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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 Choice 2014 - Election Forum

WSA(NZ) joins with the Women's Centre, Campus Feminist Collective, AUSA, National Council of Women, The Hand Mirror and others to bring you the triennial Auckland election forum focused on women's issues.

It's on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:00pm Lecture Theatre Lib B28, underneath University of Auckland main library, cnr Alfred & Princes Sts, City.

Chaired by Judy McGregor, confirmed panellists from the major parties include:
Jan Logie (Greens),
Carol Beaumont (Labour),
Maggie Barry (National) and
Su Cullen (Māori).

See the event poster here.

Check it out on the Women's Choice 2014 Facebook page.


from 1.30pm,
Auckland Women's Centre,
4 Warnock St,
Grey Lynn, Auckland.

Please see this event's poster for more information.