Intersections: Women's and Gender Studies in Review across Disciplines

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Intersections: Women's and Gender Studies in Review across Disciplines was an interdisciplinary graduate student publication committed to promoting the interdisciplinary research of women's and gender issues.

In 2002, graduate students from the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) and the English Department nurtured an idea for a book review with campus-wide contributions. From this came Women’s and Gender Studies in Review across Disciplines, a 44-page journal of book reviews covering literature, gender studies, American studies, history, and sociology.

The initial publication sparked an incredible interest and momentum across The University of Texas at Austin. To sustain this interest and to further interdisciplinary participation and conversation, the editors envisioned a publication with feminist scholars from all across campus.

To facilitate this cross-campus project, the journal migrated to CWGS. Since 2003, this location has enabled myriad students with a research interest in women’s and gender issues to share ownership of the journal and to further develop a vital exchange of ideas and texts. The journal thus takes place as part of the work of CWGS to build community among graduate students and to enable us to educate each other about the perspectives of our diverse fields.

In our third issue (2004-2005), editors expanded the previous review format to include reviews, poetry, essays, an interview, a section on women in the academy that has appeared in all issues and a photo and written retrospective on the Washington, D.C. March for Women’s Lives. This also marked our first themed issue, Wonder Women.

Each year our staff work to expand our feminist-centered conversation and establish the journal as a recognized and respected publication within its field. To facilitate this recognition, we changed our name to Intersections: Women’s and Gender Studies in Review across Disciplines. Our commitment to a truly interdisciplinary publication has never wavered: our editorship is made up of graduate students from across disciplines at the University of Texas at Austin. Libraries are offering the journal as part of their collection while professors are incorporating it into their syllabi. The journal’s growth is proving both exciting and exponential.