The Assemblage website, part of Nottingham Trent University's trAce programme, is a showcase for women's new media art. The aesthetic ethos is distinctly post-modern, drawing on the theoretical writings of thinkers such as Derrida and Benjamin, and the artistic legacy of Duchamp. As a result, Assemblage is eclectic about genre and style, including in its remit prose, poetry, visual art, textual/visual art and theoretical texts. There is a unifying aspect, however - an awareness of how new technology shapes, and even dictates, expression. The work is thus highly self-conscious and unafraid to cross generic boundaries. At the time of review this rather confusing site hadn't been updated since 2005 and many of the links were broken.
This is the website of the Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID), an American professional organisation that addresses the issues facing female industrial designers. "It facilitates access to design talent, networking and social interaction in the design community". The website provides a news section, an online newsletter, a gallery, details about current exhibitions, FAQs and publication information.
Backdoor Broadcasting Company is an online broadcast provider to the internet worldwide and locally to its homebase of Oxford, United Kingdom. Upon invitation to an event, the Company records the proceedings and makes them available. It offers two services: the Academic Service, which broadcasts academic conferences, symposia, public lectures and workshops in order to provide widespread access to academic research. The Sound Experiment records novel experimental music, sound art and sonic events and similarly offers them for public consumption. The Academic Service archive presents many recorded lectures that will be of interest to researchers in religion, history, philosophy and comparative literature, among other diverse fields. Several align with current debates around religious issues in international affairs and cultural studies connected to marginalized groups and perspectives.
This subsite of the Backdoor Broadcasting Company provides a podcast of a lecture by William Cohen of the University of Maryland, which was presented on 2 December 2009 at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. The lecture, "Queer Universality and the French Oscar Wilde" places Oscar Wilde's works in the context of French literature, given the author's frequent visits to France and his final, self-imposed exile there. Cohen's main thesis has two parts: he suggests that Wilde propounded aesthetics which negated national identity on the one hand, and gender and sexual identities on the other. Cohen associates Wilde's fantasies with "French culture as an international fraternity of aestheticism." The lecture, along with similar pieces made available here, should be of interest to scholars in gender studies, literature and cultural history.
Catalyst are a group of artists investigating the links between art and science and encouraging participation by women in both of these fields. The website has an archive of past exhibitions and workshops held by Catalyst, with commentary about and images of the work exhibited and produced. There is a page on the website devoted to the Playing Card Project with images of each card made by various women artists. There are details of how to contact and join the group on the website in addition to general information about Catalyst.
An collection of articles dealing with the current status of cyberfeminism and art, Cyberfeminism is a special edition of the ArtWomen.org website. Founded in 2000 by curator MaryRoss Taylor and art historian Mary Jo Aagerstoun, this website aims to provide a forum for the publication and exchange of views on visual art and feminism in culture. A non-commercial and non-profit production, Cyberfeminism is just one example of the interesting projects undertaken by this original organisation.Aimed at a wide audience, including academics, artists, curators, activists, and educators, Cyberfeminism contains articles and images discussing issues of gender and race in relation to the current state of cyberfeminism and art. The interaction of cyberspace and feminism, cyberfeminism emerged in the early 1990s, and has since developed considerably with the increasing utilisation of the Internet as a forum for female communication and women's culture. Professionally designed, attractive, and easy to navigate, this website is an interesting introduction to this developing field.
Written by Rosi Braidotti, from the Women's Studies department of the University of Utrecht, and published on the university's website, 'Cyberfeminism with a Difference' is an online article, which examines postmodernism, Information Technology, cyber-space and science fiction in relation to feminism and sexual difference. The article consists of the following chapter headings: introduction on postmodernity; post-human bodies; the politics of parody; the power of irony; feminist visions on science fiction; the cyber imaginary; and the need for utopias. Notes and a glossary of terms are also included.
'Dig me out: discourses of popular music, gender and ethnicity' (2009) is a extensive online anthology of texts on popular music and cultural identity, predominantly 20th century music and musical performance. It appears to have originated as a DVD publication funded by Arteleku in the Basque Country of Spain. There are around 140 texts on the website, freely available in HTML or PDF format. Texts are in dual English and Spanish. Also available are MP4 audio files, and Quicktime video files. A few randomly selected test clicks revealed: 'Transfabulous, Border Fuckers and political queer performance - Jet Moon in conversation with Greg of No Borders London and Emine of Kaos GL Turkey' (PDF text and video); and 'Orlanding the Dominant: trip away to genderfuck' (PDF file). This will be a useful resource for those interested in popular music, performance, and identity.
E-pisteme is a postgraduate ejournal based at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University. It aims to provide a platform for early career academics, publishing peer-reviewed articles by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The journal is interdisciplinary in nature, and describes itself as 'seeking to challenge traditionally defined ways of thinking and conducting research'. The themes for the first two issues were 'Voices' and 'Boundaries', and featured articles on widely varying topics, including: the voice in rap; the impact of English as the international language of scientific publication; voice in the history of psychoanalysis; the influence of English on modern Polish; and Marilyn Monroe's screen presence in The Misfits. All papers are freely available. Submission guidelines for prospective authors are also provided.
The University of Maryland Early Modern Women Database covers a range of aspects of women's studies in several European countries and the Americas between the 14th and 19th centuries. The search categories are helpful and divided into subject, types of resource, geographical area and time period. The individual resources catalogued and linked relating to these subject areas are usually of a high quality, and useful synopses are provided with each link. The catalogue of resources concentrating upon women's writing is particularly helpful, and the site also features lists of links relating to a range of other disciplines including music, history, performing arts and philosophy and religion. Care has been taken to ensure the scholarly merit and/or academic interest of the resources provided and this site is recommended to any one studying or researching women's studies in western culture prior to the 20th century.The site is managed and maintained by the University of Maryland Arts and Humanities Services Team.
'Eludamos: journal for computer game culture' is a peer-reviewed online journal, published as a biannual e-journal. It is an Open Access journal and is free to read. At June 2008 there are two full-text issues online, the second of which is a special issue on gender in videogames. The journal editors state that it aims to be a publication that "fundamentally transgresses disciplinary boundaries", although the first two issues seem to have a noticeable and traditional concern with violence in videogames. The journal also has thoughtful reviews of videogames and books. The journal contents can be searched using a variety of approaches. Issues present articles and items individually, in either HTML or PDF formats. Articles in the first two issues have included: 'Theorizing gender and digital gameplay: Oversights, accidents and surprises'; 'On the Liberation of Space in Computer Games'; and 'Thoughts on a Technology-Centric Model of Digital Games as Programmable Media', among others. This is a useful journal in a developing and maturing area of study. There is also news of forthcoming journal issues and future activities with conference partners.
An electronic version of a comprehensive overview of feminist film theory, by Anneke Smelik (University of Utrecht). Smelik does not aim to critique the field as such, but rather offer a panorama of thought from the 1970s onwards. As such, this online resource offers students a valuable introduction to the field, and may serve researchers as a reference tool. Smelik traces the development of feminist criticism of the cinema, beginning with Claire Johnston's investigation of the myth of Woman in classical cinema, and Laura Mulvey's seminal article, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. Smelik takes into consideration the common criticism levelled Mulvey's account of the male gaze in film and implicit preclusion of a female spectator, by outlining notions of masquerade (for example, Mary Ann Doane's appropriation of the findings of psychoanalyst, Joan Rivière) and the female look (Ann Kaplan and Jackie Stacey). Questions of female subjectivity in film, as analysed by Teresa de Lauretis, are also explored by Smelik, as is Kaja Silverman's interpretation of female desire in psychoanalytic discourse. Gay and lesbian film criticism, queer theory, and issues of race and ethnicity are examined at length in this essay, and Smelik concludes with the practical application of some aspects of feminist criticism to films such as Morocco (1930) and Antonia's Line (1966). The text is available in HTML.
The Feminist Theory Website provides a catalogue of theoretical feminist books and a directory of prominent feminists. The website is international in scope, and there are bibliographies for works relating to particular nations as well as to particular academic fields. Bibliographic entries are not annotated. Some of the pages include links to external websites or to authors featured in the directory. The directory lists authors alphabetically, providing brief biographies, describing their particular fields of enquiry, and giving bibliographical details of their publications. This resource should prove useful to scholars seeking feminist interpretations of their field or to students of women's studies.
FemTAP: a Journal of Feminist Theory and Practice is a full-text ejournal. At May 2009 there are are two issues, freely available online. The first issue (2006) is themed Theory and Praxis, and contains articles such as: 'Receiving Love: Black Women's Writing, Theory, and Experience'; 'Disarming Venus: Disability and the Re-Vision of Art History'; and 'Dear Regina: Formative Conversations About Feminist Writing', among others. The second issue (2008) is themed Feminist Pedagogy, and contains articles such as: 'Beside a Queer TransPedagogy of Desire'; and 'Teaching Institutions: Feminism and the Pedagogy of Activism', among others. Articles are presented in HTML form. The website also features calls for papers, details of the submission process, and details of the editors.
'The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide: a bimonthly journal of history, culture and politics' is a regular intellectual publication published from Boston in the U.S.A. This journal initially appears to offer about 80 articles online, for free, as well as general tables of contents organised by issue. But browsing these tables of contents reveals more free content than is listed elsewhere. Even in its limited online form, the generous range of free content means that this is a useful and unique publication. A range of notable writers contribute to the publication. The website has details of subscriptions to the paper version, the editors and publishers, and advertising rates. There is an associated weblog. The website content can be searched by keyword. The Review was formerly called the 'The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review', from 1994 to 1999.
The Web Site glbtq: an encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture is edited by Professor Claude Summers, William E. Stirton Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, University of Michigan-Dearborn. It boasts many expert consultants and contributors in the field. This useful list allows the encyclopaedia to be browsed also by entries by a particular author as well as by subject. In essence it consists of entries with a focus on the glbtq issues in connection with personalities, cultural spheres, and theory. The site consists of sections including: arts; literature; social sciences; special features; and a discussion forum. Topics are set out alphabetically and there is also a search facility. Once an entry has been located there are further options to see related entries, more entries by the same contributor, citation information and a comprehensive bibliography. The entries are also accompanied by helpful metadata such as the date it was last updated. An extremely useful resource for all those researching: social science; history; as well as cultural, literature and gender studies. Special features include interviews with key figures, topics such as Kings, Queens and Emperors.
'Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion' is an open academic ejournal, with content freely available online in full-text form. At October 2008 there is one issue available online. Harlot aims to be... "provoking playful and serious conversations about rhetoric - from reality television to public monuments, religion to pop music, and everything in between". There is also a weblog, a wiki, and an online discussion forum associated with the journal. The website has details of the aims of the journal, the editorial team, and the submission and review process. Articles in the first issue include, among others: 'A Provocation: Queer is Not a Substitute for Gay/Lesbian'; 'Caroling Commercialism: The Rhetorical Power of Christmas Music'; and 'Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games'.
Institute for Queer Theory (Intitut fur Queer Theory) is a German research institute based in Berlin, with a website available in English or German. The Institute was launched in 2006 and appears from its projects list to have a special interest in queer visual cultures and the political organisation of sexualities. The website is up-to-date at June 2009, and has details of... "research, teaching, public events and international exchange" activities, and details of Institute events in 2009 and 2010. A free email newsletter is available. The website appears to contain no full-text papers or reports, but does have two PDFs of transcribed interviews with Judith Butler (see Archiv / 2007 ) and some abstracts of papers given at events.
'InterAlia: a journal of queer studies' is a full-text ejournal published in English and Polish. The editors describe it as... "a peer-edited scholarly journal for queer theory". At January 2009 there are two issues online, with most articles and reviews presented in English. Articles are usually available in both HTML and PDF format. Example article titles include: 'Americans Don't Want Cowboys to Be Gay: Brokeback Mountain and the Oscars'; 'Who's Renting These Boys? Wiktor Grodecki's Czech Hustler Documentaries'; and 'Post-colonial historiography, queer historiography: the political spaces of history writing', among others. The website has details of the editors, editorial advisory board, and guidelines for contributors.
The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) website provides information about this organisation, which is a joint program of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or Virginia Tech. It aims to document the history of women's involvement in architecture, and to act as a clearing house for information. It includes in its remit women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners, and the records of women's architectural organizations worldwide. The site provides general information about IAWA, and presents a guide to the archive collections. It includes biographies of women in architecture past and present, searchable by name and country. The site also features the text of selected IAWA Newsletters; provides information about the annual Milka Bliznakov Prize; and includes links to related websites.
This is the website of Ludica, which is a small group of university and independent researchers who are investigating gender and videogames. The website offers a collection of free papers and interviews, in PDF format. The collective was formed in Los Angeles in 2005. The website offers a variety of free texts, mostly in PDF format. Among the article titles are: 'A Game of One's Own: Towards a New Gendered Poetics of Digital Space'; 'Playing Dress-Up: Costumes, roleplay and imagination'; 'An Interview with Ludica: Bringing Fresh Perspectives to the Video Game Industry'; and 'Play Belongs to Everybody: An Interview with the Ludica Collective'. There is also a group bibliography (2005-) and a Ludica weblog. This will be a useful resource for those seeking free texts on videogames and gender, especially girls and games.
The Michigan Feminist Studies Archive is an online collection of full-text scholarly articles published between 1978 and 1997 in the print journal, Michigan Feminist Studies, and made available here by the University of Michigan's Humanities Text Initiative. The Michigan Feminist Studies journal is edited by graduate students of the University of Michigan and as well as research articles features interviews, poetry and photo essays. Also available in full are past issues (1974 to 1978) of the University of Michigan Papers in Women's Studies, a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary scholarly journal. Users may browse or search this vast archive and view facsimiles of the original publications. The scope of the collection is broad, encompassing international history, politics, literature and the arts as analysed from feminist perspectives. A valuable resource for researchers of women's and gender studies.
Michigan Feminist Studies (MFS) website provides full-text articles from 1978-1997 and the back catalogue of The University of Michigan Papers in Women's Studies (1974-1978). Initiated in 1978 as Occasional Papers in Women's Studies, it became MFS in 1989 as an interdisciplinary feminist journal. It is published at the University of Michigan and edited and produced by Michigan graduate students. The database can be browsed or searched.
n.paradoxa is an international feminist art journal exploring feminist theory and contemporary women's artistic practices. Very much a journal devoted to artistic production, n.paradoxa features essays, reviews, panel transcriptions and interviews. Theoretical in approach, the journal encompasses contemporary critical approaches, tailoring them towards a feminist agenda - but ideas with an explicitly political content are favoured. The intersection of feminism and ethnicity is a particular focus of the journal. There is a major study of the work of Taiwanese artist Mali Wu, for example. Any one interested in art and feminism will find n.paradoxa interesting. Articles back to issue 1, 1996 are freely available online.
NWSA supports and promotes feminist teaching, learning, research, and professional and community service at the pre-K through post-secondary levels and serves as a locus of information about the inter-disciplinary field of Women's Studies for those outside the profession. NWSA publishes a newsletter NWSAction and other publications NWSA Journal , an official publication of the National Women's Studies Association, publishes the most up-to-date interdisciplinary, multi-cultural feminist scholarship linking feminist theory with teaching and activism. NWSA's annual conference provides an opportunity for teachers, students, scholars, activists, and community and cultural workers to share research findings, strategies, and programmatic concerns, for effecting social change.
The US-based National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) has been committed to supporting feminist scholarship; teaching; and community service for over 25 years. Its website promotes the work of the organisation; offers information on membership and scholarships; and links to information on the NWSA Journal and the NWSA Annual Conference. Site sections include: NWSA Action Newsletter; Scholarships; Elections; Publications; and Conferences. Aiming to provide a network of information and contacts for those outside as well as inside academic Women's Studies, the site also offers useful links to other feminist sites.
'Queer space: centres and peripheries' is the website for a 2007 conference of the same name. The papers presented at the conference are now online, in full-text form. These lean towards issues in urban geography and sociology, but also include papers likely to be of interest to historians, such as: 'Queer space in Seventeenth-Century Lisbon: Centres and Peripheries'; 'Queensland's emerging homosexual subculture and public space, 1890-1914'; 'Homosexuality and the Star Hotel: Exploring the traces of Queer Space in Newcastle in the 1970s'. The other papers here may also be of interest to architects and urban planners. All papers may be freely downloaded in PDF form. The conference was held in 2007 at the Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, University of Technology, in Sydney Australia. This will be a useful resource for those considering issues of desire, eroticism and love in the context of urban spaces.
'SQS: Journal of Queer Studies' is a full-text ejournal. It is published in a trilingual edition by editors at the University of Oulu in Finland. Articles are available online in PDF format, in Finnish, Swedish, and English. Some example titles of English-language articles are: 'Invisible Irelands: Kate O’Brien’s Lesbian and Gay Social Formations in London and Ireland in the Twentieth-Century'; 'Bespectacular and over the top: On the genealogy of lesbian camp'; 'Grand Narratives and Other Narratives in Queer Studies of Today'; and 'A kind of bitter longing: Masculine bodies and textual female masculinity in Brokeback Mountain and Memoirs of Hadrian', among others. The website also contains details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
Internet for Women's Studies is a free teach yourself tutorial on the Web, teaching Internet information skills for women's studies. The tutorial is aimed at students, lecturers, and researchers who want to improve their knowledge of the best Internet resources for women's studies. Internet women's studies is one of a set of tutorials within Intute's Virtual Training Suite. The tutorials may also be used to support teaching and training courses. Each course consists of: a tour of some key sites; techniques for discovering additional web resources; guidelines for critically evaluating such resources; and a section on how to use information from the Internet in one's own teaching or research projects (how to format citations, etc.) Each tutorial is written by a subject specialist.The Intute Virtual Training Suite receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Wagadu (ISSN 1545-6196) is a peer-reviewed ejournal that publishes scholarly research on gender-related issues that affect women throughout the world; it has been published since 2004. It aims, in particular, to provide a forum for the dissemination of discourses on feminist theory and practice that reflect and capture the experiences and plights of African, Asian and Latin-American women. Publications typically take the form of: full-text articles; creative writing; and book reviews. They are freely available in both HTML and PDF format, and the site is searchable. Issues covered in Wagadu include: an examination of the contributions that Western, African and Islamic values make to the constitution of contemporary feminist thought; and the analysis of the extent to which gender hierarchies help propagate the spread of HIV/AIDS in African communities. Although, contributions are predominantly in English, the journal promises to publish work in any language. Readers can register to receive email notification of new issues. The journal will prove invaluable to undergraduates, postgraduates and specialist researchers in African Studies and gender studies.
'Woman's Art Journal' (WAJ) is a scholarly journal that aims to be a "forum for re-examining feminist concerns of the women's art movement". The historical focus of the journal is wide, covering the period from "antiquity or the present day". WAJ has been published since 1980, and is now published from Rutgers University in the U.S.A. The website has details of the WAJ editors and editorial process, and submission guidelines. There is a table-of-contents for the current issue, and a sidebar on this page gives access to the table of contents for the previous issue, and so on recursively - there appears to be no single index page that allows access to all table-of-contents pages for back issues. The website has the full-text of the short editor's introduction to each issue, and this is available below an issue's table-of-contents.
The Woman's Building in Los Angeles began as a feminist art project in 1973, developed by Judy Chicago, Arlene Raven and other feminist artists. This website includes information on its history, programmes and projects, personal reminiscences from the women artists involved, a bibliography and a timeline, all illustrated by colour images. There is a page on future activities and a searchable digital image archive of over 1,500 images documenting both featured artists and their projects, created as part of the Getty Information Institute's 'Faces of L.A.' Project.
This is the website of the popular BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour: a programme which states its purpose as "celebrating, informing, and entertaining women". The most recent programmes can be heard in full on the site, and an archive provides summaries and audio files of excerpts from older editions. The content of the site changes on a regular basis, but the programme often features items about women's history, including biographical material about famous or influential women: past programmes have included politicians, philosophers, and other academics, and the site also offers an interesting timeline. Along with a good mix of lighter items, there is extensive coverage of current affairs, and of social, ethical and legal issues relevant to women today. Messageboards provide the opportunity for further discussion. An excellent and accessible introduction to a number of aspects of the humanities.
The Women and Music website is part of the Women's Studies Section (WSS) of the Association of Research and College Libraries (ACRL), itself part of the American Library Association (ALA). The website provides an annotated list of websites relating to all aspects of women in music, from composers whose output is more classical in style to women in jazz and popular music. Types of resources that can be accessed from this site include databases, listings and parts of the websites of other organisations that may be of use. Resources are divided into the following categories: bibliographies; genre pages; internet collections; journals, discussion lists and zines (sic); organizations; and miscellaneous.
The website "Women writers' networks" presents information and invites research on European women's writing before 1900. It is based on the database "WomenWriters" compiled by the University of Utrecht. The database, which is linked to from this site, deals with the study of the reception of women's writing on a national and international basis. However, the focus of the database is currently on the reception of women's writing in the Netherlands. Detailed descriptions of the project's development and scope are given, as are short articles arising from research undertaken using the WomenWriters database. Material is divided into categories, including: "Writing Side", focusing on the author herself; "Reading Side", which looks at attitudes towards the literature; and a bibliography of related works divided by country. Parts of the site were still under construction at the time of cataloguing. The project directors make it clear that this site is very much a work in progress; the site is updated frequently. All in all, this resource provides a useful companion to the WomenWriters database and would be of use to anyone researching European women's writing pre-1900, with a particular emphasis on the Netherlands.
Women's Studies in Communication is the full-text online archive of an academic journal, offering issues dating from 1977 to 1991 alongside subscription information for current print issues. The journal is edited from Colorado State University, and is published by the U.S. Organization for Research on Women and Communication. At June 2009 some links on the back-issues index have been poorly typed and are broken, but most will work. Visitors are offered only the surname of the author as a link, and cannot know the topic or title of the article. Articles may be freely downloaded in PDF format. Example article titles include: 'What aught to distinguish feminist scholarship in communication studies?'; 'On being sufficiently radical in gender research: some lessons from critical theory'; and 'The impact of communication and persuader gender on persuasive message selection', among others. This may be an interesting archive for historians examining U.S. feminist concerns in academic research during late second-wave feminism.