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The FWSA team

Library editors: Claire Nally and Angela Smith

We invite proposals for monographs to be included in this new library for I.B.Tauris.

The library is located within the visual culture list at I.B. Tauris, but has a number of clear links with other series and areas of study: film, television, art, cultural studies, history and politics, and thus would engage closely with other I.B.Tauris titles, whilst nonetheless differentiating itself in a number of ways (a number of our monographs represent the first theoretical analysis of their subject).

Whilst gender is a heavily theorised subject, our library focuses on the work of innovative scholarly practice so that in many ways the monographs we would hope to commission are the first of their kind. We anticipate monographs which would be of relevance to a wide variety of disciplines related by the common theme of gender.

The titles in the library are the work of both established and emerging academics in a variety of disciplines who are analysing gender in relatively unexplored areas. These innovative and avant-garde titles would enhance the existing catalogue of I.B. Tauris. Each monograph would be 70,000 words in length, and include a general introduction by the series editors to ensure that the links between the titles remain explicit.

Whilst being emphatically interdisciplinary, the ‘visual culture’ list allows for critical texts focusing on gender that would prove interesting to a wider range of readers in academia and beyond, and catering to an international audience. Recently accepted titles include studies of homosexuality and the pornography industry; masculinity and postfeminism; steampunk and gender; and the single
mother in popular cinema.

In the first instance, we invite proposals (to include a summary of the book’s aims and subject matter, chapter headings and an indication of readership) of about 500 words to be sent to both co-editors (claire.nally@northumbria.ac.uk and angela.smith@sunderland.ac.uk) by 1st July 2012.

For the first time the Warwick Sociology Department is able to offer a generous Commonwealth Scholarship to one student taking the Gender and International Development MA in 2012-13. Candidates must be nationals of a “developing Commonwealth country” not presently studying in a developed country, and who have not done so before for more than a short time. There are several other qualifiers you can follow on the link below.
The deadline for application to both Warwick and to the Commonwealth scholarhip programme is 12 March.
Applicants will be applying to be nominated by the Sociology Department.

Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity?

Current Issues and Future Challenges


Friday 28th September 2012

The University of Nottingham


Keynote Speakers:

Professor Mary Eagleton (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)

Professor Mary Evans (Gender Institute, London School of Economics and

Political Science)

The current age of austerity is posing significant challenges to feminist scholarship within academia. Recent government funding cuts to higher education are jeopardising the future of research in the arts and humanities more broadly, but the decline of centres, institutes and courses devoted to gender and women’s studies has the potential to threaten the future of feminism in the academy. Retirements and redundancies are possibly signalling the end of feminist teaching and research in certain higher education institutions. The dearth of employment opportunities for postgraduates and early career researchers has the potential to elide the next generation of feminist scholars. The increasingly competitive environment of employment in higher education is generating divisions and inequalities which put pressure upon the networks of support, co-operation and community which have been integral to feminist research, teaching and practice. Continue Reading »

Dear Colleagues,


The FWSA Book Prize is intended to recognise scholarship which is innovative, interdisciplinary and grounded in feminist theory and practice. Sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan since its second year, the fourth round of this highly successful competition is open to scholars who were employed, postgraduate students at, or associated with a British or Irish University or research organisation between 1st January 2009 and 31st December 2011. Nominated books must be monographs or textbooks and published in English. We welcome single or jointly authored contributions. Edited collections and reprints of earlier editions are not eligible. Books must be first published between 1stJanuary 2011 and 31st December 2011; they do not have to have a UK publisher.


The deadline for the current competition is 29th February 2012.


Books may be nominated by authors or publishers, or you can nominate a book that inspired you. All entries will be judged by an external interdisciplinary panel of feminist, gender and women’s studies scholars. The winner and shortlisted entries will be featured on the FWSA website and in the FWSA newsletter. The winner will also be awarded a prize of £500.


For full details about the FWSA Book Prize 2012, including how to enter, please visitwww.fwsa.org.uk or email administrator@fwsa.org.uk 

Call for Papers

Women in Magazines:

Research, Representation, Production and Consumption

In November 2011, Woman’s Weekly celebrated its 100 year birthday by including a reproduction of the first issue inside the centenary edition.  A month later, US Vogue launched a digital archive containing every page published since 1892. These events remind us of the rich history which lies behind  titles that continue to grace the shelves marked ‘women’s magazines’ on both sides of the Atlantic.  Academics, especially feminist scholars, have long explored this history and the relationship between women and the journals that target them, but in recent years this interest appears to have declined. ‘Women in Magazines’ seeks to reassert the importance of magazines, in Britain and America, as a significant source for women’s and gender historians, by showcasing their latest research.

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