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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

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.


Reclaiming Our Herstory: New Zealand Women and World War One

Two WSA(NZ) one-day events featuring speakers and cultural performance to explore the meanings of World War One for New Zealand women.

Tickets $10 on, price includes morning and afternoon tea. Limited cash-only door sales.
(The event's poster is here.)

Wellington: Saturday, 28 March, St John's, Dixon Street, 9:30am - 4:00pm. Programme includes Jane Tolerton, Grace Millar and other exciting speakers and a performance of He Aha Te Utu; a lunch arrangement will be made with a koha.

Auckland: Sunday, 12 April, Ferndale House, 830 New North Rd, Mt Albert, 9.30am - 4:00pm. Programme includes Sandra Coney, Jane Tolerton and other exciting speakers in panels as well as a cultural performance. Lunch will be catered by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and a koha would be appreciated.

Supported by Lottery World War One Commemorations.