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Women’s studies and contingency: between exploitation and resistance

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa, Beetham, Gwendolyn, Jones, Cara E. and Nzinga-Johnson, Sekile (2015) Women’s studies and contingency: between exploitation and resistance. Feminist Formations, 27 (3). pp. 81-113. ISSN 1040-0656

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We know the numbers: 76 percent of faculty in U.S. universities is contingent. We are captivated by the viral news pieces: “Thesis Hatement,” “Academia’s Indentured Servants,” “Death of a Professor”, and “The PhD Now Comes with Food Stamps”– and we follow hashtags on Twitter – #NotYourAdjunctSidekick. But in what ways does Women’s Studies’ relatively precarious place within academia fit into these conversations? How do feminists working in a variety of disciplines reconcile their feminist labor politics with the need to grow their programs and departments under the edicts of the corporate university, particularly when relying upon contingent labor to do so? These questions were at the heart of three collectively-organized sessions on feminist contingency at the 2014 annual National Women’s Studies Association Conference (NWSA) in San Juan Puerto Rico, the highlights of which are presented here. It is our hope that the lessons learned in this historic event -- lessons about silence-breaking and collectivizing, but also about inequity, privilege, shame and guilt -- will be used in WS classrooms, departmental meetings and beyond, contributing to the growing conversation about this most important issue, and maybe even offering action steps toward solutions.

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Additional Information: © 2015 John Hopkins University Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
LSE London
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 10:29
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 23:10

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