NWSA is near!

Submitted by r_lambert on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:14

NWSA is fifteen days away! The editorial staff for Feminist Formations will attend various sessions throughout the conference, but come and get your publishing questions answered at the panel: Academic Publishing in Women’s Studies: Journals on Saturday, November 18th from 1:45 – 3pm in Hilton Baltimore, Johnson B. Our editor, and newly elected NWSA Secretary, Dr. Patti Duncan, will be there to answer all your publishing questions!

For more info, follow these links:

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Feminist Formations website:


An interview with Deborah Cohler, guest editor of a recent Feminist Formations special issue on Homefront Frontlines

Submitted by l_kinnamon on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:09


Feminist Formations: Why was the topic of "Homefront Frontlines" important to you, and how did you come to this topic?

Deborah Cohler: Homefront Frontlines captures the constant interplay between ideas of war and peace, safety and danger. The "homefront" is a deeply gendered construct, one that I have been working on for much of my career.

I came to this specific topic first when organizing session for the 2012 National Women's Studies Association conference. Then, a decade...


Poesía by Alli Warren

Submitted by l_kinnamon on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 14:25

From Feminist Formations 28.2


Did Cavewomen Come

           after Stephen Rodefer

at the start of the century
the radio recruited me
into relational self-shattering

the radio was still the radio

come with me my love
through the sea
the unimpeachable sea

is all understanding a private feeling?
is receptivity redemptive?

everything that goes to make up the air

“what its being asked makes happen”

the tone bearing thrust
the song and its mouth
the coin and its mint

conflating structures of knowledge
with structures of vision

peep holes
at the bulbs

A Feminist Formations Critical Response: Scholars and Activists Reflect on the Aftermath of the Election

Submitted by l_kinnamon on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 14:06

Response from Dr. Brenda Weber, Professor and Chair of Gender Studies at Indiana University

Like so many – the majority – of people in this country, I have been saddened and heartsick since the election.  I’m leaning now on the support and wisdom of other leaders, who have figured out effective methods for fighting the good fight:  Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, the Sanctuary Movement.  

So here, I don’t have great inspirational words to share.  I only want to say this:  Many of us are deeply blue faculty or students who work in deeply red states.  Because of this,...

Queer Studies in Feminist Formations: A Symposium

Submitted by l_kinnamon on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:33


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Queer Studies in Feminist Formations: A Symposium

September 30th and October 1st, 2016
Coffman Memorial Union
University of Minnesota

Please join us for a two-day symposium celebrating the launch of the Feminist
Formations dossier on Annamarie Jagose’s book, Orgasmology.

Schedule of Events:


1:30pm – 3:00pm
“A Feminist Formations Conversation: On the Orgasmology Dossier” with Robyn Wiegman, Annamarie Jagose, Kadji Amin, and Sandra K. Soto
Coffman Theater

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Coffman Theater Annex

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Institutional Feelings: Practicing Women’s Studies in the Corporate University (Feminist Formations, 27.3, Winter 2015)

Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:43

By Jennifer C. Nash and Emily A. Owens

The term corporate university —and a host of other terms that have developed to describe this institutional moment, including neoliberal university and academic-industrial complex—fails to do justice to what Kathleen Stewart (2007, 4) describes as the “situation we find ourselves in.” The articles in this special issue explore how the corporate university and its attendant formations, including adjunctification, debt, precarity, graduate certificate programs, study abroad programs, or the MA factory, feel, and how they make themselves felt in myriad quotidian ways. This special issue, then, is oriented toward an ethic of specificity...




Call for Nominations: Feminist Formations Editorship

The Editorial Board of Feminist Formations is seeking a new editorial team and a new home for our journal for a five-year commitment to begin fall semester 2016. Feminist Formations, currently housed in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Arizona and edited by Sandra Soto, cultivates a forum where feminists from around the world interrogate research, theory, activism, teaching, and learning, thereby showcasing new feminist formations.

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, Feminist Formations publishes innovative work by scholars, activists, and practitioners in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Our subject matter includes national, global, and transnational feminist thought and practice; the cultural and social politics of genders and sexualities; and historical and contemporary studies of gendered experience. The journal values established and emerging lines of inquiry and methods that engage the complexities of gender as implicated in forms of power such as race, ethnicity, class, nation, migration, ability, and religion.

Feminist Formations was originally founded in 1988 as the NWSA Journal and is published three times annually by Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP), an organization that has a long record in the publication of distinguished scholarship. The journal is available both in print and on Project MUSE. The editorial team at Feminist Formations has developed a strong collaborative relationship with JHUP. Through that relationship, JHUP has proven supportive, professional, and innovative as the publisher of Feminist Formations and is prepared to support a new team to continue to promote the journal and attract a broad readership. JHUP’s financial support also enables employment of a managing editor and editorial assistant to assist the editor with everyday operations. Former host institutions include University of Minnesota, The Ohio State University, University of New Hampshire, Appalachian State University, Iowa State University, and Louisiana State University. Feminist Formations is independently incorporated, and is supported both by publication revenue and the host institution.

The Editorial Board of Feminist Formations is excited about the future with good reason.  The journal is in a strong financial position and outstanding intellectual health. Its reputation is growing, resulting in greater submissions and higher quality publications.  The current editorial team is committed to supporting both the transition process and the on-going success of the journal. We are undertaking a two-step process in securing a new editor: (1) Nominations, and (2) Full Proposals.

Nominations (due January 16, 2015)

We welcome self-nominations from feminist scholars interested in assuming the editorship. Please submit a letter of interest and CV to Jill Bystydzienski ( no later than January 16, 2015. Letters of interest should be no longer than one page and indicate why the potential editor/editorial team would like to house the journal at their institution. Nominees should be tenured faculty either housed in or affiliated with women’s and/or gender and sexuality studies or in a related field. They should have interdisciplinary expertise in feminist studies, and be committed to the mission of the journal.

We also welcome nominations of other feminist scholars whom nominees think we should invite to apply. Please send an email to Jill Bystydzienski ( no later than December 15, 2014 with contact information for the nominee and indicate why this person would make a strong editor of Feminist Formations.

The selection committee, comprised of Editorial Board members, will review the nomination letters by February 16, 2015. A short list of candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Full Proposals (due May 15, 2015)

Full proposals should include a budget and indicate support from the host institution for resources such as course releases and office space. A successful proposal must demonstrate institutional and administrative support (including both financial and in-kind resources) as well as substantial faculty commitment to publishing the journal.

Proposals for the editorship must reflect an understanding of, and commitment to, the field of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and the contributions that Feminist Formations has made shaping that field. Each proposal must also articulate a vision for the journal’s future. In addition, each proposal will be evaluated in terms of the proposed editor’s (or co-editors’) academic qualifications, publishing experience, and overall abilities to work with a diverse group of interdisciplinary and discipline-based scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and feminist science studies.

Queries for more specific information are encouraged to the present editor, Sandra Soto ( or to Jill Bystydzienski, Editorial Board president ( Members of the Editorial Board will review the proposals and expect to select the new editor(s) by fall 2015.


Editors Speak at NWSA

Feminist Formations Editor Sandra K. Soto (third from left) and Managing Editor Erin Durban-Albrecht (third from right) joined editors from Feminist TeacherFrontiersFeminist Studies, and SIGNS for a lively discussion on “Academic Publishing in Women’s Studies” at the 2012 National Women’s Studies Association conference in Oakland.

NWSA Conference



Sandra Soto

Feminist Formations held a special event at the University of Arizona in early September to celebrate the release of the first journal issue since the new editorial team fully took over the publication. Feminist Formations, which is publishing its 24th volume, moved from the University of Minnesota to the University of Arizona last year. Editor Sandra K. Soto, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Arizona, welcomed staff from JHUP to Tucson for the event and talked about the celebration and the journal’s future.

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Feminist Formations Symposium y Pachanga

Cake cuttingOn Sept. 6, 2012, the journal held a symposium and launch party at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. More than 200 people came to celebrate the release of the first journal issue since the University of Arizona editorial team fully took over the publication in August 2011. The events featured welcoming remarks by Editor Sandra K. Soto and editorial board president Jill Bystydzienski, Chair and Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University.

Book Review Editor Nana Osei-Kofi moderated a panel on “Race, Affect, and Transnational Traffic in Women” featuring Feminist Formations author Roxana Galusca from the University of Chicago and Heidi J. Nast from DePaul University. Finally, poets Niki Herd and Natalie Diaz read some of their selections. Herd was featured in the inaugural “Poesía” section (24.2) and Diaz’s work appeared in 24.3.

Symposium 1 Symposium 2
Symposium 3 Symposium 4


After the symposium, the attendees enjoyed a reception featuring a very special cake. Visit the journal’s Facebook page to see more photos from the event.


Feminist Formations Editor Joins Podcast

Feminist Formations held a special event at the University of Arizona in early September to celebrate the release of the first journal issue since the new editorial team fully took over the publication. Feminist Formations, which is publishing its 24th volume, moved from the University of Minnesota to the University of Arizona last year. Editor Sandra K. Soto, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Arizona, welcomed staff from JHUP to Tucson for the event and talked about the celebration and the journal’s future.

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Nawal Ammar

Feminist Formations released a special issue “Women in the Middle East.” The idea for the special issue came from a March 2008 conference on related issues at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. A group of guest editors worked over three years to bring the issue to fruition. Nawal Ammar, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and one of the driving forces behind the issue, discusses the issue and its impact on female scholars from the Middle East.

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