Thursday, 8 December 2011

in the  Chancellor’s Hall, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1

To obtain further information and register for the conference, contact Jane Lewin (tel:  020 7862 8966; jane.lewin@sas.ac.uk ). Please note the closing date for receipt of registrations is Wednesday, 30 November 2011.

Conference Fees

£20.00 Reduced Rate
£15.00 Student Rate

Reduced Rate: Fully paid-up Friends of Germanic Studies or paying members of the IGRS only
Student Rate: Students with proof of status only

More details can be found here:



2012 Annual FWSA Book Prize

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 1st January 2011 and 31st December 2011; they do not have to have a UK publisher.


The deadline for the current competition is 31st January 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.


Nomination forms can be downloaded by clicking here.


Please email administrator@fwsa.org.uk with any queries.



Dear all,

Please see this article written by an FWSA member on the LSE anti-discrimination case – Jonathan has also generously offered to donate his fee to the FWSA. Thanks Jonathan!



We were asked to respond to this consultation as an Association which has been involved in nominating people to the panels. Our response is below – many thanks to all the members who were involved in drafting it. Individuals are also able to respond – so if you feel strongly about this issue please visit http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/2011/03_11/consult/ to submit your comments.


The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association welcomes the attempts made in the REF 2014 draft criteria and working methods to support staff whose ability to produce outputs has been negatively affected by their circumstances. However, we believe that the provisions made for pregnancy and maternity leave are woefully inadequate. The proposal under ‘clearly defined circumstances’ specifies that the number of outputs submitted can only be reduced once 14 months of maternity leave has been taken. This does not go anywhere towards compensating for the impact of any period of maternity leave and subsequent return to work on an employee’s productivity. The alternative, to submit women who have taken maternity leave as having ‘complex circumstances’ which might justify a reduction in outputs (although this is not guaranteed), leaves too much discretion to individual institutions which may be tempted not to follow this route in order to avoid extra bureaucracy and potential problems. Continue Reading »

Finn Mackay’s article:



Stuart Basten’s article:


Dear all,

It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s essay competition results. This year’s winning essay is:

Dieuwertje Dyi Huijg “Tension in Intersectional Agency. A theoretical discussion of the interior conflict of white, feminist activists’ intersectional location”

The shortlisted essays which together with the winning essay will be published in the Journal of International Women’s Studies are:

Emilia Aaltonen “‘Punching Like a Girl’: Embodied Violence and Resistance in the Context of Women’s Self-defense”

Jeanne Firth “Health Choices and Heavy Burdens: Race, Citizenship and Gender in the ‘Obesity Epidemic'”

Aristea Fotopoulou “Intersectionality and Queer Studies as methodological frameworks for social research”

Maria do Mar Pereira ”Gender Studies is Proper Knowledge, But…: Discourses of Dismissive Recognition of Feminist Scholarship”

Naomi Griffin “Gendered performance and performing gender in the DIY punk and hardcore music scene”

Congratulations to all winners, and to everyone who contributed to making this round such a success! The judges agreed that the quality of essays received was strong, as always, though with a few more from the Social Sciences.

FWSA Call for Cover Images

The FWSA is pleased to announce a new initiative in search for original and exciting cover illustrations for its biannual newsletter. We encourage artists, photographers and illustrators to submit a piece of their work for consideration as a cover image. Images should be – in the broadest possible sense – inspired by or relatable to the topics of women, gender and/or feminism. Artists whose work is selected for our newsletter cover will receive a feature in the form of an interview and/or prose piece in the same issue as well as a free copy of the newsletter. Please see below and attached for detailed submission guidelines and a submission form.

The FWSA Newsletter is a biannual publication with a readership of nearly 300 national and international subscribers from a wide range of disciplines and interest areas related to women, gender and feminism. In addition, the newsletter is distributed at a variety of conferences and locations relevant to FWSA’s remit. The newsletter is published in January and July.

Submission Requirements

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