Scholarship, teaching, learning and activism in the academy and beyond.
La recherche, l'enseignement, l'apprentissage et le militantisme dans le milieu universitaire et au-delà

Welcome to Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)

Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes is the national professional association for the academic discipline of Women's and Gender Studies in Canada. Joining the association indicates both support for and affiliation with the discipline. We were established in 1984, and have membership across the country. 


The 2019-2020 WGSRF Outstanding Scholarship Prize Call for Nominations is now open. Find out more information


Benefits of Membership

Through your membership in Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes you demonstrate your support for ongoing feminist, anti-racist, transnational, queer and trans, and other related research, scholarship, education, service and activism in Women's and Gender Studies in Canada.

Professional Network

When you are a member of WGSRF, you are part of a professional network of scholars and educators working in the area of Women’s and Gender Studies. You have access to Professional Development information on the website – from how to search for academic work in Women’s and Gender Studies to issues of tenure and promotion – as well as an annual conference where you can collaborate with local, regional, national and international colleagues on panels, roundtables, research, performances and other endeavours.

To further participate in WGSRF and the ongoing development of Women’s and Gender Studies in Canada, members are encouraged to join the association's various committees and / or allow their nomination for an Executive position in WGSRF.

Annual Conference

Your membership sustains a national dialogue between professors, community scholars, graduate students, undergraduate students and activists who convene yearly at the annual WGSRF conference held in conjunction with the Congress of the CFHSS / FCSH. The conference creates a forum for our ongoing research interests, alongside discussions of pedagogy and the current state of Women’s and Gender Studies. Further, the conference offers the invaluable opportunity to network with colleagues in your field, meet scholars who share your research and teaching interests, and become acquainted with authors you have read and admired. Keynote speakers over the past few years have included Eve Tuck, Robyn Maynard, Tings Chak, Cynthia Enloe, M. Jacqui Alexander, Sherene Razack, and Anna Mae Timson. By attending the conference, presenting a paper, or participating in a roundtable, you become part of producing the terms and purview of Women’s and Gender Studies each year.

WGSRF also works to make monies available to help with travel costs for student, unwaged, and under-waged members.

Prizes and Awards

Between 2001 and 2011, the (then) CWSA/ACEF awarded an annual book prize to a monograph published the prior year in the field. Starting in 2012, this award shifted to an Outstanding Scholarship Award, to better recognize the variety of work produced by Women's and Gender Studies practitioners. This prize now recognizes monographs, edited collections, or significant documentary films in English or French published/released in the previous year.

Additionally, there are annual competitions for both an undergraduate and a graduate essay prize. WGSRF members can recognize their students by nominating excellent essays for national recognition, a cash prize, an association membership, and some travel costs towards attending the annual conference. Winners are also invited to read their papers at the annual conference.

Publisher Partners

WGSRP has partnered with with McGill-Queen's Press, Inanna Publications and Demeter Press, and offering new membership benefits: 20%-30% discount off the book purchase price from our partner publishers. Find out more.

Coordinators / Directors Network

Women’s and Gender Studies program co-ordinators have the opportunity to attend the annual chairs’ meeting planned by WGSRF. This event coincides with the conference and facilitates critical reflection and dialogue across Women’s and Gender Studies programs and departments in Canada. The association also has a position on the executive dedicated to maintaining contact with coordinators and directors of programs/departments across Canada.




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Website and email list

To keep members informed throughout the year, WGSRF maintains a website and a listserv where announcements for employment opportunities and calls for papers are posted and circulated. The website maintains an up-to-date listing of Women’s and Gender Studies undergraduate and graduate programs, departments and research institutes in Canada.