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CfP: Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Group
Deadline: Mai 10, 2008
Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Group - International Studies Association ISA
After a hugely successful ISA in San Francisco for the Feminist Security Studies Group, we would like to put out a call for papers for 2009. We welcome all proposals that fall under the broad heading of Feminist Security Studies; however, we have made some general suggestions for panel topics below. If you are interested in being on an organized panel, please send a 250 word paper proposal to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10th.
This panel will look at the limitations to understandings of post-conflict as the cessation of formal war. Panelists looking at issues from sexual violence, security, policy to migration are welcome to submit their work.
Revisiting peace and security
This panel will act as an attempt to revisit Ann Tickner's statement: "Women have defined security as the absence of violence whether it be military, economic or sexual." (1992) Participants doing work on the defining features of peace and security are welcome to submit to this panel.
This panel will include scholars examining violent women, including (but not limited to): soldiers, mercenaries, rebels, militants,
terrorists and political activists.
Sex, Violence and Conflict
This panel should include scholars working in the area of sexual violence both within and outside the boundaries of formal conflict. In particular, participants looking at the continuities between sexual violence within and outside the boundaries of war are encouraged.
Theorizing Feminist Security
This panel will feature scholars who are attempting to theorize security from a feminist perspective.
The intersections between feminist scholarship, gender studies and development studies will be examined here. Papers could focus on policy, development funding patterns, and/or discourse.
Feminism and "Mainstream" Security Studies
The eternal question that has been asked by numerous feminist scholars: "Should "we" engage with "them?'" will be the focus of this panel. Scholars who think they have an answer to this question in relation to feminist security studies and so-called traditional security studies are welcome.
Women Anti-war Activists
In this moment of hyper militarism it should be interesting to focus on female directed anti-war activity and the state of the so-called "gender gap" in terms of support for military activity.
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African Women´s Peace and Security Fellowship Peace / Security Fellowships for African Women
Deadline: noneAs part of its Knowledge Building and Mentoring Programme, the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King´s College London, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women for 2008/2009. This Fellowship is a financial and intellectual reward for personal and academic achievements as well as the recognition of future potential. It does not lead to a formal qualification, but will open doors to opportunities that would otherwise seem beyond reach for many. The Fellowship is therefore highly competitive.
Submission: March 14, 2008
Funded by the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Fellowships bring together African women at the early to mid stages of their career to undertake a carefully designed training programme in Conflict, Security and Development at the King´s College London. This training is followed by an attachment to an African regional organisation or a Centre of Excellence to acquire practical experience in the field of peace and security. It is intended that this project will train African women to develop a better understanding of African peace and security issues in order to increase their participation in conflict management processes and other areas of security concerns for African women.
The Purpose of the Fellowship
The African Women#s Fellowship on Peace and Security is designed to expose young professional and mid career African women to the complexities of conflict, security and development and to equip them for careers in this field. The Fellowship is conceived against a number of background factors. First is the comparatively low number of African women exposed to rigorous academic writing and policy analysis in the field of peace and security especially as compared with those involved in human rights and development issues. Second is the need to assist African women to meet the demands of the Beijing process and more recently the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for the inclusion of women at all decision making levels in all national regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts. This Fellowship is aimed at challenging the existing tendency that seems to reinforce the male dominant discourse on conflict and security related matters. It will also develop the network of African women scholars working in the field whilst linking them with the peace and security mechanisms of relevant regional institutions.
This is a one-year Fellowship, divided into two 6-month phases. The first phase will be based at King#s College London where the Fellows will attend specifically designed courses on conflict, security and development. They will also study several UK institutions working in the field of peace and security. This phase will end with a simulation seminar during which a mock conflict management situation will be practiced. In the second phase, Fellows will be attached to an African regional organisation or Centre of
Excellence to undertake practical work in the field of peace and security including peace and conflict management processes.
School of Social Science and Public Policy
Conflict Security and Development Group
Contact: Eka Ikpe
Phone: 020 7848 1984
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Phone: 020 7848 2000
CfP: The War Question for Feminism, Örebro University, Sweddam
Deadlines: Convenors are Erika Svedberg from the Institute of Thematic Gender Studies and Örebro University and Annica Kronsell from the Department of Political Science at Lund University. The convenors were part of a group organizing the international conference at Lund University: A World in Transition. Feminist Perspectives on International Relations, in May 1996. This conference is a follow-up of that successful event. The War Question for Feminism-conference is organized within the Institute of Thematic Gender Studies a new two-campus milieu for gender research at Linköping University and Örebro University in Sweden, led by Professors Nina Lykke and Anna Jónasdóttir.
Submission of Abstracts: April 15, 2008
Paper Submission: September 1, 2008
Conference: September 22-23, 2008, Örebro University, Sweddam
Theme 1: War as a Feminist Issue The central argument for this theme is that war is a feminist issue/question.
There is a long-standing and historical split within the women´s movement on whether to be pro-nation or pro-peace which seem to have made feminists somewhat uncomfortable with the war question. War is a feminist concern because conflict relations between states or organized groups affect women as well as men, violence used in violent conflict is often exualized and because militaries and arms is a substantial part of public resource spending. If there would ever be a truly feminist state, would this state have a military organization? Would it have an army, weapon production and military spending? War is an economic issue and feminist researchers should not ignore the military/defense budget as part of the (welfare) state budget? Arms production and trade is also connected to military budgets and what would a feminist analysis of the arms trade come up with? The means used in the waging of contemporary wars like rape, forced prostitution and other forms of sexual violence seem to be an integral part of the organized forms of violence. It shows that the means used in war-making are gendered. The trend for some militaries of western democratic states is to engage in the war on terror while another trend is to move much more into international peace-enforcement and peace-keeping. Is the trend to train militaries for peace-keeping tasks a way to de-militarize the military? Are the efforts of gender mainstreaming peace-keeping a way to feminize the military?
Theme 2: Militarism and Masculinities
This theme takes the starting point in that the military organization historically has been exclusively male and part of nation building, in relation to state militaries or to resistances like guerrilla, insurgency warfare. Nation building is highly interconnected with militaries with conscription as an illustrative example. Norms relevant for military practice like hierarchy, group cohesion and organized violence as problem solving, have been tied to norms of heterosexual masculinity. How is masculinity related to the task of the military organization? What is the
relationship between masculinity and the role of the warrior, in the "war on terror" militaries, insurgency, and guerrillas or in peacekeeping? Are UN peace-keepers real men or "sissies in arms"? Sexuality has been an integral aspect of the military organization with the wide use of pornographic material, sexualized language, sexual harassment within bases and prostitution as well as rape near military bases. As we are seeing sexualized violence in war being used against both civilians and soldiers as part of strategic warfare we might ask; what is the relationship between patriarchy, militarism and misogyny in different contexts in contemporary warfare? What does this tell us about the relationship between military violence and sexuality? Can the military be democratized? Is it possible to think of a military where men and women serve side by side as comrades, without sexism? Is it possible to move beyond the heterosexual masculinity norm as an organizing principle of the military?
Theme 3: Feminist concepts travelling into the area of security, the military, violent conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The focus of this theme is on travelling concepts. The idea of travelling concepts was developed in the Women´s Studies/Gender Studies project Athena with the aim of considering how concepts introduced and developed by feminist scholars are used for particularly educational but also research purposes in different European contexts. A central question is how feminist concepts may be translated across linguistic and cultural barriers while still conveying the same meaning. What happens when concepts travel? When feminist concepts are put into practice, do they acquire new meanings? When new meanings develop, how can they be understood? What does it tell us about the context in which they are being used? In this theme we are particularly concerned with the translation and implementation of feminist concepts into political, policy and administrative settings. Central questions are how have, for example, the concepts of gender/gender mainstreaming/gender perspectives been used or put into practice in security, defense and military understandings and settings.
One example here is the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. We want to look at how concepts from feminist research and activism travel from one setting to for example different national settings of security policy and military strategy.
We welcome abstracts of no more than 300 words addressing one of the three themes of the conference. Please send it to the conference organizers:
Further Information: [Erika.Svedberg@sam.oru.se and Annica.Kronsell@svet.lu.se]
International Call for Papers: First European Conference on Politics and Gender, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Deadline: June 1, 2008
Conference: January 21-23, 2009, First European Conference on Politics and Gender, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics invites panel and paper proposals for the First European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG). The conference aims to bring together scholars engaged in cutting-edge research on a wide range of topics related to gender and politics. Scholars from member and non-member institutions of the ECPR are welcome to apply. The program will include a keynote address given by Judith Squires from the University of Bristol, as well as a roundtable on current European Union-funded gender and politics projects.
The conference will be organized around ten sections, convened by the following scholars:
Social Movements - Lee Ann Banaszak
Political Parties and Representation - Joni Lovenduski
Sexuality and the Body - Joyce Outshoorn
Methods and Methodologies - Jacqui True
Violence, War, and Security - Lene Hansen
Development and Democracy - Shirin Rai
States and Public Policies - Amy Mazur
Identity and Multiculturalism - Sawitri Saharso
Citizenship - Birte Siim
Feminism and the International - Christine Sylvester
Proposals should be sent by email to the conference secretary Jemima Repo [email@example.com]. Acceptance of papers and panels will be confirmed by 1 September 2008.
Proposals for individual papers should include the name, affiliation, and contact details for all paper authors, a 200-word abstract and paper title, as well as indicate which section the paper is for. Proposals for whole panels should include the full details for each paper (see above), a panel synopsis, as well as names, affiliations, and contact details for the panel chair and discussant.
The Standing Group on Gender and Politics was founded in 1985 as the Standing Group on Women and Politics. It currently has 300 members from all over the world. The next ECPG conference will be held in 2011.
Call as » PDF
Download the paper submission form
Download the panel submission form
Further Informationen: [http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/standinggroups/ecpg_home.aspx]
International Call for Papers: 7th European Feminist Research Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Deadline: September 19, 2008
Conference: June 4-7, 2009, Gendered Cultures at the Crossroads of Imagination, Knowledge and Politics, Utrecht/ Niederlanden
The 7th European Feminist Research Conference is an international event based on cutting-edge scholarship. The conference will reflect a diversity of feminist and gender studies research incorporating perspectives from across the broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. The focus is on the way in which knowledge, politics, and the imagination inform gendered cultures in contemporary Europe.
European Feminist Research Conferences usually have more than 500 participants from both inside and outside of Europe. The Conference has a track record of presenting innovative feminist scholarly work with critical perspectives on contemporary Europe. This triennial conference is this time organised by Athena (Advanced Thematic Network in Activities in Women's studies in Europe), Gender Studies Programme Utrecht University and Aiofe (Association of Institutions for Feminist Education and Research in Europe). The 7th edition of the European Feminist Research Conference will be interdisciplinary in several ways. Firstly, it will employ the Utrecht expertise of crossing the boundaries of the scholarly and the artistic through a focus on, and a review of, literary, visual and artistic representations. Secondly, it will work with a matrix of intersecting themes rather than with singular conference strands. Thus participating scholars, students and artists are asked to situate themselves in this cross-cutting matrix.
Paper proposals have to refer to two of the themes:
A: Imagination art & politics
Coordinators: Dr. Marta Zarzycka, Prof.dr. Kirsi Saarikangas, Domitilla Olivieri
Key words: women artists, canon, global art history, cultural hybridity
B: Feminism in post-secular Europe
Coordinators: Prof.dr. Willy Jansen, Dr. Sarah Bracke, Dr. Chia Longman
Key words: religion, 'clash of civilisations', religious vitality, believing and belonging, secularity
C: Global connections: migration, consumption and politics
Coordinators: Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi, Dr. Gail Lewis, Sabrina Marchetti
Key words: postcolonial cultures, transnational feminism, citizenship, commodification, migration
D: Sexuality, public, private and beyond
Coordinators: Prof.dr. Gloria Wekker, Lena Eckert, Malena Gustavson
Key words: globalization, intersectionality, public and private, queer, masculinities
E: War and violence
Coordinators: Prof.dr. Andrea Petö, Izabella Agardi
Key words: conflict studies, political rape, post-socialism, masculinity, trauma
F: Media and Technology: The politics of Representation
Coordinators: Dr. Cecilia Asberg, Prof.dr.hab. Elzbieta Oleksy, Drs. Edyta Just, Prof.dr. Nina Lykke
Key words: science, technology, media, visual culture
G: Multi-ethnic Europe: identities, boundaries and communities
Coordinators: Dr. Rutvica Andrijasevic, Prof.dr. Allaine Cerwonka, Drs. Maayke Botman
Key words: multiculturalism, transnationalism, European-ness, political subjectivities, in/exclusion; intersectionality
H: Stories to tell: fiction, history & memory
Coordinators: Doro Wiese, Dr. Babs Boter, Prof.dr. Adelina Sanchez
Key words: feminist assessment of the powers of narrative; intersectionality; reliability of (hi)stories and memories; unspeakability; other modes of telling
I: Women's movements of past, present and future: Generation in feminism
Coordinators: Prof.dr. Berteke Waaldijk, Drs. Iris van der Tuin, Sandra Prlenda
Key words: generations, new feminisms, histories of women's movements, EU-equal opportunities
J: Cultures of Knowledge: the Sciences, Humanities and gender
Coordinators: Prof.dr. Mineke Bosch, Prof.dr. Kaat Wils, Dr. Christine von Oertzen
Key words: knowledge, women/gender in science, epistemology, feminist theory, representations of gender and science
K: Social economic Europe
Coordinators: Dr. Bettina van Hoven, Prof.dr. Anastasia Lada
Key words: Labour market, geographies of care, environment, nomadism, old and new identities
Submission of abstracts, panel proposals and registration: http://www.7thfeministconference.org/
Abstracts should have not more than 300 words and can only be uploaded using the submit link at http://www.7thfeministconference.org/
Paper abstracts send to the general conference email address firstname.lastname@example.org will *not* be taken into account.
Paper abstracts have to be submitted before September 19, 2008.
If you would like to propose a panel or for any other information on the conference, please contact us at email@example.com before July 15, 2008.
Further Information: [http://www.7thfeministconference.org/]
CfP: Bulletin board on the History of European Women’s Movements for scientific papers proving academic qualification
Submission: October 2007
Since the 1980s research on the history of the so-called first and second women’s movement in Europe evolves from different perspectives, mostly in the form of scientific papers proving academic qualification.
At the same time the historiography of women’s movements still notes lengthy gaps, thus raising desiderata for its research. Not only is this gap traced back to the fact that yet only a few monographs and anthologies are published. Moreover university publication series on this topic are mostly unreleased.
Historians dealing with women’s movements from different countries are hardly linked. The workshop “Women’s Movement linked, Historiography and Documentation” (PDF) organized by Ariadne, Austrian National Library and the Department for Contemporary History Vienna University on April 20th, 2007 was a first step towards furthering an exchange at least within Austria. (A report on the event by Veronika Wöhrer is available in Salon 21.)
The Research Platform Repositioning of Women’s and Gender History’s Call for Papers addresses all who currently work on a diploma thesis or dissertation dealing with the History of European Women’s Movements (19th till 21st Century)- or all who finished their work in the last two years and have not published it (yet).
The abstract (about 1.000 characters) should comprise the following:
- The topic
- The used sources
- The particular key question(s)
- Results of your research
- Open questions
Furthermore the date of completion as well as potential publications can be named. The authors will be able to present and put their texts into discussion in the virtual forum Salon 21. Thus along with knowledge on current research contacts should be established.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact:
Christa Hämmerle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Li Gerhalter, email@example.com
Further information: [University of Vienna]
Women with Disabilities Pacific Study - Call for Information, Research, Policy
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pacific has engaged Ms Sainimili Tawake and Daniel Stubbs to conduct a review of the challenges facing women and girls with disabilities (WWD) in the pacific and the policies/programs that respond to their challenges. (further information is set out below.)your assistance is sought to gather relevant information, research and policies.
The issues faced by women with disabilities are now receiving increased attention in the pacific. This year, for the first time, the issue was raised and discussed at the Women's Triennial Conference at SPC Noumea (June 2007). It was agreed that further work is needed in this area. With this study UNDP is seeking to map the issues and possible strategies for women with disabilities in the pacific.
Please send information you believe is relevant to the issues of WWD in the Pacific by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to contact either Mr Stubbs (email@example.com) or Ms Tawake (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or would like to discuss this review further.
Call for Contribution: Council of Europe
Posted: January 2007
Good practices exchange
The Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities invites local and regional authorities to share their experiences in the fight against domestic violence. These "Good practices" will regurarly be published on the website.
To add your contribution visit the [Council of Europe]
>> See also "Papers Invited" - with calls from many countries
For a complete overview of announcements, please visit the German version [Call for Papers, Deutsche Version].
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