An Interdisciplinary Journal
Aims & Scope
Editors-in-Chief: Claudia Mitchell, McGill University and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Penn State University
WINNER OF THE 2009 AAP/PSP PROSE AWARD FOR BEST NEW JOURNAL IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES!
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:
Call for Papers: Cultural Studies and the Re-Description of Girls in Crisis
Call for Papers: Russian Girlhood Studies: Agenda and Prospects
Call for Papers: Nordic Girls’ Studies: Current Themes and Theoretical Approaches
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
Jacqueline Kirk, 1968-2008
Jackie Kirk, co-founder and co-editor of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and an international champion for girls' education was killed in an attack in Afghanistan on August 13. 2008, just as this inaugural issue of the journal was to go to press. She was visiting the region in her role as a children's education consultant for the International Rescue Committee. Jackie and two other aid workers were killed by the Taliban in an ambush on their car as they were returning from a site where they were setting up schools for girls.
Jackie began working for the IRC in 2004, as one of the world's few experts on education for children (and especially girls and young women) in conflict and post-conflict situations. By engaging with educators, aid agencies, institutions and governments and through her academic research, Jackie made visible the importance of creating a space for this often overlooked area. Jackie is known around the world as an advocate for the rights of girls and women. From the work that she did with immigrant girls in schools in Montreal, to taking the lead on organizing the "Over There and Over Here" conference on the voices of immigrant girls, to her work in Indonesia, the Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan, to her work with and for women teachers through her involvement with so many humanitarian aid organizations, Jackie has truly left a lasting mark on the world. It is hard to know where to start in acknowledging the huge gap left behind. Jackie's boundless energy and creativity inspired us, and her positivity carried us through the unchartered waters of founding a publication. In being part of the team preparing this inaugural issue ready for publication, Jackie listened to every voice and took each concern seriously. Jackie was particularly committed to studying and improving the lives of girls – and most critically, to bringing in the voices of girls and women to policy dialogues. Although as a team we started discussing the possibility for a journal of Girlhood Studies as early as 2001, there truly would be no Girlhood Studies journal if not for Jackie's passion and dedication. The most fitting tribute is of course to see that our collective mandate for the journal — research, practice and creative work about, with, for and by girls — not only continues but continues to grow by the team, by the scholars and activists on the Editorial Board, by our present and future contributors, and by the readers of this journal. Our hearts are with her husband Andrew, her family, friends and colleagues.
— Claudia Mitchell, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh and Emily Barca, Editorial Team of Girlhood Studies
Volume 3, Issues 1 (2010) was a themed issue in honor of Jaqueline Kirk