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.

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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.

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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

Teresia Teaiwa Student Paper Award

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies and Global Development sections of ISA wish to make you aware of the Teresia Teaiwa Student Paper Award. The sole criterion for the award is that the nominee must be a registered PhD student or equivalent studying in Oceania. The deadline for nominations has been extended to 15th November 2021. Please do distribute this call with all due haste.

Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the award committee, Robbie Shilliam at r.shilliam@jhu.edu . Full details are provided in the link below:
https://www.isanet.org/Programs/Awards/Teresia-Teaiwa-Student-Paper-Award

Catherine Eschle (FTGS) catherine.eschle@strath.ac.uk
Sara Motta (FTGS) sara.c.motta@newcastle.edu.au
Ajay Parasram (GDS) parasram@dal.ca
(Chair) Robbie Shilliam (GDS) r.shilliam@jhu.edu

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

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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.