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Women's Studies Association (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine

Women's Studies Journal

The Women's Studies Journal is a biannual, open access, peer reviewed academic journal established by the Women's Studies Association. The Journal has a primary, but not exclusive focus on women's studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific. It contains articles from a wide range of feminist positions and disciplinary backgrounds. The Editorial Collective encourages papers which address women's experience, explore gender as a category of analysis, and further feminist theory and debate.

The Women's Studies Journal is essential reading for academics with an interest in gender issues, focusing on research and debate concerning women's studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific. Some issues focus on a particular theme, while other issues are broad in scope. The Journal contains a wealth of resource material, and some issues have been used as texts in several tertiary institutions. The Women's Studies Journal features:

  • an emphasis on Aotearoa/New Zealand and/or the Pacific
  • Māori and indigenous women's issues
  • diversity and ethnic women's issues
  • the latest in feminist theory and philosophy
  • exciting recent research
  • contemplative, analytical and provocative articles
  • reviews of books, films and performances.

The Women's Studies Journal was established in 1984. From 1996 to 2008 it was published in association with the Otago University Press. From 2008 it has been published on this website and full text articles are available via EBSCO. Back issues are available through PROQUEST.

The most recent issue is 2018 - 32:1/2.

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The 2018 Women's Studies Journal Best Graduate Essay Prize

Entries are open for the 2018 Women's Studies Journal Graduate Prize for a Feminist Essay, awarded by the Women's Studies Association, and administered by the editorial collective of the Women's Studies Journal. The award will be presented to the author/s of a submitted essay that is considered by the judging panel to be the best representation of contemporary feminist scholarship.

For the 2018 prize the theme is Studying Feminism in Dangerous Times. We are open to a range of interpretations of this topic, and welcome submissions from all feminist graduate students.

Entries close on 1st August 2018, and the winning essay will be announced on 1st October 2018. The award consists of a $500 cash prize, and consideration for publication in the Women's Studies Journal.

Please see here for further details.

Submission guidelines are available on the Women's Studies Journal Submissions page.

Any queries, and submissions, should be sent to the WSJ editorial collective at