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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

Francis Upritchard is a London-based New Zealand artist who exhibits internationally. She is renowned for figurative sculpture and techno-coloured fantasy. She draws inspiration for her installations and images from sources ranging from Medieval Europe to African Voodoo.

Francis Upritchard, Clan of Rob, silkscreen, 2006
Clan of Rob,
2006, silkscreen.

Clan of Rob is a sage or guru character whose garish colouring and distortions suggest parody of hippy values and festival culture. The print is one of an edition of 22 by artists commissioned by a group involved in art education called 'The House of Fairy Tales'. Here the fairy tale turns into a nightmare.

The edition of prints it is part of is in the collection of Tate Britain, other museums, and Tivoli, Waiheke Island.

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) summer school at Kingston House in Kerikeri over Auckland/Northland Anniversary weekend was a great success.

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

Mentioned during the weekend were the following:
Is Research (feminist) Activism? seminar 2 Feb 2015
Ngapuhi Speaks as an e-book.