FTGS Call for Proposals for ISA2023 Montreal (Deadline 01 June 2022)

Time to submit proposals to the ISA Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) section programme!

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. The conference is scheduled for 15-18 March 2023. Details can be found here.  

The theme for this year is “Real Struggles, High Stakes: Cooperation, Contention, and Creativity.”

Feminist scholarship has played a crucial role in theorising, resisting, and transforming how ‘struggles’ and ‘stakes’ are shaped by overlapping structures of power based on gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity/citizenship, epistemologies, and geographic location. Feminists have multiple traditions that critically unveil the continuum of struggles between ‘high’ and ‘low’ politics, ‘crisis’ and the ‘mundane’, and the individual with the ecological. These traditions offer diverse ways of rethinking the very terms of the debates that constitute political domains and disciplinarity itself. Moreover, they generate pluralist understandings and a richer accounting of the stakes involved in human and societal struggles through analysis of gendered ideologies, structures, subjectivities, onto-epistemologies, and processes. Feminism’s diverse epistemological, ontological, conceptual, methodological, and ethical toolkits can inform and embody emancipatory solutions and processes in addressing contemporary political struggles. They connect feminist research with activism and practice and disrupt the dualism between the two.

The FTGS section invites proposals seeking to critically interrogate diverse struggles and stakes that define global politics today. The section is particularly interested in submissions that address elements of the following questions, with the aim of creating dialogues among established and emerging feminist and gender theory scholars across our Section and our broader Association.

These questions include:  

  • What forms of gendered struggles animate international studies as a discipline and arena of power?
  • How might feminist scholarship challenge, inform and reimagine prevailing knowledge on global risks, hazards, and what is at stake?
  • How can feminist approaches help reveal the gendered logics underpinning how and why particular struggles are memorialised while others are erased or ‘normalised’? 
  • What are feminist alternatives to ‘cooperation’ and ‘contention’? How might these concepts link with ‘solidarity’, ‘resistance’ and kinship?
  • What are past, present and emergent forms of feminist cooperation and contention to address global political struggles?
  • What has been the role played by creativity in feminist struggles and knowledge making practices? To what extent can creativity reflect feminist ethics and activism?
  • How can feminist research and activism privilege struggles from the margins and in so doing decentre current global centres, subjectivities and structures of economic, political, ecological decision making?

This is not an exhaustive list, and we invite proposals for panels and roundtables relevant to the conference theme and those advancing more expansive understandings of or alternative frameworks to cooperation, contention, and creativity.

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 for Special Convention Programmes.  

We are also looking to continue co-sponsoring panels with other Sections to maximise our presence, 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.  

Please be reminded that following the decision from ISA, the conference will be an in-person event only.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact FTGS Program Co-Chairs: Toni  Haastrup  (toni.haastrup@stir.ac.uk) and Maria Tanyag (maria.tanyag@anu.edu.au).


Global South Feminist Scholar Award

About this Award

This award recognises 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, underrepresented, and invisibilised. 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, appropriated, 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 so doing, the 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.


  • 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.


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 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.
  • Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession.
  • Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.


  • 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, Luah Tomas (luahbt@yorku.ca). 
  • The deadline for nomination this year is September 5, 2022.
  • The recipient will be notified by the end of October 2022. They will be encouraged to attend the ISA Annual Convention 2023 in order to receive the award in person.

Past winners

2022: Dr Srila Roy, the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Honourable Mention: Professor Jean Encinas-Franco, University of the Philippines

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

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section Graduate Student Paper Award 2022 

About the Award

This award, sponsored by Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) section, was established in 1996 to honor an outstanding graduate student paper that covers themes and areas of interest of the FTGS.

The award is open to papers presented at the ISA Annual Conference in 2022 or at any ISA-affiliated conferences worldwide (e.g. CEEISA-ISA Joint International Conference in Belgrade, the ISA-Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore, and the ISA International Conference in Accra) from the period right after the ISA Annual Convention in 2021 until July 1, 2022.  Papers that were not fully sponsored by the FTGS section may be nominated. Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we are accepting applications from anyone who was accepted to present at these conferences (even if they were unable to present in person or the conference was cancelled).
General Information

1.      We welcome papers from ISA members and non-members. However, the recipient 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.
*       The award-winning paper will be peer-reviewed by the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP) with the prospect of publication.
Selection Process
*       Results will be announced in mid-September, 2022
*       The Committee Chair will notify the recipient  and encourage them to attend the ISA Annual Convention in 2023 to receive the award in person.

How to apply

The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2022, 11:59 PM (EST).
*       Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.
*       Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession. We encourage discussants and chairs on FTGS panels at the ISA Annual Convention and other ISA conferences to nominate outstanding papers you encountered.
*       Nominations must 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 Sharmila Parmanand, s.parmanand1@lse.ac.uk.

We encourage students from geographical, social, gender, or intellectual backgrounds that tend to be underrepresented in academia to apply for this award.

Call for Nominations FTGS Eminent Scholar Award (Deadline 07 June 2022)

About the Award 

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) annually honours 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. We strongly encourage nominations of scholars who come from under-represented and marginalised communities, epistemological and theoretical lineages as well as those situated within the global South. Details on previous award recipients can be found here.

Application Information Criteria 

  • Applicants have made significant impact and pushed the boundaries of FTGS, (the panel takes ‘performance’ relative to opportunity considerations seriously). 
  • Recipients must be/become a member of the ISA and FTGS at the time of award

Application 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 7 June 2022 
  • 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: https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Sections/FTGS

Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies CFP

The Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies is currently accepting manuscripts through our submission portal at https://bulletin.appliedtransstudies.org/.

Under the supervision of an all-star editorial board from across the globe, the Bulletin publishes timely research focused on identifiable and pragmatic social, cultural, and political issues of relevance to transgender people, both at the individual and collective level. We welcome research from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, and from all contextual areas.

Submissions may be one of three types:

  • Original Articles: unsolicited full-length submissions that present well-developed conceptual/theoretical arguments and/or present analyses from one or more research studies.
  • Brief Reports: unsolicited short-form submissions that present single findings from individual research studies or present replications of previous research.
  • Book Reviews: solicited short essays that provide a summary and critical assessment of one or more recently published book(s) relevant to the work published in the Bulletin.

Word limits for Original Articles range from 8,000 to 12,000 depending on content (see here), while Brief Reports may not exceed 1,500 words and Book Reviews may not exceed 3,500 words. Full submission guidelines may be found here.

Direct all inquiries about submissions to editor Dr Thomas J Billard at bulletin@appliedtransstudies.org.

FTGS Elections 2022 – 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, communications officer, members-at-large and graduate student representatives. Please read the candidate statements below before voting online HERE by Friday 25 February 2022. 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 2022-2025

Lata Narayanaswamy (standing jointly with Srila Roy): Lata is Associate Professor in the Politics of Global Development, School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds, UK, Since 2001, she has worked as a research practitioner, consultant and now an academic working at the nexus between development theory and practice. Her research critically reflects on gendered/intersectional and post/decolonial dynamics of development knowledge and its perceived contribution to addressing global development challenges. She is currently involved in applied, interdisciplinary research related to gender/feminism/intersectionality as these relate to climate change, water security and decolonising development. Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Ola Yacob-Haliso and Punam Yadav.

Srila Roy (standing jointly with Lata Narayanaswamy): Srila is associate professor of sociology and heads development studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is the author of Remembering Revolution: Gender, Violence and Subjectivity in India’s Naxalbari Movement (Oxford, 2012), editor of New South Asian Feminisms (Zed, 2012), and co-editor of New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualising Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India (Oxford, 2015). Her book on feminist and queer politics in neoliberal India is forthcoming with Duke University Press. At Wits, she leads the Governing Intimacies project, which promotes new scholarship on gender and sexuality in Southern Africa and India, and is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. She is an Editor of Feminist Theory, Associate Editor of the Journal of South Asian Development, and is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science. Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Khushi Singh Rathore and Ola Yacob-Haliso.

Nominees for Program Chair 2022-2025

Anwar Mhajne (standing jointly with Itziar Mujika Chao): Anwar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Head Faculty Fellow for the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice at Stonehill College. Her research strengths lie in the following areas: Feminist International Relations and Security Studies; Civil Society and Activism; Political Islam; Middle East; Gender Politics; and Social Movements. She is a Co-chair of the Faculty of Color Association at Stonehill College. She currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the executive committee of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGS). Previously she served as a Member-at-Large (2019-2021) and the first graduate student representative on the executive committee of WCIS (2016-2018). Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Punam Yadav and Ola Yacob-Haliso.

Itziar Mujika Chao (standing jointly with Anwar Mhajne): Itziar teaches at the Department of Political Science and Administration and is an affiliated researcher at the Hegoa Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and affiliated faculty at the IBEI Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the UPV/EHU, and obtained her Masters in International Studies and Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies at the UPV/EHU and the University of Barcelona, respectively. Her research focuses on gender politics of violent and nonviolent conflict, civil resistance, post-conflict peacebuilding and development, feminist activism, and the implementation of the United Nations’ Security Council Women, Peace and Security agenda. She served as a Member-at-Large on the executive committee of FTGS 2019-2021. Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Khushi Singh Rathore and Punam Yadav.

Nominations for Communications Officer 2022-2024

Khushi Singh Rathore (standing jointly with Keshab Giri): Khushi is a PhD candidate in 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, feminist foreign policy, Indian foreign policy, 20th century transnational feminist networks, women in the United Nations, and women’s intellectual history, to name a few. She looks forward to contribute towards making the FTGS a more representative and inclusive space. Having already served as Graduate Student Representative and as Member at Large on the FTGS executive committee, she has gained an understanding of its workings and intends to take the conversation further ahead, helping the committee in bringing on board voices beyond 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, Ola Yacob-Haliso and Punam Yadav.

Keshab Giri (standing jointly with Khushi Singh Rathore): Originally from Nepal, Keshab is currently an honorary affiliate, researcher, and sessional academic at The University of Sydney, Australia. His research explores experiences of female ex-combatants during and after the war. His research expertise includes gender and war, feminist IR, feminist security studies, gender and violent extremism or terrorism, gender and peacebuilding, Women, Peace and Security, intimacy in armed conflict, rebel governance, sexual and gender-based violence in war, feminist International Relations, and intersectionality. His research articles have appeared in Global Studies Quarterly and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Keshab has coordinated and taught more than a dozen courses in gender, politics, comparative politics, popular culture, and International Relations and has undertaken a range of prestigious research projects such as ‘Donor Funding and WPS Agenda’ and ‘International System Dataset. Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Ola Yacob-Haliso and Punam Yadav.

Nominations for Member-at-Large 2022-2024

Note there are a total of four nominees for THREE posts: please take the time to read all four personal statements

Masaya Llavera Blanco: Masaya is Assistant Professor of Development Studies at the Centre for Global Studies at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, in Canada, in the unceded territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Attawandaron, and Lenape peoples. Her research centres social reproduction, intimate labours and human mobilities in the Caribbean and South America. She obtained her PhD in Global Governance in Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) and her MSc in Women Studies in Venezuela’s Central University. She is Venezuelan and has over 15 years working on feminist research and activism in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and global spaces. Her feminism is rooted in the global south, and is reflected in her work as current executive committee member and longtime collaborator with Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), as well as in her collaboration with the Household Workers Association in the Dominican Republic. Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Ola Yacob-Haliso and Punam Yadav.

Saba Joshi: Saba is a Lecturer in Gender and Development in the Department of Politics at the University of York, United Kingdom. Her research and teaching interests lie in the intersecting fields of feminist political economy, agrarian politics and authoritarian state formation, with a geographical focus on South and Southeast Asia. In recent years, her research has examined women’s contentious politics over “land grabbing” in Cambodia and India, drawing on extensive field-based empirical study. Prior to taking up her current position at York, she was a Swiss National Science Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development (2020-2021). She has also held visiting scholar positions at the Department of Food and Resource Economics and Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and the Centre for East and Southeast Asia, Lund University. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, I obtained my PhD in Political Science/International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in 2020. Nominated by Catherine Eschle, Elisabeth Prügl and Maria Tanyag.

Luna KC: Luna is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Research Network on Women, Peace, and Security, Centre for International Peace and Security, McGill University, Canada. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Public policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. Luna specializes in international development focusing on women, peace and security and her work sits at the nexus of women & warfare, gender justice, activism, and intersectionality. Currently, Luna is working on gender, peace, and security project—examining grassroots women in postwar reconstruction and transnational networks. Her area specialties are Nepal, South Asia, and Canada. Luna was awarded a Nuffic fellowship to pursue her master’s and Ph.D. degree at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Luna’s work has been published in Conflict, Security & Development; The International Journal of Feminist Politics; and The Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. Nominated by Punam Yadav, Catherine Eschle and Maria Tanyag.

Dipti Tamang: Dipti is currently employed as a permanent faculty in the Department of Political Science, Darjeeling Government College India. She holds a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and is currently a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Post doctoral research grant. Her areas of interests are gender, politics and security with focus on the conflict affected regions of the Eastern peripheries in India. She has published her work in IFJP, International Studies, and Zubaan Publications India. She also writes regularly on issues of identity, conflict and belonging through different web outlets. She is part of different formal, informal group of scholars from the Global South focused on creating safe, collaborative learning spaces, especially for early career scholars from the margins. She is co-founder and current member of the Confluence Collective- a group of scholars and practitioners from the Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalayas, exploring the oral-visual methods of creating repositories of community histories. Her current work is an exploratory process of developing a critical engagement with global politics from the ‘local’ spaces, pushing beyond traditionally defined fixed boundaries of IR. Nominated by Khushi Singh Rathore, Catherine Eschle and Punam Yadav.

Nominations for Graduate Student Representative 2022-2023

Note there are a total of four nominees for TWO posts: please take the time to read all four personal statements

Karoline Faeber: Karoline (she/her/hers) is a PhD researcher at King’s College London, Department of War Studies. Her research is located on the nexus of feminist international relations, International Political Sociology, and institutional ethnography. Karoline is interested in feminist (analyses of) foreign policy, explorations of how gender, class, and racialisation structure Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and practices of resistance and change in diplomacy and foreign policy. Her current project explores how feminism materialises (or doesn’t) in the everyday struggles of German foreign policy practitioners. Karoline is a Deputy Features Editor with E-International Relations and a member of the Programme for Gender and International Politics at the Polis180 Think Tank for Foreign and European Policy. She also serves on the Department’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, where she leads the Gender and LGBTIAQ+ Working Group, and the UK Civil Society Working Group on Feminist Foreign Policy. If successfully elected, Karoline would focus on how the FTGS can support early-career researchers, particularly those in non-European and non-US-American locations, access and navigate a precarious academic world. Nominated by Amanda Chisholm, Columba Achilleos-Sarll and Jessica Cheung.

Eda Gunaydin: Eda is a graduate student in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her key research interests are in the areas of gender, race and violence in international relations. In 2016 she received the University Medal in Government and International Relations, and she has been a research assistant in the Department since 2015. Her research has been published in International Studies Quarterly and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Nominated by Khushi Singh Rathore, Catherine Eschle and Punam Yadav.

Luah Tomas: Luah is currently a PhD student at York University. She has a BA from American University and an MSc from the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. Her research topics include women and gender issues in diplomacy, and the intersections between feminist and far-right movements, particular during the first half of the 20th century and with a focus on Latin American women. She is part of the executive committee of the newly-created Feminisms, Gender and Sexuality section of the Brazilian Association of International Relations (FGS-ABRI, @fgs_abri). She also has a mentorship project for fellow Brazilians who wish to pursue graduate studies in countries in the global north (@ocupe.omundo). Nominated by Khushi Singh Rathore, Catherine Eschle and Punam Yadav.

Laura Zuber: Laura (she/her) is a doctoral researcher at the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Her thesis investigates (neo)liberal/modern and decolonial articulations of crisis and crisis governance with regard to the global crisis of social reproduction. The aim of her thesis is to find alternative articulation(s) of crisis and their governance that are able to account for, and offer viable solutions to, the global crisis of social reproduction. Her research interests lie in global political economy, crisis management, feminist theory, and decoloniality. Her research is fully funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany’s oldest political foundation to promote educational equality. Laura is the leader of the Women in War and International Politics Committee (WIWIP), a War Studies Department-affiliated and -funded initiative at King’s College London which aims to promote the work of, and build community among, woman-identified, genderqueer, and non-binary students, staff and alumnae in the fields of Wars Studies and IR. Nominated by Amanda Chisholm, Tom Gregory and Saskia Stachowitsch.

*End of list. Please remember to vote online here by Friday 25 February 2022*

“The Contestation of Gender and Sexuality in International Organizations” ECPR Joint Sessions CFP

Call for papers

We are currently inviting papers for the workshop “The Contestation of Gender and Sexuality in International Organizations” that will be held between 19-22 April 2022 as part of the ECPR Joint Sessions. The workshop will explore the backlash against gender equality and LGBTI rights within international organizations.

The workshop will be held virtually. It is organized by Dr. Martijn Mos (Leiden University) and Dr. Jelena Cupać (WZB Berlin Social Science Center). The deadline for submissions is 2 February 2022 (midnight UK time).

More information about the workshop and how to submit a paper can be found here: (https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/PanelDetails/11376).

Please do not hesitate to contact the workshop directors if you have any questions: m.mos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl and jelena.cupac@wzb.eu. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Virtual Roundtable on Colombia: Feminist, Decolonial and Intercultural Politics in the Popular Resistance in Cali/ Mesa Virtual sobre Colombia: Política Feminista, Decolonial e Intercultural en la Resistencia Popular

International Studies Association (ISA) Global Conversations Series presents Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGS) & ISA Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Virtual Roundtable on Colombia: Feminist, Decolonial and Intercultural Politics in the Popular Resistance in Cali

Date: Monday 17 January 2022

Time: 17.00 Bogota (Colombia) Time Zoom

Registration Link: https://isanet-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lZCqNIinSK6zeHbmXbT9RQ.

Description: A series of ongoing protests began in Colombia on 28 April 2021 against the militarised anti-popular nature of governmental politics and the state and reforms including a regressive taxation policy and health care reforms which would augment strategies of privatisation and commodification. Mass protests erupted all over the country with the epicentre being Cali, in the Valle de Cauca where there are strong lineages of feminist, decolonial and inter-cultural popular politics and organising. The protests and re-occupations of urban spaces with art, ritual, dialogue and multiple popular voices and repertoires of protest often excluded from formal politics were met with extrajudicial violence and repression across the whole country, including gendered violence and sexual harm perpetrated by the over 2500 police, riot police and the military sent to the city of Cali alone. Reports from community organisers note the wilful use of excessive force including the firing of live rounds at peaceful protesters, resulting in thousands of injuries and multiple deaths to date; sexual, psychological and physical violence perpetrated against detained women, including sexual assault, abuse, and systematic threats of rape; the arrest and physical assault of local human rights observers; documented infiltration of peaceful protests by agent provocateurs, acting with the explicit support of police forces; and the military occupations of popular neighbourhoods with ongoing surveillance and curfews. The violences that confront rural communities defending their lands from expropriation and commodification in which extrajudicial killings are commonplace was generalised to the urban populace as a means to stamp an iron fist of political control over the popular sectors.

However, despite and in defiance of the ongoing brutalisation and pathologisation of popular politics, there remains survivance and ongoing resistance/re-existencias from social movements, human rights NGOs, and popular organisers. Colombian movements from below are creating inter-cultural and multiple forms of popular politics dedicated to life against and beyond the death making practices, discourses, and strategies of the Colombian political and economic elites and their (inter)national allies. This round table will bring to wider visibility a diversity of inter-cultural voices to speak of both the systemic violences and anti-life political economies as of the pluridiversity of life making politics that roots and will outlive the more public outbreaks of popular protest.

Roundtable Speakers

Sara C. Motta (Moderator)

The dialogue-webinar will be facilitated by Sara C Motta mother, poet, political theorist, community educator and head of Politics at the University of Newcastle, NSW with over two decades of experience working with raced and feminised communities co-weaving alternatives to hetero-patriarchal capitalist coloniality. Her latest book ‘Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (2018, Rowman and Littlefield) was recipient of 2020 Best Feminist Book 2020, International Studies Association.

La Maja Mina

La Maja Mina: Afro-Colombian, poet and other aromatic herbs, comadres Menora, a Cultural facilitator from eastern Cali, workshop leader on gender and race issues, member of multiple associations such as the Afro-Colombian Women Association Amafrocol (Mujeres Afrocolombianas Amafrocol), the Group of Friend-like-sisterhood for life (Cucuruchando en la Memoria), and the Collective of Black-poet Women talking the Verb (Colectivo de mujeres poetas negras Cimarroneando el Verbo). She has recently participated in the creation of three books for collective publication: “Literary Anthology URDIMBRES: Women from Pacific narrate their territory”, “Talking from Memory: Collective reconstruction of the orality of black women from the Pacific” and “With the hairs on end: Discrimination and racialization of black women and men”.

Nancy Yenny Velasco Guasamalli

A Misak woman from the Páramo, a social and community leader, a teacher in Social Sciences, a weaver of traditional knowledge and textiles. Co-founder of the Indigenous Councils of the Universidad del Valle and Nu Pachik Chak Santiago of Cali, a feminist who defends the dignity of women and Indigenous peoples.

Norma Lucía Bermúdez Gómez

An activist for women’s rights and a communitarian feminist, linked to networks, collectives and movements that connect with the defence of life against capitalist, colonialist and patriarchal systems. She has explored various academic, popular and activist literacies and languages in her path of resistance.

Vanesa Zuluaga

Mamá de Primera Línea (Mother of Primera Línea) from Ciudad Kennedy, Bogota.


Serie de Conversaciones Globales de la Asociación de Estudios Internacionales (ISA) presenta: Sección de Teoría Feminista y Estudios de Género (FTGS) y ISA Latin America & Caribbean Region

Mesa Virtual sobre Colombia: Política Feminista, Decolonial e Intercultural en la Resistencia Popular

Fecha propuesta: January 17th 2022

Hora: 5pm Hora de Bogota Zoom

Registration: https://isanet-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lZCqNIinSK6zeHbmXbT9RQ.

Descripción: Una serie de protestas en curso comenzó en Colombia el 28 de abril de 2021 contra la naturaleza militarizada y antipopular de la política gubernamental, el Estado y reformas como una política de impuestos regresivos y reformas de atención médica que aumentarían las estrategias de privatización y mercantilización. Las protestas masivas estallaron en todo el país con epicentro en Cali, en el Valle de Cauca, donde hay fuertes linajes de política y organización popular feminista, decolonial e intercultural. Las protestas y reocupaciones de espacios urbanos con arte, ritual, diálogo y múltiples voces populares y repertorios de protesta, muchas veces excluidas de la política formal, fueron recibidas con violencia extrajudicial y represión en todo el país, incluyendo violencia de género y daño a la sexualidad perpetrados por cerca de 2500 personas entre policías, miembros antidisturbios y militares enviados solo a la ciudad de Cali. Los informes de los organizadores comunitarios señalan el uso deliberado de fuerza excesiva, incluido el disparo de balas contra manifestantes pacíficos, lo que provocó miles de heridos y múltiples muertes registradas hasta la fecha; violencia sexual, psicológica y física perpetrada contra mujeres detenidas, incluida agresión sexual, abuso y amenazas sistemáticas de violación; el arresto y agresión física de observadores locales de derechos humanos; infiltración documentada de manifestaciones pacíficas por parte de agentes provocadores, actuando con el apoyo explícito de las fuerzas policiales; y las ocupaciones militares de barrios populares con vigilancia permanente y toques de queda.

La violencia que enfrentan las comunidades rurales que defienden sus tierras de la expropiación y mercantilización (en las que las ejecuciones extrajudiciales son comunes) fue generalizada a la población urbana como una forma de estampar un puño de hierro de control político sobre los sectores populares.

Sin embargo, a pesar de y en desafió a la continua brutalización y patologización de la política popular, permanece la supervivencia y la resistencia / re-existencia de los movimientos sociales, las ONG de derechos humanos y los organizadores populares. Los movimientos colombianos desde abajo están creando formas interculturales y múltiples de política popular dedicadas a la vida y en contra de las prácticas, los discursos y las estrategias mortíferas de las élites políticas y económicas colombianas y sus aliados (inter) nacionales.

Esta Mesa Redonda traerá a una mayor visibilidad y diversidad de voces interculturales para hablar tanto de las violencias sistémicas y de las economías políticas anti-vida como de la pluridiversidad de la vida, haciendo política que arraiga y sobrevivirá a los estallidos más públicos de protesta popular.

Mesa redonda para comentaristas:

Moderador de mesa redonda: Sara C. Motta, copresidenta del programa FTGS y la Universidad de Newcastle, Australia.

El seminario/Webinar será facilitado por Sara C Motta, madre, poeta, teórica política, educadora comunitaria y directora de la disciplina de Ciencias Políticas en la Universidad de Newcastle, Austyralia. Sara tiene más de dos décadas de experiencia, trabajando con comunidades racializadas y feminizadas, y tejiendo alternativas a la colonialidad capitalista heteropatriarcal. Su último libro “Sujetos Liminales: Tejiendo nuestra liberación” (2018, Rowman & Littlefield) recibió el premio del Mejor libro Feminista del año por parte de la Asociación de Estudios Internacionales en el 2020.

La Maja Mina

Negra, poeta y otras hierbas aromáticas, comadre “Menora”, gestora Cultural del oriente de Cali, tallerista en temas de género y raza, miembro de la asociación de Mujeres Afrocolombianas Amafrocol, del Comadreo por la vida y del Colectivo de mujeres poetas negras Cimarroneando el Verbo. Recientemente ha participado en la creación de tres libros de publicación colectiva Antología literaria “URDIMBRES”: Mujeres del Pacífico narran su territorio, “Cucuruchando en la Memoria”: Reconstrucción colectiva de la oralidad de mujeres negras del Pacífico y “Con los pelos de Punta”: Historia sobre discriminación y racialización de mujeres y hombres negros.

Nancy Yenny Velasco Guasamalli

Mujer del Páramo, Misak, lideresa social y comunitaria, maestra en Ciencias Sociales, tejedora de saberes y textiles tradicionales. Cofundadora del Cabildos indígena de la universidad del Valle y Nu Pachik Chak Santiago de Cali, Feminista que defiende la dignidad de las mujeres y de los pueblos.

Norma Lucía Bermúdez Gómez

Activista por los derechos de las mujeres, feminista comunitaria, ligada a redes, colectivos y movimientos que se conectan con la defensa de la vida contra los sistemas capitalista, colonialista y patriarcal. Ha explorado diversos lenguajes académicos, populares y artivismos en su camino de Resistencia.

Vanesa Zuluaga

Mamá de Primera Línea (Mother of Primera Línea), Ciudad Kennedy, Bogota.


FTGS 2022 Convention Award

We are happy to announce the  winners of  the FTGS Convention Award, 2022 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 the global pandemic induced uncertainties, the committee unanimously arrived at the decision to give 3 awards this year. This was done with the intent of  supporting increased remote and in-person participation. 

The committee has decided to give two $700 & one $200 grants to support participation at ISA 2022. 

The winner of ISA 2022 are,  Julio César Díaz Calderón  (University of Florida), Kiran Chauhan (Jawaharlal Nehru University), and Tripti Chowdhury (Jawaharlal Nehru University) 

A big congratulations to all the winners! 

FTGS Inclusion and Transformation Committee