The Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS) at Rice University is pleased to invite contributions to the Rice Feminist Forum. We are establishing this Forum at a time when debate has intensified over issues impacting women’s lives and the politics of sexuality and gender. Now more than ever feminist voices are needed to address them. Several times a semester, we will post a prompt for a different topic and ask for contributions from Center faculty affiliates, graduate certificate students, undergraduate majors and Advisory Board members. Over the summer, before our official launch, we posted five meditations by CSWGS faculty inspired by the phrase “Woman Card” that received over 700 views.

Our current topic is: Aftermath 

As a country and a world, we are living in the aftermath of November’s election. As a city and a planet, we are living in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Jose, and Maria. Some people believe we are living in the aftermath of feminism. As a period of time that is fundamentally linked to another, aftermath simultaneously focuses on an incident and its consequences. How might aftermath speak to what came before? And how does aftermath point toward certain speculative futures? Can aftermath be sensed differently (or smelled, felt, touched, and known)? From the vantage of feminist thought and action, where does aftermath leave us, or to what does it bring us? We invite submissions of 600-800 words on the topic. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017. Submissions will be edited and posted as they come in.

We hope to get contributions both from the CSWGS community and beyond. Please send all submissions to We will post all submissions that our moderator, Helena Michie, deems on topic and appropriate for our audience. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, and will post submissions in groups as they are edited and approved. Please include a title for your piece, and feel free to include a public domain image that could accompany your essay.

Later in the month, we will solicit further contributions to the same topic in the form of substantive responses to the essays we post.