Here is some information which may be of interest to students, academics and researchers in fields relating to feminism and other anti-oppression work.
The Body Matters Project: A study of disabled young people's views about their bodies and pain
What: Job opportunity - Research Associate
Who it's for: The post is aimed at those with strong research experience, with a background in qualitative research in the area of young people and/or disability.
Where: Newcastle University
When: Starting 1st May 2011 for 24 months
Closing date: 14th March
Contact: janice.mclaughlin at ncl.ac.uk
The study will examine the perspectives of disabled young people, exploring with them their views about their bodies as they go through adolescence and in addition any feelings of pain they experience. Much of what is written in the sociology of the body engages with ‘normal’ bodies and much of what is explored in sociology of health and illness focuses on adult bodies which become ‘abnormal’. We want to use a variety of qualitative methods to bring forward new ideas which emerge from focusing on the ideas of disabled young people instead.
Teenage sexuality, ‘healthy’ subjectivities and the HPV vaccine
What: Funded PhD opportunity
Where: Lancaster University
When: Starting 1st October 2011
Closing date: 1st April
Contact: celia.roberts at lancaster.ac.uk
The project explores how ‘healthy’ subjects are prescribed - defined and framed - by pharmaceuticals and aims to challenge and expand upon theories about the medicalization of healthy subjects. It examines the cultural meanings and expectations attached to four prescription drugs, and compares the policies and practices around their use in two European countries, Sweden and UK.
The available PhD studentship will be a sub-project looking at the introduction of the HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine to the UK. Research questions in this sub-project include: how regulatory regimes and policies reflect and dictate cultural norms; how prescription practices convey understandings and expectations of appropriate sexual behaviour; and why this behaviour is medicated in girls but not in boys. Results will shed light on the subjectivities created for the users by looking at how policymakers, GPs, schools and parent groups deal with issues of sexuality and responsibility for teenagers and pre‐teens.
Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage
What: Interdisciplinary disability research conference
Who it's for: Postgraduate students, disability activists and professionals/practitioners
Where: University of Warwick
When: Wednesday 13th July 2011
Call for papers deadline: 28th March 2011
Cost: £25, or free for British Sociological Association members
Contact: criticaldisabilityspace at gmail.com
We welcome papers that address issues, agendas and debates which take, at least broadly, a critical disability studies approach. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
• Concepts and their Re/Conceptualisations: ‘disability’, ‘impairment’, dis/ableism, as well as approaches based upon models, theories and ideological standpoint positions;
• Performances of Power: artistic, cultural, political, poetic, ritual; protest and activism; violence/non-violence; politicized and contested spaces
• Histories and Historical Ontologies: globalisation; colonialism and the postcolonial; empire; industrialization; materialism; gender; ethnicity; sexualities; time and memory.
• Difference and Dialogue: single impairment through to collective disability identity emphases; identity; intersectionalities; diversity; subjectivities; individualism; normalisation
• Bodies: impairment; embodiment; self and others; performativity; corporeality, materialization; discursive/transgressive/queer bodies; gendered/raced/classed/sexed bodies; cyborgs and hybrids
• Action, Motivation and Practice: choice, desire, dependence/independence/co-dependence; freedom/constraint;
• Methodology and methods: examples and experiences of empirical research taking approaches such as: critical; emancipatory; participatory; emerging;
Gender, Sexuality and Political Economy
What: Interdisciplinary workshop
Where: Manchester Metropolitan Univ
When: 24th-25th May, 2011
Call for papers deadline: 14th March 2011
Cost: £40, or £15 for postgraduate students
Contact: Susie Jacobs (s.jacobs at mmu.ac.uk) and Christian Klesse (c.klesse at mmu.ac.uk).
This workshop aims to explore politics and cultures of gender, feminism(s) and sexuality from the angle of political economy. We see a divide between approaches which emphasise human action and agency and those focussing on persistent or `structural' inequalities. While gender inequalities are more commonly theorised from within structuralist or materialist frameworks, less work has been undertaken exploring power relations around sexuality in connection with questions of political economy. This has implications concerning how to theorise strategies for change. We consider gender and sexuality as distinct yet closely connected categories. Yet in many sociological approaches they still appear as separate, with attempts to explain gender inequalities often marginalising heteronormativity, and work on sexualities having little to say about subordination of women. In this workshop, we would like to bring work on gender and sexuality in dialogue. We hope the workshop will explore possible complementarities and overlaps (or incommensurabilitie s) between approaches within feminism(s), women's studies, transgender studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer studies. Our aim is to strengthen understanding of the current conditions for collaborative agency and coalitional struggles. The current socio-economic crisis of course provides an urgent context for discussion of such questions and for renewed interest in 'older' sociological questions and preoccupations.
The focus on the political economy could be regional (in any part of the world) or global. We would like to create a space for, among other, a debate of cuts in state expenditure, neoliberal programmes and policies, growth in class and socio-economically- based inequalities, resource wars and conflicts.
20 Years of the Women's History Network
Where: Women's Library, London Metropolitan University
When: 9th - 11th September 2011
Call for papers deadline: 1st April 2011
Contact: conference at womenshistorynetwork.org
The conference will look at the past 20 years of writing women's history; asking the question where are we now?
We will be looking at histories of feminism as well as contemporary research in progress, current areas of debate such as religion, and perspectives on national and international histories of the women's movements. We hope that some of the current research networks will attend to present their findings.
The conference will also invite users of The Women's Library to take part in one strand to be set in our Reading Room. We would very much like researchers to choose an object / item that has inspired your writing and thinking and share your experience.
The Futures of Feminism
What: Feminist and Women's Studies Association Annual Conference
Where: Brunel University
When: 5-7 July 2011
Call for papers deadline: 1st April
Contact:futures-of-feminism at fwsa.org.uk
The event aims to address both where feminism is going as well as where it has not yet been, including areas of enquiry which have been neglected or ignored in past decades and approaches which conceptualise or help to shape potential feminist futures. We welcome paper and panel proposals from a range of disciplines across the sciences, arts and humanities. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to: New directions and developments in feminist, women’s, gender and queer studies; Post and third-wave feminisms’ roles in the futures of feminism; The impacts of new forms of (transnational) activism and the ‘global’ Critical pedagogy and feminist futures; Feminist historiography and its inﬂuences on feminisms’ futures; Feminist developments and futures in literature, popular culture, the media and on screen.
Being a feminist academic
What: Call for papers for a special issue of the journal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Who it's for: Academics at any stage of their academic career from any country, including faculty, research staff and PhD students
Deadline: 31st March 2011
Contact: k.sang at uea.ac.uk
Our aim is to further understand the experiences of feminist academics (faculty, research staff and PhD students) in relation to their teaching, research, relationships with colleagues and career progression. Papers are invited from academics at any stage of their academic career from any country. These papers may be reflective pieces or empirical work. Papers could include reflections on (but are not limited to):
Feminism and career progression
Intersections of feminism with ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, academic discipline, type of institution or age.
Feminist activism within universities
Relationships with students
Relationships with colleagues
Feminism and research
Generations of Feminism
What: Call for papers for a special issue of thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture
Who it's for: Scholars of any rank or affiliation, including graduate students, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’s/gender studies
Deadline: 15th April 2011
Contact: info at thirdspace.ca
We welcome papers on subjects including (but not limited to):
•Contemporary and historical debates and discussions about generational
divides within feminism(s)
•Reflections on geographic and global distinctions within debates and
discussions about generationality and feminism
•The politics of seniority and generation in feminist organizations,
activist groups, and academic communities
•The notion of feminist “waves” and its remaking, conceptualization, and
•The issue of “mother-daughter” dynamics within feminist movements and
theories, and in society more broadly
•The ways in which race, class, and sexuality impact (or are left out of, or
marginalized within) debates about feminism and generationality
•How different generations of feminists define and reshape ideologies and
practices of feminism(s)