How did WOW started? What is it now?
The journal is an international cooperation between academic researchers and book and art specialists and enthusiasts.
It started as international annual journal (2009-2011) Women's Writing Online (WWOL) at www.womenswriting.fi where we published an issue of Poland Under Feminist Eyes (November 2009) now available in the extended version in print as Women's Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory (Cambridge Scholars, 2013).
The second issue, published in 2011 (Izabela Filipiak's drama The Life of a Rabbit) is republished here.
The idea of founding such a journal was born during the international seminar Poland Under Feminist Eyes held in London (November 2008) at UCL School of Slavic and East European Studies, where a group of women’s studies researchers gathered to discuss the role of feminism in contemporary Poland and in Polish literary and cultural history.
Several of the speakers were already connected with the teamwork of Urszula Chowaniec, Marja Rytkönen and Kirsi Kurkijärvi at the University of Tampere (2007-2010) where the joint project Women’s Writing: Generation, Body and Transformation in Poland and Russia (www.womenswriting.fi) as well as with the conference on Femininity and Masquerade (2006).
This Polish-Finnish initiative was joined, also in 2006, by Ursula Phillips, who organised the seminar in London altogether with Urszula Chowaniec. The seminar was attended by many dedicated and enthusiastic women and men from Poland, Britain and Finland keen to share their research results and ideas.
Women's Writing Online becomes an international communication platform and journal celebrating women's creativity beyond borders, and change its name to Women Online Writing (WOW) with ISNN 1798-3835, registered at the Finnish Academy. Now the ISNN changes as the name and the place of publication have changed into ISNN 2056-4791.
Now, when Europe witnesses a dynamic migration from Eastern European (and East) to the West with all its sides and consequences we think it is crucial to offer for everybody a platform of easy cultural communication, chances of sharing their works on blog as well as on the journal as a collective issues.
Please see the submission guidelines for journal
Submission for BLOG posts (less official and quicker publication) please contact someone from our team responsible for the area you are working on About us HERE
Please, remember that:
The MAIN AIM of our journal is to popularize academic research on women’s writing, art, film, theatre, cultural history in both Poland and Russia as well as in other countries Eastern and Central Europe. We wish to build an international network of researchers, thinkers and writers as well as to initiate a platform for academic exchange in the form of academic conferences, research seminars and workshop, projects, internet websites, blogs on women’s writing or other feminist concerns in Eastern and Central Europe, which will reach interested readers in all over the world, and contribute especially to building bridges between so-called East and West.
The main LANGUAGE of the journal is English; however, some issues and/or articles in the particular issues may be published in Polish or Russian or any other Eastern European language.
All articles and essays published in this journal are under copyright protection. Authorization is given for an individual to download, save, or print out one copy of any article in this journal, without securing written permission. This authorization does NOT extend to copies made for sale, for general distribution, for advertising or promotional purposes, or for creating new works or anthologies.