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.

FTGS BOOK AWARD 2021

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

Call for applications: FTGS Convention Award 2021

**NEW DEADLINE 15 JANUARY 2021 **

About the Award

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) created the Inclusion and Transformation Sub-Committee in 2019 to decenter whiteness and western-dominated perspectives in the workings of the ISA generally and FTGS in particular in order to move beyond “diversity” and provoke transformative change in the field. The committee oversees the annual FTGS Convention Award 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. Among that group, priority is given to those in their final years of graduate work completion through to their first years of their post-doctoral career.

Awardees should have a paper accepted for presentation at the ISA Convention. Nominees should demonstrate in their application their need for the award; a lack of institutional support, including precarity; and the significance of their participation in the Convention. While nominees do not need to be members of ISA or FTGS, their application should demonstrate an intention of forward-looking engagement with the FTGS Section, ISA organization, and ISA conventions. Awardees must become members of ISA and FTGS to receive the award, and a portion of the award funds can be used to this end.

General Information

For the 2021 ISA Convention, which will take place online, four awards are available at the value of $400US each. Funds will be disbursed upon proof of registration and paper acceptance and ISA/FTGS membership. 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. In regular years, that may include travel, accommodation, visas, childcare or other care, etc. In light of the online format of the 2021 ISA Convention, costs may be used to cover technology, internet access, child or other care, etc., in supporting participation of the recipient remotely. If needed the award may be used to cover membership costs to ISA/FTGS (Please note that membership is a stipulation for fund disbursement, but not for nomination). 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA/FTGS (though this is not a requirement at point of nomination)
  2. Nominations/Applicants are asked to submit their CV and a 1-page letter outlining their case for support, detailing the following:
    • The significance of their presentation and of their attendance at the annual convention to their ongoing research program (e.g., response to referee/ evaluation)
    • Projected costs of attendance, including technology needs for remote access
    • Any institutional support or alternative resources available
    • Intention of ongoing engagement with the FTGS Section, ISA organization, and ISA conventions
    • Any other information establishing their status as late graduate students/early career scholars who lack geographical and other privilege; engage from non-western, marginalized populations/perspectives; and/or experience precarity as scholars

Prize

  • A $400.00 (USD) cash prize will be awarded to four recipients

Selection Process

  • The FTGS Inclusion and Transformation Sub-Committee will inform applicants of the outcome in late January 2021.
  • Applications should be sent to the Sub-Committee Chair Theresa de Langis, email theresa.delangis@gmail.com, by 15 JANUARY 2021.

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.

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!