Call for Nominations 2022

In advance of the International Studies Association annual convention, 28 March-2 April 2022, the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section invites nominations for the following positions on its executive committee:

  • 2022-25 Section Chair (one position; can be shared)
  • 2022-25 Program Chair (one position; can be shared)
  • 2022-24 Communications Officer (one position)
  • 2022-24 Members-at-Large (three positions)
  • 2022-23 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, Catherine Eschle, by 1 December 2021.

We encourage members to share this call widely and to consider nominating themselves or others. As we are keen to continue to expand the pool of nominations beyond those who are well-established and well-connected within FTGS and ISA, we are open to nominations of those new to, returning to, or considering joining the section. You do not have to be a member to be nominated. We particularly welcome nominations of colleagues from or based in the global south. We also strongly encourage job-share applications for the Program Chair and Section Chair posts. You are welcome to email any member of the nominations committee with informal enquiries about the positions, or the nomination process, or for help with finding a partner to job share.

The nominations and elections committee 2021-22 are: Catherine Eschle (chair), Punam Yadav, Kandida Purnell, Khushi Singh Rathore, Sharmila Parmanand, Huey Fen Cheong and Krystal-Gayle O’Neill.

FTGS Convention Award 2022

About the Award 

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) created the Inclusion and Transformation Sub-Committee in 2019 to de-center 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 on a panel/roundtable at the ISA Convention (to any section). 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 2022 ISA Convention, we are offering $400 for virtual participants and $800 for in-person participants. Funds will be disbursed upon proof of registration, panel / roundtable acceptance (to any section of ISA) 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 light of the online & in person format of the 2022 ISA Convention, costs may be used to cover technology, internet access, child or other care, etc. or for travel expenses, accommodation, visa fees, child care etc. 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 
 

  • Cash prize of $400 (USD) & $800 (USD) will be awarded to 2-4 recipients. No more than $400 (USD) will be awarded for virtual participation.  

Selection Process 

  • The FTGS Inclusion and Transformation Sub-Committee will inform applicants of the outcome by mid-December 2021. 

Virtual Roundtable: Women and Girls’ Security, Agency and Rights Beyond the Current Afghan Crisis

** WATCH THE RECORDING HERE: https://youtu.be/J1r8IUSsI7g**

International Studies Association (ISA) Global Conversations Series

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGS), ISA and the Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security

Date: September 28, 2021

***Proposed Time: 9.00 EDT (US)/ 14.00 BST/ 15.00 CET/ 17.30 Afghanistan/     18.30 New Delhi & Sri Lanka

Register here: https://isanet-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoc-CtqjwoHt2l3erFJ5u-3S_ITNGWFPLN

Background

Recent events in Afghanistan have left the world shocked, saddened and enraged as two decades of western and US interventions came to an end. In the wake of the military departure, the fundamentalist insurgent group, the Taliban, rapidly took control of key urban territories of the country and assumed overall governance of the state. The Taliban takeover in the remnants of decades of international interventions has dire consequences for all Afghan citizens, including growing threats against journalists, scholars, politicians, civil society leaders, human rights defenders and Afghans who supported US and allied efforts over the past two decades.

Afghan women have histories and presents of agency, dignity and ongoing resistance both to the Taliban and to gendered violences committed during the course of the conflict. A resurgence of Taliban control has intensified the potential for violence and oppression of women and girls. Whereas all Afghans face the potential imposition of restrictive and repressive religious codes and civil laws on their everyday lives, it is certain that these policies will be heavily gendered, with greater consequences for women and girls, for whom their gender, ethnicity, class, political opinion, education, profession, and other identity markers pose additional intersectional threats. In this context, they also are subjects of conflicting local and global normative and institutional structures whose tension heightens the stakes for their survival.

As a leading global forum for international studies scholars from multiple disciplinary fields, FTGS and ISA are partnering with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security to convene this roundtable on the gendered dynamics and impacts of the current situation in Afghanistan. This discussion will serve as an avenue for critical analysis of the above concerns from a diversity of scholarly, policy and political perspectives, with the goal of identifying entry points for concerted action.

Objectives

The main objective of the roundtable is to highlight the agency, dignity, wisdoms and resistances of Afghan women and girls past and present. The conversation will be a starting point from which to map the particular conjuncture of violences, threats and possibilities for Afghan women and girls in a daily-evolving context of fear, violence, and uncertainty. Our approach is to historicise the current situation, locating Afghan women’s agency, resistances and experiences of violence and oppression within global structures of power; to assess the multi-dimensional and gendered implications for women’s rights, liberation and futures; the relevance and impact of the crisis in Afghanistan on the women, peace and security agenda of the international community; and to propose opportunities for engagement by various actors committed to working alongside Afghan women and girls to shape a strategy going forward that honours their agency and works in solidarity and kinship for their well-being and freedom.

Roundtable Discussants

  • Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut
  • Shweta Singh, Assistant Professor of International Relations, South Asia University, New Delhi
  • Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana, Affiliate Researcher, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security & American University, Washington DC
  • Hawzhin Azeez, Kurdish activist, poet and academic, American University of Iraq, Suleimani
  • Samira Hamidi, Women’s Rights Activist and Regional Campaigner- Amnesty International, South Asia
  • Unnamed, Afghan women’s rights activist, currently in a refugee camp in the US

Roundtable Moderators

  • Khushi Singh Rathore, PhD Researcher, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (FTGS)
  • Jessica Smith, Research & Policy Manager, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), Washington DC.

Global South Feminist Scholar Award

About the Award
This award is conceived to recognise the significant contributions of mid-career to senior scholars in
and from the Global South to feminist and gender scholarship in IR broadly defined. Hegemonic
Euro- and West-centrism often renders the important work of this category of scholars invisible as
study after study from within and without the ISA has shown. Because their subjects, methods,
sources, resources, theories and frameworks are evaluated according to standards of scholarship set
by the Global North academy, this work is often devalued and invisibilized. At the same time,
scholars from the North, feminist or not, draw upon these and other indigenous knowledges, often
without acknowledgement, to better situate their own research on those contexts.
Thus, this award addresses the acknowledged tendency for epistemologies of the Global South to be
marginalised and unaccounted for both in IR specifically, and global knowledge production in
general, and for feminist scholarship to be diminished within the various disciplines. It aims to
decentre whiteness, recognise other universes of knowledge, acknowledge the contributions of
Global South studies to the global academy, and engender the decolonisation of the field of feminist
and gender studies, and of international studies itself.
In doing these, the proposed award enhances the ongoing efforts at inclusion and transformation
within the FTGS, complementing existing awards which recognise excellence in feminist research,
while at the same time filling a gap in redefining excellence in more global and inclusive terms.

Eligibility
• Scholars in the area of feminist theory and gender studies whose scholarship have extended
the frontiers of the discipline and advanced our understanding about Global South contexts
in particular
• Must be from the Global South and based at institutions located there
• Must have made significant and demonstrable impact (locally or internationally) on the fields
of feminism, gender and international studies, broadly defined, either through scholarship
and teaching, mentoring, leadership, policy-relevant work, or any combination of these
• Targets mid-career to senior scholars specifically
• Nominees need not be members of ISA and FTGS at the time of nomination, but awardees
are expected to become members of ISA and FTGS upon conferment of the award

Nominations
The award committee eagerly solicits nominations from all across the globe of individuals who meet
the above criteria. Given the structural barriers already identified above, the newly-constituted award committee will also actively reach out to individuals, institutions and networks in the Global South
for nominations.
• Nominators may submit (a) a nomination letter highlighting the fitness of the nominee for
this award (b) nominee’s abridged CV, no more than 5 pages long, and (c) supporting letters
(if available) from persons familiar with the nominee’s scholarship and work.
• Nomination and supporting letters should not exceed two pages each.
• Self-nominations are welcome.

Prize
The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $800.
How to apply
Submit all documents by email to the chair of the award committee, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, yacob-
halisoo@babcock.edu.ng. The deadline for nomination this year is October 18, 2021.

About the 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: https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Sections/FTGS.

FTGS Award for Early Career Community Engagement

Apply for the FTGS Award for Early Career Community Engagement

Deadline: 30 September 2021

Nominations to Amanda Chisholm Email: amanda.chisholm@kcl.ac.uk

About the Award: This award recognizes an early career feminist scholar for innovative and outstanding community engagement. This engagement could include traditional academic engagement in research, teaching, and service, as well as policy impact, public awareness and/or activism. The award recognizes efforts to build communities and forge conversations about issues relevant to the FTGS that often go unacknowledged or unrewarded by academic institutions.

Information

1. The key criteria for this award is the nominee’s outstanding and innovative engagement with relevant communities (academic and/or non-academic). The emphasis will be on the quality of engagement rather than the quantity.

2. Recipients must be current members of FTGS and ISA at the time of award.

3. Nominees should have a PhD but have not yet received tenure or equivalent promotions.

4. Early career is loosely defined to account for diverse and nonlinear career paths.

Process

Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Award Committee, Amanda Chisholm, amanda.chisholm@kcl.ac.uk

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 30 September 2021.

Prize

Recipients receive a $500.00 (USD) cash prize and a certificate.

Selection Process

The winner will be selected by the FTGS Award Committee and the award will be presented at the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section business meeting during the ISA Annual Convention in 2022.

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.
We received several exceptional nominations this year for the Eminent Scholar Award, and the
committee’s decision was especially difficult. Each nominee in their own way has made
significant contributions to how we understand International Studies and engage feminist
theory and gender studies. We commend each for their important feminist work.
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. 

Prize

  • 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:  roberta.guerrina@bristol.ac.uk

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 https://www.isanet.org/Conferences/ISA2022.  

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: https://www.isanet.org/Conferences/Special-Convention-Programs).  

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 (sara.c.motta@newcastle.edu.au) Theresa de Langis (Theresa.delangis@gmail.com)

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
Eligibility

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
 
Prize
*       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, Catherine.goetze@utas.edu.au .