Girlhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Editor-in-Chief: Claudia Mitchell, McGill University

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GHS publishes both themed and special issues, as well as unthemed issues. Articles for the open call can be submitted at any time.

Indigenous Girls
Disability and Girlhood: Transnational Perspectives
Ethical Practice and the Study of Girlhood

Girlhood Studies is moving to 3 issues in 2015!

Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the critical discussion of girlhood from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and for the dissemination of current research and reflections on girls' lives to a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers, practitioners in the fields of education, social service and health care and policy makers. International and interdisciplinary in scope, it is committed to feminist, anti-discrimination, anti-oppression approaches and solicits manuscripts from a variety of disciplines.

The mission of the journal is to bring together contributions from and initiate dialogue among perspectives ranging from medical and legal practice, ethnographic inquiry, philosophical reflection, historical investigations, literary, cultural and media research to curriculum design and policy-making. Topics addressed within the journal include girls and schooling, girls and feminism, girls and sexuality, girlhood in the context of Boyhood Studies, girls and new media and popular culture, representation of girls in different media, histories of girlhood, girls and development.

Subjects: Gender Studies, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies

Current Issue

Spring 2015, Volume 8(1)


SPECIAL ISSUE: Girlhood Studies in Post-Socialist Times

Edited by Olga Zdravomyslova and Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova

Editorial: International Collaboration and the Spread of Girlhood Studies
Claudia Mitchell

Introduction: Girlhood Studies in Post-Socialist Times
Olga Zdravomyslova and Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova


Bodies in Transition: Girlhoods in Post-Communist Balkan Cinema
Ana Bento-Ribeiro

The Construction of Girls’ Femininity through the Ukrainian TV Show The Queen of the Ball
Tetiana Bulakh

A Proper Dress Length for Little Girls? Soviet Taste, Girls’ Innocence, and Children’s Fashion in Contemporary Russia
Olga Boytsova and Elena Mishanova

Fictional Girls in Transition during Perestroika
Judith Inggs

Organizing Girls’ Groups for a Better Future: Local and Global Challenges and Solutions
Yulia Gradskova

Mapping Motherhood: Girls as Mothers in Contemporary Russia
Nadya Nartova

Between Us Girls: On Girls’ Interpretations of Sexuality
Elena Omelchenko

“Fighting Is Not Pretty”: Interpreting the Experience of Self-Defense in Girls’ Fights
Elvira Arif


   In Memoriam

   Jacqueline Kirk, 1968-2008

    Tribute to Jackie Kirk