘feminism’ as it is currently understood. We strongly encourage international contributions, and are especially interested in working with Early Career Researchers from across the world.
We welcome articles and shorter pieces offering critical insights into any area of contemporary theatre and performance activity relating to feminism, gender, transgender, intersectionality, women and femininity. These might include:
a) Theories (‘intersectionality’, transnational feminisms, national feminisms)
b) Histories (waves/generations)
c) Aesthetics (new forms, popular forms, intermedial forms)
d) Activism (Slut Walks, Femen, One Billion Rising, Daughters of Eve)
Topics might include but are not limited to the following areas:
• What sort of theories might be useful and important in addressing the changing theatre and performance landscape for women?
• How does the current upsurge of feminist activity in theatre and performance relate to ideas of ‘transnational feminism’?
• How is intersectionality emerging in and influencing theatre and performance practice and its theorisation? How have theatre and performance makers responded to Myriam Francois-Cerrah’s assertion that feminism has been ‘hijacked by white middle-class women’? (New Statesman, 2015)
• What is the relationship between the feminist past and present in current theatre and performance activities? What lessons can be learnt from the feminist theatre past?
• What recent feminist theatre and performance histories have already been ‘lost’, or are continually overlooked?
• What do we need to do now to ensure that the full diversity of contemporary feminist theatre and performance practice does not become ‘hidden from history’?
• What aesthetic and formal strategies, as well as topics and themes, are emerging in contemporary feminist/feminine/women’s performance?
• Are there distinctly feminist aesthetic strategies now? What is their relationship to realism and past debates around essentialism?
• How are contemporary feminist practitioners responding to the cultural dominance of digital technologies?
• How are theatre and performance practices contributing to feminist activism?
Deadline for Proposals: Friday 22 April 2016
Address enquiries to Sarah Gorman – email@example.com
Submit proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
• Before submitting a proposal we recommend visiting the CTR website: (http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/) to familiarize yourself with the journal.
• Please limit proposals to 300 words and provide a short biography (100 words). Proposals will be accepted by e-mail (MS-Word ideally). Please put CTR Feminism in the subject line of your email.
• Please include your surname in the file name of the document you send.
• Please indicate whether your article will include images, tables, etc.
• Submission of a proposal will be taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
• If your proposal is accepted, you will be commissioned early June 2016 and the deadline for the first draft will be set for 1 October 2016. The provisional date for submitting final material to the journal is September 2017. On the final acceptance of a completed article you will be asked to sign an author agreement in order for your work to be published in Contemporary Theatre Review.
Professor Geraldine Harris, Lancaster University – email@example.com
Geraldine Harris is Professor of Theatre at Lancaster University. Her publications include A Good Night out for the Girls, Feminist Futures: Theatre, Performance, Theory and Performance Practice and Process: Contemporary (Women) Practitioners (all with Elaine Aston), Staging Femininities and Beyond Representation: The Politics and Aesthetics of Television Drama. Her blog (like several of her books, co-authored with Elaine Aston) can be found at https://dramaqueensreview.com/
Dr Sarah Gorman – Roehampton University – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Gorman is a Reader in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance at Roehampton University, London. Her research focuses on contemporary feminist performance and European/North American experimental theatre and Live Art. Her book The End of Reality: The Theatre of Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players was published by Routledge in 2011. She is the author of numerous reviews, articles and chapters with work published in: Feminist Review, Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly, AngloFiles, Western European Stages and Studies in Theatre and Performance. Her Reading as a Woman blog can be found at http://readingasawoman.wordpress.com. She is currently working on a book project about women, performance and failure.
Professor Jen Harvie – Queen Mary University of London – email@example.com
Jen Harvie is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London. She has co-edited two previous issues of Contemporary Theatre Review on Globalisation (2006, with Dan Rebellato) and the cultural politics of the London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic Games (with Keren Zaiontz, 2013). She is co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s series Theatre & (with Rebellato), The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver (with Weaver) and Making Contemporary Theatre: International Rehearsal Processes (with Andy Lavender), and author of The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (with Paul Allain), Fair Play – Art, Performance and Neoliberalism, Theatre & the City, and Staging the UK.
My name is Mary McGill and I am Communications Officer with Sibéal, the network for postgraduate and early career researchers in feminism and gender in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I would be very grateful if you could share the call for papers below.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
With thanks and best wishes,
A Message from Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network:
CALL FOR PAPERS – (IN)VISIBLE LINES
Sibéal Journal, Vol 2
Following on from the success of our 2015 conference we are looking for submissions for our next journal. Papers are invited to engage with the theme of the conference, (In)visible Lines. We are also accepting feminist or gender studies book reviews. The books must have been published since November 2015.
The journal will focus on how the feminist movement has been categorised as a series of different waves, first, second and third, with some contemporary critics suggesting we are now on the precipice of a fourth wave. Each of these stages had their own aims and means of achieving those aims: underlying all was a quest for equality, for some or for all.
Increasingly this neat categorization of the feminist movement has been questioned and challenged, especially with the internet age offering a greater platform of communication for female-identified individuals and feminists alike.
Visible and invisible barriers remain, whilst new forms of inequality and oppression emerge or are simply acknowledged. Different identities intersect and cannot be easily separated, further complicating feminist struggles. Despite these challenges, now is an exciting time for feminist and gender studies. New mediums present new opportunities, old battles take new forms. Masculinities and femininities are no longer defined as rigid categories they once were, gender identities are challenged and the waves of feminism have begun to blur.
Please send extended abstracts of 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 25, 2016. If accepted completed articles of 5,000 – 6,000 must be sent by June 24, 2016.
Thanks for sharing this, I have scheduled it to be posted later on in the week.
I would like to bring the following to your attention. We have recently opened the call for papers for a special issue of the online, peer-reviewed journal Assuming Gender on the theme of ‘Consuming Gender’ (see below). We would be grateful if you would share this with members of the FWSA and other people you think might be interested.
Thank you and best wishes on behalf of the editors,
Dany van Dam
Call for Papers: ‘Consuming Gender’
This special issue of Assuming Gender – an online, peer-reviewed academic journal from Cardiff University – seeks to explore the way gender is both presented and consumed through popular media and advertising. As Ann Herrmann points out in the article ‘Shopping for Identities’, commodities ‘are characterised by their dual nature: material composition and symbolic meaning’ (Herrmann 2002: 539). Consumer culture plays a significant role in constructing valid (and normative) identity categories with which consumers are encouraged to identify.
Scholars as diverse as Americus Reed, Laura C. Nelson, and Henry Jenkins have theorised the ways in which identity and consumer culture are intertwined. Reed, for example, claims in ‘Activating the Self-Importance of Consumer Selves’ that ‘[s]ocial identities are mental representations that can become a basic part of how consumers view themselves’ (Reed 2004: 286). In a later article on ‘Identity-Based Consumer Behaviour’, Reed and others use the example of athletics to illustrate their point: ‘if consumers view themselves as “athletes”, they are likely to behave in ways that are consistent with what it means to “be” an athlete’ (Reed, Forehand, Puntoni and Warlop 2002: 310). Consumption thus becomes defined by identity, and identity becomes defined by consumption.
While the construction of identities based on athleticism seems relatively benign, the case quickly becomes more complicated when consumer identities are racially, economically, or sexually coded. In addition to delineating the borders between various interest groups, consumer culture plays a significant role in establishing and maintaining binary identity distinctions (male/female, gay/straight, black/white), undermining the validity of those identifying across or in-between one or more categories, or who refuse categorisation at all. Those identities not classified as valid consumer groups are not seen as valid identities at all.
For this special issue of Assuming Gender, we invite articles that focus specifically on the idea of ‘Consuming Gender’. How has consumer culture constructed (and how has it been constructed by) gender through the ages?
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
• Consuming gender/gendered consumption
• Historical contexts of gendered consumption
• Feminist/postfeminist approaches to consumption
• Consumption and intersectionality
• Queer consumption
• Media constructions of (gendered) consumer identities
• Post/colonialism and gendered consumption
Please send a proposal of roughly 500 words to Megen de Bruin-Molé, Akira Suwa and Daný van Dam at email@example.com under the subject line ‘CFP Consuming Gender’, including your name, e-mail institutional affiliation (if any), and a biographical note (100 words maximum). We welcome papers from scholars of all backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages. The deadline for proposals is 16 October, 2016, and completed papers of 5000 to 8000 words will be expected no later than 16 April, 2017.
Assuming Gender is an electronic journal dedicated to the timely analysis of constructions of gendered texts, practices, and subjectivities. This journal seeks to continue and shift debates on how gender is problematized in contemporary discourses as well as participate in the dialogue and tensions that maintain the urgency of such conversations. Prior issues can be viewed on http://www.assuminggender.com.
Many thanks for sharing, this is scheduled to be posted on the blog in the next few weeks.
I have paid a membership fee via PayPal but not received any communication about confirming my membership. Is there a way to chase this up?
I have passed this on to our membership secretary, who should get back to you asap. Many thanks.
I am in the same position as Elena in the previous post. I too have paid my subscription to join as a member via paypal but have not received any confirmation or communication. Could you let me know too please about my membership status
Thanks for getting in touch, I have passed this on to our membership secretary.
Thank you for that, however I have still not had any correspondence from the membership secretary. 4.7.16
To be part of the full mailing list you need to be a member of the FWSA, please consider joining us 🙂 http://fwsablog.org.uk/join-us/subscription-rates/
Did you know that there is a number of Sex Workers doing what is called a Sex Workers Opera in London. I was wondering if you are doing a demonstration or attending in any way ? I am happy to join in leafleting outside.
Thanks for letting us know about this, we have no plans to get involved at the moment but we will let you know if we do.
Hello, I have a PhD scholarship in Sociology/Gender Studies that I am wondering if you would post on your site?
Project title: Women’s leadership in STEM fields
The University of Tasmania (Hobart) invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Sociology exploring leadership for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Contact Dr Meredith Nash (Meredith.Nash@utas.edu.au) and/or visit the website (http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/scholarships/available-phd-projects) for more information.
Many thanks for sharing, I have scheduled this to be published on the blog in the next few days. Best wishes.
Someone from here reached out to me via Twitter about a recent blog post of mine on fictional female friendships. The tweet asked if I would like to have the article reposted. I would love that. All I ask is that you make sure to mention the post was by me and include a link to the original post. Thanks!
To whom it may concern,
I am writing on behalf of the Bagri Foundation, a UK registered charity specialising in Asian arts and culture. We’re holding an event next Thursday at Asia House which I thought may be of interest.
The Rise of the ‘Jujitsu-Suffragettes’ – Martial Arts in fin-de-siècle Great Britain
The lecture will explore the blossoming of martial arts in Great Britain at the turn of the 20th century, investigating the Victorian obsession for self-defence, the appeal of the ‘exotic East’, and gender as a social and cultural construct. Dr Emelyne Godfrey, author of Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society will examine how the suffragettes sensationally took up jujitsu in the campaign for women’s suffrage.
Thursday 19 May 2016, 6:30 – 8pm
Asia House, Library, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP
For more information and to reserve your place for the lecture visit: http://www.bagrifoundation.org/suffragettes
We hope to see you at the lecture.
Thanks for letting us know, I have tweeted the link from our twitter account!
Could you send me through contact details for the organisers of the 2017 conference at University of Strathclyde. I am involved in a four year European knowledge exchange project (2016-2020) with a strong focus on women and mental health and Strathclyde is one of the partners. We would like to explore having a session or being involved in the conference in some way.
Hi Iris, many thanks for getting in touch. The best thing would be to contact our FWSA conference organiser Emily Falconer (E.Falconer@westminster.ac.uk) who will be able to advise on where to go from here.
We are hosting a workshop on women’s education in the long eighteenth century at the Glasgow Women’s Library on 8 September. Would you be able to share our call for papers?
Thanks for sharing, I’ve scheduled it to be posted next week. Best wishes!
Request to disseminate the call for abstracts & projects of the Gender Summit Europe
We’d appreciate if you informed your contacts of this call for abstracts & projects. More information can be found at: http://gender-summit.eu/about-gs9-2
The Gender Summit is ‘the’ global platform for interdisciplinary exchange on the role of gender for research and innovation excellence. The 9th Gender Summit Europe invites abstracts & projects on the following themes:
(a) Environment and quality of human life; (b) Sex and gender dynamics in ecosystem services; (c)
Sex-gender effects in research, innovation and development; (d)
Sex-gender knowledge in science curriculum and researcher training; (e) Gender in decision-making and leadership; (f) Gender analysis for design and implementation of policy; (g) Scientific understanding of sex and gender
Deadline: 1 July 2016, 23:59pm CET
CONTACT MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for sharing, I have scheduled this to come onto the blog later this week.
I am co-organising an interdisciplinary conference that would be of interest to FWSA members. Would it be possible for you to share the below call for papers with them? Thank you so much!
With best wishes,
Call for papers for a conference at Queen’s University Belfast
Damsels in Redress: Women in Contemporary Fairy-Tale Reimaginings
Dates: Friday 7th April and Saturday 8th April 2017
Keynote Speakers: Professor Diane Purkiss (University of Oxford); Dr Amy Davis (University of Hull)
With the ever-growing profusion of fairy-tale reimaginings across literature, film, television, theatre, and other artistic forms, a continuing concern among critics today is the portrayal of women. How do these reimaginings represent women’s roles? To what extent do they redress portrayals that have been considered problematic from a feminist standpoint in traditional tales? To what extent do they perpetuate those portrayals? What constitutes a feminist reimagining? How have the fairy-tale heroine, the witch, the (step)mother, the (step)sister, and the fairy godmother evolved since the dawn of second-wave feminism?
This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary scholarship by bringing together a range of ideas about the representation of women in contemporary reimaginings of traditional fairy tales, such as those from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. We welcome proposals that explore this representation from a variety of perspectives and fields of study, including but not limited to literature, film, television, theatre, gender, feminist, and queer studies. We also welcome creative exploration on the theme of the fairy tale and how this theme can be interpreted with regard to women.
Topics might include but are not limited to:
– Feminist revision
– Subversive female characters
– The witch figure
– Women in Disney adaptations
– Physical depictions of women
– Mother/daughter relationships
– Sexuality and gender
– LGBTQI relations
– Marriage and Prince Charming
– Voice and agency
Please submit a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a bionote of up to 50 words, to email@example.com by 1st November 2016.
Damsels in Redress Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/949101051853840/
Many thanks for sharing, I’ve scheduled this to be posted on the blog in the next few weeks.
What does it mean by unwaged delegates? I’m not sure if I would be considered this as I am a undergraduate student.
Apologies for the delay, yes you would count as unwaged.
I thought this might be of interest to the group. Would it be possible to circulate please?
We’ve just published our research ‘Domestic violence as a management challenge: How trade unions can help’ , by Gemma Wibberley, Carol Jones, Tony Bennett and Alison Hollinrake
It is a chapter in the book ‘Overcoming Challenges to Gender Equality in the Workplace: Leadership and Innovation’ Edited by Patricia M. Flynn, Kathryn Haynes and Maureen A. Kilgour. http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/overcoming-challenges-to-gender-equality-in-the-workplace
I thought this chapter and the book more widely might be of interest, if you’d like to talk about the research, please get in touch
Dr Gemma Wibberley
iROWE (Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment)
Lancashire Business School
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
01772 894674 (ext 4674)
Thanks for sharing, I have shared on our social networks.
Please could someone contact me about my registration – I followed the links for paypal through the old wordpress site by mistake, so I’ve paid the wrong amount. I’d be grateful if someone could email me to help me to clear this up. Many thanks
Hi Katherine, I’ve passed your query on to the relevant exec members and they’ll be in touch with you as soon as they can.
We’ve made a new infographic timeline that highlights pioneering women across the world who have campaigned for educational equality since the 19th century.
Is this something the FWSA blog readers would find interesting? Let me know what you think.
Thanks and kind regards,
Hi Ardziv, thanks for sharing this. Would you be interested in writing a blog post about it for us?
I am Gokboru Sarp Tanyildiz, a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada.
I used one of the images on your website (http://fwsablog.org.uk/2013/07/19/in-between-reality-and-illusion-occupy-gezi/) (it is called “bu bir pas if direnistir – #duranadam”) for my forthcoming book chapter on the Gezi Protests of Turkey. It is titled “The Gezi Protests: The Making of the Next Left Generation in Turkey” to be published in “Generations and Protests: Legacies and Emergences in the MENA and the Mediterranean” eds. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Mark Ayyash, Brill Press.
I have of course given the online link and added it to my bibliography. But in addition to that, I need your permission for copyright. Would you please grant me the permission?
I look forward to hearing from you.
p.s. Sorry that I had to post here, I could not find your email address.
Thanks for your message. We’re happy for you to take it from our site, however it’s not our original image and was supplied by the writers of the article to accompany their piece. You might need permission from the image owner?
Im french and i want to read this novel Resistance and Empowerment in Black Women’s Hair Styling by Elizabeth Johnson but I dont know how ?
Hi Leen. You might be able to get your local library to order this book in for you? Otherwise I think the other option is to buy the book online and get it shipped out to you, although I realise this would involve expenses. Best wishes.
Please could you let anyone whom you think might be interested know about the following talk – thanks.
Thanks for sharing, I’ve popped the link on our social media pages.
I paid my membership to join you with paypal, but have not received any confirmation from yourself – only the paypal receipt. Is this forthcoming?
Apologies for this – I’ll pass your details on to our admin for them to check what’s happened.
Could you kindly get in touch with me about promoting a forthcoming academic event?
Email sent 🙂
Can you please help me to post a CFP on the list?
How can I do it?
Thank you very much in advance,
Hi Sigal, please send an email to l.clancy2[at]lancaster.ac.uk and I can put it up on the blog for you 🙂
I wonder if it would be possible to circulate the following CFP for a panel being organised for the English: Shared Futures conference next year? I think it may be of interest to your ECA and Postdoc members.
Thanks so much!
A Call for Papers from PhD candidates, early career researchers and postdoctoral scholars
English: Shared Futures, A Major Conference Across the Discipline
Newcastle Civic Centre, Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th July, 2017
Panel: English Studies in Ruins?: The Future Shape of English Studies in a Changing Academic Climate
What does the future hold for the survival of English Studies, within and beyond the academy? And what potential does the discipline have to continue to flourish within an increasingly fast-paced academic market? Addressing the trials facing the discipline in today’s academic climate, this panel aims to open up a space for productive interdisciplinary and cross-period debate regarding the future of English Studies. Potential papers may address such issues as the drawing of disciplinary boundaries – considering what ‘English Studies’ has and will include and exclude, the problematic history of self-definition within the discipline, the effects of ‘measurable values and outputs’ on English as an academic subject, and even whether there is a place for cross-period scholarship in English Studies amidst the rise of historicism as a ‘turn away’ from theory. Other proposed themes may include but are by no means limited to:
• The future of English Studies in an age of globalization
• What challenges have faced the subject in the past, and how might these help us address those it faces now?
• The changing place/status of English Studies within the Humanities
• The ‘co-option’ of English into other disciplines as either adaptation or demise
• Possibilities/strategies for challenging the focus on period-based study/research
• How English Studies has, and can, address wider audiences
• The relationship between English Studies and consumer culture/commodification
• English Studies beyond the academy
• English Studies and public responsibility – diversity, inclusion and accessibility
• What forms of knowledge English Studies produces? How are these measurable/’useful’?
• Whether the discipline should/can/must resist instrumentalist forms of knowledge
• The role of open access publishing and other media platforms in shaping its future
• Digital Humanities and English Studies
This list is by no means exhaustive and we welcome papers to interpret the panel theme from a variety of different and unique perspectives and standpoints, across different disciplines, periods and career trajectories. Ultimately this is an invaluable opportunity for early career academics and postgraduates to come together and discuss the outlook for English Studies in a meaningful way that may well help shape its future possibilities and prospects.
Please send 250-word abstracts to Dr Natalie Jones at N.Jones.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 16 December 2016.
Many thanks for sharing, I’ve scheduled this to be posted next week 🙂
Call for Papers (Apologies for cross-posting)
Women’s Head Hair Issues (Edited collection)
Edited by Sigal Barak-Brandes
Deadline for Abstracts: 31 December 2016.
Recent years have seen extensive literature relating to the need to understand the body in the context of society and culture. Rather than being perceived as a biological construct or stable entity, the body is viewed today as a flexible co-product of individual and social processes. Of all our physical features, hair perhaps illustrates this approach best, as it is an intrinsic, yet expendable, aspect of the self, an organic entity that we may alter. Furthermore, hair can symbolize different things, such as group membership, success, conformity, rebellion, etc. Consequently, many people participate in ritualistic behavior and goal-directed consumption of hair-products and services in order to purposely control or change their natural hair in a desire to manipulate the private or public meanings it communicates. Nevertheless, efforts to explore body issues have tended to overlook the significance of head hair and its manipulation.
The aim of this edited collection is to concentrate on the intriguing intersection between women’s socio-cultural context and their head hair, and to provide a collection of current case studies and scholarly essays from the world over which investigate the private and public meanings associated with women’s head hair and hairstyles, as well as the role of hair as a symbol, a performance, and a tool of communication. The various essays will explore women’s head hair issues from a variety of disciplinary approaches (psychology, sociology, communication, cultural studies etc.) and will offer a feminist perspective on diverse aspects of the significance of women’s head hair, relating to religion, age, class, ethnicity, discourse, fashion, economics, and more.
Interested authors should send an abstract of 350-500 words, 3-5 references, and a current brief bio to Sigal Barak-Brandes (email@example.com) by Dec. 31, 2016 with “Women’s Head Hair Issues” in the subject line.
Acceptance notices will be sent by Jan. 31, 2017, and full papers of 6000 to 8000 words (including all references) will be due June 30, 2017.
I intend to submit a proposal to Routledge when ready.
Hi I am organising a #DeadWomenWalking domestic violence murder march on Sunday 27the Nov 2pm Manchester to remember the women killed by known men in the U.K. Women can book a free place to join the remembrance walk here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dead-women-walking-domestic-violence-murder-march-tickets-28758634851 I run the @onein4 twitter account which is a newsfeed of DV murders any help spreading the word would be great
Thanks for sharing this Claire, I have scheduled it to be posted on the blog. Hope the march goes well.
Dear convenors, I was wondering if you could circulate our call for paper which seems very relevant to FWSA audience
CALL FOR PAPERS
Exploring the Emergence of Moderate Feminism(s) in Contemporary Organizations
Special Issue of Gender Work and Organisation journal
Editors: Maria Adamson, Middlesex University, UK, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Ingrid Biese, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, email@example.com;
Elisabeth Kelan, Cranfield University, UK, Elisabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org;
Patricia Lewis, University of Kent, UK, email@example.com.
This special issue seeks to investigate the complexities and complications attached to the public embracing of (some) feminist norms. While the apparent revival of feminism in the public sphere has been viewed optimistically, there has also been consternation at the selective take-up and restrained (or exploitative) implementation of feminist principles such as empowerment, choice and agency (Eisenstein, 2009). The selective take-up of feminist principles has been referred to by commentators such as Dean (2010) as the domestication of feminism. This process of domestication is defined as ‘…the explicit or implicit affirmation of a safe unthreatening form of feminism….whilst at the same time curtailing its more radical, political dimensions’ (Dean, 2010: 391). A good example of such domestication is the replacement of liberal feminism with neoliberal feminism. While both of these forms of feminism place an emphasis on individual empowerment, the former also includes a critique of systemic male dominance manifest in the culture of business, while the latter is devoid of such analysis. Thus within a context of domestication, feminist perspectives which are
characterised by a critical collective ethos with an emphasis on shared rights as emblematic of feminist activity, are at best less favoured at worst cast aside in favour of a more moderate feminism, characterised by an emphasis on the empowerment of individual women (Dean, 2010). Here, the onus for the achievement of equality is put on each individual female subject such that the ‘solution’ for gender issues is sought internally and not understood in terms of the reformation of external structures (Baker, 2010; Rottenberg, 2014). Different labels have been attached to the phenomenon of moderate feminism(s), including neoliberal feminism (Rottenberg, 2014), referred to above; choice feminism (Kirkpatrick, 2010); market feminism (Kantola & Squires, 2012); transnational business feminism (Roberts, 2015) and empowerment feminism (Banet-Weiser, 2015).
Despite the variation in labels, central to all versions of moderate feminism is the individuated female subject who recognises the persistence of gender inequalities but perceives the solution to inequality as dependent on individual action ‘…transforming collective liberation based upon a commitment to the common good into a limited form of individuated self-care’ (Rottenberg, 2014: 433). Thus moderate feminism(s) are characterised by an implicit or explicit distancing from a broader critique of gendered inequalities. In doing this, the onus for the achievement of equality is placed on each individual woman with female success understood as being dependent on women’s own personal initiative and therefore
interpreting the securing of gender parity as something which is internally referential as opposed to externally structured (Baker, 2010). While other disciplinary fields such as Cultural Studies and International Relations and Political Science have interrogated this emerging form of feminism in all its variations, less attention has been given to the notion of moderate feminism(s) within Gender and Organization Studies (GOS) and as such this special issue represents a first in the field.
The need for this special issue on moderate feminism(s) is two-fold: first, organizations and the world of work in general are key sites for the operationalisation and implementation of moderate feminism based around an emphasis on the “business case” for gender equality. This “business case” instrumentalizes and deploys gender equality through the championing of women as crucial to the delivery of economic competitiveness and
growth while little attention is directed at the persistence of gendered structures and practices which perpetuate inequality among women and between women and men. Instead, women are encouraged to look to themselves and to devise individual “solutions” to facilitate the carrying of an increasingly complex burden of work and home. Second, of particular concern and an issue which demands attention in the field of GOS, is whether the successful rise of moderate form(s) of feminism aided by national states, international organizations such as the UN and business corporations, has subsumed and silenced all other forms of feminist expression. What are the implications for our understanding of gender issues in organizations, particularly the persistence of inequalities, when moderate feminism(s) which conceptualise ‘true equality’ as ‘…predicated upon individuals moving up the professional ladder, one woman at a time’ (emphasis in original) (Rottenberg, 2014: 426), dominate organizational and policy agendas? Can more critical feminist perspectives co-exist alongside moderate feminism(s) within organization studies? Indeed, is such a coexistence desirable given moderate feminism(s)’ repudiation of the 1970s feminist emphasis on shared struggle, common connection with other women and the pursuit and
implementation of collective solutions to communal problems? What issues come into focus when we investigate gender in contemporary organizations against the backdrop of these developments? Are these so-called moderate feminism(s) really feminist?
Recognising this complexity raises many key issues which we, as editors, seek to address in this special issue. In particular, we aim to investigate the following: the deliberate advancement of a market oriented gender equality discourse and the consequences of this for women’s experience of organizations; the trends within feminist thinking which may have contributed to the emergence of moderate feminism(s); how critical feminist
perspectives appear to have been eclipsed by moderate feminism(s) and how this occurred; the question of how GOS scholars should respond to the rise of moderate feminism(s) within the contemporary postfeminist and neoliberal context. Finally, the cultural significance of the entrenched individualism which is a central element of moderate feminism(s) and manifests strongly in contemporary organizations through the lean-in philosophy of merit, enterprise, ambition and confidence, will be addressed. While Sheryl Sandberg has admitted that her lean-in philosophy is incomplete due to its neglect of the need for systemic change, continued investigation of how systemic transformation can be achieved within a context which privileges individualism and individual effort, is necessary.
Following the above, theoretical and theoretically grounded empirical papers will be invited on the following (not exclusive) areas:
– The emergence and manifestation of moderate feminism(s) in contemporary
– The relationship between moderate feminism(s), postfeminism and neoliberalism in
– Moderate feminism(s) as a technology of neoliberal governmentality
– The impact of moderate feminism(s) on theorising and understanding experiences of
work-based gender relations
– The relationship between women’s ‘choices’, individualization and gender
discrimination in the context of moderate feminism(s)
– The conceptualisation of work-life balance within moderate feminist thinking
– The contemporary dominance of (neo)liberal feminism and the rise of the corporate
– The potential for progressive change and emancipation within a moderate feminist
– Moderate feminism(s) and emerging femininities within contemporary organizations
– Men’s involvement in moderate feminism(s) and its potential for organizational
– The impact of moderate feminism(s) on men and masculinities
– Can moderate feminism(s) be considered feminist?
– Is there a place/role for feminisms underpinned by notions of solidarity and the
wider social good in contemporary organizations?
– Imagining new feminist futures in contemporary organizations
Articles should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gwo and conform
to the author guidelines of Gender, Work and Organization. The normal length of a
submitted article should be around 9,000 words. The deadline for submission of papers is 30
Thanks for sharing this, I’ve scheduled it to be posted on the blog 🙂
I wonder if you could circulate the following Call for Papers? This is for the 1st Postgraduate Day of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster (University of Leicester), due to take place next 29 July 2017. This workshop may be of great interest for scholars, researchers and postgraduate students related to the association. Many thanks in advance!
CALL FOR PAPERS: “Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Postgraduate Perspectives”
Date and Place: Saturday 29 July 2017, University of Leicester
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 1 April 2017
Keynote Speaker: Dr Owen Heathcote (Senior Research Fellow in Modern French Studies, University of Bradford), ‘Are There Two Sexes? From Antoinette Fouque’s Il y a deux sexes to “le mariage pour tous” (“Marriage for All”)’
This workshop is generously supported by the Society for French Studies, the School of Arts at the University of Leicester, and the University of Leicester Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster (IGSRC)
The organization of sex, gender, and sexuality is intrinsic to human culture, and the reinforcement and transgression of gender and sexual binaries a long tradition. Feminism and, more recently, the gay liberation movement, have exposed and begun to challenge the gender and sexual inequalities embedded in human societies—often successfully. Theresa May’s succession as British prime minister is perhaps the latest indication of the progress that women have made in the public sphere since they were given the right to vote less than 100 years ago. In France, the introduction of equal marriage in 2013 suggests that the emancipation of sexual minorities is continuing, yet far-right organizations persist in opposing gender and sexual progressivism. Moreover, the recent terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando testifies to how far a minority are prepared to go to contest the emancipation of sexual minorities. These events foreground the current relevance of issues of sex, gender, and sexuality and provide a rich context in which constructive discussions of these issues can take place.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that address the themes of sex, gender, and sexuality, broadly focusing on how gender and sexual norms are being deconstructed or reinforced. As this is a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary event, papers may focus on any language area but should be delivered in English, including quotations and titles. Original-language versions may, however, be provided alongside the English translation. Topics could include but are not limited to:
• Queer theory
• Gender/sexuality and/in society (culture, the media, politics, etc.)
• Gender/sexuality and/in the arts (film, literature, translation, etc.)
• Gender/sexual discrimination, stereotyping, violence, etc.
• Gender/sexual identity
• Gender/sexuality and the body
• Gender/sexuality and the family
• Ideologies of gender/sexuality
Delegates will also be invited to participate in a round-table reading discussion focusing on three influential texts within gender and sexuality studies. The choice of texts will be confirmed at a later date. This component will allow participants to critically examine and improve their understanding of some of the central theories within the discipline.
Please send abstracts of 200–250 words along with details of your institution, year of study, and the subject of your research project to Robert Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Karol Valderrama-Burgos (email@example.com) by 1 April 2017. Informal enquiries are also welcome.
We very much look forward to hearing from you.
Organizers: Robert Payne and Karol Valderrama-Burgos
Thanks for sharing, I’ve scheduled this to be posted on the blog 🙂
I’m a member that has recently moved institutions – could my new email address be added to the mailing list, please?
I’d love to send a copy of this to you for review on the blog if you’re interested?
EMBARGOED UNTIL PUBLICATION
One Woman’s Truth about Speaking the Truth
Hutchinson Hardback and Ebook 23 February £14.99
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017 – 8 MARCH
‘Jess Phillips is a heroine’ J.K Rowling
‘a breath of fresh air, with a dirty laugh’ Julie Burchill
In the world of politics, telling the truth might seem low on the list of priorities – but this is just one of the reasons why Labour MP, Jess Phillips has created such a storm since her election to Parliament in 2015.
Simultaneously described ‘a breath of fresh air’ and ‘a pain in the arse’, Jess makes no apology for shouting long and loudly about things she cares about. Whether it is for women’s equality, refugees’ rights, highlighting poverty in the UK or serving her Birmingham Yardley constituents, in just over a year Jess Phillips has become renowned as the politician who tells the truth.
Everywoman is part memoir, part manifesto for feminists – both men and women alike – who seek to lessen the gender divide, the class divide and the poverty divide in our country. It is the most accessible, passionate, funny, political book on being a woman since How To Be a Woman.
Everywoman details Jess’ own childhood growing up in a fiercely socialist and feminist family in Birmingham to her student days at Leeds University, to her surprising victory in the 2015 election to being a newbie in Parliament. This is no dry political memoir – Jess’ personality shines through every word and every page. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, irreverent and bold but within this brilliant narrative, there is also a serious call-to-action.
Jess is the poster woman for breaking down barriers, being the ballsy, modern, feminist as well as the everywoman she represents. Her book is a hilarious, brutally honest manifesto reminding us that we each have a part to play in this world. Everywoman also serves as a piece of reportage from the front-line of being an MP – a group of people who have taken the brunt of the political apathy sweeping the world but who as a whole serve their constituency with dedication and sincerity.
In Jess’ own words…
‘Speaking the truth isn’t always easy but I believe it’s worth it. And I want you to believe it too. The truth can be empowering, the truth can lead to greater equality, and the world would be incredibly boring if we let all of those people who allegedly know everything, say everything.
By demanding to be heard, by dealing with our imposter syndrome, by being cheerleaders, doers not sayers, creating our own networks and by daring to believe that we can make a difference, we can. We’re women and we’re kick-ass. And that’s the truth.”
Jess Phillips was elected the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015. Before this she worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, and continues to speak out on behalf of those who struggle to have their voice heard. She has worked with the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Communities and Local Government on issues of Violence Against Women and Girls. She is one of the women who launched the #NotTheCost campaign to combat the violence faced by politically active women, and the Recl@im the Internet campaign, which challenges abuse online. Jess lives with her husband and two young sons in Birmingham, where she was born and raised.
Notes for Editors
– Jess Phillips is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley. She is also the chair of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party and was voted Backbencher of the Year at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2016.
– Prior to being voted in as an MP, Jess worked as a campaigner at the Sandwell Women’s Aid, a charity based organisation in the West Midlands.
– Chapter themes include The Truth About Speaking Up; The Truth About Growing Up; The Truth About Starting a New Career; The Truth About Equality; The Truth About Violence; The Truth About Sisterhood; The Truth About Winning Elections; The Truth About Motherhood; The Truth About Being Human; The Truth About Trolling; The Truth About Speaking The Truth.
– Jess is available for interview.
For more information please contact
Najma Finlay 020 7840 8614 firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d be very happy to send this to an FWSA member for review. Could you email me sarah.burton[at]glasgow.ac.uk and I’ll sort you out with the book reviews editor!
We are working on the brand new all – female production of Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed play Posh, which will be directed by Cressida Carré and will open at The Pleasance Theatre London on 29th March.
We’d love if you could pop us an email so that we can talk about ways we could work together to spread the word about this all-female show! More information can be found here: http://poshtheplay.co.uk/
We look forward to hearing from you.
I have now paid my annual membership and would like to join the mailing list. Unfortunately, I received an error message (undelivered email) when I tried to contact the administrator.
Hi, I am a a theatre maker, currently developing a new project as part of a practice-as-research PhD. My research centers around the experiences of the so-called ‘comfort women’ of World War Two. This research will support the development of a new project that aims to explore the roles that women play in conflict zones and the language used to describe women’s place in history.
I am running a crowdfunding campaign to support the development of this work and am wondering if this is the sort of thing you may be able to help circulate.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
My name is Donia Maaizate and I’m currently studying Psychology in Stockholm, Sweden at Södertörns University College. I’m writing to you because I’m planning on attending a internship course in the autumn and am wondering if your association offers a space for internships.
If you do have a internship programme I would like to ask to get the contact info to the person who is in charge, or knows more in detail about how the internship works in your association. And if not I would be thankful if you would have any advice for any organisations I could turn to.
hope to hear from you soon,
We’re thinking about the ways we might be able to open some roles to undergraduate and postgraduate students, though this is likely to be limited to UK HEIs, because of our remit. Keep looking out in the new year though!
I work at the LSE Gender Institute and some time ago we agreed to keep the archive of the Women’s Studies Network temporarily – we have about 10 boxes. We are moving offices around 11 August and can’t take them with us, so would appreciate if someone could tell me what you want done with them?
Hi Hazel – this is top of our list for our upcoming meeting! We’ll be in touch after that – but it’s much appreciated you bringing this to our attention 🙂
I am a Masters student of International Relations and I am doing some research into the Women’s March in London for my feminist theory based dissertation.
I am looking to conduct short semi-structured interviews with members of feminist/women’s organisations to explore the reasons for their choice to either participate or not participate in the demonstration in London and more generally any other perceptions they have about the movement.
The interview should take no longer than 10-15 minutes and will be done over the phone or Skype – whichever the interviewee prefers.
Any cooperation with this research would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to chatting to anyone who is interested in being interviewed for this project. It should hopefully be an interesting experience for both of us!
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