Feminist Theory and Gender Studies

A blog to facilitate the communication of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) concerning their research, activities, conferences, and thoughts.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Meeting Agenda



ISA Annual Conference

San Diego, CA

FRIDAY, 24 March, 2006

  1. Welcome from Section Chair

  1. Reports
    1. Section Chair Annual Report
    2. Program Vice-Chair 2006 FTGS Report
    3. Website Coordinator/Listserv Moderator

  1. FTGSS Reception
    1. financial/sponsorship
    2. Student Paper Award (at the reception)

  1. Eminent Scholar Panel honouring Jane Parpart

  1. Election of FTGSS Officers 2006-08
    1. Nominating Committee Chair’s Summary of Candidates’ Slate
    2. Nominees introduction
    3. Election
    4. Introduction of incoming Section Chair & Vice/Program Chair: Jane Parpart and Rekha Pande

  1. Other Business

  1. Close

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Nominations thus far

2008 Section Chair: Brooke Ackerly

Nominator: Laura Parisi,

Seconders: Jacqui True, Lisa Prugl, Ann Tickner

Programme Chair 2008: Gunhild Hoogensen
Nominated by Marianne Franklin
Seconders: Lily Ling and Gillian Youngs

Member at Large (and Website Coordinator) 2006-2008: Laura Sjoberg
Nominator: Marianne Franklin
Seconders: Lily Ling and Gillian Youngs

Member at Large 2006-2008: Caron Gentry

Nominator: Laura Sjoberg

Seconders: Gunhild Hoogensen and ?

Member at Large 2006-2008: Bina D'Costa

Nominator: Catia C. Confortini

Seconders: Brooke Ackerly and Laura Parisi

Student Representative 2006-2008: Kirsti Stuvøy

Nominator: Gunhild Hoogensen

Seconders: Laura Sjoberg and Marianne Franklin

Student Representative 2006-2008: Sonalini Sapra

Nominator: Catia C. Confortini

Seconders: Brooke Ackerly and Laura Sjoberg

Section Chair:

Brooke A. Ackerly (Ph.D. Stanford University) is Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include democratic theory, cross-cultural human rights theory, feminist theory, social criticism, and feminist methodologies and methods. She integrates into her theoretical work empirical research on human rights, credit programs, and women’s activism transnationally.

Her feminist theory is informed by critical, queer, post-colonial, post-modern, and cross-cultural critical perspectives.

Her publications include Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 2000), “Women’s Human Rights Activists as Cross-Cultural Theorists,” International Journal of Feminist Politics (2001), and “Is Liberal Democracy the Only Way? Confucianism and Democracy” Political Theory (2005). Feminist Methodologies for International Relations edited with Jacqui True and Maria Stern is forthcoming in May 2006. Her current major project is tentatively titled, Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference.

Program Chair: Dr Gunhild Hoogensen is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tromsø, Norway. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Alberta, Canada. Her main research interest is the application of the human security concept, informed by gender and indigenous perspectives, to the Arctic context. Dr. Hoogensen leads the "Human Security in the Arctic" project along with her Norwegian and Canadian colleagues Dr. Dawn Bazely (York University), Dr. David Malcolm (Arctic Energy Alliance) and Dr. Geir Wing Gabrielsen (Norwegian Polar Institute). The project is currently investigating the impacts of oil and gas development on Arctic peoples (indigenous and non-indigenous) through the concept of human security. The project is multidisciplinary, including political science, geography, biology, ecotoxicology and engineering. Her other current research investigates relations of security, the applicability of human security to terrorist networks, and a book co-authored with Dr. Bruce Solheim on women world leaders (forthcoming, Praeger publishers). Her book International Relations, Security, and Jeremy Bentham (Routledge) was released July 2005, with other articles most recently appearing in Security Dialogue, Canadian Foreign Policy, and International Studies Review.


Laura Sjoberg (laura_sjoberg@ksg.harvard.edu) (Ph.D., International Relations, University of Southern California; JD candidate, Boston College) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has taught at the University of Southern California, Brandeis University, and Merrimack College. Her book, Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq, is forthcoming in June of 2006. She also has upcoming articles in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and International Politics. In her spare time, she is a 2nd year law student, runs a non-profit in the Boston Public Schools, and serves as your FTGSS webmaster/list coordinator).

Caron Gentry (bio forthcoming)

Bina D'Costa (bina.dcosta@anu.edu.au)

* Dr Bina D'Costa* (MA in International Relations, Dhaka University, Bangladesh; MA in International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, US; PhD in International Relations and Political Science, the Australian National University, Australia) is the Convenor of the Bachelors in Security Analysis Program with the Faculty of Asian Studies, the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. She was previously the post-doctoral research fellow on poverty, inequality and development in post-conflict states, at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and the John Vincent Fellow in the Department of International Relations of the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies at the ANU, where she earned her PhD in 2003.

She has taught in the Departments of International Relations and Women's Studies at the ANU and Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales.

Bina is working with several NGOs in Bangladesh and India on historical injustices, truth and memory in relation to the strategies of civil society in demanding justice when there is a hostile government in power. This action-oriented research informs her book project titled /'Burden' of the State: Gendering War Crimes and National Identity Politics in Postcolonial South Asia/. She is working on two projects titled 'Disappeared Generation: Children conceived through violent conflict and national identity in the Indian Subcontinent' and 'Faith-based NGOs, the Development Agenda and the Politics of Secularism in Bangladesh' .

Student rep: Sonalini Sapra (Sonalini.k.sapra@vanderbilt.edu)

Sonalini Sapra is a second year graduate student in the Political Science Department at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include Social Movements, Caste Politics, Politics of Group Representation, Human Rights, Deliberative Democracy and Women and Leadership. Sapra's current research focuses on changing notions of transnational citizenship, taking at is starting point an analysis of transnational social movements, advocacy networks, and civil society, and examining the role played and strategies employed by these networks in the pursuit of women’s equality and national citizenship. Her next research project will look at state responses to claims by women and ethnic minorities in South Asia in an attempt to explain the wide divergence in practices of political representation between identity categories.

Angela McCracken

PhD Student
School of International Relations
3518 Trousdale Parkway, VKC 330
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043
Phone: (323) 251-2398
Email: angela@usc.edu

I am a fourth year PhD student in International Relations with a concentration in Culture, Gender and Global Society. My academic interests are in international theory, gender, race, feminisms, globalization, body politics, and Latin America. I expect to go into the field shortly and graduate in June 2008. I have been either a research assistant or a teaching assistant for the last 5 years. Service work is very important to me, and during graduate school I have held positions on the board of our graduate student association, been a delegate to the graduate student senate, and been a volunteer programmer on a feminist radio show. Currently, I am an active member of the Graduate Students of Color Network at USC, and I have recently co-organized a day-long workshop on research funding, for graduate students in the social sciences. I would be pleased to serve as a student representative to the FTGSS, especially since I recently read all of the past news letters and came to realize what an achievement it has been to establish a thriving section that graduate students like myself can take for granted. I would be particularly interested in fostering support for mentorship within FTGSS.

Nominated by: Catia Confortini, seconded by Ann Tickner, Abigail Ruane, Christina Gray