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Announcement of the FTGS Eminent Scholar Award 2022

Every year, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section honors an Eminent Scholar
in International Studies for their contributions to feminist theory and gender studies. Scholars
nominated have made significant impact in pushing the boundaries of the subfield, and
advancing feminist scholarship through their teaching, mentoring and leadership. Further, they have distinguished themselves through commitment to the Section.

This year, we are very pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Eminent Scholar Award is
conferred posthumously to Professor Geeta Chowdhry. Professor Chowdhry was a long-time
member of the ISA and served as the ISA Diversity Committee (2006-2008) and the ISA
Executive Council (2005-2006). She served FTGS in various capacities, as a Section Chair,
Program Chair and Vice Chair, Executive Council Member and on the Graduate Student Paper
Award Committee. As one of the first women of color to serve as a Chair of FTGS, Professor
Chowdhry brought her academic commitment to practice by creating institutional space for
other women of color.

Professor Geeta Chowdhry

Professor Chowdhry was a leader in the discipline. She was on the cutting-edge of feminist
post-colonial and race theorisations that expanded the study of International Studies and the
way we produce knowledge in the social sciences. Her research and community outreach work contributed to rethinking the discipline, the structures of feminist theory’s configuration, postcolonial and Global South approaches and South Asia. This work has not only expanded the boundaries of the field of International Studies, but also pushed feminist scholarship theoretically, methodologically, and empirically.

Professor Chowdhry has an exceptional record over decades of her academic career in creating institutional space for those marginalised in the academy and knowledge at the margins. She was instrumental in advancing the position and standing of scholars and students facing structural exclusions along intersecting lines of gender, racialisation and class in these programs and within and beyond the field of International Studies. Professor Chowdhry not only successfully developed and expanded programs in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies, but she also served as the Director of both programs and took on countless (and often thankless) committee assignments, serving often as the sole woman and/or person of color on committees that otherwise invisibilised the efforts of faculty and staff pushing for curricular and racial diversity in the institution and programming. In her capacity as Chair of the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University, she ensured that her long running efforts to steer the curriculum toward more balance and provide a space for critical lines of inquiry in the graduate and undergraduate curriculum were sustained and advanced during her tenure.

It is with great pleasure that the FTGS confer the award of Eminent Scholar to Professor Geeta
Chowdhry for her impact on and service to the field. Like too many women scholars of color,
who go unrecognized in their lifetimes, Professor Chowdhry will not be able to accept the
award, but we hope that this recognition provides historical bookmark of the important legacy of her scholarship, commitment and care for her many students around the globe and across the years.

FTGS Eminent Scholar Award Committee
20 July 2021

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Book Prize 2021

FTGS annually awards a prize for new publications making a substantial contribution to our understanding of international studies and global politics through feminist theory and gender studies.

The award recognizes a book published in the preceding two calendar years that excels in originality, impact, and rigor towards furthering feminist theory and gender studies within the discipline of international studies.

Eligibility and Nomination Process

  1. Recipient must be willing to join the ISA FTGS section when the award is granted.
  2. Books must have been published in the two preceding calendar years (i.e. the book must have an official publication date of 2020 or 2021 for nomination this year). Books that were previously nominated are not eligible for nomination in the following year. 
  3. Nominators/ nominees are responsible for making sure the publisher provides copies of the nominated book for the committee by July 30, 2021. 


  • The winner, and finalists will be announced in December.
  • The prize will be presented at the ISA Annual Conference conference the following spring.

How to Apply

  • Deadline:  30 July 2021
  • The Paperwork: Please send your nomination and a 200 words case about the significance and originality of the work.
  • Where to submit the nomination:

FTGS Call for Proposals for ISA2022 Nashville!

TIME TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO THE ISA Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) PROGRAMME IN NASHVILLE! You may have seen that the call for proposals is now live and the deadline for submissions is June 1, so now is the time to start planning papers, roundtables and panel. Details can be found here  

The theme for this year is “A Wider Discipline for a Smaller World,” and the ISA is actively encouraging papers, panels and roundtables that address how International Studies is transformed by a seemingly smaller, more interconnected and inclusive world. Yet feminisms in their plurality demonstrate the raced, classed and gendered distances and lines of global separation are at a critical conjuncture. We are arguably at a moment of political, theoretical and ethical collective choices and (im)possibilities: in which a politics of life, lives well lived which is feminised/ist, decolonised and pluridiverse is an increasingly necessary demand and prefigurative emergence that requires both engagement and nurturing.  

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section takes this political-theoretical conjuncture seriously. We invite proposals speaking to the questions below, and any others that are emergent from feminist and gender theory scholars across our Section and broader Association. These questions include:  

What are feminist analyses of the current global conjuncture? How do gender, sexuality, class and/or race intersections produce seemingly virtual closeness yet increasingly violent material, political and epistemological distances, fissures and enclosures?  

What are feminist visions and futurities of post-Covid worlds? What do these have to say about intimacy/separation, care/carelessness, belonging/exclusions, sovereignty/biopolitical nonbeing, body/flesh and much more, and what can these visions teach international politics about futurities otherwise?  

How do scholars of feminisms and gender studies respond to the current conjuncture? Do we need to re-think, again, the nature of the feminist scholar and scholarship? How might we re-imagine and re-embody her in feminist decolonising and pluridiverse ways?  

Is Whiteness a problem is feminist theory and gender studies? Whose responsibility is it to decolonise? What does it mean to unlearn Whiteness? How do we think from Black and Indigenous woman/subjectivities?  

​How do we widen the discipline and disciplinarity to increase intersectional women’s, feminised, queer, trans and other marginalised folks epistemological and material visibility in ISA and recognition in the field, or perhaps ability to decentre, disrupt and reimagine the field itself?  

How can our Section in dialogue with other Sections and our collectivities and kinships nurture the visibility and voice of feminised and intersectional women subjects and communities in international relations and international politics, especially those challenging restrictive, dominant and disavowing discourse via anti-racist, post/anti/de/colonial queer, and Indigenous feminist approaches, subjects and communities often situated in the South? 

How do we widen the field beyond its present exclusions and erasures, especially in terms of knowledge production and the politics of knowledge in International Studies?

How do we localize, pluralise and recognize Indigenous knowledge(s) and wisdom(s) as central to our purview of the “international”, what counts for “scholarship” and who is the feminist scholar?
How is the local globalized, the global localized?  What new and transformative knowledges are produced by crossing boundaries in material, geographic and epistemological terms?

Where is the local located in our interconnected pandemic world? What new questions can feminist transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches ask, and how can everyday embodied life(worlds) have impact on how we think about International Relations?  

We invite proposals for panels and roundtables on topics relevant to the theme, both in the sense of a smaller world, a wider discipline and a more expansive understanding. While we encourage FTGS panels that specifically address the conference theme, this is not a requirement.   The ISA is also accepting some specialty proposals for a limited number of innovative panels, non-English language roundtables, research workshops and career courses (see here:  

It is not known at this time if ISA will be held in person, virtually or in a hybrid form. We encourage you to think about geographical diversity to enact the very principle of inclusivity the theme points to.   We are also looking to co-sponsor panels with other Sections to maximise our presence and the depth of our reach and co-learnings: please do indicate your co-sponsorship preferences when submitting as it is likely to enhance the possibility of getting on to the program as well as enhancing our links with other elements of ISA.  

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact FTGS Program Co-Chairs:   Sara C. Motta ( Theresa de Langis (

FTGS Graduate Student Paper Award 2021

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section

Graduate Student Paper Award 2021

About the Award
This award, sponsored by Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS), was established in 1996 to honor the graduate student paper that covers themes and areas of interest of the feminist theory and gender studies section presented at a major ISA conference such as the ISA Annual Convention

This includes papers that were not fully sponsored by the FTGS section but by others or the conference theme. To encourage greater diversity, the award has been extended to include papers presented at any ISA-affiliated conference (e.g. CEEISA-ISA Joint International Conference in Belgrade, the ISA-Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore and the ISA International Conference in Accra). Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we are accepting applications from anyone who was accepted to present at these conferences (even if, in the end, they were not able to present in person or if the conference was cancelled).
General Information

1.      We welcome both members and non-members to apply. However, recipients must be a member of ISA when the award is granted.
2.      The person nominated must have been a student at the time the paper was (due to be) presented
*       A $500.00 (USD) cash prize along with a certificate is awarded to the recipient
*       The award comes with a peer-review by the International Feminist Journal of Politics with a prospect for publication
Selection Process
*       Results of the competition will be announced in mid-September
*       The Committee Chair is responsible for notifying the recipient of the award and encouraging the Recipient to attend the Annual Convention at which the Award is to be presented so as to receive the Award in person

Apply for the FTGS Best Student Paper Award.

We particularly encourage students from geographical, social, gender or intellectual backgrounds that tend to be marginalized at ISA to apply for this award.
The deadline for nominations is June 20, 2021 (EST).
*       Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.
*       Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession. We encourage in particular discussants and chairs on FTGS panels at the ISA Annual Convention or at other ISA conferences to let us know about outstanding papers you encountered.
*       Nominations should include contact information of the nominee and a copy of the relevant paper. They should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Award Committee, Dr Catherine Goetze, .

FTGS Eminent Scholar Award

Call for Nominations

FTGS Eminent Scholar Award

Deadline: 20 June 2021

Nominations to Punam Yadav


About the Award

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) annually honors an eminent scholar in the International Relations sub-field of Feminist Theory and Gender Studies. Through their research, eminent scholars have made a significant impact and have pushed the boundaries of the sub-field. Many FTGS eminent scholars also have distinguished themselves through their commitment to the section and have advanced feminist scholarship through their teaching, mentoring and leadership. Details on previous award recipients can be found here:

Application Information


  • The criterion for this award is that applicants have made significant impact and pushed the boundaries of FTGS.
  • Recipients must be/become a member of the ISA and FTGS section when the award is granted

Application Process

  • ●      Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Award Committee – Punam Yadav,
  • Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s CV and a letter of support. The letter should speak to the contributions made by the nominee and explain their importance.
  • Nominations can be made by anyone in the profession or by the relevant community group.
  • The deadline for nominations is 20 June 2021
  • Scholars who have previously received the award are not eligible for nomination.

Selection Process

The winner will be selected by the FTGS Eminent Scholar Award Committee. The award will be presented at the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section business meeting during the ISA Annual Convention.

About FTGS

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section of the International Studies Association brings together scholars who apply feminist theory to International Relations or look at the field through a gender lens. For more information, visit:

2021 Convention award

The Inclusion and Transformation Committee of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association is so happy to announce the recipients of this year’s Convention Award!

The award is in support of applicants committed to feminist perspectives and affiliated with or graduating from institutions that do not enjoy significant resource and geographical privilege, with non-western, marginalized, and precaritized scholars given first consideration. In light of no travel costs as ISA 2021 is scheduled to be an online event, the committee unanimously arrived at the decision to give four awards, instead of two as in previous years. This was done with the intent of supporting increased remote participation. Each winner will receive a $400 grant to support participation at ISA 2021.

The winners of the FTGS-ISA 2021 Convention Awards are:

Huey Fen Cheong (Universiti Malaya)

Ayako Kobayashi (Sophia University)

Sharmila Parmanand (University of Cambridge)

Ariel Mekler (CUNY)

A big congratulations to all the winners!

From the 2020-21 FTGS-ISA Inclusion and Transformation Committee: Theresa de Langis (chair), Amya Agarwal, Catherine Eschle, Sara Motta, Khushi Singh Rathore and Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso.


We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s FTGS book prize is Professor Rauna Kuokkanen for Restructuring relations: Indigenous self-determination, governance, and gender, OUP, 2019. The book conceptualises indigenous self-determination as a foundational value, in particular its ability to restructure relations of power – the author couples that contention with an investigation of gender regimes within indigenous self-government institutions. Moreover, Kuokkanen investigates the links between indigenous self determination and gender violence against indigenous women, emerging from statist structures and interpersonal physical and sexual violence. The study is based on detailed and extensive fieldwork and conversations with indigenous women in Canada, Greenland, and Sápmi. Kuokkanen draws upon indigenous and feminist political and legal theory, which enables her to identify new forms of self-determination. Through interviews across the aforementioned three indigenous spaces the author proposes that indigenous self determination is a foundational value, closely linked to individual integrity (freedom from bodily harm and violence)  and the integrity of the land.

Special mention to runner-up Joanna Allan for her book Silenced Resistance: Women, Dictatorships and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea, The University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.  The book provides a persuasive study of everyday forms of resistance and the significance of providing voice to those who are silenced as well as uncovering unrecognized practices. The employment of scholarship on everyday resistance and conceptions of hegemony provide theoretical rigour to the argument. The book rests on extensive fieldwork and pronounced theoretical grounding.

Many congratulations to our winner and runner-up, Raunna and Joanna!

From FTGS book prize committee 2020-21: Annika Bergman Rosamond (Chair), Amya Agarwal, Catherine Goetze and Itiziar Mugica

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Call for nominations 2021

In advance of the International Studies Association annual convention, 6-9 April 2021, the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section invites nominations for the following positions on its executive committee:

  • 2021-24 Section Chair (one position)
  • 2021-24 Program Chair (one position)
  • 2021-23 Communications Officer (one position)
  • 2021-23 Members-at-Large (three positions)
  • 2021-22 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, Tom Gregory, by the new deadline of 19 February 2021.

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

Open letter to the ISA Executive Committee on the ISA 2022-23 election slate

Dear ISA Executive Committee,

We write in support of the open letter by the ISA Committee on the Status of Women enquiring
about the process that led to an all-male slate for the Representative At-Large in the current
elections. We would also welcome clarification about the wider nominations and elections process. In addition to the all-male slate for the at-large posts, we are concerned about the single slate nomination process for senior roles, whereby electoral power lies with the nomination committee alone, instead of the wider membership of the organisation.

We note that this is not the first time these issue has been raised, and we are disappointed that we are, once again, in this position, having to express our concerns. As a section we reaffirm our
commitment to challenge processes that reproduce gendered, classed, racialised and geopolitical
hierarchies of power, and to advocate for the core values of inclusion, intersectionality,
decoloniality, as well as feminist ethics. In that light, we have been working to transform our own processes: notably, we have sought to increase representation within our executive committee in terms of regional coverage, race and class diversity, as well as career stages. We believe this has led to better quality scholarship as well as recognition of the different challenges faced by our members. We recognise that our own process of change is incomplete and still ongoing. In a nutshell, getting representation right can be difficult but it matters.

It is for this reason that we wish to raise concerns about the character of the electoral process and the impact it has on the representation of different interests and groups within the ISA. We in no way seek to undermine the credentials of the admirable scholars on the current slate. Rather, as international studies scholars who study and value transparency and accountability, we are concerned that the current electoral process remains opaque to much of the membership and is in danger of producing outcomes that lack accountability, legitimacy and reproduce harmful hierarchies of (epistemological) power.

We want to stress that we value the ISA’s international reach and mission, and, therefore would like to see a firm commitment to leadership and governance that reflect the broad membership of our organisation. We thus call on ISA HQ, the Executive Committee and the Nominations Committee to consider ways to reaffirm and improve the legitimacy of the process, including revising and updating the constitution to reflect its global membership and reviewing election and decision-making processes to ensure that they further reflect diversity of interest, multiple identities and regions. Equitable representation thus requires an intersectional approach whereby the diversity of women’s and other marginalised experiences are recognised and valued. We would welcome the opportunity to work closely with ISA HQ, the Executive Committee and the nominations committee to ensure that our association continues on the path to greater equality and inclusion.

In the shorter term, we request that the Nominations Committee report to the ISA membership on its decision-making process this year. Without such a commitment to open the electoral process to scrutiny and revision, we cannot in good conscience currently advise our members to take part in a process that does not offer them a choice in terms of the most senior position in the organisations, and that seems to actively exclude underrepresented groups from both senior leadership positions and the members at large.

Yours sincerely,
The Members of the Executive Committee of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section