Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGS)

A map of FTGS's Proposals Received for ISA 2020

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The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section of the International Studies Association brings together scholars who apply feminist theory to International Relations or look at the field through a gender lens.

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ISA Global Conversations Series: Women and Girls’ Security, Agency and Rights Beyond the Current Afghan Crisis

Recent events in Afghanistan have left the world shocked, saddened and enraged as two decades of western and US interventions came to an end. In the wake of the military departure, the fundamentalist insurgent group, the Taliban, rapidly took control of key urban territories of the country and assumed overall governance of the state. The Taliban takeover in the remnants of decades of international interventions has dire consequences for all Afghan citizens, including growing threats against journalists, scholars, politicians, civil society leaders, human rights defenders and Afghans who supported US and allied efforts over the past two decades. 

Afghan women have histories and presents of agency, dignity and ongoing resistance both to the Taliban and to gendered violences committed during the course of the conflict. A resurgence of Taliban control has intensified the potential for violence and oppression of women and girls. Whereas all Afghans face the potential imposition of restrictive and repressive religious codes and civil laws on their everyday lives, it is certain that these policies will be heavily gendered, with greater consequences for women and girls, for whom their gender, ethnicity, class, political opinion, education, profession, and other identity markers pose additional intersectional threats. In this context, they also are subjects of conflicting local and global normative and institutional structures whose tension heightens the stakes for their survival.

As a leading global forum for international studies scholars from multiple disciplinary fields, FTGS and ISA are partnering with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security to convene this roundtable on the gendered dynamics and impacts of the current situation in Afghanistan. This discussion will serve as an avenue for critical analysis of the above concerns from a diversity of scholarly, policy and political perspectives, with the goal of identifying entry points for concerted action.

FTGS 2020 Award Winners

The ISA Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section is pleased to announce the winners of their 2020 awards:

FTGS Early Career Award for Community Engagement – Dr Akanksha Mehta, Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths University, London,  

FTGS Book Prize – Dr. Sara Motta as the  winner of the award. Sara works at the University of Newcastle, Australia,  Newcastle Business School.

FTGS Student Paper Award – María José Méndez, Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota

FTGS Eminent Scholar Award – Professor Jacqui True, University of Monash, Australia;  Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security.

The FTGS  convention awards – Zanardi and Ariel Mekler


Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso | Section Co-Chair
April 2021 - March 2023
Babcock University

Punam Yadav | Section Co-Chair
April 2021 - March 2023
University College London

Theresa de Langis | Section Program Co-Chair
April 2021 - March 2023
American University of Phnom Penh

Sara C. Motta | Section Program Co-Chair
April 2021 - March 2023
University of Newcastle

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