This website reflects the activities, interests and passions of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). FTGS is one of twenty-nine ISA sections; founded in 1990, we continue to grow in size with now close to 500 members, and as a section we share a common commitment to feminist theory and activism as well as a deep passion for analyzing global, regional, national and local politics through a gender lens. We even apply this lens to ISA as an organization and an annual convention (see for example the Challenging Oppression Series in the 2018 Annual ISA Convention Program).
This new website stands alongside the long-standing FTGS research blog, which collects information about recent publications by our members. On this site you will also find details of FTGS research, pre-publication versions of award-winning graduate student papers, and records of other FTGS awards such as that for eminent scholar and best book. We invite you to explore this website and consider contributing a blog post or a sample syllabi to our pedagogy section. We are also looking for ways to enhance our activism page. Please send us your creative ideas and follow us on Twitter (@ftgs_isa).
Beyond virtual engagement, we hope that you will engage with FTGS at ISA conferences, which of course include the annual convention but also include regional and thematic meetings as well. One of the goals of our section is to support each other in these spaces of scholarship. If you are not already a member of our section, you can join when you renew your ISA membership. The fee is minimal.
FTGS has had a long partnership with two critical caucuses within ISA: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Allies Caucus (LGBTQA) and the Women’s Caucus (WCIS). One of our signature events is our joint reception held at the Annual ISA Convention. Next year we will be in San Francisco, and the reception will take place on Wednesday, April 4th 2018 at 7:30pm in the Hilton Union Square Hotel. Please come and learn more about our section, and see how you can get involved. All are welcome.
– Natalie Florea Hudson, FTGS Section Chair 2017-2018