Graduate Women's Studies: Visions and Realities
Edited by Ann B. Shteir

120 Pages
March 11, 1996
Non-Fiction Academic All Titles



Graduate Women's Studies: Visions and Realities Edited by Ann B. Shteir

Graduate Women's Studies: Visions and Realities is a collection of papers, edited by Ann B. Shteir, which arose from a conference held at York University in May 1995. Articles highlight issues in curriculum and program development, questions about disciplinarity and inerdisciplinarity, and the relationship between activism and the academy. Contributors to the volume are: Ann B. Shteir, Kay Armatage, Ruth Perry, Pat Baker, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman and Ann Manicom, Florence Babb, Thelma McCormack, Deborah Gorman, Rae Anderson, Jodi Jensen and Michelle Dodds, Deborah Clipperton, Jennifer Lund and Katherine Side, Jacky Coates and Mary Evans. The essays in this volume are an important contribution to ongoing critical exchange about the field of graduate Women's Studies.

Ann Shteir is Professor of humanities and women’s studies. Her areas of interest and publication are women and nature, 18th and 19th century women's writing, and historical and cultural aspects of gender and science. Her book Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora's Daughters and Botany in England (Johns Hopkins UP, 1996) was awarded the 1996 Joan Kelly Prize in Women's History by the American Historical Association.

"The essays in this volume reflect the passionate involvement of feminist scholars in graduate teaching, learning and research. They deal with issues such as the relative merits of discipline-based and cross/inter/transdisciplinary programmes, the relations of feminist theory to action-oriented research, writing for the academy, teaching in, and the very identify of Women's Studies, and strategies for individuals and graduate programmes. This book should be assigned as compulsory reading to all Women's Studies undergraduate and graduate students."
- Marianne Gosztonyi Ainley, Professor and Chair, Women's Studies/Gender Studies, University of Northern British Columbia

"Graduate Women's Studies: Visions and Realities arrives at a moment when it is most needed. Those of us who are considering the paths we might take in developing graduate Women's Studies are faced with questions for which no ready answers exist. Not surprisingly, articles in this anthology take different, and often times opposing, positions on the issues at stake in discipline building, for engaging scholarship, and on the realities scarce resources for jobs and programmes impose on our decisions. In airing issues and exploring the significance of the different options, Graduate Women's Studies is an invaluable guide."
- Claire G. Moses, Editor and Manager, Feminist Studies

"This superb ingathering of Women's Studies perspectives, with its multiple realities and disputations, is a bridge to the next century for students, scholars, and all who want to participate in the intellectual revolution of our times. In the best tradition of Women's Studies, this volume moves (at times glides) between aerial visions and the daily, earthy tasks of transforming the academy and indeed the world."
- Frieda Forman, Coordinator Women's Educational Resources Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Acknowledgements i

I. Shaping Programmes

Making the Vision a Reality: York University’s Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies
Ann B. Shteir 

Collaborating on Women’s Studies: The University of Toronto Model
Kay Armatage 

Inventing a Feminist Institution: An Informal History of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at Radcliffe
Ruth Perry

Creating Feminist Spaces in the University
Pat Baker, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Ann Manicom 

Graduate Women’s Studies in the Heartland: Breaking Ground for a PhD Programme in Women’s Studies at the University of Iowa
Florence E. Babb 

II. Struggling with Questions

The Crisis in Legitimacy
Thelma McCormack 

In Defense of Discipline-Based Feminist Scholarship
Deborah Gorham 

Reflections on Crossing Disciplines
Rae Anderson 

Writing for the Academy: Anxieties and Struggles
Deborah Clipperton 

III. Praxis

Team-Teaching Women’s Studies: A Graduate Student Perspective
Jennifer Lund and Katherine Side 

“Isn’t Just Being Here Political Enough?” Feminist Action-Oriented Research: A Challenge to Graduate Women’s Studies
Jacky Coates, Michelle Dodds, Jodi Jensen 

Whose Direction? Whose Mainstream? Controlling the Narrative and Identity of Women’s Studies
Mary Evans

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