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Women's Studies Association (NZ)

Kia ora and welcome to the Women's Studies Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Our aim is to promote women's studies by encouraging feminist research and scholarship, promoting women's studies courses and events, preserving feminist heritage and sharing the work of our members through publications, events and conferences.

As a feminist organisation, our commitment is to women's studies making an impact by reducing gender-based inequalities and leading to positive changes for women.

We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as foundational to our work and we encourage diversity in our organisation and in women's studies.

See more about WSA(NZ) in About Us.

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The Women's Studies Journal Graduate Prize for a Feminist Essay in 2015


Entries are open for the 2015 Women's Studies Journal Graduate Prize for a Feminist Essay, awarded by the Women's Studies Association, and administered by the editorial collective of the Women's Studies Journal. The award will be presented to the author/s of a submitted essay that is considered by the judging panel to best represent feminist scholarship on the 2015 theme: gender-based violence in contemporary Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
Entries for the 2015 prize will close on 1 June 2015.
Please see here for more details.

Women's Studies Journal: Women and the Nation at War

WSANZ members may be interested in submitting contributions for a forthcoming special issue on Women and the Nation at War. The issue aims to provide balance to the current fervour surrounding the centennial of World War One by inviting feminist critique of war. To these ends articles are invited which provide feminist reflection, contemporary critique, or historical (re)assessment of women and war. Of particular interest are submissions which provide theoretical, philosophical, or empirical critique of warfare and its contemporary impact on women, particularly within Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific, also submissions which engage in historical critique of women's experiences of World War One and World War Two.
Please see this call for papers for full details.

Feminist Artwork
of the Month

Niki Hastings-McFall of Samoan and Palangi heritage was born and raised in Titirangi, West Auckland. Niki was educated in Auckland and holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Diploma of Tertiary Teaching. Her art since the 1990s addresses emerging contemporary issues of cultural identity in Pacific art in New Zealand.

Niki Hastings-McFall , Home from the Sea, Cloud series, 2012
Home from the Sea, Cloud series, 2012,
courtesy the artist
and Whitespace and RH Galleries.
Since 1992 Niki has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally and takes her place as a key artist in the contemporary Pacific art scene. Her work has been exhibited in key exhibitions such as Pasifika Styles (UK), and Paradise Now? (USA). Her work is held in both public and private collections for example, the Chartwell Trust, British Museum, Tijibaou Cente in Noumea and in New Zealand universities, the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington among many others. Home from the Sea, Cloud series, 2012 is a clever work that invites interpretation by not only experts but all of us.

Feminist artwork of the month curated by Elizabeth Eastmond, text by Annie Weir.


WSA(NZ) AGM 2015

Our Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland St, Auckland on Thursday 23rd July 2015.

Drinks & nibbles at 5.30pm, AGM is scheduled for 6.00pm, chaired by Annie Weir. Anyone can attend but only members can vote.

At 7pm we will be screening a marvellous new documentary from filmmaker Briar March:

A Place to Call Home

still from A Place to Call Home
Seen through the eyes of two women involved in opposing housing projects,
A PLACE TO CALL HOME explores what is happening to public housing in a climate of privatisation and state sponsored gentrification.