SWS: United Against All Wars. For an Intersectional and Global Solidarity

SWS: United Against All Wars. For an Intersectional and Global Solidarity

As an organization of intersectional feminist sociologists caring for international matters, SWS wholeheartedly supports the position statement and call for action developed by FG DeKolonial e.V. – association for antiracist, postcolonial, and decolonial thought and practice – regarding the Ukraine War, in recognition of the historical gendered dynamics of military conflict including the systematic use of sexual violence and revictimization of marginalized populations, and the multiple groups that have experienced genocide besides the ones mentioned below, like the Yazidi people in Northen Iraq and the Rohunga people in Myanmar:

United Against All Wars. For an Intersectional and Global Solidarity



With the Russian government’s military attack on Ukraine, a new war has been raging since February 24, 2022, intensifying day by day, endangering millions of people and forcing them to seek refuge.

We stand in solidarity with the people who have to endure war, with those who have to flee, and with the courageous demonstrators in Russia and Belarus who, despite harsh restrictions and violent interventions, have not remained silent, and took to the streets to criticize their government’s decision to declare war on Ukraine.

The worldwide outcry that this war causes is indispensable. In addition to our unconditional solidarity with the people in Ukraine affected by this aggressive war, our solidarity is also with all those people who endure war but hardly ever receive such global media attention, and who are exposed to ongoing violence in the shadow of the current events, as is the case with the civilian populations in Tigray, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, but also with the Armenians in Artsakh, attacked by Azerbaijan, the Kurds in Afrin, bombed by Turkey, and the genocide-affected Uyghur population in China, whose right to life, and to self-determination is fundamentally under attack.

Following the multiple interventions by communities of color and antiracist initiatives, we too want to express our concern about the growing racist and racializing divisions. It is with great concern and deep sadness that we observe how especially Black people, Romani people, and Refugees of Color have to face racism and racial discrimination. We condemn how Black people, Romani people and People of Color who have fled the war in Ukraine are being treated at border controls: This is racial profiling!

Meanwhile, the construction of an illiberal and undemocratic „East“, in contrast to the image of a peace-loving West-European self-presentation, is reflected in newly inflamed anti-Slavic, anti-Russian and anti-Ukrainian hostility and discrimination in the everyday experiences of these people in the West, which urgently needs to be addressed from an antiracist perspective. The fact that people fleeing the Ukraine are imagined as „white“, and generalized and homogenized within a collective subjectivity, loses sight of various forms of racism and anti-Semitism in Ukraine, which many Ukrainians are also confronted with as Jews, Muslims and Romani people.

At the same time, People of Color are prevented from fleeing and structurally excluded from humanitarian aid, contrary to all pro-Ukrainian declarations of solidarity and debureaucratized EU refugee policies that insist on ‚humanity‘. This practice is supported by a racialized dichotomic policy which differentiates between ‚European neighbors in need of help‘ as legitimate refugees, and ’normal refugees‘, ‚illegal migrants‘ and stateless minorities, who for generations have been and still are part of the different countries – a narrative that increasingly appears these days in media coverages. In short, the colonial and racist structure of European migration and citizenship policies are once again manifesting themselves in well-known cruelty, as is particularly evident in the forced immobilization of refugees, and vulnerable groups in Libya and Afghanistan, for example.

On the macroeconomic level, the legitimization of militarization, and liberalization of the arms trade, from which German corporations particularly profit, is experiencing a new upswing. After years of international inaction against Russia’s policy of aggression against Ukraine, which already began with the annexation of the Crimea and the occupation of parts of the Donbass in 2014, the now hastily adopted sanctions will lead not only to the further impoverishment of a large part of the Russian population, but also to the precarization of already marginalized groups and states in the Global South. This underscores the need for a long-term global and postcolonial perspective on the current war in order to rethink policy instruments against wars with regard to their effectiveness and paradoxes. The global dimension of this war is all the more evident in the currently constructed scenario of a nuclear threat, and the politically and ecologically disastrous dependence on fossil fuels.

Imperialist wars must be clearly named as such – in this and all other cases – and analyzed and criticized by considering overlapping global asymmetries, in order to enable effective forms of solidarity and peace policy.

In this sense, our solidarity must be practical and intersectional. Much needs to be done to work towards the safety of Black people, Romani people and People of Color as they seek refuge – in the current conflict as well as in any other. Special attention must be paid to multiply-discriminated and particularly vulnerable groups, especially LGBTIQA+ communities, queer People of Color, Black and Romani people, Jewish and Muslim people living in Europe, and people with dis_abilities. Finally, it is important to keep in mind that fleeing the war, any war, also depends on gender. Cis men as well as trans* people are being conscripted into the military, and exposed to the traumas of war without any attention to their fundamental right to bodily integrity and sexual self-determination.

We stand for an intersectional solidarity that applies to all people in Ukraine, to all refugees, and all those fleeing from Ukraine, to all refugees from other violent conflicts in the world, and to all people and communities in Europe, and around the world whose daily experiences of violence do not receive international attention.

We oppose all wars, and we demand a global peace from which all people in the world as well as the environment can benefit, and in which all can prosper.

Solidarity must be intersectional and global!




SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Awardee, Dr. Katie Acosta, to give Campus Visit Talk at Carroll College on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm MDT – Zoom Link Available

SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Awardee, Dr. Katie Acosta, to give Campus Visit Talk at Carroll College on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm MDT.

Click HERE to learn more about how to access the Zoom Link. The event is free and open to the public.

Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Katie Acosta, the 2020 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award Winner.


SWS Feminist Intersections Podcast Call for Guests

SWS Feminist Intersections Podcast Call for Guests

The SWS Feminist Intersections Podcast is a collaboration between the Media Relations and Social Action Committees. Our goal for the podcast is to share SWS members’ activism and research with each other and the broader public. You can listen to our first episode on most Podcast services, or here on Buzzsprout.

We are currently looking for guests to be featured in our 2022 episodes. Our theme for the year is aligned with the 2022 winter meeting theme: “Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics.” If your work is in conversation with this theme – directly or indirectly – we want to hear from you! We want to feature activism, community work, applied sociology, and research in our episodes.

Our podcast will be released once monthly, beginning in March. We are currently looking for a minimum of 8 guests.

Who are you looking for?

We are looking for folks who…

  • are current members of SWS
  • are willing to participate in other forms of SWS social media (such as taking photos of recommended books for our Instagram or doing a short Q&A for our blog, etc.)
  • are available within the timeline of recordings
  • are engaged in research, applied sociology, community work, or activism related to the theme “Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics.”

I’m in! What next?

If you are interested in being a guest on Feminist Intersections, please fill out this Google Form and we will reach out to you regarding scheduling and for more information.

How will you choose guests?

If we receive more responses than we have for episode availability, guests will be chosen based on their orientation to this year’s theme. If guests are not chosen for the first round of episodes, they will be placed on a list of potential guests for future episodes. There is a possibility that we will be able to record more than once a month and will be able to feature more SWS members. We ask that you bear with us as we learn the best way to feature guests through trial and error.

Please email SWS Media Relations Chair, Erin Baker erin.bakergiese@minotstateU.edu with any questions.

Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is October 1, 2022 

Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is October 1, 2022

Next Deadline is October 1, 2022

PDF of 2022 Flyer

Social Actions Initiative Awards


Submit applications through the SWS Member Portal.

You do not need to be an SWS member to apply or nominate someone for these awards, but you need to use the portal. You will need to log in as a SWS Member or create a new account.

Current SWS members can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support broadly defined social action initiatives (e.g., advocacy, public education, organizing, movement-building).

Brought to you by the Social Action Committee of SWS. 
Two 2022 Funding Cycles.

  • April 1st
  • October 1st

Learn more about the award and previous winners: https://socwomen.org/awards/social-actions-initiative-awards-2/

Questions? Contact Kris De Welde or Heather Hlavka (Social Action Committee Co-Chairs): deweldek@cofc.edu and heather.hlavka@marquette.edu


Join or Renew Your SWS Membership: https://sws.memberclicks.net/2022membership

Request a 2022 Sponsored SWS Membership here: https://sws.memberclicks.net/request2022

Can I Apply? Demystifying The SWS Awards Process – Join Us on March 7, 2022 from 7-8 pm EST

SWS Graduate/Student Workshop & Toolkit Series Hosted by the SWS Student Caucus and SWS Student Caucus 

Join Us on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm EST 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Can I Apply? Demystifying The SWS Awards ProcessThis is a discussion aimed at students and anyone interested in understanding more about SWS Awards and the application process. We will be joined by past winners who will share their insights on the process and what it means to be an awardee.

Why join this session?• To learn more about SWS Awards• Gain a better understanding of the awards process• Speak with past winners including Trang Thu Đỗ (Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship Awardee), Sekani Robinson (Cheryl Allyn Miller Awardee), Roxanna Villalobos (Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Awardee), and Brandi Perri (Beth B. Hess Memorial Dissertation Scholarship Awardee) to gain guidance on how to put together a strong application.



SWS High School Teacher Virtual Workshop – March 5, 2022 – Teaching Gender Justice & Health in Pandemic Times



SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022 FROM 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM MST

Coordinators: Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts and Dr. Nancy López​

Co-Facilitators: Dr. Marlese Durr, Dr. LaTonya Trotter, Dr. Carmela Roybal, and Chidimma Judith Nnagbo (Graduate Student)

Are you a high school teacher who teaches ethnic studies, women studies, social studies, English, human rights or other related topic? Or do you know a high school teacher who teaches in these areas? Please share this announcement with them.
Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) is hosting a FREE VIRTUAL pre-conference workshop for high school teachers. This is the third virtual workshop we have hosted for high school teachers. The first year we focused on Intersectionality and the second year we focused on Global Feminism. This year the workshop theme will be: Gender Justice and Health in Pandemic Times. The free virtual workshop will take place via zoom on Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9am-4pm MST. It’s limited to 20 participants – high school teachers that teach ethnic studies, women studies, social studies, English, human rights, or any other relevant subject. Registration is required.  All participants will receive a $50 gift certificate via email. 

SWS Podcast – Feminist Intersections – First Episode is Now Available – Salam Aboulhassan: Gendered and Racialized Muslim Experiences at Work

Feminist Intersections Podcast Now Available


Salam Aboulhassan: Gendered and Racialized Muslim Experiences at Work

February 8, 2022, Season 1, Episode


Salam Aboulhassan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University. Her past research explored intimate partner violence and the social construction of reputation among Arab American women, publishing her first set of findings in the Journal of Family Issues. Her current research focuses on the racialization of Muslims within US workplaces. In early 2019, she was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant. She is also a community activist who focuses on issues of sexual abuse and sexual assault within immigrant Arab communities

Whitney Hunt (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Wayne State University. Whitney’s research foci explore race and racism, science and technology, and culture and media. Overall, she uses mixed methods to address broad questions surrounding social constructions of race. Currently, her dissertation research examines genetic ancestry testing and the geneticization of identity. For more information, visit https://www.whitneyhunt.net

Erin Baker, Ph.D. (she/her) is an associate professor of sociology at Minot State University. Dr. Baker’s research explores motherhood, mental health, education, and homeschooling.  For more information, visit https://erinebaker.com/

Wayne State University Highlights First SWS Podcast – Feminist Intersections
Wayne State graduate student Whitney Hunt and alumna Erin Baker (Ph.D.’21) have produced the Feminist Intersections podcast.  Their first guest is Ph.D. student Salam Aboulhasan, who discusses her research on Gendered and Racialized Muslim Experiences at Work.

SWS Winter Meeting – Virtual Programming Starts on February 4! SWS Members – Please Register Today!

“Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics”

SWS President-Elect, Roberta Villalón

See the Full Program HERE

Only 2022 Winter Meeting Registered Attendees who register by February 3 will have access to the Virtual Meeting Platform where all Zoom Links are posted.

Once you have registered, you can use your MemberClicks credentials to login to see the Virtual Platform now.

 Direct link to the Virtual Meeting Platform:


Registration Form for Virtual 2022 SWS Winter Meeting taking place from February 4-5, 2022 also includes Live-Streamed Programming from March 31-April 3, 2022

Virtual Meeting Registration Form


If you can also join us in person in New Mexico, here’s the In-Person Registration for the meeting taking place from March 31-April 3, 2022:


Make your hotel reservations today! Cutoff Date for Reservations is March 8, 2022

$169 per night for single and double rate

Reservation Link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/TAMAY/G-SWS1

A Special Thank You to Our Program Committee Members:

Program Committee Chair: Tracy Ore

Program Committee: Alexis Grant-Panting; Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles; Chriss

Sneed; Erika Busse-Cardenas; Erika Marquez; Esther Hernández-Medina; Ghassan Moussawi; Nancy López; Ӧzlem Altıok; stef shuster; Tristen Kade; Veronica Montes

SWS Local Arrangements Committee Members: Lisa Broidy; Georgiann Davis; Jessica Goodkind; Maricarmen Hernandez; Nancy López; Ranita Ray; Assata Zerai

SWS Thanks New York University Press for Sponsoring the 2022 SWS Winter Meeting! Getting a Book Published & Revising a Manuscript for Publication Workshop to take place on February 4. Register Today!

Thanks to New York University Press for Sponsoring the 2022 SWS Winter Meeting!

Link to the Flyer is Here: Workshop Flier

Registered attendees, please mark your calendars for:


Friday, February 4, 2022 from 12:45 – 2:15 pm EST

Moderated by Ilene Kalish, Executive Editor at New York University Press


Pallavi Banerjee, University of Calgary

Georgiann Davis, University of New Mexico

stef shuster, Michigan State University

Virtual Meeting Registration Form



In-Person Registration for March 31-April 3, 2022:


Registration Form for Virtual 2022 SWS Winter Meeting that includes Live-Streamed Programming from March 31-April 3, 2022 and Programming Taking Place on February 4 and 5, 2022.

Congratulations to Dr. Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner!

Congratulations to Dr. Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner!

Photo of Dr. Georgiann Davis

The SWS Feminist Activism Award, established in 1995, is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives. This year’s Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee included Ghassan Moussawi (Subcommittee Chair), Brittany Battle, Rocío Garcia, Latoya Council, and Cierra Sorin. The Subcommittee decided that Dr. Georgiann Davis will be the SWS 2022 Feminist Activism Award Winner.

Georgiann is a feminist medical sociologist and an intersex activist who is dedicated to three goals: 1) raising intersex awareness, 2) educating future medical doctors, and 3) ending the genital mutilation doctors often subject intersex people in order to surgically squeeze the intersex body into the arbitrary sex binary. Georgiann Davis is a scholar-activist whose research, teaching, and activism are at the intersection of medical violence and feminist theories. She is currently working on a feminist autoethnography tentatively entitled Five Star White Trash where she discusses the complexities of intergenerational mobility, whiteness, gender dogma, and the ways in which anti-fatness is rooted in anti-Blackness. She is a former board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017-2020) and a past-president of InterConnect Support Group (2014-2015). You can read more about her research, teaching, and activism at http://www.georgianndavis.com.

Her nomination materials collected by Barbara Risman share that: “… Georgiann’s feminist scholar activism doesn’t stop with what and where she writes and appears on TV and on the Radio, it extends to service to the community with the goal of changing intersex lives, empowering future intersex leaders, and educating future doctors. Georgiann led one of the largest intersex support groups in the world (AIS-DSD Support Group). … Georgiann has worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges on their Difference of Sex Development Subcommittee with the goal of developing intersex inclusive curriculum for professors of medicine to use throughout their medical school classrooms.”

We hope you will join us in congratulating Georgiann and that you will make plans to join us for the 2022 Winter SWS Awards Celebration. We will be honoring Georgiann in person at the 2022 Winter Meeting at the Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on April 1, 2022. All current SWS Members can register for the meeting here: https://sws.memberclicks.net/2022wmregistration