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Academic Opportunities:

The Department of Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University

The Department of Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University is currently accepting applications for admission to our doctoral program in Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies. Program hallmarks include: small, cohort-specific seminar courses; transdisciplinarity (i.e., transformative integration of diverse disciplinary methodologies and theories); multicultural-feminist and womanist critical social theories and rigorous scholarship in the service of progressive social change; close mentorship by faculty.  Full-time doctoral students will be considered for university-wide scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships. Graduates of the program will be prepared to meet the growing regional, national, and international needs for professors of Women’s & Gender Studies and related disciplines and for leaders of nongovernmental, social service, and research agencies that address women’s and other social-justice issues. As the largest public university primarily for women and one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the nation, Texas Woman’s University offers doctoral students a unique opportunity to combine social-justice issues with transformational, multicultural scholarship and pedagogy. For more information, click here, or contact Dr. AnaLouise Keating, director of the doctoral program in Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies: The admission deadline is February 1, 2018.


The National University of Ireland Galway

The National University of Ireland Galway announces an MA in Global Women’s Studies: Globalisation and Rights. The MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights is a flagship program of the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI Galway. It offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of the gender dimensions of globalization and global issues, through an interdisciplinary program that combines the fields of: gender and women’s studies, international development, human rights, and peace and conflict studies. Students acquire the theoretical, conceptual, and practical tools needed to apply a gender perspective and undertake gender analyses in relevant domains of practice and employment at local, national and international levels, as well as for advanced research at doctoral level and beyond. In addition to modules on globalization, development, human rights, gender and feminist theory, health and sexuality, women in agriculture, historical perspectives, and peace and conflict, skills-based modules are offered in research methods, applied gender analysis and empowerment. Students also have the opportunity to undertake an accredited, two-month professional placement with a relevant organization working on issues related to program themes. For more information, click here. To apply, click here.


Journal Submissions:

CFP—Special Issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fat Oppression, edited by Ariane Prohaska and Jeannine A. Gailey

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a 200-250 word abstract and a current CV to Ariane Prohaska ( or Jeannine Gailey ( by December 15th, 2017. Any questions about the topic can also be directed to these e-mails.

This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society explores issues around fat oppression. The editors invite papers on a variety of topics that address, for example, fatness as a dimension of inequality (e.g. discrimination in jobs, education, and public spaces) that intersects with other inequalities (race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, etc.), the theorizing of fat/fatness or “obesity” as deviant and the consequences on the physical/mental health of fat people, and violence against fat people.

Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Stereotypes of fat people and their consequences
  • Fat children: bullying, stigma, and outcomes
  • Intimate partner violence and fat bodies
  • Fat oppression in medicine/pharmaceutical industry
  • Sexual assault/rape of fat bodies
  • Media representations of fat people
  • The history of fat oppression
  • Public policy and fat bodies
  • The diet industry and fat bodies
  • Fat activism
  • Resilience in the face of fat oppression

Final submissions should be between 3000-6000 words, including all notes and references, and should be received by April 1, 2018. If you wish to include reproductions of visual images with your essay, you will need to receive permission to do so from the artists/copyright holders of the image(s). All authors will need to sign a form that transfers copyright of their article to the publisher, Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Fat Studies is the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and programs related to body weight and appearance. Content includes original research and overviews exploring the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Articles critically examine representations of fat in health and medical sciences, the Health at Every Size model, the pharmaceutical industry, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, legal issues, literature, pedagogy, art, theater, popular culture, media studies, and activism.

Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Fat Studies advocates equality for all people regardless of body size. It explores the way fat people are oppressed, the reasons why, who benefits from that oppression and how to liberate fat people from oppression. Fat Studies seeks to challenge and remove the negative associations that society has about fat and the fat body. It regards weight, like height, as a human characteristic that varies widely across any population. Fat Studies is similar to academic disciplines that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, or age.


Palgrave Studies invites monographs, edited collections, and shorter single-authored books (30,000 – 50,000 words) for the exciting new book series, Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference. This book series brings together analyses of familial and kin relationships with emerging and new technologies which allow for the creation, maintenance and expansion of family. We use the term “family” as a working truth with a wide range of meanings in an attempt to address the feelings of family belonging across all aspects of social location: ability, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, body size, social class and beyond. This book series aims to explore phenomena located at the intersection of technologies including those which allow for family creation, migration, communication, reunion and the family as a site of difference. The individual volumes in this series will offer insightful analyses of the representations of these phenomena in media, social media, literature, popular culture and corporeal settings. Possible book topics include:

  • Technologies of family creation and maintenance: the use of alternate reproductive technologies; the use of communication technologies to share information;
  • Queer family creation and representation through technology; making queer family visible through traditional, popular and social media; alternate family connections including non-normative parenting arrangements (more than two parents, multiple different shades of parenting); “new” family through donor sibling relationships;
  • Technologies of class mobility, including the impact of smartphone technology on mediating/curtailing aspects of the digital divide; shifting family relationships through generational moves in class status
  • Fat family: the ways that narratives of obesity have had impacts on the creation and representation of family (for example: obese women who are denied reproductive technologies or access to international adoption); the ways these rhetorics have shifted differently in different jurisdictions; representation of fat family; intersection of fat and working class identities in popular culture
  • Trans families: both in terms of gender identity but also in terms of other families that “confound”—families that do not “match” one another, or that otherwise transgress normative models
  • Technologies of disability: the use of technology to enhance or bolster independence, the ways that disabled people are seen as incapable of parenting; on the other hand, the technologies which come into play around parenting children with disability, both prenatally and once children are born; representation of disability and family (fetishization and the perceived martyrdom of parents).


Please send inquiries to Series editors May Friedman ( AND Silvia Schultermandl (



Southwest Decision Sciences Institute

Dr. Rachael Robertson, TCU Alum and CEO and Chairman of Charles Edda and Bouley Holdings is seeking co-authors for manuscripts for possible inclusion in the 49th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI) ( and the National Institute of CyberSecurity Education (NICE) ( Most conference call for papers have already begun; but we can explore and plan where to submit. Usually, all papers will be peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published within whatever Conference proceedings apply. As an alum; this is a twofold cordial invitation that includes a submission for major funding issues gender related with components of cybersecurity. For a more in-depth explanation of USAID funding and to explore opportunities for university partnership with USAID, we suggest you visit their webpage on USAID’s grant and contract process. For more information, contact Dr. Rachael Robertson (


Better World: Bodies of Knowledge Symposium, Spring 2018

The next Better World: Bodies of Knowledge Symposium will take place at USC Upstate on Apr 9-11, 2018, marking the ten-year anniversary of a cultural event originally conceptualized as a response to physical and rhetorical violence against LGBTQ+ people in the Upstate of South Carolina and, more broadly, the southeastern U.S. The hope in creating this event a decade ago was to change the conversation about queerness in this region and thereby to make a better world for LGBTQ+ people. In the current historical moment, this utopic critical and activist work remains urgent. Drawing loosely on the work of late queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz to critically reimagine queerness as the “not yet here,” conference organizers call for papers or panel proposals on building better worlds and imagining queer futures in truly trying times. We are especially interested in centering the work of queer people of color in these world-building projects. We are also interested in taking this opportunity to engage with a wide range of methodologies (both theoretical and practical) for advocacy, justice, and empowerment within the present.

Keynote speakers:

  • E. Patrick Johnson, “Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women”
  • Jaime Cantrell, “Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories”
  • Marlanda Dekine, “Speaking Down Barriers” (change-maker and community dialogue artiste)
  • Ivy Hill, “Gender Benders” (trans*, gender non-conforming, LGBT support group in SC)

The symposium will open with a screening of Holler If You Hear Me: Black
and Gay in the Church, a documentary by Clay Cane addressing the
intersection of religion, race, and queerness in Atlanta.

Proposal topics may include but are not limited to:

  • LGBTQ+ exclusion from civil rights under the current U.S. administration: Given a clear statement by the current administration that civil rights do not include LGBTQ+ people and a related move to exclude trans people within the military, how must discussions of queer political work change? What does the future of queer political work look like, both within and outside the U.S. government?
  • LGBTQ+ critical methodologies: What role do oral histories,ethnographies, archival research, or community dialogues play in preserving, creating, and celebrating the utopic moments happening now or in previous historical periods, moments in which LGBTQ+ people already made better worlds of various kinds?
  • LGBTQ+ intersectionality: How might institutions dedicated to advocating for/with LGBTQ+ populations avoid engaging in racism, colonialism, xenophobia, classism, and ableism in the process? What work is being done by and for communities who are doubly disenfranchised through law and policies at local and federal levels due to their immigration status? In what ways might Undocuqueer serve as a model for responding to the recent repeal of DACA in ways that acknowledge the profound role played by the intersection of race and sexuality in the lives of undocumented immigrants? Who and where are the (literal and metaphorical) queer dreamers in this nightmare scenario?
  • LGBTQ+ representations: How are new avenues of media production offering potential futures for queer representation, both in front of and behind the camera? What conversations do we need to be having about cultural representations of LGBTQ+ people amid the post-network, post-cable proliferation of media texts that include LGBTQ+ characters (e.g., TransParent, Orange is the New Black, Sense8, Take My Wife)?
  • LGBTQ+ archives: While looking towards a queer future is crucial, what can be learned from what Heather Love calls “feeling backwards?” What conversations do we need to be having about queer histories? How was queer history archived if it fell outside the concerns of institutions? How can archivists and historians preserve a queer future through attention to queer histories?
  • LGBTQ+ social media: How has technology amplified or alleviated the tensions of being queer? Can apps like Grindr help connect certain members of the LGBTQ+ community, while alienating others? How do folks who identify as part of the “Tumblr queer” community interact with older generations of queers? What does queerness look like in the post-truth era of social media isolation?


Papers are also encouraged on topics related to the keynote lectures, as well as direct responses to the scholarly works by these speakers


Please send 200-word abstracts to Dr. Lisa Johnson ( by Nov. 1, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be made by Dec. 1, 2017.