Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 2, June

Absent Homosexuality: The Mediated Discourses of Masculinity on the Design and Construction of the Sydney Opera House
Abstract This paper examines the controversy surrounding the construction of the Sydney Opera House at mid-century, and the role of "absent" homosexuality in shaping the new ideals of the country as a modern nation. Australian popular culture--in...
Dirty Spaces: Communication and Contamination in Men's Public Toilets (1)
Abstract This paper examines the spatiality of men's public toilets in Australia. It considers public toilets as cultural sites whose work involves not only the literal elimination of waste but also a form of cultural purification. Men's public...
From Sociability to Spectacle: Interracial Sexuality and the Ideological Uses of Space in New York City, 1900-1930
Abstract This paper addresses inter-racial sociability and sexuality in New York City before and after the Great Migration of African-Americans from the rural South to northern US cities. Using space and the arrangements of objects in space as my...
Memories in Vacuum and Western Beach: Questioning the Nature of Space in the Israeli Context
Keywords: Ezer, Lazarov, Isreal, home I am interested in the ways in which artists explore spatial meanings--cultural, social, and political--and the ways in which spaces can carry both personal and shared meanings. I recently curated a show at...
Performing the Border
Performing the Border. 42 minutes, VHS, color, 1999. Writing Desire, 25 minutes, VHS, color, 2000. Remote Sensing. 53 minutes, VHS, color, 2001. Filmmaker Ursula Biemann, Switzerland. Distributed by Women Make Movies, 462 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10012....
Researching Female Public Toilets: Gendered Spaces, Disciplinary Limits
Abstract I have always been drawn to study intimate yet public spaces--most notably Victorian ladies' public lavatories and American honeymoon suites. Such research raises larger questions concerning the legitimacy of certain objects of inquiry...
The Communal Apartment in the Works of Irina Grekova and Nina Sadur
Abstract While a good deal of recent scholarly attention has been paid to the Soviet communal apartment, the current literature has not specifically addressed how women are affected by living in such a space. Russian women have a complicated relationship...
The Political Economy of Desire: Geographies of Female Sex Work in Havana, Cuba (1)
Abstract The global political economy of desire influences the construction of gendered spaces in Cuba. One of the results of increasing global linkages has been the rise in sex tourism throughout the world. This is particularly salient in Havana...
The Royal Abbey of Fontevrault: Religious Women & the Shaping of Gendered Space
Abstract This article examines the religious and architectural history of the Royal Abbey of Fontevrault, in the French province of Anjou, investigating the active and deliberate role women played in shaping the physical and symbolic space of this...
The View from the Street: La Goutte d'Or
Abstract: This photo essay is about a multiethnic urban immigrant neighborhood in central Paris called the Goutte d'Or. The text and the selection of photographs foreground the author's exploration of women's spaces in the neighborhood and the difficulties...
Volumes: Notes from the Editors
This special issue of the JIWS seeks to examine the topic of gendered constructions of space(s). How does space structure our understanding of gender? How does it participate in cultural constructions of race, class, and sexuality? What are the political...
Your Humble Servant Shows Himself: Don Saltero and Public Coffeehouse Space
Abstract In 1695, James Salter, who fashioned himself as "Don Saltero," opened a coffeehouse on a respectable corner in Chelsea. The chief attraction of the coffeehouse, from Salter's point of view, was the array of natural science detritus and...

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