Monday, March 24, 2008

First Feminism...Now Women's Studies?

Death of a Discipline???

In the Guardian, Angela McRobbie argues that "the demise of women's studies has more to do with changes in the job market than lost battles." She writes,
The disappearance of women's studies at undergraduate level from British universities, to be marked in July by the graduation of the final batch of 12 students from London Metropolitan University, is symbolic of the changes that have been taking place in the landscape of gender, sexuality and feminism during the last decade.

As women's and gender studies is becoming more institutionalized at higher education institutes in the United States, which the expansion of organizations like the National Women's Studies Association evinces, I am surprised to learn that there is a decline in such academic programs in the UK. Of course, this could just be my ignorance about what is happening on the other side of the pond.

But I'd be interested in some intercontinental discussion among feminist academics about the current conditions on their campuses in regards to women's and gender studies. What is the status of this discipline at your school?


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1 comment:

  1. I'm not affiliated with the university, but Women's Studies staff at the University of South Florida recently put out a call for public support for their campaign to preserve the Department of Women's Studies, which is at risk of losing its autonomous status due to restructuring. It's currently the only autonomous Women's Studies department in the state.

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