Call for Rapid Responses: Emergent Spaces in the Women’s March: Intersectionality and Inclusion

The Women’s March brought together hundreds of thousands of supporters in Washington, DC, not only to protest the recent election in the US, but also to “affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination” (Women’s March on Washington, 2017). Conceived initially in November 2016 as a protest against the President-elect, the March took hold and spread across the globe. The day after the inauguration of the new US president, an estimated 4.8 million supporters marched and protested across the world. Participation was well beyond the boundaries of people who consider themselves activists. Sustaining the momentum of the movement is key in keeping these spaces open for resistance.

We seek to map out the emergent spaces, issues and strategies that the Women’s March has opened up for both those in the US under the current administration and those around the world facing similar ultra-conservative, ethnocentric, and nationalist upswellings.

Editors of Gender, Place and Culture welcome submissions that address the Women’s March. We encourage celebratory pieces of works as well as critiques. We thus invite submissions that take the form of creative writing, poetry, image essays, research agendas, strategy documents, policy analysis, viewpoints, polemics, and regular research papers. We call for shorter pieces (1500 to 3000 words) and longer analyses (5000 to 9000 words). We also request blogs, vlogs, and picture essays that once vetted will posted on https://genderplaceandculture.wordpress.com, as they become available.

Deadline – 15 March. Send queries and submissions to:

Pamela Moss pamelam@uvic.ca or Avril Maddrell avril.maddrell@reading.ac.uk

Submissions will be reviewed by the Editors, and where appropriate sent for peer review, with a planned publication of April-May 2017.

Works Cited

Women’s March, 2017. Guiding Vision and Definition or Principles. [flyer] Available at: https://genderplaceandculture.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/1391c-wmwguidingvision26definitionofprinciples.pdf [Last accessed 28 January 2017]

Gender, Place and Culture Welcomes New Book Review Editor, Dr. Marcia England

Dearest readers, today we are excited to introduce you to our new Book Review Editor, Dr. Marcia England, who has kindly shared the guest blog post below.
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I’m excited to be a part of the Gender, Place and Culture (GPC) team as the new Book Review Editor. My first article was published in GPC, so it holds a special place in my academic history.

 I am looking forward to understanding more about the field of gendered and feminist geographies. I teach a geography and gender based course at Miami University, so it will be exciting to see new texts as they come in and read scholarly critiques of them.  I think it could be really invigorating to my own work as well as teaching. I would like to contribute to GPC through the promotion of new perspectives that energize geography and involve the contemplation of different outlooks. This is something that really calls to me.

My research centers on gendered and feminist geographies and always has.  I publish primarily on topics that intersect with gender and media, but other interests include body geographies and feminist urban politics. My 2006 GPC article published on representations of body and the home in horror films entitled “Breached bodies and home invasions: Horrific representations of the feminized body and home” was cited in a GPC Reflections piece in 2008 and included in the 2014 GPC reader.  I recently submitted a book manuscript on how gendered geographies manifest in media entitled Public privates:  Geographies of mediated spaces. I am currently working on a new project on reproductive geographies and how assisted reproductive technologies affect the body and socio-spatial understandings of conception and pregnancy. This is a brand new field for me and I’m having fun delving into new literature.

The editorial team has been very welcoming and the transition hopefully will be smooth.

Gender, Place and Culture Welcomes New Managing Editor: Dr. Pamela Moss

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Happy new year to all our readers! Today’s post comes from our new Managing Editor, Dr. Pamela Moss. We are very pleased to share her blog entry as we head into 2017.

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As of the beginning of this year, I assumed the role of Managing Editor at Gender, Place and Culture (GPC). I’m taking over from Peter Hopkins who was in the position for three years. We follow in the footsteps of wonderful feminist scholars who have volunteered their time over the years to promote feminist scholarship in geography and build a legacy for feminist geography within the discipline.

I come to the role with some experience as a GPC Editor. As part of my transition back into geography, after having been away for a number of years in interdisciplinary studies, I applied for, and enthusiastically accepted, the role of Editor at GPC. It is hard to believe that it has already been three and a half years! I have learned a great deal working with GPC colleagues. I must thank Robyn Longhurst, Peter Hopkins, Lynda Johnston and Avril Maddrell for welcoming me into the position. Much of my hands-on training came from Jenny Lloyd and Carl Thompson who held the crucial position of Editorial Assistant to the Managing Editor. Maral Sotoudehnia has now taken over from Carl, and she tirelessly continues my training in a supportive manner. I’m getting to know the rest of the editorial team – Kanchana Ruwanpura and Katherine Brickell as Editors, Marcia England and Nathaniel Lewis as Book Review Editors, and Anna Tarrant and Lisa Dam as Social Media Editors.

There is obviously much excellent feminist geography work going on for since my time at GPC, the journal has doubled in size – from 6 to 12 issues per year! As editors, we have tried to figure out effective ways to get this work published. Most recently, the journal has introduced three new publishing formats for GPC: Interventions, Book Review Essays, and Multimedia Contributions. General Descriptions of each can be found here. Interventions are similar to Themed Sections, but the contributions are shorter and organized around one problematic. Book Review Essays can either be an author reviewing more than one book or a group of authors engaging with one book. Multimedia Contributions are accompanied by a short essay explaining the contribution the piece of media makes to feminist geography (see an example here at the bottom of the page).

Even with these changes, the journal will continue to be organized around what I see as its central, most basic value – generating a supportive and intellectually engaged environment for publishing feminist work in geography. Editors seek out leading scholars to provide critical readings of manuscripts. These scholars deliver informed and detailed reviews that assist authors in developing and enhancing the scholarship manifest in the submissions. The feedback, offered in the generous spirit of intellectual expansion (although when you first get reviews as an author, this isn’t necessarily the first thing that jumps in your mind!), gives the authors some direction during the revisions. Editors support authors through the process, especially those going through the process for the first time or are early on in their careers.

I am looking forward to managing the journal. I see my role as one that facilitates the gathering and distribution of feminist scholarship in geography. If you ever have a question about the journal, the review process, or aspirations for publishing, please contact me. I am happy to be part of a conversation.

Let me close with an invitation. On behalf of the entire editorial group, I invite you to submit your work to GPC. For you – all of you – are key in continuing the strong tradition that has made GPC what it is today.

Volume 23, Issue 12 is now available

What better way to end 2016 then to read the latest issue of Gender, Place and Culture? There are interesting articles and book reviews spanning the globe, including Asia, Europe, and South America to name a few. This issue also marks the first twelfth issue as we moved from publishing 10 issues per year to 12 — a sign of growth in feminist geography!

Articles:

The Janice Monk Lecture in Feminist Geography: the first 10 years
Sallie A. Marston & Sapana Doshi

When bodies do not fit: an analysis of postgraduate fieldwork
Johanna Carolina Jokinen & Martina Angela Caretta

A love story: for ‘Buddy System’ research in the academy
Patricia J. Lopez & Kathryn Gillespie 

With the mine in the veins: emotional adjustments in female partners of Chilean mining workers
Jimena Silva-Segovia & Paulina Salinas-Meruane

Places of difference: narratives of heart-felt warmth, ethnicisation, and female care-migrants in Swiss live-in care
Katharina Pelzelmayer

#Follow: exploring the role of social media in the online construction of male sex worker lives in Dublin, Ireland
Paul Ryan

Pray the gay away: identity conflict between Christianity and sexuality in Hong Kong sexual minorities
Petula Sik Ying Ho & Yiqian Hu

The unavoidable salience of gender: notes from Australian childcare work
Yarrow Andrew

Domesticfication of urban space? Mothering and fathering while on family leave in the inner city of Helsinki
Johanna Lilius

Imagining the ideal city, planning the gender-equal city in Umeå, Sweden
Linda Sandberg & Malin Rönnblom

Chinese migrant women as boundary markers in Singapore: unrespectable, un-middle-class and un-Chinese
Sylvia Ang

A geopolitics of migrant women, mobility and abortion access in the Republic of Ireland
Katherine Side

Book Review Forum:

Muddying the waters: coauthoring feminisms across scholarship and activism
Elora Halim Chowdhury, Laura Pulido, Nik Heynen, Lainie Rini, Joel Wainwright, Naeem Inayatullah & Richa Nagar

Book Reviews:

Discounted life: the price of global surrogacy in India
Rituparna Bhattacharyya

Covered in ink: tattoos, women, and the politics of the body
Shea Ellen Gilliam

Traveling heavy. A memoir in between journeys
Pamela Moss

Gender, Place and Culture Appoints New Editor: Dr. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

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Dr. Ruwanpura (centre) working together with Y3 undergraduate students to help a refugee drop-in centre on a field trip to Athens, Greece

We are excited to share a guest blog entry from one of our new editors, Dr. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, who has been in the position for six months. Thanks to Dr. Ruwanpura for sharing this entry about her experience as an editor so far!

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I have been transitioning into my new role as an editor of Gender, Place and Culture (GPC) since the summer and it is nearing six months, without me having a chance to have penned an intervention into our great blog! On the up side, the past few months has also given me a flavour of the role – what it entails and what joys and frustrations it brings and may bring down the line.

I was attracted to apply for the editorial post in GPC because I had recently had an article published and had a great experience through the review process. So when searching on google, quite by chance stumbled upon the advert placed by GPC. Perhaps hoping for a similarly serendipitous outcome, I applied for the role – with some trepidation and uncertainty – not knowing if I would make the cut. My uncertainty stemmed not just from my relatively novice status in the academic hierarchy, at that point still a Senior Lecturer in Development Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, but also because while I am a feminist scholar, I am no geographer by training!

As a social scientist, initially trained in (heterodox) economics and then Development Studies, my transition as a geographer was through on-the-job training and began a decade ago with an array of amazing colleagues at the University of Southampton (2006-2013). When I made the application, my new academic home was one of the birthplaces of GPC – the University of Edinburgh – and where one of the journals founding editor – Liz Bondi – used to have a home within the Institute of Geography.[1] Being involved in GPC was also a chance to keep the Institute of Geography’s critical human geography credentials in place, in whatever small way. In any event, for multiple reasons, to be appointed to the leading feminist geography journal as an editor was a real honor and privilege!

And so serendipitously, I have been appointed one of the new editors of Gender, Place and Culture, and have learnt so much about the feminist academic community that makes GPC what it is. I have learnt about the willingness and openness of some colleagues to generously give their time to review papers, while I have learnt of refusals, silences and incommunicado of others – making this editorial work at times fulfilling and at other times frustrating; wishing all my peers were aware that our academic work is seeped in reciprocity and collegiality. I have learnt of the difficulties entailed in making difficult decisions around rejections and major revisions, and the value of patience in working together with colleagues to get a positive outcome. A work of highs and lows – and more to come, I am sure.

While this learning process has been on the whole enlightening, my frustration also stems from learning how our editorial work gets valued (or not) at our home institutions; a concern for colleagues from various academic homes. So, even as my home institution, the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, gets recognition, when we academics, feminist scholars included, make it to be as editors of leading journals in our fields, I also find that in the 21st century that this largely voluntary work is yet to be recognized internally with our academic homes as part of our workload. The underlying feminist concern of what counts and what does not as valuable academic work, however, is still to make headway…and so our feminist work remains to be done. 

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[1] Professor Liz Bondi is still at the University of Edinburgh, but attached elsewhere within the University rather than the Institute of Geography.

Annual Award for New and Emerging Scholars, 2017

Application closing date: 27 January 2017

The editorial team of Gender, Place and Culture is pleased to announce an annual award valued at a maximum of US$1,500 for new and emerging scholars. The award is targeted at emerging researchers in feminist geographies who are trying to establish research careers and create research momentum. The purpose is to support the research programme of promising feminist geographers and to give an impetus to their careers. The applicant should be involved in independent research and not be merely part of a larger group’s research project. Priority for this award will be given to current graduate students or faculty members within three years of receiving their PhD who are situated in partially or poorly funded positions, who work in departments where little or no money is available for conference participation and who have no recourse to grants from funding agencies such as the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK and the National Science Foundation in the USA or equivalent (if you currently hold one of these grants or have just completed one you will not be considered eligible for this award). 

This award is intended to be used for attendance at an international conference of your choice, at which you will present a paper on a topic relating to feminist geography. The successful applicant is expected to use the award within one year of its receipt.

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • an abstract of the conference paper (250-300 words) and conference information including, if possible, confirmation of acceptance of your paper;
  • your CV;
  • a paragraph outlining how your research contributes to feminist geography;
  • a proposed budget (for accommodation, travel, conference fees, per diem, etc.);
  • and a cover letter including your contact details (mailing address, email, and telephone number).

Please send your applications to the Managing Editor, Pamela Moss (pamelam@uvic.ca), by 27 January 2017. A decision on the award will be made within 4 to 6 weeks of this deadline. Within one month of attending the conference, the successful applicant is expected to submit receipts as well as a one page report.

Editor’s Choice Collection: access selected articles for free until March 2017

The Managing Editor and the Editors of Gender, Place and Culture have just made thirteen articles in the journal free of access until March 2017, in recognition of the fine scholarship that has come to be part of the journal.  Covering a diverse range of topics these articles showcase some of the best and cutting-edge research that is shaping contemporary feminist geography.

You can view their choices and links to the articles here. Congratulations to the researchers whose papers have been selected.

If you are interested in publishing in the journal, we continue to seek articles based on primary research that addresses one or more of the following:

  • the particularities and intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, age, (dis)ability, sexuality, class, culture and place;
  • feminist, anti-racist, critical and radical geographies of space, place, nature and the environment;
  • feminist geographies of difference, resistance, marginality and/or spatial negotiation;
  • and critical methodology.

Editors: Peter Hopkins, Avril Maddrell, Pamela Moss and Kanchana Ruwanpura

Volume 23, Issue 11 is now available

There are some excellent research articles in Issue 11 covering a wide range of themes that advance feminist geography. This includes vulnerability in LGBT communities; the intersections of race and masculinity in the lives of rural transgender men; the spatial politics and activisms of gay seniors sex work; men providing care; queer regionality and much, much more.

Links to the full list of content for Issue 11 are posted below:

Chen Misgay, Gay-riatrics: spatial politics and activism of gay seniors in Tel-Aviv’s gay community centrePages: 1519-1534

Miriam J. Abelson, ‘You aren’t from around here’: race, masculinity, and rural transgender men, Pages: 1535-1546

Laura Rodriguez Castro, Barbara Pini & Sarah Baker, The global countryside: peasant women negotiating, recalibrating and resisting rural change in Colombia, Pages: 1547-1559

Donna J. Drucker, Bringing gender and spatial theory to life at a German technical university, Pages: 1560-1571

Treena Orchard, Jennifer Vale, Susan Macphail, Cass Wender & Tor Oiamo, ‘You just have to be smart’: spatial practices and subjectivity among women in sex work in London, Ontario, Pages: 1572-1585

Melissa Giesbrecht, Allison Williams, Wendy Duggleby, Jenny Ploeg & Maureen Markle-Reid, Exploring the daily geographies of diverse men caregiving for family members with multiple chronic conditions, Pages: 1586-1598 – Open Access

Nireka Weeratunge, Olivier Joffre, Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu, Bounthanom Bouahom & Anousith Keophoxay, Gender and household decision-making in a Lao Village: implications for livelihoods in hydropower development, Pages: 1599-1614

Cüneyt Çakırlar, Introduction to Queer/ing Regions, Pages: 1615-1618

Camilla Bassi, What’s radical about reality TV? An unexpected tale from Shanghai of a Chinese lesbian antihero, Pages: 1619-1630

Jon Binnie, Critical queer regionality and LGBTQ politics in Europe, Pages: 1631-1642

Howard Chiang & Alvin K. Wong, Queering the transnational turn: regionalism and queer Asias, Pages: 1643-1656

Our ‘Feminists on the Frontlines’ podcasts are now online

Our ‘Feminists on the Frontlines’ podcasts, including transcripts, are now available online at the Gender, Place and Culture Homepage.

‘Feminists on the Frontlines’ comprise two panels of leading feminist researchers that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse at part of the history and present-day experiences of feminist organizing in the discipline of geography.

Part One, “Lessons from the Past,” is a collection of reflections on personal experiences by scholars who helped establish feminist geography within the discipline. The panel of discussants includes Cindi Katz, Audrey Kobayashi, Linda Peake, Pamela Moss, Valerie Preston, and Sue Ruddick.

Part Two, “Forging the Future,” begins where the first ends, and includes reflections on more recent years and contemporary issues. This features Leslie Kern, Ranu Basu, Jennifer Fluri, Beverley Mullings, Tiffany Muller-Myrdahl, Rupal Oza, and Alison Mountz.

Enjoy!

Seeking a New Book Review Editor

Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, published by Taylor & Francis, is a well-established geography journal with an international circulation. The current Managing Editor is Peter Hopkins and Editors are Avril Maddrell, Pamela Moss and Kanchana Ruwanpura. The journal has two Book Review Editors, currently Andrew Gorman-Murray and Nathaniel Lewis. The journal is looking to replace Andrew Gorman-Murray whose term is coming to an end.

This new book review editor will join the journal for a three year term. As Gender, Place and Culture publishes twelve issues per annum, both book review editors will be responsible for providing book reviews for six issues each. The new book review editor will start in January 2017 but will be asked to start shadowing the current book review editors as soon as possible after appointment.

Candidates should:
–    have a broad knowledge of the field of feminist geography and of women’s and gender studies;
–    actively encourage submissions from scholars from all world regions;
–    encourage the review of a wide range of texts;
–    be able to seek texts from publishers;
–    have access to email;
–    have excellent editing skills.

Our preference is for people who already have editorial experience as they will be required to commence the preparation of book reviews fairly soon after joining the journal. Applications should consist of a letter detailing the candidate’s editorial experience, including their vision and ambitions for the journal, plus a CV. Nominations of suitable persons are also being solicited.

The closing date for Applications is 10 October 2016.

Further information about the activities and responsibilities of the book review editor can be obtained from Peter Hopkins. Nominations and applications should be e-mailed to Peter Hopkins at peter.hopkins@ncl.ac.uk.

Details about the journal can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cgpc20/current.