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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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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.

Make sure our history and culture doesn't disappear!

WSA(NZ) supports the Bridget Williams Books digitisation project, which aims to raise $50,000 to assist in turning books on women published by BWB and Allen & Unwin over the period 1984-2014 into e-books.

Go to to find out more about the books being digitised and how to donate.

Please give generously to ensure that New Zealand's feminist scholarship is preserved and made accessible to new generations and a wider readership.

Bridget Williams Books

Feminist Artwork
of the Month

This month's art work is from Alexis Hunter a world renowned New Zealand radical feminist artist. The selected work is from the exhibit Alexis Hunter 1948 - 2014, A Tribute, Works from Auckland and Waiheke Private Collections, at Tivoli, Waiheke Island which runs until July 23, 2014.

Queen, Alexis Hunter
Queen, no date (1990s),
paint on computer motherboard.
28cm H x 22cm W
P.C. Auckland.

Alexis Hunter was a graduate of the Elam School of Art, University of Auckland who continued her studies in London and was a founder member of the Women's Art Movement in London. She first become acclaimed for her radical feminist photographic narratives from the '70s and early '80s, her later work, mainly in painting, continued to explore issues around gender, sexuality and power relations - but with a developing concern for myth and the subconscious. Hunter lived and worked in London until her death in February this year from motor neuron disease. Her significance in the art world has been confirmed by her many international exhibitions including in 1978 'Approaches to Fear' at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, exhibitions followed in Paris, Italy, Austria and the USA, also representing Britain in the Sydney Biennale, work in Tate Britain, inclusion in the 1987 Channel 4 State of the Art Series, and work in the Verbund Collection, currently in Brussels and touring. 'Queen' is one of a series of paintings on motherboards. Some depict monsters emerging from or lurking in the hardware, others, like this, women - goddesses or queens. Always interested in current affairs - from politics to psychology to technology - Alexis was among the first artists to develop her own website, despite difficulties as a dyslexic. Here the charming 'queen' holds aloft the '1' and '0' of binary computer coding.

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


Women's Studies Association (NZ) Summer school

Kerikeri, 23-26 January 2015

The Women's Studies Association (NZ) will be holding a summer school at Kingston House in Kerikeri over Auckland/Northland Anniversary weekend.

The timing is close to the bicentenary of first Pākehā settlement in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The theme for the summer school will involve looking at Māori and Pākehā women talking together two hundred years ago and talk between between Māori and tauiwi women today.

WSA(NZ) holds regular conferences, but this summer school is a first. It's a chance to focus on one particular theme, to listen, learn and exchange views. It's also an opportunity to spend time in a beautiful and historic part of New Zealand.

For further details see the Events page.

Registrations are due by December 1st.

See the registration form here.