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Feminist Article Writing Workshop


avril-mai 2021


Mme Muriel Bruttin, UNIL Mme Charlène Calderaro, UNIL


Pre Eléonore Lépinard, UNIL Pre Maria Do Mar Pereira, University of Warwick


A two day residential writing workshop specifically geared towards the writing and editing of a scientific article in the domain of gender studies and/or feminist scholarship.

The aim of this workshop is to offer an opportunity for PhD candidates to further work on a scientific article-in-progress. The article can be at the stage of starting idea, just like it can be at the stage of polished full first draft. The article can be on a tangential topic compared to the candidate's PhD topic (for example, using materials that will not fit into the final PhD manuscript, or using materials from the researcher's Master's thesis), just like it can be an article based on the material of a chapter of the PhD manuscript. The main aim of this workshop is to help doctoral candidates move forward in their writing of a specific scientific article. This includes offering PhD candidates an opportunity to discuss ideas for possible articles with professors in order to orient themselves and feel confident to start the writing process, overcome writing blocks, get feedback on specific drafts, and ask whatever questions they might have about the process of writing a scientific article.

Like each disciplinary and thematic publishing field, the field of gender studies and feminist publishing has its own particularities and implicit rules. By inviting scholars who have published in a range of gender studies and feminist journals, the workshop aims to offer PhD candidates who want to publish specifically within these domains concrete and specific advice about journals and publishing issues that concerns them directly.


Slated guest professors:

Maria do Mar Pereira. Her most pertinent research with regards to this workshop is her ethnographic research on how academics discursively and institutionally demarcate the boundaries of 'proper' scholarly knowledge, and in particular how scholarship in women's, gender, and feminist studies gets positioned vis-à-vis those boundaries (see her book " Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship: an Ethnography of Academia"). She is also one of the editors of the journal Feminist Theory and sits on the International Advisory Board of the journal Etnográfica. Within gender / feminist journals, she has published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Theory, European Journal of Women's Studies, Women's Studies International Forum, Ex aequo: Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Estudos sobre as Mulheres (Ex aequo: Portuguese Journal of Women's Studies), Faces de Eva: Estudos sobre as Mulheres (Eve's Faces: Studies on Women), LES – Journal of Lesbian Issues.

Eléonore Lépinard. Her current research focuses on intersectionality in feminist movements from a comparative perspective, feminist theory and the issue of autonomy, legal writing and gender quotas in politics and the economic sphere in Europe. Within gender / feminist journals, she has published in Gender and Society, Politics and Gender, Signs, Cahiers du genre, Travail, Genre Et Sociétés, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society.


Preliminary workshop format

The workshop will include 4 types of activities:

• a lecture by each of the guest professors

• practical article writing exercises

• guest professors office hours / speed mentoring

• workshopping of participants' articles-in-progress


Further details on the different types of activities:

- Practical talks and practical writing exercises concerning topics such as: how to frame an article (how to set up a problem or argument, how to make your argument appear relevant to people not directly in your field), how to strategically choose a journal appropriate for your article, different strategies to write an "interesting" introduction, different writing styles (ex: defensive vs celebratory writing), strategies to turn an idea into an article, strategies to turn a PhD chapter into an article, strategies to overcome writing blocks

- Guest professors "office hours" / speed mentoring: during these sessions, PhD candidates will have the opportunity to discuss one on one with a guest professors about their article ideas or issues with writing, or ask questions about publishing in gender studies and feminist journals more broadly. This will be particularly useful for PhD candidates whose articles are at an earlier stage and who would like to discuss possible article ideas with a more advanced scholar. It will also be helpful for those who have reached a writing block and for whom a conversation with a more advanced scholar might help to overcome their writing block

- Workshoping of articles-in-progress submitted by participants: participants who want their article to be workshoped should submit a draft article that is between 2'000 and 7'000 words. All participants and guest professors will receive these articles-in-progress two weeks before the workshop so that they can read these before the beginning of the workshop. The participants will have the opportunity to present their article for 10 minutes (including mention of any specific issues or questions they have regarding how to move forward in the writing of their article-in-progress), and the participants and guest professors will then discuss the article-in-progress for the following 35 minutes (this gives a total of 45 minutes for each presented article)


COVID-19 related issues: we are currently hoping to be able to hold this workshop in an in-person format, but if necessary, we will move the workshop fully online and adapt the format accordingly.


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Deadline for registration 01.04.2021
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