Girlhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Editors-in-Chief: Claudia Mitchell, McGill University and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Penn State University

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

Forthcoming themed issues:

Cultural Studies and the Re-Description of Girls in Crisis

Nordic Girls’ Studies: Current Themes and Theoretical Approaches

Call for Papers: Russian Girlhood Studies: Agenda and Prospects

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

Summer 2014, Volume 7(1)


Towards a More Critical, Politicized Girlhood Studies
Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh

The Re-description of Girls in Crisis
Carrie A. Rentschler and Claudia Mitchell


Under the Shadow of Empire: Indigenous Girls' Presencing as Decolonizing Force
Sandrina de Finney

Posthumous Rescue: The Shafia Young Women as Worthy Victims
Yasmin Jiwani

News and the Social Construction of Risky Girls
Alison Fyfe

Rape Culture and the Feminist Politics of Social Media
Carrie A. Rentschler

Am I Pretty or Ugly? Girls and the Market for Self-Esteem
Sarah Banet-Weiser

Blaming Sexualization for Sexting
Amy Adele Hasinoff

Nowhere to Go, Nothing to Do: Place, Desire, and Country Girlhood
Catherine Driscoll


HearSay, HereSay, HerSay: A Photo-essay
Cora-Lee Conway and Simone Viger


No Single Story
Sharlene E. Gilman

A Contrapuntal Reading of the Murder of Reena Virk
Angela Aujla


   In Memoriam

   Jacqueline Kirk, 1968-2008

    Tribute to Jackie Kirk