Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Gender and Education Association 7th International Conference
Theme: Gender: Regulation and Resistance in Education
25–27 March 2009, Institute of Education, University of London
Keynote speakers
Deborah Britzman
Raewyn Connell
Gloria Ladson-Billings
Plenary Panel 1: Intersectionality, Black, British Feminism and resistance in
educational research
Suki Ali
Heidi Mirza
Ann Phoenix
Plenary Panel 2: Regulation, resistance and activism: troubling margin and centre
Bagele Chilisa
Sylvia Grinberg
Grace Livingston
How do education and gender regulate?
How do we theorize, research, talk about and enact resistances to regulatory
practices and gendered power relations in education?
These questions and the conference theme, Gender: Regulation and Resistance in
Education, invite engagement with gender and feminism at every level of educational
practice, including politics, theorizing, policy creation, research methodologies, pedagogical
engagement and grass-roots activism. The conference draws together an exceptional range
of international speakers working at the cutting edge of feminist and gender theory and
research, and political and educational activism, including those who are resisting current
contexts of neo-liberal economic reform and increasing global disparities. Our goal is to
create a space for dialogue about gender and education that spans disciplinary, theoretical,
political and national boundaries.
We invite proposals for contributions that critically explore questions relating to issues of
gender regulation and resistance in education. These may include the following:
Standards agendas in education
Histories, genealogies, narratives
Religion, nationality, citizenship
Globalization /Marketization
Community /Activism/Struggle
Agency/ Structure/Subjectivity
Pedagogy and curriculum
Primary, secondary schooling
Higher, further education
Intersectionalities, race, class,
gender, age
Psychosocial approaches
Gender, disability, inclusion
Sexuality and queer theory
The papers might engage with these themes from a variety of fields and areas of study:
Feminist Studies
Women’s Studies
Queer/Sexuality Studies
Cultural Studies
Media Studies
Postcolonial Studies
Development Studies
Social/Educational Policy Studies
Session Formats
We are interested in a diverse range of formats and welcome proposals for:
Interactive Sessions
Performance pieces
Roundtables or Posters
We are also interested in hearing from anyone who wishes to organise a stream/theme that
runs through the conference.
We are keen to include teachers and education practitioners in the conference as presenters
and participants. We will be pleased to receive proposals from education practitioners for
standard conference format sessions (such as papers and symposium) or for more
innovative/interactive sessions such as roundtable discussions and workshops. We are also
looking for proposals for sessions that will be of interest to education practitioners.
We will be holding a student networking session, for student teachers, undergraduates,
graduates, postgraduates, postdocs and researchers. The session will address concerns
around doing gender research and finding career paths in gender and education. This
session will have a question/answer component with leaders in the Gender and Education
field in collaboration with the student and postdoctoral reps at GEA.
Submitting proposals
Proposals should offer a summary of the presentation/session being proposed, including a
short rational for the focus and indicting any conceptual framing and empirical material to be
covered or activities to be undertaken. Proposals for single papers, posters, roundtables, etc
should be no more that one side of A4 (approx 300 words). Proposals for larger sessions,
such as symposium or workshops may be up to 2 sides of A4 (approx 600 words). We
anticipate a standard allocation of 20 minutes per presentation and 80 minutes per session,
however, we are open to proposals that suggest alternative uses of time – please state this
clearly in your submission. Please include: title; author name(s); institutional
affiliation/country; technical requirements.
Closing date for abstracts: 30 September 2008
Send submissions to: [email protected]
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