The Feminist Knowledge Network born at
International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women's Studies held in
Tromso, Norway in June 1999, when some editors and managing editors of
Women's Studies journals met informally. That meeting made it clear at
that meeting that a network was needed in order to:
foster communication and discussion about common problems of
gathering, publishing and disseminating feminist research about women
in an increasingly difficult financial and political climate;
use of advances in technology to overcome the intellectual isolation
experienced by feminist journal boards and editors, especially those
working in the economic South, by making the most effective use of
e-mail and Internet opportunities, and by sharing existing resources;
initiate mutually supportive endeavours to break down boundaries and
bridge communication gaps and develop collaborative activities,
including research and the building of a sustainable resource base
which can be shared by all members.
develop networks and partnerships of researchers to develop projects
related to common interests or themes.
Following that meeting, a few of the editors started to develop an
e-mail list and to recruit new members. Every journal we
approached responded with enthusiasm, glad of the opportunity to share
experiences and to strengthen their work. We rapidly recruited a
membership of 27 journals, based in 21 countries, of which 12 were in
the economic South. Thus the network, now called the International
Network of Women=s
Studies Journals, came into being as an informal, ad hoc group.
The next step was to find funding to support a face to face meeting.
The Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada and the
International Development Research Council (Canada)
generously came forward with this funding, which allowed us to hold
our first workshop in Halifax in September 2001. Thirty-four editors
attended that meeting, which took place over an intense week.
This meeting allowed us to discuss our rationale, form and shape,
values, plans and projects and other aspects of the network
These were further discussed at our next meeting in Kampala, July
2002. They are not yet finalized, but in interim form, the
Feminist Knowledge Network (the new name adopted at the Kampala
develop a network of mutually supportive feminist publications to
strengthen ties in publishing and researching and to create a
knowledge network to address feminist issues;
include both North and South voices, and a diversity of feminist