July 2008 Archives

CFP: Intersex and Transgender in Movement!

Liminalis 2009 -- Call for Papers

Intersex and Transgender in Movement!

In the early 1990s two New Social Movements arose in the USA. These
movements rapidly became international movements under the umbrella
names "transgender" and "intersex".
Both movements have similar starting points: the diverse forms of
societal discrimination on the basis of the pathologization and
normalization of bodies, identities and performativities. In academic
literature they are subsumed under the term "New Gender Movements".
However, this term obscures the activists' different experiences,
strategies and goals and the inherent conflicts and misunderstandings
between as well as within the two movements. Potentially shared goals
such as the critique of a heternormative society are often portrayed
undifferentiatedly, the politics of the movements hereby become limited
to minority politics and their vigor is undermined.
Since its foundation Liminalis, a "journal for sex/gender emancipation",
tries to focus attention on both social movements and their specific and
diverse topics. In doing so, a non-pathologizing and non-exotisizing
engagement, which pays justice to the aims of these emancipatory social
movements is aspired. For the third edition we invite papers that
discuss the birth of transgender and intersex movements, their
development, strategies, methods and goals in a differentiated and
balanced way but also their differences and similarities, their
conflicts and collaboration. Contributions that reveal the diversity of
these movements in terms of different identities and social, political
and cultural contexts are very welcome.

Deadline for abstracts: August 30, 2008.
Deadline for papers: November 30, 2008.


New Position in Women's and Gender Studies

Lafayette College seeks an Associate Professor or
Professor with significant teaching, research,
and administrative experience in Women's and
Gender Studies, to teach in and direct an
expanding WGS program. We are particularly
interested in those with scholarly expertise and
accomplishment in one or more of the following:

· global gender studies or transnational feminisms
· gender and science
· gender and media studies
· the intersections of race, class, and gender/sexual orientation

The person hired must be willing to take a
leadership role in designing and implementing a
major in Women's and Gender Studies (we currently
have a minor). Teaching responsibilities,
primarily in WGS, are expected to include one
course per year in another program or department
corresponding to the candidate's background and
interests. The position will be available
starting fall semester 2009.

Located about 70 miles from New York City and 60
miles from Philadelphia, Lafayette is a private
undergraduate college with an enrollment of 2400.
Lafayette is an equal opportunity employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Send letter and c.v. to Professor Deborah Byrd,
Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, Pardee
Hall, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042.


Call for Papers

The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 11.1 of the
Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
to be published in Spring/Summer 2009.


Maternal Health and Well-Being
(physical, psychological, social, economic, sexual, political and spiritual
The journal will explore the topic of Maternal Health and Well-Being from a
variety of perspectives and disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars,
students, activists, health care professionals and other health workers,
artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural,
historical and comparative work is encouraged. We also welcome creative
reflections such as poetry, short stories, and artwork on the subject.

Topics can include (but are not limited to):
maternal health promotion and education; globalization and maternal health;
maternal health activism; reproductive justice; public policy and maternal
health; the environment and maternal health issues; mothers and healthy living;
maternal health and challenges within Indigenous communities; mothers with
disabilities; mothers with illnesses; HIV/AIDS; breast cancer; mental health
issues; postpartum depression; disease prevention; psychiatry; psychology;
medicine; pregnancy; childbirth; breastfeeding; young mothers; mothers and
aging; work and family balance; maternal nutrition; disordered eating;
mothering children with disabilities; violence against mothers and children;
sexual abuse, healing through the arts; addictions and recovery; raising
healthy children; politics of reproduction; abortion; sterilization; maternal
sexuality; maternal health promotion and education; LBGT maternal health
issues; menstruation; menopause; mothers and the health professions;
representations/images of mothers and health/well-being issues

Articles should be 15 pages (3750 words).
All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.
Please see our style guide for complete details.
For more information, please contact us.

NOVEMBER 1, 2008


Please direct your submissions to:
Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
726 Atkinson, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-2100 X60366 Email: arm@yorku.ca

We are grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
(SSHRCC) for its ongoing support of the journal.

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Demeter Press
726 Atkinson, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M3J 1P3
416-736-2100 x60366 (fax) 416-736-5766

Dr. Andrea O'Reilly,
Associate Professor,
School of Women's Studies,
Director: Association for Research on Mothering,
Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Demeter Press,
York University,
Toronto, Ont.,
M3J 1P3
416 736 2100;60366

CFP: Latina/Chicana Mothering


Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection on

Latina/Chicana Mothering

Publication Date: Spring 2011 Editors: Dorsía Smith Silva and Janine

We are very excited to edit an interdisciplinary book on mothering in the
and Chicana communities. We seek papers that examine the narratives,
practices, and theories of Latina and Chicana mothering as they reflect the
realities and complexities of diverse perspectives. Latina and Chicana
mothering is a rich experience, which engenders a sense of identity, multiple
viewpoints, and cultural orientations. Here, the Latina/Chicana mothering
experience seeks to provide a site for inquiry of those life histories and
legacies, which have been marked by undergoing childbirth, raising children, or
becoming mothers, as well as transatlantic mothers. One of the main goals of
this text will be to examine the complex representations of Latina and Chicana
mothering and to address the space where Latina and Chicana perspectives are in
many cases rendered invisible.

<>We encourage varied approaches from across the humanities and social sciences
including, but not limited to topics as the following: theoretical, historical,
cultural, feminist, maternal, transgender, and gender studies; personal and
reflective essays; ethnographies; oral histories, cultural studies; literary
representation; mother activists and activism perspectives; constructions and
hybridity theories of identity and changes in identity; constructions of
ethnicity and changes in ethnicity; Latina and Chicana/mothering in global and
transnational contexts; issues of immigration, diaspora, citizenship, national
identity, embodiment theories; feminist philosophies of mothers and mothering;
film and media representations; mothering conflicts; ideological and social
debates and tensions within discussions of Latina and Chicana mothering;
mothering critiques; issues of Latina and Chicana mothering, especially as they
intersect with categories of race, discrimination, class, gender, economics,
nation, family, community, education, and language; law, political, or
scientific issues; politics and public policies; poverty; health, health care,
reproduction, and reproductive rights; the role of web communities and
technology; spiritual, cultural, emotional, communal, or social influences;
support services for Latina and Chicana mothers; self-sponsored Latina and
Chicana mothering communities and institutions; ideologies in Latino and
Chicano communities
Abstracts/Proposals (250-400 words) due October 31, 2008

Acceptances made by December 1, 2008

Accepted and completed papers (15-20 pp. double-spaced, MLA format) due: March
31, 2009

Please send inquiries and papers, along with a brief biography, to:
Editors, Dorsía Smith Silva and Janine Santiago at

<>About the Editors:

<>Dorsía Smith Silva teaches English in the College of General Studies at the
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her research and teaching focus on
Ethnic and Caribbean Literature, the Latino community and the Diaspora, and
feminism. She is the author of several articles and is the co-editor of The
Caribbean without Borders: Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture
(Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).
Janine Santiago is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Puerto
Rico, College of General Studies. Santiago was granted a Ph.D. in American
Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003. Her research
interests are in the areas of Gender Studies, Oral History, Caribbean Women
Writers, and Hispanic and Latino/a Literature and Popular Culture. She has
published several articles, including her work in Latinas in the United States:
A Historical Encyclopedia (2006).

WGS Macalester LGBTQ job

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Macalester College is hiring a full-time faculty member in the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Queer Studies for the academic year 2008-2009. Courses begin August 27, 2008.

Strong preference will be given to a candidate with interdisciplinary work based in the social sciences. The successful candidate will have teaching and research expertise in studies of gender/sexuality as these are contextualized in more than one of the following ethnic American contexts (Native-American Indian, Latino/Latina, Chicano/Chicana, African-American, Asian-American, and Anglo/European-American). In addition to this U.S.-based cross-cultural expertise, an ability to create comparative studies (U.S. with other national feminisms and sexualities) is desirable. The candidate will be expected to teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses with a distinct basis in the history of feminist/queer theories. Three courses need to be staffed as set: Trans/InterSex (introductory level), Feminist/Queer Theories/Methodologies (intermediate) and Global AIDS (advanced). The selected candidate will have the opportunity to create two other courses, based on their expertise. More information about the department is available on our website (www.macalester.edu/wgs).

FEMMSS 3: The Politics of Knowledge

University of South Carolina Women’s and Gender Studies Conference
March 19-21, 2009
In conjunction with the Association of Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies

FEMMSS 3: The Politics of Knowledge

Call for abstracts for individual papers or panels

FEMMSS 3 seeks to deepen the understanding of the politics of knowledge in light of the increasing pressures of globalization, neoliberal restructuring, and militarization. Calling an array of theoretical frameworks including transnational feminism, post-colonial theory, cultural studies, epistemologies of ignorance, feminist epistemologies, and feminist science studies, this conference works to understand the ways in which knowledge is politically constituted and its material affects on people’s lives. The politics of knowledge can be discerned through the allocation and the appropriation of intellectual and natural resources, through the allocation of research funding, the control and commodification of the
health sciences and health care by multinational corporations, and the dominance of Western knowledge over that of the Two-Thirds world.

Furthermore, the politics of knowledge can be seen in the way groups and communities actively resist troubling affects of knowledge production through grass-roots organizations such as the Third World Network, community action groups, the citizens’ science movement, environmental justice groups, and the various women’s health movements.

FEMMSS continues to be concerned about the importance and difficulty of translating knowledge into action and practice. Ours is a highly interdisciplinary group of feminist scholars who pursue knowledge questions at the interstices of epistemology, methodology, metaphysics, ontology, and science and technology studies. Themes for the conference include, but are not limited to:

Whose Knowledge Matters?
• How do class, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and other formations of difference shape what counts as expertise, what questions are considered relevant, and which outcomes emerge from clashes and negotiations between different forms of expertise?
• How have epistemologies of ignorance emerged as important conceptual and political approaches to not only reveal patterns of active unknowing, but also to point to strategies for resistance?
• How do the material conditions of people’s lives, such as access to water, food, computers, information, and health care, enable or disable their ability to live well, produce knowledge, and engage in resistance?
Science, Knowledge and the State
• What has been the role of science and technology in fostering militarization, or in intervening in the militarization of subjectivity?
• What is the role of science in constructing historical knowledges that underpin the nation-state and justify the subordination of indigenous and/or
colonized peoples?
• What is the role of cultural production and new media in expanding democratic participation and empowerment? In constructing, controlling, and regulating populations?
• How has “certainty? been constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed in the face of technoscientific uncertainty?
Knowledges of Resistance
• What are some of the promising community-based research strategies that can help us to understand the effects that corporate control of health and health care is having?
• How do local and globally connected citizens’ groups work to reveal and resist environmental racism, globalization, and gender injustice that are generated and perhaps obscured by the production of knowledge?
• How can Western feminists and feminists from the Two-Thirds World establish symmetrical relationships that don’t replicate the patterns of colonial epistemology?
• How can we best create robust links with activists, advocates, and policy-makers?
• What are some strategies for bringing policy concerns to the work of FEMMSS and the work of FEMMSS to policy-makers?

You are invited to submit abstracts (500-word maximum) for individual presentations or panels relevant to the conference theme as well as to other issues in women’s and gender studies. Please submit the abstract of your paper or panel proposal by September 15, 2008 to:


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