Supported by a grant from the Swedish Research Council Centre, Örebro University and Linköpings University launched a project to establish a European Center of Gender Excellence based in Sweden– Gendering Excellence (GEXcel): Towards a European Centre of Excellence in Transnational and Transdisciplinary Studies of Changing Gender Relations, Intersectionalities and Embodiment . In 2007-08, the theme of research sponsored by GEXcel has been “Gender, Sexuality, and Global Change,” directed by Anna G. Jónasdóttir, Professor of Gender Studies at Örebro University. (For a full description of the theme, go to http://www.genderexcel.org)
We invite applications for this conference of workshops from junior and senior scholars whose research directly addresses one of the following three sub-themes: 1) Sexuality, Love and Social Theory; 2) Power and Politics: A Feminist View; and 3) Common and Conflicted: Rethinking Interest, Solidarity, and Action.
Conference Workshop Format
The conference will begin on Thursday afternoon (22 May 2008) with three keynote addresses from leading scholars in the field. Friday and Saturday (23-24 May 2008) will be full days of workshop meetings. A final plenary will be held on Sunday morning (25 May 2008), where summaries of major research and discussion themes will be presented.
Workshops are designed to be a forum for discussion of research in progress precisely related to the conference sub-themes and to facilitate collaboration among junior and senior scholars. Each sub-theme will have 10 participants from several institutions, lasting 2 days. Only those scholars currently working in the workshop’s field will be accepted to participate.
The workshop format is intended to enhance participation in a collegial atmosphere. Each participant (10 per sub-theme) presents a paper or research document for discussion, and takes part in the discussion of the other sub-theme papers presented. In addition, each sub-theme participant will be assigned the role of formal discussant on one paper all sub-theme participants will participate in open discussion in their group. Each sub-theme will be assigned a coordinator, whose tasks will include maintaining the group’s schedule of presentation, summarizing research and discussion themes and presenting these summaries at the closing plenary.
We expect these workshops to lead to publications, as well as to continued collaboration between members.
Dates and Location
Conference will be held at Örebro University and begins on Thursday afternoon 22 May 2008 and ends at noon on 25 May 2008.
Send an Abstract of Proposed Paper demonstrating how research specifically connects to one of the sub-themes. Include a Brief Biographical Note of no more than 250 words outlining your current research interests, most recent publications, academic affiliation and status.
Address for Applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: 10 December 2007
Notification: A committee will review applicants and notify candidates selected for participation by 15 January 2008.