The Importance of Sharing Anxieties About Fieldwork. Or, How to “Woman Up”

My latest article, for the Coffee & Cocktails podcast, on the need for universities to reassess their ethics and safety policies before allowing academics to go out into the field. Enjoy!

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Giulio Regeni

Some years ago, I was gathering interviews for a project on Italian feminism. At one point I contacted a feminist association in Milan, which was running a crowd funding campaign for the launch of a women’s centre. I interviewed one of the project’s promoters, and at the end she gently suggested that I could perhaps use some of my funds to support their cause. I tried to explain, somewhat embarrassed, that grant money is meant to cover research costs and expenses only, and I half promised to apply for some other grant, knowing it would never come through.

In about the same period Giulio Regeni, a doctoral student from Cambridge University, went missing in Cairo. It was the fifth anniversary of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. I instantly got a bad feeling. Students rarely go missing like this, don’t they? A few days later his corpse – showing signs of…

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CFP Me too

Me too – Special Issue of Rejoinder

The me too movement, founded in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke to help young American women of color heal from sexual assault, has gone global. Survivors around the world are giving unprecedented voice to stories of violence and abuse.

The next issue of Rejoinder will explore the history, present, and future of me too as it relates to contemporary feminist mobilization and theorizing.

Contributions are invited that explore any aspects of me too, such as how the movement travels across different contexts (such as the home, the academy, the workplace), through different forms of media and face-to-face interactions. What are the most pronounced effects of me too? And what difference does adding the hashtag make? Submissions (including essays, commentary, criticism, fiction, poetry, and artwork) should address this theme from feminist, queer, social and racial justice-inspired perspectives. The editors particularly welcome contributions at the intersection of scholarship and activism.

Please send completed written work (2,000-2,500 words max), jpegs of artwork, and short bios to the editor, Sarah Tobias (stobias(at)rutgers(dot)edu) by December 19, 2018.

Click here for manuscript preparation details.


CFP Body Narratives (SIS Postgraduate Colloquium)

Body Narratives
Society for Italian Studies Postgraduate Colloquium 2018
University of St Andrews, 16 November 2018

This conference aims to bring together early career researchers working on Italian topics across disciplines, inviting them to reflect on how varying interpretations of the body in academic theory and cultural production intersect with their own research. How has the body been variously figured in Italian culture? How has the body been exploited to further or counter specific ideologies? What does it mean to think about a body of the nation, of the text, of knowledge? How do questions of gender, sexuality, race, and ability shape what bodies can do and where they can go?

Body Narratives will provide a platform for young researchers to exchange research methodologies, approaches and questions concerning their research, and it will foster an integrated research network within Italian Studies. This will add value to current interdisciplinary networks inside and outside academia working on the consistently challenging question of the body, understood both as a metaphor and material entity. 

Potential topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Body of the nation
  • The social body
  • The body politic
  •  The body and ideology
  •  Historical bodies
  • Body of the text
  • Body languages
  • Intersectionality and the body
  •  Ethnographies of the body
  • The migrant body
  • Mobility and immobility
  • Bodily boundaries
  • Racialised bodies
  •  The affective body
  • Queer and/or gendered bodies
  • Disabled bodies
  • Non-human bodies
  • The performing body
  • Trauma and the body
  • The healthy/unhealthy body

Deadline: 30 September 2018

St Andrews (photo by Andrea Hajek)
St Andrews (photo by Andrea Hajek)

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of St Andrews 2019/20

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews welcomes applications from outstanding Early Career Researchers to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme for 2019/20. 

Applications are welcomed from candidates who have a strong research profile and meet the eligibility criteria.

Interested candidates should contact Professor Nicki Hitchcott at the earliest opportunity.

Candidates will be required to submit the following by Friday 21 September 2018:

  • Short project description (maximum 2 pages)
  • CV (2 pages)
  • The name of a proposed mentor at the University of St Andrews
  • A short statement on how their research project fits the research profile of the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews (200 words)

For more information and contact details click here.

St Andrews (photo by Andrea Hajek)
St Andrews (photo by Andrea Hajek)

My midsummer recommendation: The Feminist Revolution. The Struggle for Women’s Liberation 1966-1988

For anyone teaching women’s history and/or gender studies, I can highly recommend this volume on the global women’s liberation movement, The Feminist Revolution. The Struggle for Women’s Liberation 1966-1988, by Bonnie J. Morris and D-M Withers.

The Feminist Revolution offers a panoramic view of women’s fight for equal rights during the late twentieth century, as it’s never been presented before. Informed by a wealth of original interviews and previously unpublished accounts, the world of women’s liberation movements is illustrated with rare and stunning images that show the creativity and diversity of feminist struggles. This is a timely and brilliant tribute to the audacious spirit of women’s liberation movements, which offers renewed inspiration for the future.

With case studies from other authors including yours truly (in the chapter on feminism and music). Published by Elephant Book Company in collaboration with the lovely Conker House.



Open Rank Position in Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Open Rank Position

The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis seeks an assistant, associate, or full professor in the area of Sexuality Studies, in one or more of the following areas:

  • racialized sexualities;
  • sexual labor and economies;
  • sexual health and reproductive justice;
  • transgender studies;
  • queer indigeneity;
  • migration studies.

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to teach our introduction to women, gender, and sexuality studies course, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in feminist theory, queer theory, queer of color critique, and/or critical sexual studies. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. in gender and sexuality studies, or a related field by July 1, 2019. Candidates at the rank of associate or full professor must have a distinguished record of publication in the field.

The Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University has a vibrant undergraduate major and minor, and an expanding graduate program. The department’s research strengths include race, gender and cultural studies, sexuality studies, and feminist and queer theory.

More details at this link.

Deadline: 15 October 2018.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Liverpool 2018/19

The University of Liverpool’s School of Histories, Languages & Cultures invites expressions of interest for the 2018/19 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. These awards offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment – further information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.

The University of Liverpool is one of the United Kingdom’s leading research institutions with an annual turnover of £400 million, including £140 million for research. Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, comprising the leading research universities in the United Kingdom.

The Department of Modern Languages & Cultures comprises staff working across a wide range of language-based studies, including literary and media, film, historical, cultural, translation and sociolinguistic studies. Alongside French, German, Spanish and Italian, the department also offers Film Studies, Chinese and the full range of Hispanic Languages, including Basque, Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish.

The department is an active participant in the School’s inter-disciplinary research centres, including the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre. Since 2010, it has been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School also includes the departments of History, Irish Studies, Politics, and Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology.


Those interested in applying for a Fellowship at the University of Liverpool are invited to submit expressions of interest to Professor Claire Taylor, Departmental Research Lead by 5pm on Wednesday 15th August, 2018, consisting of the following:

  • CV
  • an outline (2 pages max.) of the research proposal, including intended publication outputs
  • 150-word abstract
  • identification of potential mentor

Applicants supported by Department and School will be informed by August 24th. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a Faculty workshop w/c September 3rd (anticipated date: September 4th – tbc), which will include presentations and advice about the scheme and give candidates the opportunity to meet with their chosen mentor.

Following the workshop, candidates will be invited to send a full draft application for final peer-review and selection by the Faculty. Selected candidates to put an application forward to the BA with the University of Liverpool will be notified by September 24th (BA deadline: anticipated date mid-October).


Editorial Fellowships at History Workshop Online

History Workshop Journal and History Workshop Online (HWO) are seeking to appoint two or three Editorial Fellows to assist in the running of the HWO website, social media channels and podcast, with a strong preference for scholars working in a non-British area of history or in British World or imperial history.

The duration of the fellowship will be one year in the first instance, with a possibility of renewal for an additional year.

This fellowship, valued at 2000 pounds per annum, is intended to support the successful candidate(s) to develop their own careers online and to gain valuable experience working as part of a journal editorial board.  Editorial Fellows would also be nominated to a non-stipendiary Visiting Fellowship at Birkbeck, University of London, and have access to library and IT resources there. The duration of the fellowship will be one year in the first instance, with a possibility of renewal for an additional year.

More information at this link.


Lecturer in Italian Studies

The School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Bangor University invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in Italian Studies from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2020.

Responsibilities will include teaching Italian language and culture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and the provision of pastoral and administrative support within the Italian Section and Department of Modern Languages & Cultures. The Department is looking to appoint candidates to either Teaching and Research (T&R) or Teaching and Scholarship (T&S) contracts. Where relevant (depending on contract type) successful candidates will be expected to conduct and publish research of an international standard in their field of study.

Closing date for applications: 4 July 2018.

More information at this link.