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Call for Nominations 2020

In advance of the International Studies Association annual convention in Honolulu, 25-28 March 2020, the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section invites nominations for the following positions on its executive committee:

  • 2020-23 Section Chair (one position)
  • 2020-23 Program Chair (one position)
  • 2020-22 Members-at-Large (three positions)
  • 2020-21 Graduate Student Member (two positions)

During their tenure, all elected officials are required to participate in FTGS executive committee meetings at the annual ISA conventions, respond to email communications and contribute to administrative activities. Please see the form below for details of the specific responsibilities of each position and of how to nominate. Completed nomination forms should be emailed to the chair of the nomination committee, Dr Catherine Eschle, by 13 December 2019.

We encourage members to share this call widely and to consider nominating themselves or others. Given we are keen to extend the pool of nominations beyond those who are well-established and well-connected within FTGS, please note we are open to nominations of those new to, returning to, or considering joining the section. We will also entertain job-share applications for the Program Chair and Section Chair posts. You are welcome to email Dr Eschle – or any member of the executive committee – with informal enquiries about the positions or the nomination process.

Call for Nominations 2019

In advance of the International Studies Association annual convention this year, the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section invites nominations for the following positions on the Executive Committee:

  • 2019-2022 Section Chair (one position)
  • 2019-2022 Program Chair (one position)
  • 2019-2021 Members-at-Large (three positions)
  • 2019-2020 Graduate Student Member (two positions)

 Please note:

  • Each nomination requires one lead nominator & two “seconders”
  • Self-nominations will be accepted, but please provide names of seconders if possible
  • Nominees must be paying FTGS members

During their tenure, all elected officials are required to participate in Executive Committee meetings at the annual ISA conventions, respond to email communications, and contribute to administrative activities pertaining to the FTGS section. Please review the role descriptions outlined on the form provided for the specific responsibilities of each position (Nomination Form in Word / Nomination Form in PDF).

Nominations should be lodged by completing the nomination form and emailing the completed form to the chair of the nomination committee (Professor Laura Shepherd, email: laura.shepherd@sydney.edu.au), by 1 March 2019.

FTGS Convention Grant

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association is happy to announce a new grant to support early career scholars and scholars from marginalised groups to attend the 2019 Convention in Toronto, Canada.

Two grants are available at the value of US$800 each. The amount of the grant reflects the costs of four nights of accommodation at convention hotels, but may be used as the awardees see fit. Funds will be provided in cheque form at the conference itself by a member of the FTGS Exec upon proof of registration. No receipts or expense forms will be required: the award is in the full sum, to be disposed of in the manner that best supports convention participation for the awardees.

Applicants are asked to submit their CV and a letter outlining their case for support, detailing the following: previous engagement with the organization and history of attendance at the ISA Convention; the significance of attendance at the Toronto Convention to their ongoing research program; projected costs of attendance; and any other institutional support or alternative resources available to them. Applications should be sent to p.c.kirby@sussex.ac.uk by Monday 10 December.

The FTGS Inclusion and Transformation Sub-Committee will decide the provision of support by the end of 2018 and inform applicants of the outcome in early January 2019. Applicants affiliated with or graduating from institutions that do not enjoy significant resource and geographical privilege (i.e. those from the Global South in particular) will be given first consideration. Among those, priority will be given to those in their final years of graduate work completion through to their first years of their post-doctoral career who demonstrate the highest level of need; a lack of institutional support; the significance of their participation in the Convention; and a record of ongoing engagement with the FTGS Section, ISA organization, and ISA conventions.

Remembering Professor Lily HM Ling

Dear Members of the International Studies Community:

At last year’s ISA meeting in San Francisco, the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section honored Professor LHM (Lily) Ling with FTGS’s Eminent Scholar Award. Today, sadly, we mourn Professor Ling’s passing. It is a sad day for our community, and a great loss to the International Relations community as a whole. 

Professor Ling was Professor of International Affairs at the New School. Her work is extraordinary for its breadth and depth of field, which challenged us all to think critically and with solidarity with each other. She developed rich relationships with colleagues in our field, which are reflected in the number of co-authored works and edited volumes. She is the author of several important works, including Postcolonial International Relations: Conquest and Desire between Asia and the West (2002), Transforming World Politics: From Empire to Multiple Worlds (co-authored with A.M. Agathangelou, York University, 2009); The Dao of World Politics: Towards a Post-Westphalian, Worldist International Relations (2014); and Imagining World Politics: Sihar & Shenya, A Fable for Our Times (2014). Her anthologies include Theorizing International Politics from the Global South: Worlds of Difference (co-edited with Nizar Messari and Arlene B. Tickner); Asia in International Relations: Unlearning Imperial Power Relations (co-edited with Pinar Bilgin, Routledge, 2017); India and China: Rethinking Borders and Security (University of Michigan Press, 2016); and Four Seas to One Family: Overseas Chinese and the Chinese Dream (co-edited with Tan Chung, bilingual edition, 2015). Her articles appeared in the top journals of our field. 

Professor Ling is beloved in our community for her mentorship and generosity of spirit. She worked tirelessly on behalf of FTGS and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Her work with graduate students has left an indelible impression upon their work, as well as the the work of her peers. As Cynthia Enloe wrote in one of Professor Ling’s nominationletters last year, Professor Ling used her intellectual analysis to pry open all of our minds to a gendered understanding of international politics that recognizes our own North American/Eurocentrism, while also spelling out an alternative.For so many of us in FTGS this was indeed stretchy and reinvigorating. Reinvigorating indeed. Professor Ling’s writings breathed passion and life into much of our own work, and we are truly grateful for that. Her sense of adventure was reflected in not only her critical engagement with and challenge to the IR canon but also in her ability to think outside the box in her writing. Her book Imagining World Politics: Sihar & Shenya, A Fable for Our Times (2014) was written as a fable, a play to engage multiple audiences on important issues of our times. She used film, literature and art in developing her acute and razorsharp analyses of world politics. 

Lily had a wicked sense of humor which was put to good use in calling out misogyny and racism, calming down tricky situations, and entertaining her friends and students. No wonder then that she had such a loyal following of students and friends among our community, which will be devastated by her loss. She will be much missed by so many. 

We would like to include our entire community to honor Professor Ling. Thus, FTGS welcomes tributes and reflections, to be posted on our website, genderingworldpolitics.com. We welcome any and all reflections upon her work, and hope to create a lasting memorial. 

Sincerely, 

The Executive Committee of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of ISA

Announcing the 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award

FTGS is delighted to announce that the winner of our 2018 graduate student paper award is Lewis Turner of the Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, for his paper ‘Syrian Refugee Men and the Gendered Operation of Humanitarian Power’. Drawing on rich fieldwork data, the paper is a passionate and convincing critique of current humanitarian discourse and practice on and about gender, and their consequences for refugee men. It considerably advances the research and policy agenda on these topics. Lewis wins a $500.00 (USD) cash prize along with a certificate. In addition, his paper will be peer reviewed by the International Feminist journal of Politics with a prospect of publication. 

The runner-up paper, which will be awarded a certificate of commendation, is ‘“A Country to Fall in Love With/In”: Gender and Sexuality in Swedish Armed Forces’ Marketing Campaigns’ by Sanna Strand and Katharina Kehl of the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. Meticulously merging queer and feminist theory and extending them to the empirical case of the Swedish military forces, this paper illuminates how gendered and sexualised subjectivities are deployed not only to enhance domestic legitimacy and recruitment, but also to portray moral superiority in the world, to problematic political effect.

We would like to congratulate Lewis, Sanna and Katharina and to thank everyone who submitted a paper to the competition.

Call for Nominations: FTGS Book Prize

It’s that time of year again!

Time to nominate your favorite feminist book to be recognized at ISA 2019 in Toronto.

What are we looking for?

A book published in the last two years that excels in originality, impact, and rigor towards furthering feminist theory and gender studies within the discipline of IR.

What are the criteria?

  1. Recipient must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Recipient must be a member of the FTGS section.
  3. Books must have been published in the two preceding calendar years (i.e. the book must have an official publication date of 2016 or 2017 for nomination this year). Books that were previously nominated are not eligible for nomination in the following year.
  4. Nominators/ nominees are responsible for making sure the publisher provides copies of the nominated book for the committee by July 20, 2018

How do you nominate your favorite book?

Please send your nominations, with details of the publication and a 300-500 word justification, to the chair of the committee, Natalie Hudson (nhudson1@udayton.edu) no later than July 10, 2018. Upon receipt of the nomination materials, you will receive further instruction on sending the books to this year’s committee: Roberta Guerrina, Denise Horn, María Martín de Almagro, and Natalie Hudson. All details, including previous winners, can also be found on the book prize page of this site.

Please spread the word & consider submitting a nomination!

Call for Nominations 2018

In advance of the International Studies Association annual convention, the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section invites nominations for the following positions on the Executive Committee:

  • 2020-2022 Section Chair (one position)
  • 2020-2022 Program Chair (one position)
  • 2018-2020 Members-at-Large (three positions)
  • 2018-2019 Graduate Student Member (two positions)

How to Nominate:

  • Each nomination requires one lead nominator & two “seconders”
  • Self-nominations will be accepted, but please provide names of seconders if possible
  • Nominees must be paying FTGS members

In nominating, please also provide the following information:

From the 3 nominators: 1) name; 2) affiliation; and 3) full contact details
For the nominees: 1) position nominated for; 2) name, affiliation, & contact details; 3) a 200-word bio for the FTGS website

Responsibilities:

During their tenure, all FTGS elected officials are required to partake in executive committee meetings at the annual ISA conventions, email communications, and administrative activities pertaining to the FTGS section. The tasks of the program chair, the section chair, and member-at-large include the following in addition:

Program Chair (1 year term officially, effectively 3 years as incoming and outgoing too)

  1. Attend ISA meeting prior to term
  2. Write FTGS call for papers
  3. Organize FTGS panels of interest
  4. Receive FTGS submissions
  5. Organize paper submissions into panels
  6. Recruit chairs and discussants for panels
  7. Acquire co-sponsorship for panels
  8. Complete panel and poster forms
  9. Receive and edit preliminary list of panels
  10. Attend APSA meeting
  11. Edit schedule of panels
  12. Replace chairs and discussants who withdraw up until ISA conference
  13. Support panels at ISA conference
  14. Continual email availability May-July

Section Chair (1 year term officially, effectively 3 years as incoming and outgoing too)

  1. Maintain communication with ISA
  2. Fundraise for section reception
  3. Position and advise standing committees
  4. Respond to section initiatives
  5. Respond to ISA initiatives
  6. Initiate FTGS policy and projects
  7. Maintain records of all FTGS business
  8. Preside at annual business meeting
  9. Convene FTGS executive committee
  10. Serve as section’s spokesperson

Graduate Student Member (1-year term): Engage in at least one of the FTGS section committees.

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Engage in at least one of the FTGS section committees

Nomination should be by nomination form, submitted to the chair of the nomination committee (Dr Catherine Eschle), by email, by Wednesday 28 February 2018.

The deadline for applications to the position of Section Chair only has been extended to Friday 9 March 2018.

Welcome to the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies ISA Section Website

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