1st Edition

Bridging Worlds - Building Feminist Geographies Essays in Honour of Janice Monk

Edited By Anindita Datta, Janet Momsen, Ann M. Oberhauser Copyright 2023
    272 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book marks the 30th anniversary of the IGU Commission on Gender and Geography, honouring the contributions of Janice Monk in establishing the field of feminist geography. The collection is published as part of the series International Studies of Women and Place that Janice Monk co-edited with Janet Momsen for over 30 years. The chapters, from over 45 leading international scholars, encompass key areas Monk has contributed to within feminist geography.

    The collaborative nature of this project reflects the networks and themes Monk nurtured throughout her long and impactful career. The book provides critical insights to wide-ranging topics that include the development of feminist geography in different global contexts, gendered geographies of work and everyday life, and gender and environmental concerns.

    Diverse voices and perspectives in this book will serve as invaluable resources for scholars interested in gender and feminist geographies, the history of the IGU Commission on Gender and Geography, career trajectories of women geographers in different parts of the world, gendered geographies of the life course, as well as feminist analyses of environmental issues. The book will be useful to students, educators, and activists in gender studies, development studies, and human geography.


    1. Bridging Worlds – Building Feminist Geographies: Essays in Honour of Janice Monk
    2. Anindita Datta, Janet Momsen and Ann M. Oberhauser

      PART I: Gender and Feminist Geographies: Perspectives from around the World

    3. Connecting Distant Academic Landscapes, Inspiring Researchers: Jan Monk’s Role in Developing Gender Geography and Geohumanities in Spain
    4. Maria Dolors Garcia Ramon and Antoni Luna

    5. Crossing Borders, Exotic Women and the Challenge of Teaching Gender in World Regional Geography and Area Studies Courses
    6. Holly M. Hapke

    7. Centering Fireside Knowledge and Utu Feminisms: On Writing Feminist Margins from the Margins
    8. Mary Njeri Kinyanjui

    9. The Value of Feminist Scholarship: Renegotiating Spaces for Gender and Geography in Post-Communist Romania
    10. Sorina Voiculescu and Margareta Amy Lelea

    11. Women in Geography: The Case of the International Geographical Union
    12. Joos Droogleever Fortuijn


      PART II: Career Trajectories of Women Geographers – Strategies to Survive and Thrive

    13. "Making Zonia Known": Discussing Baber’s "Peace Symbols" (1948)
    14. Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg

    15. Janice Monk and Evelyn Stokes: Two Women Geographers from Down Under Break New Ground
    16. Robyn Longhurst and Lynda Johnston

    17. The ‘Excluded Half of the Human’ in Brazilian Geography: The Life Course of Women in a Scientific Field
    18. Joseli Maria Silva, Marcio Jose Ornat and Tamires Regina Aguiar de Oliveira Cesar

    19. Being (From) There: Antipodean Reflections on Feminist Geography
    20. Ruth Fincher, Katherine Gibson and Louise C. Johnson

    21. Valuing Mentoring: Jan Monk’s role in Creating a Community of Support for Early Career Researchers
    22. Michael Solem and Ken Foote

    23. Students’ Evaluation of Instruction: A Neoliberal Managerial Tool Against Faculty Diversity
    24. Martina Angela Caretta and Federica Bono

      PART III: Gendered Geographies of the Life Course: Work and Everyday Life

    25. Migrant Women’s Everyday Lives and Work Burdens: Insights from Kusumpur Pahari, Delhi
    26. Swagata Basu

    27. Challenging Instability: Women’s Multigenerational Narratives of Work in the Margins of Central and Eastern Europe
    28. Doris Wastl-Walter, Ágnes Erőss and Monika Mária Váradi

    29. Life Course in the New Processes of Re-Ruralization in Spain
    30. Mireia Baylina, Maria Dolors Garcia Ramon, Montserrat Villarino, Mª Josefa Mosteiro García,

      Ana Mª Porto Castro and Isabel Salamaña

    31. Independence and Entrepreneurship Among Arab Muslim Rural and Bedouin Women in Israel
    32. Ruth Kark, Emir Galilee and Tamar Feuerstein


      PART IV: Gender and Environmental Concerns: Change, Crisis and Recovery

    33. Social Change in Griffith, NSW, Australia: Discourses of Indigeneity, Identity, Justice and Well-Being over Fifty Years
    34. Janice Monk, Richard Howitt, Claire Colyer, Candy Kilby, Lynette Kilby, Stephen Collins, Bev Johnson, David Crew and Roger Penrith

    35. Gender and the Food History of the Caribbean: The Case of Cassava in Barbados
    36. Janet Momsen

    37. COVID-19 and Tourism in the Island Pacific: Gender Tribulations and Transformations in Different Seas
    38. John Connell

    39. Women and Waste Recycling in the State of São Paulo, Brazil
    40. Margarida Queirós

    41. Women’s Stories of Loss and Recovery from Climatic Events in the Pacific Islands

              Rachel Clissold and Karen E. McNamara


    Anindita Datta is Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Delhi and the current Chair of the IGU Commission on Gender and Geography. Her work focuses on gendered and epistemic violence, indigenous feminisms, spaces of resistance and geographies of care. A member of several international editorial boards and collaborations such as the NORAD, Linnaeus Palme and Erasmus Mundus programmes, Anindita is committed to feminist mentoring and building transformative networks of care across differences. Her recent books include Gender, Space and Agency in India: Exploring Regional Genderscapes and the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geography (co-editor).

    Janet Momsen was a founding member of the Gender Commission in 1988 and was Chair from then until 1996, continuing as Treasurer until 2006. She is Emerita Professor of Geography, University of California, Davis. Her research is mainly on gender and agricultural development. She has also taught in England, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and South Africa. She has published 17 books, founded and is current Editor of the Routledge series on International Studies of Women and Place.

    Ann M. Oberhauser is Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University and holds a PhD in Geography from Clark University. Her research focuses on feminist economic geography, gender and globalization, feminist pedagogy, and critical development studies with an emphasis on rural economic strategies in Appalachia and sub-Saharan Africa. Her publications include Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context and Global Perspectives on Gender and Space. Oberhauser is a long-time member of the International Geographical Union Commission on Gender, the Society of Woman Geographers, and the Feminist Geographies Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.