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.

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.

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