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GALE Journal Vol. 12

GALE Journal Vol. 12 is now online!

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GALE Journal Vol. 11

The 2019 issue of the GALE Journal is now online.

  1. Editorial Foreword by Gwyn Helverson
  2. Global Feminisms Awareness of Students at a Japanese Women’s University: Post-U.S. Study Abroad Reflections by Kristie Sage and Tomoko Sugihashi
  3. Perceptions of Desirability and Enactment of Agency among Japanese Male University Students Abroad by Elisabeth (Libby) Morinaga Williams 
  4. Conversations with Emily M. Gray by Kristie Collins

About the image: A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia… She was a librarian in the New York public schools throughout the 1960s. She had two children with her husband, Edward Rollins, a white, gay man, before they divorced in 1970. In 1972, Lorde met her long-time partner, Frances Clayton. She also began teaching as poet-in-residence at Tougaloo College. Her experiences with teaching and pedagogy—as well as her place as a Black, queer woman in white academia—went on to inform her life and work. Indeed, Lorde’s contributions to feminist theory, critical race studies, and queer theory intertwine her personal experiences with broader political aims. Lorde articulated early on the intersections of race, class, and gender in canonical essays such as “The Master’s Tools Will Not Dismantle the Master’s House.”

…Her poetry, and “indeed all of her writing,” according to contributor Joan Martin in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, “rings with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling.” Concerned with modern society’s tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as “lesbian” and “black woman.” She was central to many liberation movements and activist circles, including second-wave feminism, civil rights and Black cultural movements, and struggles for GLBQT equality. In particular, Lorde’s poetry is known for the power of its call for social and racial justice, as well as its depictions of queer experience and sexuality. As she told interviewer Charles H. Rowell in Callaloo: “My sexuality is part and parcel of who I am, and my poetry comes from the intersection of me and my worlds… [White, arch-conservative senator] Jesse Helms’s objection to my work is not about obscenity… or even about sex. It is about revolution and change.”

…In the late 1980s Lorde and fellow writer Barbara Smith founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, which was dedicated to furthering the writings of black feminists. Lorde would also become increasingly concerned over the plight of black women in South Africa under apartheid, creating Sisterhood in Support of Sisters in South Africa and remaining an active voice on behalf of these women throughout the remainder of her life. Lorde addressed her concerns to not only the United States but the world, encouraging a celebration of the differences that society instead used as tools of isolation. As Allison Kimmich noted in Feminist Writers, “Throughout all of Audre Lorde’s writing, both nonfiction and fiction, a single theme surfaces repeatedly. The black lesbian feminist poet activist reminds her readers that they ignore differences among people at their peril… Instead, Lorde suggests, differences in race or class must serve as a ‘reason for celebration and growth.’”

Source: Poetry Foundation

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Gale Newsletter, October 2018

The Fall Newsletter (2018) has been uploaded.

Edited by Jennifer Teeter and Seie Morrison, here is what you can look forward to in this newsletter:

  1. Members’ Corner: Becoming (an) Other by Seie Morrison
  2. Development Teaching, Learning and Concepts: Promoting Gender Equality in ELT in Japan by Tanja McCandie
  3. Identity in the Classroom: Liminality. Allies and Belonging by Yoshi Grote and Seie Morrison
  4. Fibropoetics by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa
  5. GALE and GALE-related Presentations at JALT 2018
  6. Code of Conduct Booth at JALT 2018
  7. Pan-SIG Summaries
  8. Notes and Announcements
  9. Member Publications
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Call for Papers for GALE Forum at PanSIG Conference 2019

Date: May 18 – 19 2019

Conference website:

Location: Konan University, Cube Campus, Nishinomiya, Kobe, Hyogo

Deadline: 8 December 2018

Send submissions to:

Presentations may relate to either teaching or research based topics.

The forum is 90 minutes long, and we would like to have several presenters who will each present for 20 minutes If you are interested in presenting as part of the GALESIG Forum please send an email to with the following information: presentation title, your name and affiliation, and an abstract of approximately 150 words on your suggested area to talk about. The forum slots are ‘unvetted’ which in this case means that you will not have to go through the JALT application process as GALE will vet the abstracts and submit on your behalf. However, presenters in the forum will still receive the same coverage by JALT as regular presenters, for example, your name will be printed in the conference handbook.

This is a great opportunity for professional development and positive publicity for your research, as well as for GALE and its mission of fair and responsible research in the field of Gender Studies, and first-time presenters are warmly encouraged to apply. Last year the forum was a great success which we look forward to repeating this year!!

GALE also invites GALE members without access to research funds to apply for a Professional Development Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to support research in the field of gender awareness and to support GALE members without research funding. A grant for up to 50,000 yen, depending upon the type of presentation to be given, will be made available to the successful applicant. The scholarship is intended to help defray conference attendance expenses. In return, the successful applicant MUST give a presentation on a GALE related topic at the conference (under the content area of Gender in the case of JALT conferences) and commit to writing the following: an academic research article based on that presentation or a practical pedagogical article to be published in the next edition of the GALE Journal and Proceedings or in the GALE Newsletter.

The placement of the scholar recipient’s article will be made after discussion with the applicant, the Publications Chair, and the Coordinators. In the case of writing for the GALE Journal, the applicant may also be asked to write a summary of the presentation for the GALE Newsletter.


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GALE Journal August 2018

If you have trouble viewing the journal directly in the web page, please try clicking the down arrow to see the whole file. You can also use the whole page icon,which normally works well. A last option is to click here to link to the file directly.

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GALE Newsletter Spring 2018

The Spring Newsletter (2018) has been uploaded. The links below are to the Adobe browser-you can scroll with the arrows on each side of the file, and there is a menu at the bottom for printing, downloading etc. To come back to this page, use the back arrow in your browser.



GALE Newsletter Spring 2018
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Alternatively, here is a direct link to the same file on our website.

Edited by Barbara Morrison and Jennifer Teeter, the newsletter contains a wealth of information and insight, including

1) Integrating Gender Literacy into Your University Classes: Gerry Yokota shares how they engage learners in gender literacy through solidarity, best practices, and… anime! Gerry also has shared two of her powerpoints for reader’s to adapt to use in their own contexts.

2) When a JALT Event Heals Your Sore:  Reflecting on her own positionality, Parisa Mehran shares her notes on a joint presentation by Tanja McCandie and Brent Simmonds on diversity and the JALT Code of Conduct.

2) Sexual Harassment is Sex Discrimination: a conversation with Kobe University Professor Ronni Alexander, the plaintiff in a historical case that helped established sexual harrassment procedures in the U.S. in the 1970s.

3) Members Corner,  with Quenby Aoki, GALE Co-Coordinator

4) Development Teaching Learning Concepts,  with Tamara Cohen, Gerry Yokota and Eucharia Dougherty

5) PAN-SIG Member Presentations

6) WELL Conference Report

and much more.

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Teacher Development Forum at PAN SIG 2018 / Code of Conduct Table

Day/Time: Sunday, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: 4502
Exploring The Role That SIGs Play In Teacher Development: Three Interviews
M. Turner1, A. Yoshida2, M. Ellis3
1Toyo University; 2Kanda University of International Studies; 3International Christian University High School

In this forum, three members of the Teacher Development SIG will each conduct a 20-minute interview with a representative from invited SIGs, asking carefully prepared questions that aim to explore the connections and commonalities between SIGs, specific teacher development stories, as well as the individual differences that mark SIGs as unique and special. It is hoped that through conducting such interviews SIGs can co-construct a clearer understanding with each other, whilst strengthening an awareness and interest in each other’s activities. The forum will conclude with an open discussion session between our invited SIG representatives, with audience questions and comments highly encouraged.

Code of Conduct

Katie, Tanja and Gerry will be staffing the Code of Conduct tables. We will have one table in the lobby close to the registration desk, and one upstairs with the SIG tables. We will have a suggestion box to encourage people to express their views. See the Code of Conduct here.

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