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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

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 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 closed on 1 June 2015.
Please see here for more details.

Feminist Artwork
of the Month

'AS ABOVE, SO BELOW' is the third of a series of three commemorative sculptures by Helen Pollock, 2015. This work commemorates the New Zealanders who served at sea during World War One.

Helen Pollock, 2015, "AS ABOVE, SO BELOW"

Helen Pollock has been a practising sculptor in the Devonport area for over three decades. Her work addresses anthropomorphic, mythological and historical concerns.

"Looking back to see my way forward"

She has spent over the last ten years, as a result of 'unpacking' her father's involvement in the First World War, her interest has broadened into a more extensive study of the history of New Zealand's involvement in that war. Throughout this period, Pollock's personal life has focussed on the long term illness of a close family member, exposing her closely to the reality, and often invisibility, of sustained suffering and the inherent heroism that it seeds.

She has linked this personal experience to the enduring impact of war on the bodies and psyches of the combatants of war, to their families, and to our national and universal experience.

The outcome of this pathway has been a series of three commemorative sculptures.

The first of these, the sculpture installation Falls the Shadow, was originally shown at the Auckland War Memorial Museum for the 90th anniversary of the First World War Armistice. This work is now permanently installed at the in the heart of New Zealand's worst military tragedy, Passchendaele, in the Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, Belgium.

A second commemorative work Victory Medal is currently touring provincial museums in New Zealand. In 2016, Victory Medal will travel by sea to Europe- and cross the countryside of France and Belgium to the battlefield towns of Arras, Messines and to a final installation at Le Quesnoy.

The culmination of these works is As Above, So Below. Sited permanently in the RNZ Navy Museum in Devonport, it expresses the sheer commitment of the New Zealanders at sea in the First World War; the reaching down to the depths and the drawing up of raw courage for the heroic ascent.

The Women's Studies Association is taking an active part in organising WW1 events with a focus on women's participation. A small group of the Auckland Organising Committee were delighted to attend the launch in mid April, in Devonport at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy of 'AS ABOVE, SO BELOW' .

Photo supplied by Helen Pollock as is much of the text.


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.