Category Archives: Women’s Studies Librarianship

YTH Live 2018

YTH Live is the conference that ignites innovation in youth, technology, and health. Plus, this year will mark the 10 year anniversary of the conference making it the biggest yet.

YTH Live takes place May 6-7, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. The conference includes sessions on video games, non profit outreach, mobile apps, texting, and social media all being used to address issues like mental health, reproductive rights, peer education, drug use, HIV and AIDS, STDs, and more. Information can be found at http://yth.org/ythlive/about/

At YTH Live 2018, attendees will meet youth leaders, app developers, hackers, designers, health workers, policymakers, as well as educators, researchers, and other advocates who are using technology to make a difference in the health and wellness of youth.

Learn more at yth.org/live and register at yth.org/register. Click here for additional assets and if you need drafted social media posts or any other materials let us know and we would be happy to provide those for you.

Our call for abstracts is now open, where those who want to share an innovative project, campaign, program, or research in youth health, technology, and health tech are invited to submit a proposal, to be considered to speak at our conference. The deadline for this is Friday, October 27, 2017. We’d love to invite you to submit and to share this opportunity with your networks!

Effecting Change in Academia: Strategies for Faculty Leadership

As a follow up to our recently published edited collection, Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership<https://www.routledge.com/Surviving-Sexism-in-Academia-Feminist-Strategies-for-Leadership/Cole-Hassel/p/book/9781138696846>, Kirsti Cole and Holly Hassel are soliciting proposals for an edited collection, Effecting Change in Academia: Strategies for Faculty Leadership. You can find the full call for proposals here:

https://sites.google.com/view/ecasfl/home

A regular review of the trade daily sites like the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed will demonstrates that there is no shortage of concerns, problems, and challenges facing higher education in the current moment. Reductions in state funding to universities place ever greater pressure on faculty and staff to make cuts, seek new ‘revenue streams’ and do less with less. At the same time, most of the published work on leadership focuses on a narrowly defined sort of leadership, one that is largely unidirectional. This proposed edited collection calls for chapters that deploy a range of methodologies, but that focus on change efforts across a wide range of institutional environments in which writers describe successful change work. Possible topics may include:

Access to and support for students, faculty, and staff (including Students’ Rights to Their Own Language, emergency grants for students in need, parental leave policies, contingent faculty rights, Title IX initiatives, protections for DACA recipients, graduate and faculty labor organizations)

Benefits and workload changes (advocacy for improvements in, and support for, or resistance to imposed changes)

Acknowledgement of the value of particular types of service or research (area studies, scholarship of teaching and learning, public scholarship)

University policies and/or faculty and student led strategies that focus on harassment, bullying, and workplace environments

Methods for dealing effectively with burdensome administrative requests on faculty time

Strategies for confronting the language of crisis in higher education

Histories of effective change (longstanding LGBTQ centers and Women’s Centers, student organizations, faculty development initiatives, academic libraries and librarians, mentoring strategies, leadership development, labor organizing)

Curriculum development or classroom, department, university, or discipline-wide initiatives geared towards inclusion

Equity, transparency, and consistency in performance reviews, tenure and promotion decisions, and other evaluative processes

We seek to acknowledge how change can happen when the people who have the incentive to change (but perhaps little power) and the decision-makers with the power work together. Successful chapters will describe the writers’ goals, how change was leveraged, and how the goals were achieved. We are particularly interested in proposals that address the following:

§ Rhetorical strategies and values for effecting change

§ The roles of various disciplines in making change

§ Interdisciplinary collaboration

§ Cross-campus collaboration

§ Cross-rank collaboration (graduate and faculty, contingent and tenured, faculty and administrative, student and administrative)

§ Confronting white supremacy and engaging in anti-racist decision-making

§ Partnerships between higher education and local communities/community organizations

§ Disciplinary organizations addressing challenges

§ Launching initiatives and securing resources for diverse groups (inclusive and intersectional initiatives that support multicultural, immigrant, LGBTQ, women, veterans, and other students, faculty, and staff)

Please submit a chapter proposal of 500 words to Holly Hassel (holly.hassel@uwc.edu) and Kirsti Cole (kirsti.cole@mnsu.edu) by January 15, 2018. Chapter proposals should describe the author’s primary focus or claim, include a brief discussion of methodology and data sources, and situate the chapter within existing literature on the topic. Chapters will be formatted in MLA style, 8th edition. Please include author(s’) names, institutional affiliation (if relevant), and contact information (email). Acceptances will be confirmed by March 1, 2018. Full manuscripts due September 1, 2018.

Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by October 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

 

VIEW Journal Call for Papers on “Audiovisual Data in Digital Humanities”

Considering the relevance of audiovisual material as perhaps the biggest wave of data to come in the near future (Smith, 2013, IBM prospective study) its relatively modest position within the realm of Digital Humanities conferences is remarkable. The objective of this special issue for VIEW is to present current research in that field on a variety of epistemological, historiographical and technological issues that are specific for digital methods applied to audiovisual data. We strive to cover a great range of media and data types and of applications representing the various stages of the research process.

The following key topics / problems / questions are of special interest:

  1. Do computational approaches to sound and (moving) images extend or/and change our conceptual and epistemological understanding of these media? What are the leading machine learning approaches to the study of audio and visual culture and particularly time-based media? How do these approaches, models, and methods of learning relate to acquiring and producing knowledge by the conventional means of reading and analyzing text? Do we understand the 20th century differently through listening to sounds and voices and viewing images than through reading texts? How does massive digitization and online access relate to the concept of authenticity and provenance?
  2. What tools in the sequence of the research process – search, annotation, vocabulary, analysis, presentation – are best suited to work with audio-visual data? The ways in which we structure and process information are primarily determined by the convention of attributing meaning to visual content through text. Does searching audio-visual archives, annotating photos or film clips, analyzing a corpus of city sounds, or presenting research output through a virtual exhibition, require special dedicated tools? What is the diversity in requirements within the communities of humanities scholars? How can, for example, existing commercial tools or software be repurposed for scholarly use?
  3. What are the main hurdles for the further expansion of AV in DH? Compared to text, audiovisual data as carriers of knowledge are a relatively young phenomenon. Consequently the question of ‘ownership’ and the commercial value of many audiovisual sources result in considerable constraints for use due to issues of copyright. A constraint of a completely different order, is the intensive investment in time needed when listening to or watching an audiovisual corpus, compared to reading a text. Does the law or do technologies for speech and image retrieval offer solutions to overcome these obstacles?

Practicals
Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in media studies, digital humanities, television and media history.
Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on October 2nd , 2017.
Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata.
A notice of acceptance will be sent to authors in the 1st week of November 2017.
Articles (3 – 6,000 words) will be due on 15 th of February 2018. Longer articles are welcome, given that they comply with the journal’s author guidelines.
For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the co-editors: Mark Williams (Associate Professor Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College U.S.), Pelle Snickars (Prof. of Media Studies Umea Univesity, Sweden) or Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History).

About VIEW Journal
See http://www.viewjournal.eu/ for the current and back issues. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen Network and published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, Royal Holloway University of London, and University of Luxembourg. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are indexed through the Directory of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity and NARCIS.

Educational Forum Themed issue on Educator Activism in Politically Polarized Times

Call for Manuscripts for Themed Issue

The Educational Forum

Volume 82, No. 3

Educator Activism in Politically Polarized Times

Editors: Alan Amtzis, Tabitha Dell’Angelo, and Ryan Flessner

Due date: November 1, 2017

What is the impact of political polarization on curricula, pedagogy, funding, and other imposed policies across the educational landscape? How are P-16+ educators and school leaders responding to politically motivated intellectual and policy challenges at the school level? In what ways are teacher educators revising their materials and methods in response to political strife? How are educators negotiating political conflicts with government and community stakeholders at all levels?

For example, some educators in the UK hope to revive political education at the school level as a means to create a more civically literate society. Similarly, in the US, where the federal administration has taken controversial stances on climate change, civil rights, and immigration, many teachers are adjusting curricula and pedagogy to emphasize and retain access to social and scientific knowledge important to a just and inclusive democracy. In many countries and cultures around the globe, educational processes are being mediated by state-sponsored mandates. This themed issue seeks to explore and highlight the educational advocacy and activist work being done in the name of global literacy, social justice, and resistance in a political climate where new filters on knowledge may seek to dismantle public education and affiliated social institutions by limiting critical perspectives in students’ educational experience.

Research articles, essays, and policy briefs might address questions or ideas such as:

  • the ways schools and communities are implementing strategies that recognize and respond to conditions that contribute to (or address) education inequity
  • the methods educators are taking to actualize and maintain strong social justice stances in and out of the classroom
  • the approaches educators, students, and communities are taking to organize as participants in the growing movement to resist political agendas
  • the individual or local pedagogic practices and wide-scale reforms being implemented to ensure student access to all knowledge

These questions suggest topic areas but are not exhaustive. We encourage submissions not only from scholars and researchers but also from students, teachers, and community members.

Submissions should not exceed 7,000 words, including all references.

We seek previously unpublished thematic essays or empirical research. For full instructions, please visit: http://www.kdp.org/publications/theeducationalforum/authorguidelines.php

Submission deadline: November 1, 2017. Submissions must be made at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/utef

Please include the code “823” at the beginning of your manuscript title.

For more information, please contact the issue co-editors:

Dr. Alan Amtzis (amtzis@tcnj.edu),

Dr. Tabitha Dell’Angelo (dellange@tcnj.edu), or Dr. Ryan Flessner (rflessne@butler.edu).

 

Suffrage Supporters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1900-1920

Beginning in June 2015, we at Women and Social Movements in the United States launched a crowdsourcing project that will result in the online publication of the “Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States.”  When completed in 2020 this resource will include about 2,500 biographical sketches of women supporters of woman suffrage campaigns in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

The Online Dictionary will include three distinct groups of woman suffragists: about 350 supporters of the militant suffrage group, the National Woman’s Party, including women who picketed in 1917-1919 in Washington, D.C., New York and Boston to protest the slowness with which the administration of President Woodrow Wilson embraced the woman suffrage cause; about 100 Black women suffragists whose writings have been collected and published on the website; finally, more than 2,000 mainstream suffrage supporters affiliated with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), whose names are listed in state reports printed in volume 6 of the History of Woman Suffrage (1922).

NAWSA supporters are recorded in reports covering state-level suffrage activism between 1900 and 1920. Taking advantage of the state residence information in these reports, we have organized this part of the work by state and are seeking historians and history students interested in researching and writing 500-word biographical sketches of suffrage supporters in their state.  We have been particularly interested in finding faculty who might assign biographical sketches to their students as part of courses they are teaching.  In the first phase of our work we have received excellent sketches written by high school, community college, and four-year college students, working under the direction of their history faculty.  We also have had volunteers who are graduate students or independent historians, who have written one or two biographical sketches.  On the current NAWSA portion of the project, we are also seeking historians, librarians, or museum or historical society staff who would be interested in serving as state coordinators, taking responsibility to recruit additional volunteers and copyedit completed biographical sketches of suffrage supporters in their state.  As of this writing (July 2016), we still need state coordinators for 17 states.  Follow this link for a listing of those states.

To facilitate review the state reports on which the NAWSA activists crowdsourcing is based, we have posted a .pdf version of The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6, 1900-1920 on this site. Click here to view the volume. For access to a research guide for volunteers preparing bio sketches, click here. To view a sample biographical sketch to use as a template, click here. This sample includes further suggestions for sketch writers.

If you are in a position to join in one of these capacities, please contact project director, Tom Dublin at tdublin@binghamton.edu.  We need volunteers who can write biographical sketches between 2016 and 2018 in order to post the sketches on the website in 2019 and 2020, in time for the centennial of the passage of the nineteenth amendment which assured all women in the United States the right to vote.  We will follow up this project description with periodic updates tracking the progress of our work.  Please join us in this important work and let others know about this prospect.

 

Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies II

Call for abstracts for! The deadline is Aug 1 – and we’re looking forward to seeing
your ideas! For more information, contact Ann Braithwaite,
abraithwaite@upei.ca and/or Catherine Orr, orrc@beloit.edu

Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies – Volume II

(under contract with Routledge/Taylor and Francis)

Call for Chapter Proposals – August 1, 2017

Catherine M. Orr and Ann Braithwaite, Editors

Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies II (RWGS II) is an anthology that
addresses the complexities and inherent paradoxes of the expansive
knowledge project known as Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) for audiences
both inside and adjacent to the field. RWGS II continues the work of Rethinking
Women’s and Gender Studies (Routledge 2012)
<https://www.amazon.com/Rethinking-Womens-Gender-Studies-Catherine/dp/0415808316/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496332594&sr=8-1&keywords=rethinking+women%27s+and+gender+studies>
but
seeks to complement rather than merely update it. It is both the same, in
that it explores key terms and common narratives, and different, in that it
stretches its scope of exploration vis-à-vis new terms that now circulate
both in WGS and other interdisciplinary knowledge projects. Thus, our focus
in this new volume is more future oriented in that we want authors to think
about what terms are crossing field boundaries and where those
boundary-crossings can take us.*

List of Possible Terms Include (but are not limited to): Nation,
Decoloniality, Race, Anti/Blackness, Inclusion, Consent, Women of Color,
Whiteness, Indigeneity, Women, Cis-, Citizenship, Masculinity, Disability,
Diversity, Affect, Social Justice, Non-human animals, Eco-feminism,
Critical, Civic Engagement, Experience/Experiential Learning, Branding,
Inclusive Excellence, The Ph.D., Violence, Expertise, Entrepreneurship

In exploring a term, we ask each contributor contemplate the following
questions:

How are you positioned in relation to the field of WGS? What moves you
to take up this particular term?

How does this term function in WGS–intellectually, institutionally,
administratively, and/or pedagogically?

What are some of the tensions within WGS generated by this term?

How does this term point to, overlap, or contradict other theoretical
languages, approaches, and fields?

How does this term reflect different temporalities (disciplinary
histories, “times,” career clocks, or generations) within or beyond WGS?

What would a reconsideration of this term offer to WGS as a knowledge
project?

Chapter Proposals DUE August 1, 2017:  500-word abstract that addresses
some or all of above questions plus bio or short CV. Send to:
orrc@beloit.edu and abraithwaite@upei.ca

Final Draft of Chapters DUE: January 10, 2018.  6000 words maximum
(including endnotes), Times New Roman, 12-point manuscript text with
one-inch margins.

*More about  RWGS II:

As with RWGS
<https://www.amazon.com/Rethinking-Womens-Gender-Studies-Catherine/dp/0415808316/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496332594&sr=8-1&keywords=rethinking+women%27s+and+gender+studies>,
RWGS II focuses on asking how certain terms come to be taken-for-granted in
WGS, exploring both the unacknowledged assumptions and subsequent
unintended consequences of their use. Identifying and interrogating the
functions and effects of these terms continues to reflect our understanding
of WGS as a knowledge project, one that asks questions about how we come to
know something as much as what it is we claim to know.  As such, RWGS
II continues
to interrogate the field through a double(d) lens, insisting that the
languages that circulate in the field constitute both our methods of
analysis and our objects of study.

Using the same organizational approach of constructing critical genealogies
of key terms as in RWGS
<https://www.amazon.com/Rethinking-Womens-Gender-Studies-Catherine/dp/0415808316/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496332594&sr=8-1&keywords=rethinking+women%27s+and+gender+studies>,
RWGS II extends that earlier project, now unpacking, exploring, and
accounting for terms that are not necessarily unique to WGS but that are
nevertheless influential in its current understandings and practices.
Think, for instance, of terms that circulate just as much in
interdisciplinary projects adjacent to WGS (e.g., Ethnic Studies,
Indigenous Studies, Disability Studies, Queer Studies, Prison Studies,
Social Justice Studies) as they do in WGS. We think of these terms as sites
of encounter that are characterized just as much by agreement and consensus
as by contestation and conflict as they cross inter/disciplinary
boundaries. Their mobilization in WGS has the potential to excite and
agitate the field imaginary in ways that are both productive and
problematic for the present and future(s) of  WGS.

Likewise, RWGS II aims to further explore the ways in which WGS always
works both within and against the institution within which it is located,
through a variety of terms and narratives that take the university itself
as a site of encounter in need of further interrogation. What happens if
those terms are faced head on, and even embraced by and in the name of WGS?
What productive work of social change, and of critical reflection on the
relationships between identity/knowledge/power, can occur when WGS—uneasily
to be sure—encounters these terms and practices them “otherwise?” Can such
counterintuitive moves illuminate new–as yet unthought–futures of WGS?
Can embracing a politics of engagement (rather than a politics of refusal)
reveal new genealogies and different trajectories for and of this field, in
academia and beyond?

Violence Against Women: Special Issue on Gender-based violence on college campuses

Submissions for a special issue of the journal *Violence Against Women* are
sought from scholars and community activists working to end gender based
violence on college campuses. Papers in the special issue will examine
activist and other transformational responses to GBV by students, faculty
and staff, and the ways they are enacting change locally to challenge the
scaffolding of GBV, often described as rape culture (Buchwald, Fletcher &
Roth, 2005; Henry & Powell, 2014), lad culture (Phipps and Young, 2015),
and laddism (Lewis, Marine, & Kenney, 2016). The prioritising of
programmatic, solution-based interventions to tackle GBV in the university
context poses unique challenges to meaningful cultural transformation,
which this volume will productively explore. The special issue provides an
opportunity for critical engagement with institutional policies and
practices in terms of how they contribute to or inhibit cultural
transformation.

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by *August 7th* to *Dr. Ruth
Lewis *(ruth.lewis@northumbria.ac.uk) and *Dr. Susan Marine* (
marines@merrimack.edu).

Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library,
Columbia, Connecticut
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian,
Michigan.
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter
Park, Florida.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school,
special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity
to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social
change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be
inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights,
social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming,
professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one
complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many
co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.
Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by
July 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, YOUR LAST NAME on subject
line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Mission of IJBIDE:

The International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE) investigates critically the positioning of diverse individuals in formal and informal contexts of education – from kindergarten to adult education, but also lifelong learning. Diversities here refer to different identity markers such as ethnicity, religion, gender, social class, citizenship, disabilities, educational background and language(s). IJBIDE is clearly positioned within a non-essentialist and non-culturalist perspective. IJBIDE also aims to promote original research methods by linking up macro- and micro- methodological approaches. The journal is fully blind peer reviewed by the best experts in the field and publishes empirical and conceptual research and case studies from around the world.

Indices of IJBIDE:

  • Cabell’s Directories
  • Google Scholar
  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory

Coverage of IJBIDE:

The topics covered in the contributions include (but are not limited to):

  • The perception, place and role of diversities in (teacher) education (students, teachers, student-teachers, leadership, etc.)
  • Bullying, bias, segregation and discrimination in education
  • Academic and student mobility and diversities
  • Diversities and informal learning
  • School choices and diversities
  • Teaching about diversities (intercultural/global competence)
  • Forms of discrimination and segregation in education
  • Place/space and diversities
  • Diversities and digital educational technologies
  • Links between ‘home’ and school in relation to diversities (parents)
  • Media representations of diversities in education
  • Assessment, evaluation and diversities
  • Role and place of diversities in education policies
  • Diversities within a school system
  • Teaching material and diversities
  • History of diversities in education
  • Interactions between and integration of students of diverse backgrounds
  • Role and place of teachers of diverse backgrounds
  • Perception and integration of the ‘foreigner’ in education
  • Diversities and multilingual education
  • Methods or methodologies/conceptual approaches and researching diversities
  • Reflexivity and/or critical awareness around diversities in education
  • Social Action and Diversities
  • The commodification or processes of commodifying of diversities in education
  • Inclusive education and diversities
  • The impact of globalization on diversities
  • Social processes and diversification/differentiation
  • Multimodality and diversities

Interested authors should consult the journal’s manuscript submission guidelines www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-bias-identity-diversities/125026