Women East-West Newsletter

Women East-West is a newsletter sponsored by the ASEEES-affiliated Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) as a networking resource for all scholars and teachers concerned with the problems, status, and achievements of women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA persons in academic and related professions. In addition, the newsletter tackles current debates about feminism, the state of the field, and other questions posed by our members. It also attempts to cover research and teaching in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Founded in December 1986 by Mary Zirin, the newsletter initially was distributed to participants in the Women’s Seminar of the Russian and East European Center’s Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In October 1989, the newsletter became an AWSS publication. Mary Zirin edited 53 issues through May 1998. Subsequent editors of the print edition were Rhonda Clark, Betsy Jones Hemenway, and Nicole Monnier. Co-editors Lisa Kirschenbaum and Sally A. Boniece launched the first digital issue in Summer 2012 according to a plan put in place by then-AWSS President Adele Lindenmeyr.

Since Summer 2016, many scholars have been involved with the editing of the newsletter, including Barbara Allen, Jill Massino, Christine Worobec, and Adrienne Harris. The current editors are Emily Greble and Kathryn Ciancia.

Women-East West welcomes news and submissions from AWSS members. Articles generally include:

  • essays about gender studies and women’s issues (about 1000 words);
  • the “Ask Aleksandra” advice column;
  • announcements about awards and prizes made by AWSS for research and publications;
  • book reviews (see a recent newsletter for a list of books to review);
  • research notes that highlight current methods and sources (250-500 words);
  • conference announcements;
  • member news (publications, awards, promotions, new jobs, etc.)

Please send contributions to awssnewsletter@gmail.com. Deadlines are usually May 1 for the Summer edition and October 1 for the Fall edition.