1st Edition

Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies Volume 2

Edited By Catherine M. Orr, Ann Braithwaite Copyright 2024
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    The second volume of Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies addresses the complexities and inherent paradoxes within the expansive knowledge project known as Women’s and Gender Studies for audiences both inside and adjacent to the field. Each of the volume’s chapters identifies and critically examines a key term that circulates in this field, exploring how the term has come to be understood and mobilized within its everyday narratives and practices.

    In constructing provocative genealogies for their terms, authors explicate the roles that this language, and the narratives attached to it, play in producing and limiting possible versions of the field. The ongoing aim of Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, both in the original volume and this entirely new extension, is to trace and expose important paradoxes, ironies, and contradictions embedded in the field – from its high theory to its casual conversations – that rely on these terms. Forging collective conversation and intellectual community from its thoughtful and critical lines of inquiry, the second volume of Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies remains bracingly original and full of fresh insight. It provides a perfect complement for Feminist Theory, Senior Capstone, and introductory graduate-level courses offered in Women’s and Gender Studies and related fields.

    Introduction: Why Rethink Women’s and Gender Studies Now?
    Ann Braithwaite and Catherine M. Orr

    Section 1: Foundational Assumptions


    Chapter 1: Indigenous Feminism

         Ashley Glassburn

    Chapter 2: Femininity
    M. Nicole Horsley

    Chapter 3: Citizenship
    Amy Brandzel

    Chapter 4: Inclusion
    Ahalya Satkunaratnam 

    Chapter 5: Intersex
                      David Rubin

    Chapter 6: Expertise
    Heidi R. Lewis

    Section 2: Ubiquitous Descriptions


    Chapter 7: Belonging
    Katherine Side 

    Chapter 8: The Ph.D.
    Jennifer Musial, Leslie Kern, and Sonja Thomas

    Chapter 9: Nation
    Debjani Chakravarty 

    Chapter 10: Women
                        Heather Hewett and Meg Devlin

    Chapter 11: Innocence
                        Erica Meiners and Jessi Lee Jackson


    Section 3: Epistemologies Rethought


    Chapter 12: Genealogy
                        Michael Eng

    Chapter 13: Generation
                        Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst

    Chapter 14: Critical
                        Agatha Beins

    Chapter 15: Choice
                        Erika Derkas

    Chapter 16: Self-Care
                        Wei Si Nic Yiu 

    Chapter 17: Consent
                        Elizabeth Groeneveld and Carrie Rentschler 

    Section 4:  Silences and Disavowals

    Chapter 18: Settler Colonialism
                        Beenash Jafri

    Chapter 19: Asexuality
                        Ela Przybyło

    Chapter 20: Cis
                        Megan Nanney

    Chapter 21: Disability
                        Susan G. Cumings

    Chapter 22: Nonhuman Animals

                        Jennifer A. Venable

    Section 5: Establishment Challenges


    Chapter 23: Humanitarian
                        Danielle Bouchard

    Chapter 24: Sexual Violence

                        Amber Dean

    Chapter 25: The Gaze
                        Kimberly Lamm 

    Chapter 26: Transdisciplinarity
                          Shannon Moore

    Chapter 27: Transformation
                        Sal Renshaw and Renée Valiquette 

    Chapter 28: Branding
                        Karlyn Crowley

    Conclusion: Continuing the Conversation
    Catherine M. Orr and Ann Braithwaite 


    Works cited



    Catherine M. Orr, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita in Critical Identity Studies at Beloit College, where she worked for 22 years. She is co-editor of Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies (Routledge 2012), co-author of Everyday Women’s and Gender Studies (Routledge 2017), and has published in Souls, Atlantis, Feminist Studies, NWSA Journal, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Hypatia. She served as Conference Chair (2006-08) and Conference Co-Chair (2012-14) in the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) and held a number of leadership positions on the organization’s General Council. Her scholarship, teaching, and professional development have always been about interrogating the contradictions of cultural and institutional histories, especially those in which she feels deeply implicated. She now works as a DEI consultant, serves on the board of Urban Triage in Madison, Wisconsin, and has become a passionate mixed-media artist who translates complexities about whiteness and its histories of violence to new audiences.

    Ann Braithwaite, Ph.D., is Professor and Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. The co-author or co-editor of three books (Troubling Women’s Studies, Sumach Press / CPSI 2005; Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, Routledge 2012; Everyday Women’s and Gender Studies: Introductory Concepts, Routledge 2017), Dr. Braithwaite’s scholarly work examines the ways in which disciplines reflect a set of embedded ways of knowing, asking how these citational practices shape any field and elaborating on how attending to those questions matters. Both at UPEI and beyond, her passion is to engage others in exploring how to bring questions of inclusion and justice to the classroom and to curricular programming. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, educational leadership, and service awards at UPEI, including the 2014 AAU Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership award, and is a 2021 STLHE / SAPES 3M National Teaching Fellow.

    Like Braithwaite and Orr’s first Rethinking project, this collection is a valuable resource for anyone interested in feminist studies and its ongoing academic transformations. Contributions both introduce and defamiliarize WGS keywords, routing them through diverse genealogies to activate new theoretical and political possibilities. This collection undertakes another round of “rethinking” that risks undoing what we think we know about Women and Gender Studies as an academic formation. A must-read for teachers and students alike.

    S.Trimble, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream WGSI, University of Toronto


    Not a recasting of its predecessor, Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies Volume II expands on the critical vision, personal stakes, and political calculus that inhabits the field, with broad implications for doing feminist work in an increasingly authoritarian global present. Diverse, insightful, and affectively powerful, the original essays gathered here demonstrate the vitality of contemporary feminist scholarship.

    Robyn Wiegman, Professor, Literature and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University