The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching in women's and gender studies in Central/Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia and to the support of women scholars working in the field. Committed to the study of this region across disciplines, AWSS welcomes members from all areas of the humanities and social sciences. AWSS serves as a networking resource for scholars and teachers concerned with the problems, status, and achievements of women in the academic and related professions. The Association also seeks to improve the general public's understanding about women and gender in these regions.
In addition to its annual award competitions for outstanding publications and scholarly contributions in the field of women's and gender studies in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, AWSS supports graduate student research and provides small travel grants to conferences for scholars from the region.
Although the Association does not directly engage in advocacy for women's, national/international, or political causes, we serve our broad constituency of scholars with varying political and social opinions and allegiances through our educational mission, promoting the study of critical women's, national/international and political issues. We also serve as a network to assist scholars who are concerned with such issues to connect with one another. While our members may advocate for a variety of causes, it is the policy of the Association itself not to do so unless it is to support the field of women's and gender studies.
AWSS is affiliated with the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies).
Membership benefits include a subscription to the AWSS newsletter, Women East-West, and to its listserv, AWSS-L, which provides regular updates about publications, conferences, funding, jobs, and other important professional opportunities.