Monday, March 24, 2008

Women, Action, and the Media

See You In Boston!

Like many members of the feminist blogosphere, I will be in Boston this weekend for the Women, Action, and the Media Conference. While I will be at WAM! exhibiting for the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and not representing ABWAB, I do hope you will stop by my table to visit. There will be candy...and maybe some live blogging, too.


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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?


Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjunction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.