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FTGS Elections 2020 – Nominee Statements

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section of ISA invites members to vote for the available positions on the executive committee. We have nominations for section chair, program chair, members-at-large and graduate student representatives. Please read the candidate statements below before voting online here by Friday 21 February 2020. Our heartfelt thanks to all nominees for standing and to all voters for your participation.

(Any questions/problems, please contact the chair of the nominations committee, Catherine Eschle)

Nominees for Section Chair, 2020-2023

Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso (standing jointly with Punam Yadav) is associate professor of Political Science and Dean of the Veronica Adeleke School of Social Sciences at Babcock University in Nigeria. Her research focuses on women in conflict and peace, gender and politics, and the comparative politics of African states. Olajumoke’s most recent publications include Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora: Contesting History and Power (Routledge 2017), Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa (Routledge, 2018), and articles in African Affairs, Journal of Peace and Development, and others. Olajumoke is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, co-editor of the new Rowman and Littlefield book series, Africa: Past, Present and Prospects, and lead editor of the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies. She serves on the editorial board of African Affairs, the Journal of International Women’s Studies, and others. Dr Yacob-Haliso was Global South Scholar-in-Residence at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) postdoctoral fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa; and Visiting Professor at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Dr Yacob-Haliso considers service as section chair as a unique opportunity to make a marked contribution to the discipline and to the field by getting to know and encourage the work of younger scholars and to seek productive conversations with established scholarship; and to promote broader participation and inclusion by providing wider opportunities for these. [Nominated by Peace Medie, Yolande Bouka and Elsada Diana Cassells]

Punam Yadav (standing jointly with Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso) is a Senior Research Fellow and the Co-Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster at University College London (UCL). She is also Co-Investigator of GRRIPP – a network of networks on Gender and Intersectionality, funded by the UKRI Collective Fund. Prior to UCL, Dr Yadav was Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Yadav completed her PhD at the University of Sydney. She started her professional career as a development practitioner in Nepal and worked for over ten years with various international and national NGOs before starting her academic career. She has continued engagements with various organisations working in conflict and humanitarian settings. Dr Yadav is interested in examining the gendered impacts of conflict and disaster. The uniqueness of her research is that she is interested in examining not only the negative impacts of conflict but also their empowering effects. She has a number of publications including her academic monograph Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective, published by Routledge in 2016. Dr Yadav will bring interesting insights to the Committee and to FTGS because of her experience as academic and practitioner from the Global South, currently based in one of the top universities in the Global North. This experience will be helpful in bringing some transformative change to the committee. [Nominated by Itziar Mujika Chao, Catherine Eschle and Annika Bergman Rosamond]

Nominees for Program Chair, 2020-2023

Sara C. Motta (standing jointly with Theresa de Langis) is a mestiza sobreviviente whose wounding and healing are deeply entangled in the histories of exile and loss, and survival, resilience and joy of her Colombia Indigenous, Polish Jewish and Celtic lineages. She is a mother, storyteller, poet, activist-political theorist, and popular educator who is Associate Professor in the Politics Discipline at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She has published widely in academic and activist outlets, including her latest book (2018) Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (Rowman and Littlefield) a decolonising feminist non-manifesto. She is currently working on a manuscript (M)other-wise: A Wild Woman Politics. As Program co-Chair of FTGS she would consolidate the work already begun to bridge the borders between community and University, theory and practise and traditions of feminisms by nurturing the participation of decolonial and communitarian popular feminist scholar-activists emergent in the Global South, and in Latin America in particular. [Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Catherine Goetze and Annika Bergman Rosamond]

Theresa de Langis, PhD (2001, Literary Theory and Gender Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago) is immediate past Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Professor of Global Affairs at American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her research focuses on women’s human rights in conflict and post-conflict scenarios, and she has worked with the UN (Central Asia and Southeast Asia regions). Based since 2012 in Cambodia, her feminist oral history with women survivors of sexualized violence during the Khmer Rouge regime is now deposited for preservation and public access at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The testimonials served as partial basis for a classical Khmer opera designated as an official reparation of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal for the crime of forced marriage.  Published in a variety of international journals, she has been recognized as one of the 150 global honorees to the Gender & Justice Legacy Wall by the Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice at The International Criminal Court. She is currently finishing a two-year term as Member-at-Large on the FTGS Executive Committee and would bring to the role of Program Co-Chair a commitment to opening new critical space in feminist scholarship in supporting inclusion of marginalized and emerging scholars.  [Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Catherine Goetze and Annika Bergman Rosamond]

Nominees for Member-at-Large, 2020-2022

(Note there are a total of 13 nominees for 3 posts: please take the time to read all 13 personal statements)

Amya Agarwal completed her PhD, titled ‘Gender Dimension of Conflict: Exploring Women’s Agency Amid the Politics of Masculinities in Kashmir’, in 2017 from the University of Delhi. Currently, she is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany. As part of her research project, she explores alternative imaginaries of cooperation in conflict through a study of gender in resistance movements. When she first became a member of the Feminist Theory and Gender Section, she instantly felt at home amid a rather crowded ISA gathering. FTGS is a close-knit community that is founded on shared values and diverse experiences of members from around the world. She has always looked up to the brilliant work successfully carried out by this section to bring a change in the way IR is understood. With a passion for research on gender – both on the field and in everyday lived realities, and, with a dedication to constantly question the power imbalances resulting from the construction of gender identities – she hopes to not only fulfill her responsibilities as an elected representative, but also contribute to make the FTGS space as inclusive as possible. If elected, it will indeed be a matter of great honour for Dr Agarwal to serve colleagues and friends of the FTGS community. [Nominated by Itziar Mujika Chao, Catherine Eschle and Annika Bergman Rosamond]

Masaya Llavaneras Blanco is a feminist political economist and migration scholar. She was born in Venezuela and pursued her education at Trent University (Canada), Central University of Venezuela (Venezuela) and most recently at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier (Canada) where she conducted her doctoral studies in Global Governance.  She recently defended her dissertation, which was accepted without revisions and nominated for Wilfrid Laurier University’s Gold Medal. Masaya’s research focuses on the ways social reproduction and human mobilities interact with world politics. Her doctoral research centred the everyday experiences of women of Haitian ancestry who worked as domestic workers in the Dominican Republic in a context of precarity of labour and status. Masaya has worked in policy-making and is active in advocacy circles. She has been an advocate and associate researcher with Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), the Association of Household Workers (ATH in the Dominican Republic) and the Observatory of Migration and Development in the Caribbean (OBMICA, in the Dominican Republic). She is a research associate at the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) at Wilfrid Laurier University. [Nominated by Maria Tanyag, Rianne Mahon and Kym Rygiel]

Maria-Adriana Deiana is a Lecturer in International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Her research deploys feminist and other critical perspectives to examine the interrelated issues of war, peace, security. She has authored papers on gender politics, citizenship and feminist activism in contexts shaped by conflict/international intervention, as well as on “everyday” wartime experiences as embodied, affective and mediated through aesthetic narratives. She has conducted research on the post- Yugoslav space, the politics of Northern Ireland, EU border politics and security.  Her monograph titled Gender and Citizenship: Promises of Peace in Post-Dayton Bosnia & Herzegovina, was published by Palgrave in 2018. Maria-Adriana is the co-director, (with Jamie J. Hagen) of the Centre for Gender in Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. [Nominated by Itziar Mujika Chao, Shine Choi and Jamie J. Hagen]

Mandi Donahoe is an assistant professor in the department of history and political science at Centenary College, in Shreveport, LA. She received her PhD from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, USA, in 2013. She is the author of Peacebuilding through Women’s Community Development: Wee Women’s Work in Northern Ireland (2017, Palgrave Macmillan) and the co-editor of Teaching Peace and War: Pedagogy and Curricula (with Annick T.R. Wibben, 2019, Routledge). Her other work has appeared in Peace Review and Peacebuilding. She has been a member of the International Studies Association since 2013 and the Feminist Peace Research Network since 2016. Within ISA, she has been an active member of FTGS and recently served on the Executive Committee of the Peace Studies Section. [Nominated by Christina Fattore, Catia Cecilia Confortini and Annick Wibben]

Charlotte Isaksson was Gender Advisor to SACEUR and the functional manager for the integration of gender perspective within Allied Command Operations, NATO at SHAPE in Belgium 2011-2016. She served earlier as GENAD within the Directorate of Operations at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters as well as prior positions with the Swedish Ministry of Defense. Her work has focused on Gender Equality and Integration of Gender Perspectives – including UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and related resolutions on Conflict related Sexual Violence. Ms Isaksson has also served as GENAD in different international missions and HQs both in Africa, Asia and Europe. As an institutional entrepreneur she has worked to established structures for mainstreaming gender in security organisations e.g. the function of a military gender advisor as well as the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations. She is currently working within the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels as a senior expert to the Principal Advisor on Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and WPS. She has a military background and, besides her higher military education, she is currently pursuing her PhD in International Relations (University of Kent). [Nominated by Roberta Guerrina, Annick Wibben and Toni Haastrup]

Saba Joshi was born and raised in India, and received her training in history, political science and international relations at St. Stephen’s College (University of Delhi), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and the Graduate Institute, Geneva (Switzerland). Her doctoral research explored the politics of gender and resistance to large-scale land acquisitions in contemporary Cambodia and was elaborated in the context of a multi-disciplinary research project involving scholars based in Switzerland, Ghana and Cambodia, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss Development Corporation. Outside academe, Saba has worked at the International Labour Organization (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Self-Employed Women’s Association—SEWA (Ahmedabad, India). In spring 2020, after defending her PhD, Saba is slated to commence a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Oxford, UK. [Nominated by Maria Tanyag, Elisabeth Pruegl and Mira Frey]

Luna K.C. completed her PhD in International Development Studies from Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, in January 2019. The title of her PhD thesis is: “Conflict, Disaster and Changing Gender Roles in Nepal: Women’s Everyday Experiences”. She was awarded a Nuffic fellowship (2013-2018) to pursue her PhD. Her research covers a wide range of topics in the field of Feminist International Relations, Gender Studies, Intersectionality, Gender and Armed Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Political Movements, Feminist Methodology, and Peacebuilding. She has worked in Nepal for more than 8 years with different local and international organizations on these issues. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, including: International Feminist Journal of Politics, Conflict, Security & Development, and Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. Currently, she works as a Researcher at Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women-Women Transforming Cities, British Columbia, Canada. [Nominated by Maria Tanyag, Annick Wibben and Punam Yadav]

Anwar Mhjaine is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stonehill College. Her current research is at the intersection of gender, religion, and Middle Eastern politics. Her research, teaching, and service seek to challenge misperceptions and misrepresentation of historically marginalized groups. Her research sheds light on the political agency of Islamist women in the Middle East and creates a typology of the structures that shape that agency. Her comprehensive focus on Islamist women’s activities expands the visibility of Islamist women in the Middle East and Northern Africa as political actors. Her research is also respectful and reflexive as it takes her positionality and those of her research subjects into account. As an FTGS Member-at- Large, she will utilize her research, and personal experience as a first-generation, minority, and immigrant woman to highlight the importance of gender and intersectionality in the study of international relations. She will also utilize her experience working with ISA’s Women’s Caucus since 2016 in her capacity as a graduate student representative and later as a Member-at-Large to sponsor panels and organize events to help promote marginalized voices and scholarship in the discipline. [Nominated by Khushi Singh Rathore, Laura Jenkins and Itziar Mujika Chao]

Iratxe Perea Ozerin is currently a Lecturer of International Relations at the Department of International Public Law, International Relations and History of Law at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. She teaches International Relations in Basque and Spanish in several degrees, including Political Science, Sociology and Communication studies; International Politics in the Present Day in Political Science; and International Political Economy in the Master’s degree in International Studies. She completed her PhD in International Relations at the University of the Basque Country in 2014, at present forming part of the research group of the Basque university system “Basque Country, Europe and America: Atlantic Links and Relations”. Her research interests focus on: revolutions, transnational feminist movements in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Antiglobalization Movement, anti-austerity feminisms in Europe, and gendered violence under austerity. She has published book chapters and articles on these issues in journals such as Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internationals and Foro Internacional, and presented her work in several conferences; in particular, she has participated regularly in the European ISA’s (EISA) conference, as well as chairing a five-panel section in Barcelona (2017). She would really like to get more involved with the FTGS section of the ISA as a member-at-large. [Nominated by Itziar Mujika Chao, Catherine Eschle and Tina Vaittinen]

Khushi Singh Rathore is a PhD student of International Politics in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India. Her thesis is a biographical study of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, the first female diplomat of India. Through her work, Khushi is questioning the invisibility of women as practitioners of international politics from the disciplinary history, particularly of the women of the Global South. Her areas of research interest are, women in foreign policy, gender and diplomacy, Indian foreign policy, 20th century transnational feminist networks, women in the United Nations, and women’s intellectual history, to name a few. Having served as a graduate student representative on the FTGS Executive Committee for 2019-2020, she looks forward to using her experience to further contribute towards making the FTGS a more representative and inclusive space. Having gained an understanding of the workings of the Committee and the processes involved therein, she intends to take the conversation from last year further ahead, helping the committee in bringing on board voices beyond the American and European academic networks. Her focus continues to be on highlighting the geographical and economic imbalances in the academic space that render it inaccessible for many and the need to work towards a course correction. [Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Itziar Mujika Chao and Theresa de Langis]

Catriona Standfield is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Her scholarship takes a feminist, interdisciplinary approach to studying gender in global governance. Her first article, on gender and UN mediation narratives, is forthcoming from International Feminist Journal of Politics. She also writes on gender in diplomatic practices. As a Member-At-Large, she would advocate for two things. First, she would like to build on the progress FTGS is making in ensuring panels are more inclusive of and accessible to scholars in the Global South, given the costs of travel and restrictive visa regimes in the Global North. Second, she would advocate within ISA for the development of small research grants for contingent and adjunct researchers working on scholarship relevant to FTGS, who are often ineligible for funding from the institutions where they work. She has experience that would make her an effective representative. At Syracuse University, she advocated for hiring more female faculty. She also helped create a feminist writing group for graduate students. She also represented UN Women Australia at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. Thank you for your consideration.  [Nominated by Catriona Standfield, Francine D’Amico and Annick Wibben]

Nicole Wegner is a postdoctoral research fellow in Gender and War and a member of the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has published research on cultural practices that sustain militarism and theoretical interventions that are feminist and antiwar. Her research broadly examines peacetime activities that reproduce war’s assumed necessity and the social and political forces that condone these activities. Her work has been published in Critical Military Studies, International Journal of Feminist Politics, and International Journal. Nicole previously served as the ISA-Canada section chair at the Canadian Political Science Association’s (CPSA) national convention (2018) and served on the steering committee of the CPSA Women’s Caucus. She hopes to use her prior service experience to support the FTGS committee as a member-at-large and is particularly interested in shaping how the FTGS can support emerging and early career scholars in a precarious global academic environment. [Nominated by Megan Mackenzie, Thomas Gregory and Laura Shepherd]

Crystal Whetstone is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Political Science, USA, due to graduate in Summer 2020 with a concentration in Feminist Comparative and International Politics. Her comparative research focuses on the role political motherhood plays in Global South women’s peace movements and women’s post-conflict political representation.  Her work has been published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP) and The Conversation and she has forthcoming pieces in Third World Quarterly and the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Feminist Studies. She has presented at annual conferences of the International Studies Association, National Women’s Studies Association, American Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association and IFJP. She has won an array of research fellowships, teaching and pedagogical development opportunities, and an award for mentoring girls to assume leadership positions. She has also assisted one of the founders and early leaders of FTGS, Dr. Anne Sisson Runyan, on publication projects and a Cities for CEDAW research project. She would be delighted to represent the FTGS Section as a member-at-large to promote feminist and gender studies scholarship in international and comparative politics research and in ISA activities. [Nominated by Anne Sisson Runyan, Amy Lind and Anwar Mhajne]

Nominees for Graduate Student Representative, 2020-2021

Amanda Álvares Ferreira is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil, and holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the same institution. Her master’s degree research focused on Latin American feminist and decolonial theories as well as feminist thinking on prostitution and sex trafficking. Her current research is focused on theories of sovereignty and resistance within and without the discipline of International Relations, with a specific focus on theories and practices of gender and sexuality that relate to such themes. Other research interests are feminist and queer theory, studies of gender and sexuality, radical political theory, and theory of International Relations. She recently published the article entitled “Queering the Debate: Analyzing Prostitution through Dissident Sexualities in Brazil” at Contexto Internacional. As an FTGS committee member, her focus would be on the importance of intersectional lenses not only to the ongoing work at ISA, but especially by looking at how FTGS can make ISA more inclusive and open to students and researchers that are not in the circuits of the Global North’s knowledge production. [Nominated by Khushi Singh Rathore, Jamie J. Hagen and Itziar Mujika Chao]

Caitlin Biddolph is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Her thesis engages with queer theory in order to deconstruct discourses of gender and sexuality at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Her research aims to explore how gendered and sexualized logics make representations of violence meaningful at the ICTY, and in broader narratives of global politics and international criminal justice. More broadly, her research interests traverse queer, feminist, and poststructural theory within and beyond International Relations. If successfully elected as FTGS Graduate Student Member, Caitlin will encourage greater involvement from graduate researchers keen to contribute vibrant and cutting-edge feminist insights to the Section. She is also interested in fostering greater connections between FTGS scholars at all career stages, to stimulate knowledge exchange and cultures of collaboration. [Nominated by Laura Shepherd, William Clapton and Elizabeth Thurbon]

Zeynep Kilicoglu is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at Florida International University, USA. Before coming to FIU, she completed a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (2014) and a master’s degree in Environmental Politics and Development at London School of Economics and Political Science in London, UK (2015). Miss Kilicoglu specializes in Feminist IR Theory and her research interests are gender politics, migration, and social movements. In her PhD dissertation, she looks at the construction of women refugees by humanitarian organizations in Western Europe and how these actors attach particular meanings to gender equality in their operations. [Nominated by Zeynep Kilicoglu, Susanne Zwingel and Catherine Eschle]

*End of list. Please remember to vote online here by Friday 21 February 2020*

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