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Call for Abstract - XIII Congresso Nazionale Associazione Italiana di Valutazione “La valutazione per la resilienza. Attori, pratiche e contesti”


Valutare l’inclusività e l’eguaglianza di genere nell’università

XIII Congresso Nazionale Associazione Italiana di Valutazione “La valutazione per la resilienza. Attori, pratiche e contesti”

Congresso online  - 22, 23 e 24 settembre 2021.


Le proposte di contributo, da inviare in formato word, dovranno contenere:

- cognome nome, recapiti e-mail e telefonici, afferenza del/i proponente/i;

- indicazione del panel di riferimento

- titolo del contributo;

- abstract di massimo 500 parole, compresi i riferimenti bibliografici;

- 4 o 5 parole chiave.

La scadenza per la presentazione degli abstract è il 9 luglio 2021.

La comunicazione sull’accettazione / non accettazione delle proposte sarà inviata entro il 16 luglio 2021.


Per ulteriori informazioni si rimanda al seguente link:

Call for proposal XXIII Congresso AIV

Call for Papers: “Gender Equality Plans e smart working: quali cambiamenti per il benessere organizzativo nelle università?”

In occasione del Convegno Nazionale 2021 della Conferenza Nazionale degli Organismi di Parità delle Università italiane : “Gender Equality Plans e smart working: quali cambiamenti per il benessere organizzativo nelle università?”

11 e 12 Novembre 2021.

In collaborazione con il Comitato Unico di Garanzia dell’Università del Salento.


La scadenza per la presentazione degli abstract è il 19 luglio 2021.

L’accettazione del contributo sarà comunicata entro il 27 settembre 2021. Entro il 4 Ottobre 2021 si richiede conferma di partecipazione al convegno unitamente a short bio di autrici e autori dei contributi accolti.

Ringrazio il comitato scientifico del convegno per l’intenso lavoro svolto per finalizzare i contenuti del convegno e per la predisposizione dell’invito.


Per ulteriori informazioni si rimanda al seguente link:

Call for Papers. Equality, diversity and Interdependence: Women in the past, the present and the future of the University



22-24 SEPTEMBER 2021




We welcome proposals (maximum length: 500 words) for 20-mins papers addressing the following main topics, where GENDER is used in the most inclusive sense of the term and in an intersectional analytical frame:

  • Gender and the production of knowledge
  • Gender and innovation
  • Gender and sustainability
  • Gender and violence in universities
  • Gender and social justice
  • Gender, academic communities and interdependence
  • Gender equality, leadership and the future of the university

All proposals for twenty-minute papers and for 10-mins statements, accompanied by a short bio, should be sent in English to by 15 July 2021 (deadline).

Acceptance of proposals will be communicated by 20 August 2021.


For further information:

CfP_Padua international conference_September 2021_CEC

Call for Book Chapters: Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online

Call for Book Chapters

July 2, 2021: Book chapter proposals due
August 2, 2021: Notification of proposal acceptance
January 10, 2022: Book chapter submission due

This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Book Description and Scope:
In the contemporary moment, COVID-19 has exacerbated an already increasing need for immediately implementable strategies for effective online teaching and learning.

Instructors across the higher education landscape require now, more than ever, inspiring and practical resources for creating, adapting to, and enhancing, online teaching and learning spaces. Faculty need to build collaborative, equitable, and trusting feminist online learning communities. Our book will encourage a new movement in online teaching and learning, using feminist pedagogy to enhance and empower educators and students who engage in online educational efforts.

This book will fill a gap in existing literature in online pedagogy as well as feminist pedagogy, providing theory, method, and tools for bringing feminist principles to distance learning.


Book Chapter Proposals:
The editors invite submissions for proposed chapters that include a digital supplement that support feminist pedagogy tenants. Submissions should include:
- Chapter title
- 500-word proposal
- Curriculum Vitae of all authors
- 100-word bio

Final Book Chapters:
Final chapters should range from 3,500 to 4,000 words and include a digital component such as, but not limited to, an annotated assignment description or a vlog-like video that details the assignment or concept in action and how it relates to feminist pedagogical tenets.

Recommended Topics:
The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics.

Feminist Pedagogical Tenets
- Connecting to the personal and to communities outside of academia
Promoting reflexivity
- Concern with materiality (bodies, labor, not just virtual and discursive)
- Treating students as agentic co-educators
- Building equity, trust, mutual respect, and support
- Promoting cooperative learning
- Presenting knowledge as constructed
- Examining how gender, intersecting with other social categories, structures our lives, learning, and knowledge production, access to resources and information
- Uncovering the causes of inequality and leveraging resources toward undoing power structures
- Honoring diversity and lived experiences through intersectional approaches.
- Considering alternative histories and narratives
- Examining the “why” in addition to the “what”
- Cultivating self-care and boundaries

Feminist Pedagogy in the Online Environment
- Humanizing online teaching/learning
- Creating cultures of care in online classrooms
- Examining (dis)embodiment in virtual teaching/learning
- Using technology intentionally to build communities and enhance learning
- Feminist Pedagogy in the Era of Big Tech

For further information:

Reinventing Education - 3-4-5 June 2021 - II International Conference of the journal "Scuola Democratica" - Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts/papers

The Second International Conference of the journal “Scuola Democratica” hosts more than 100 panels which are clustered in 10 Streams covering a very wide range of themes and disciplines concerning education today.

The Conference will be held entirely online.


Call for abstracts: from February 7, 2021 to April 4, 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance: April 19, 2021
Registration | Early bird: from April 20, 2021 to April 30, 2021
Registration | Basic: from May 1, 2021 to May 20, 2021


REINVENTING EDUCATION - 3-4-5 JUNE 2021, virtual mode

I. Reinventing Gender Issues in/of Education

I.1. Beyond school and family. Gender education at play in the street
Caterina Satta (University of Cagliari), Roberta Bosisio (University of Turin)

I.2. Preventing And Tackling Forms Of Gender-Based And Intersectional Hate Speech Through Formal And Non-Formal Education
Barbara Giovanna Bello (University of Milan), Laura Scudieri (University of Genova)

I.3. The Impact Of The Anti-Gender Movement On Educational Contexts: Resistance, Resilience And Redefinition
Giulia Selmi (University of Verona), Massimo Prearo (University of Verona)

I.4. Gender imaginaries in textbooks and children’s publishing: between sexist representations and new narratives
Irene Biemmi (University of Florence), Barbara Mapelli (Free Women’s University)

I.5. Masculinities In The Classroom: Gender Imbalances And New Models
Irene Biemmi (University of Florence), Silvia Leonelli (University of Bologna), Rossella Ghigi (University of Bologna)

I.6. Mentoring in STEM: Innovative Educational Approaches to Support Women Pursuing a STEM Career
Nadia Malaspina (University of Milan-Bicocca), Silvia Penati (University of Milan-Bicocca)

I.7. Shame on you! Sexist and anti-LGBTQI+ violence, on and off line, among teenagers
Emanuela Abbatecola (University of Genoa), Luca Trappolin (University of Padua), Mariella Popolla (University of Genoa)

I.8. The academic work in neoliberal times: Exploring gender, precarity and emerging forms of solidarity
Camilla Gaiaschi (University of Milan), Annalisa Murgia (University of Milan)

I.9. Educating for Gender Equality 10 Years after the Instanbul Convention: Towards an Overcoming of Stereotypes and Prejudices in the Social Representation of Gender Relations
Flaminia Saccà (University of Tuscia), Arianna Montanari (“Sapienza” University of Rome)

I.10. Researching the relationship between gender and education: innovative methodologies and open questions in times of the COVID-19 pandemic
Gabriella Seveso (University Milan-Bicocca), Lisa Brambilla (University Milan-Bicocca), Brunella Fiore (University Milan-Bicocca)

I.11. Why do women still underachieve in math? Causes and solutions of the gender gap in STEM
Tania Cerni (University of Trento), Raffaella I. Rumiati (SISSA Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati)

I.12. Beyond Education, Toward Discrimination. Gender Asimmetries In Access To Labour Market
Valentina Cardinali (INAPP), Sergio Scicchitano (INAPP)

I.13. Feminist Knowledge and Methodologies in Education. Opportunities and Challenges
Elisabetta Ruspini (University of Milan-Bicocca), Rassa Ghaffari (University of Milan-Bicocca)

I.14. Gender Asymmetries in Academia
Barbara Poggio (University of Trento), Manuela Naldini (University of Turin)

I.15. Gendering, learning, and scientific practices: reinventing education from the margins
Letizia Zampino (“Sapienza” University of Rome), Assunta Viteritti (“Sapienza” University of Rome), Mariacristina Sciannamblo (“Sapienza” University of Rome)


For further details:

Second International Conference of the journal “Scuola Democratica”







Reinventing Education - 3-4-5 June 2021 - II International Conference of the journal "Scuola Democratica" - Call for Panels

Call for Panels


The second edition of the International Conference of the journal “Scuola Democratica” (the most important Italian journal about education) is devoted to the needs and prospects of Reinventing Education.

The challenges posed by the contemporary world have long required a rethinking of educational concepts, policies and practices. The question about education ‘for what’ as well as ‘how’ and ‘for whom’ has become unavoidable and yet it largely remained elusive due to a tenacious attachment to the ideas and routines of the past which are now far off the radical transformations required of educational systems.

Scenarios, reflections and practices fostering the possibility of change towards the reinvention of the educational field as a driver of more general and global changes are centerstage topics at the Conference and will have a multidisciplinary approach from experts from different disciplinary communities, including: sociology, pedagogy, psychology, economics, architecture, political science, etc. We hope with this opportunity to confirm the participation obtained at the first edition of the conference.

The Conference will be held entirely online.

Call for panels: from 7 December 7 2020 to 24 January 2021
Call for abstracts: from 25 January  2021 to 4 April 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance: 19 April  2021
Registration deadline: 30 April 2021
Conference dates: 3-4-5 June 2021

For further details:



Stream convenors: Emanuela Abbatecola, Irene Biemmi, Annalisa Murgia, Barbara Poggio, Elisabetta Ruspini, Giulia Selmi, Assunta Viteritti

(corresponding convenor,


Keywords: gender, education, differences, stereotypes, educational relationships


The trajectories and outcomes of education are currently the subjects of scientific research and public debate. Educational contexts are marked by a significant gender gap with regard to both the staff and the school experiences of children and teenagers. These differences reflect and often reproduce gender stereotypes and asymmetries in societies.

How are gender issues addressed in classrooms? Where are they encountered in training settings? What models do teachers convey, and what are the emotional responses from students of diverse gender? How do educational institutions practice and reproduce gender stereotypes and asymmetries? Can school and university provide contexts in which to acquire gender awareness and tackle gender issues? What are the responsibilities of educational contexts in the representation of gender in society? What experiences and good practices have been activated to promote greater gender equity? What cultural resistances?

Several questions could be asked, and many are the answers to be sought. Numerous forms of educational segregation persist, yet today a growing presence of women – which are in some cases becoming a majority – is found even in fields that have historically been the domain of men; this is the case, for example, of medicine and biology in higher education. International and national data show that many things have changed in recent decades, and gender equity is rising in all spheres of education and training. At the same time, many initiatives have been launched to promote greater awareness of gender stereotypes and prevent phenomena such as discrimination and gender-based violence. However, much remains to be done – not least to prevent the emergence of new inequalities alongside established ones. This is the case, for example, of the asymmetries in accessing fields of knowledge that may become relevant for the future of work (e.g. digital skills), or the development of new practices of discrimination related to the use of new technologies (e.g., hate speech or revenge porn).


In light of the issues and suggestions provided, some proposals on the topics on which to collect panel proposals can be found below:

  • sexist education: how gender stereotypes are reproduced at school;
  • what males and what females do: beyond gender stereotypes;
  • gender education and pedagogies;
  • the sexualised body as a cultural construction and the questioning of the obligatory sex/gender/desire order;
  • how families handle gender issues inside and outside the school;
  • disciplinary contexts and reproduction of gender asymmetries in education and guidance at school and university, particularly in the STEM fields;
  • how gender stereotypes are inscribed in textbooks and how gender equality and gender differences are proposed in the new school publishing industry;
  • gender and educational relations in the representation of teachers, educators and parents;
  • gender education and intercultural models;
  • media, advertising and gender stereotypes in public communication;
  • gender issues within school and university policies;
  • gender rights at school: the institutionalisation of gender equality;
  • gender asymmetries between training outcomes and access to the world of work;
  • new perspectives and research methods to study gender inside and outside school;
  • sexual identity and sex education at school;
  • bodies, identity and performance: how gender language is reconfigured in school practice;
  • the role of intersectionality in educational transformations;
  • homolesbotransphobia inside and outside the school;
  • transgender students between exclusion and inclusion practices in education;
  • gender, precariousness and care in schools and universities;
  • methodological issues/gender-sensitive research;
  • teacher training on gender and sexual orientation issues for the fight against all forms of gender-based violence;
  • the anti-gender battle in schools;
  • gender-sensitive education: challenges and changes generated by the pandemic;
  • gender differences and health emergency management COVID-19 in the neoliberal education system.


For further details:






Special Issue in memory of Dr Michael Rush “The Politics of Fatherhood around the World” - Journal of Family Studies

Call for abstracts


To honor the memory of Dr Michael Rush, the Journal of Family Studies is soliciting articles for a Special Issue to be published in 2022.

Dr Michael Rush who passed away in March 2019 at the age of 62 is survived by his wife Liz and two sons Tadhg and Lorcan.

Better known as Mick to all who knew him, his untimely passing has left a big vacuum in several academic and community settings.

For a distinctive contribution to research, but also for his warm personality and friendship he is deeply missed by his family and colleagues in Ireland and internationally.

Dr Michael’s Rush’s legacy was built on his scientific excellence, leadership in teaching and pioneering ideas. He was one of the leading scholars in comparative studies on social policy, gender and fatherhood, a passionate researcher of gender relations within family and society, but also the truest supporter of human rights, equality and feminist activism in many different parts of the world.


Dr Rush was an Editor in Chief of Journal of Family Studies, Assistant Professor in Social Policy at the School of Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice, University College Dublin, Dean of Studies at UCD College of Social Science and Law, representing UCD and Ireland in multiple international networks and research teams, including International Sociological Association RC 06 Committee on Family Research and International Network on Leave Policies and Research.  He was pioneering in innovative and student-centered approaches to teaching and learning, especially among first-year students.


In order to commemorate and celebrate Michael Rush’s research and legacy, the Journal of Family Studies is seeking manuscripts for a special issue of the journal to be published in 2022 in the area where Dr Rush contributed most: the politics of fatherhood in comparative perspective.


In particular, we welcome papers on the following topics:

  • Politics of fatherhood: applications and critical appraisals of Michael Rush’s concept of varieties of worlds of fatherhood policies;
  • Historical shifts in roles for fathers and men’s involvement in care;
  • Gender and social policy reforms around fatherhood in Europe and beyond;
  • Feminisms and social policy: state feminism, welfare models in comparative perspective, feminist theory and the role for men in family and society.


The proposal should include:

  1. a tentative title and list of authors with institutional affiliation and contact details of at least one author,
  2. an outline of the proposed submission with the topic, research question, methodology, expected results (whenever empirical analysis is planned), and the main argument, altogether around 300-500 words.
  3. All abstracts should indicate the link to and inspiration of Michael’s Rush work.

Papers using various types of methodologies and research approaches are welcome although comparative studies are preferred.

We invite proposals for Original Articles as well as Review Articles.

Interested authors can submit a paper proposal by e-mail to Dorota Szelewa:, by 15 February 2021.

CO-EDITORS: Guðný Björk Eydal, Rudy Ray Seward (Honorary Co-Editor), and Dorota Szelewa

Decisions whether or not to submit a full article will be made by the Special Issue editors and communicated to all authors by 15 March 2021 and all authors will be contacted.

Selected papers will undergo full peer review, but prior to this, we will ask for sending us the papers for internal submission by 15 June 2021.

Papers to be discussed then by authors in a seminar (either online or in person to take place at University College Dublin) at the end of June 2021.


Submissions and timeline:

15 February 2021 - Deadline for submission of paper proposals.
15 March 2021 - Authors are informed about the selection outcomes
15 June 2021 - Deadline for internal paper submission
30 June 2021 - Joint seminar and paper presentations
15 September 2021 - Deadline for final paper submissions (to the Journal)
September-December 2021 - External review, revisions and final paper submissions
January-February 2022 - Online first issue publication
Later 2022 - Special Issue publication






"Women's Empowerment, Migration and Health" - Frontiers in Human Dynamics

Call for papers



About this Research Topic

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls in the world is one of the Sustainable Development Goals, as part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. In this regard, despite substantial progress attained in the last three decades, many challenges still remain, in terms of difficulties in entering University and advanced educational programs, accessing health care, gender pay gap, underrepresentation at the political level, and gender-based violence. These problems and inequalities are particularly evident for women living in developing countries and for migrant women, and may be exacerbated by the effects of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Empowering women is a goal as well as a promoter of development. It can lead women to participate in social and political life; it can promote their effective involvement and lead to equal opportunities in the labor market. This can have a noteworthy impact on health, ensuring better care, social protection and promotion, universal access to sexual and reproductive health, as well as the reduction of harmful practices such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting. It can also lead to reduce all forms of violence against women and girls in the private and public sphere, thus decreasing the impact of violence. Empowerment can be important for the most vulnerable women, and especially for migrant women, who are particularly exposed to the effects of violence, discrimination, and underrepresentation.

We welcome submissions related to all themes concerning women's empowerment and its consequences on health, mental health, physical and psychological wellbeing, and social welfare. Contributions may focus on women’s conditions in both developed and developing countries. We especially encourage research papers related to the condition of migrant women, their empowerment and wellbeing. Papers may include (but not limited to) women’s empowerment, the health and welfare state of migrant women in developed as well in developing countries, sexual and reproductive health, female genital mutilation/cutting, violence against women and its relation to mental health. Examples of papers that would be welcome include contributions documenting progress on women’s situation and the current condition in specific countries and/or in comparative contexts; papers reporting new research on determinants and correlates of empowerment; articles describing new findings on the consequences of empowerment.


Submission Deadlines
17 December 2020: Abstract
18 April 2021: Manuscript

Topic Editors:
Patrizia Farina, Enrico Ripamonti, Livia Elisa Ortensi


For further details:







VIII Congresso della Società Italiana delle Storiche - La storia di genere: percorsi, intrecci, prospettive


Call for panel


L’VIII Congresso della Società Italiana delle Storiche si svolgerà a Verona dal 10 al 12 giugno 2021, presso l’Ateneo scaligero (nel caso le disposizioni per l’emergenza Covid-19 di quel momento non permettessero lo svolgimento del Congresso in presenza, il Congresso si terrà on-line).

Come nelle precedenti edizioni, la SIS si propone di rendere il congresso un’occasione di confronto e discussione sulle ricerche, sui temi e sulle categorie interpretative proprie della storia delle donne e di genere con particolare attenzione ai nuovi orientamenti storiografici in un’ottica pluridisciplinare.

La SIS rivolge perciò a studiose e studiosi, italiani e stranieri, l'invito a presentare proposte di panel che potranno essere iscritte in un ampio arco cronologico – dall’antichità alla contemporaneità – e riferirsi ai più diversi contesti geo-politici e culturali. Il congresso si propone sia di offrire un bilancio della storia delle donne e di genere sia di dare spazio alle emergenti prospettive di indagine degli studi di genere.

In particolare saranno apprezzate le proposte che adottano una prospettiva diacronica e affrontano differenti contesti storici e aree geografiche con approcci storiografici che mettano a confronto realtà locali, nazionali, transnazionali e/o globali. In questa cornice si privilegeranno i seguenti argomenti:

- l’agire collettivo delle donne: le molteplici radici e i diversi orientamenti dei femminismi;

- la costruzione del corpo sessuato e le scienze della vita;

- la critica e/o la decostruzione del binarismo con particolare attenzione alle questioni poste

dagli studi LGBTQ+;

- genere, riproduzione, parentela e relazionalità;

- l’impatto delle politiche ambientali e delle nuove tecnologie sul genere;

- le interazioni fra il genere e il sacro;

- i linguaggi e le rappresentazioni mediatiche del genere;

- le politiche del desiderio e le politiche dei diritti;

- produzione, circolazione e consumo in una prospettiva di genere.


La SIS rivolge un invito particolarmente caloroso alla partecipazione di giovani ricercatrici e ricercatori.

Chi desidera partecipare dovrà sottoporre al Comitato scientifico una proposta di panel, con le modalità specificate di seguito. È possibile partecipare anche a due panel, ma solo se in uno si è  discussant e nell’altro relatrice/relatore. Le coordinatrici e i coordinatori di panel possono presentare un paper nel loro panel.

I criteri di selezione del comitato scientifico sono i seguenti: chiarezza propositiva e coerenza tematica interna, rispondenza alle indicazioni tematiche presenti in questa call, partecipazione di giovani ricercatrici e ricercatori.

Non sono previsti rimborsi spese, ma saranno assegnate alcune borse di studio alle/ai partecipanti non strutturate/i.

La deadline per la sottomissione dei contributi scientifici è stata posticipata al 30 novembre 2020.

Le proposte dovranno essere compilate utilizzando il modulo (vedasi sito della SIS) e pervenire alla segreteria del congresso, entro e non oltre il 30 novembre 2020, all’indirizzo:

Entro il 15 gennaio 2021 i panel selezionati saranno resi pubblici sul sito della SIS.

Per informazionidi carattere scientifico indirizzare una mail a:

Per informazioni di carattere organizzativo:


Per ulteriori dettagli si rimanda al link:




Call for abstracts for 4th European Conference on Domestic Violence

September 13th to 15th, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The conference will be held in congress centre Cankarjev dom, situated in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana:

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, academics, students, professionals,
practitioners and policy-makers from Europe and further afield to share and build knowledge
and experience on a wide range of issues concerning domestic violence.

The ECDV views domestic violence as encompassing a range of different types of violence and abuse, for details please see conference themes:

The Conference is rooted in an ecological understanding of domestic violence while recognising the
primary role of gender as a significant factor both causing and sustaining abuse and violence.
The official language of the Conference is English.

We invite participants to send us abstracts/proposals for presentations, see more:

Deadline for abstract submission is December 10th 2020.

Notice of acceptance will be sent by March 15th 2021.

Prof. Milica Antić Gaber and Prof. John Devaney on behalf Scientific Committee

Prof. Vesna Leskošek on behalf of the Organising Committee.




Final conference of the NWO project ‘Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe’

Final conference: 11 & 12 March 2021 in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Disputes about the status and position of religions are increasing throughout the world. Conflicts about morals, national citizenship and public space are often interwoven with questions about religion and the secular, and many times interlinked with questions of gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity. This becomes apparent in, for example, recent discussions about women’s covering on French beaches; debates regarding the niqab in various European contexts; the recently signed ‘Nashville’ agreement in the Netherlands in which Evangelical and Calvinist pastors took an explicitly anti-homosexuality and anti-transgender standpoint; and the rise of ‘anti-gender’ movements across Europe. In these discussions and developments, understandings of belonging are often framed in terms of questions about religion gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity. In this secular/religion binary, ‘secular’ tends to refer to modernity and progress, while ‘religion’ is – in its public image – often perceived as conservative and resisting change.

This conference questions the assumption of the unchangeability of religion, by focusing on religious change and transformation instead. In this conference, we focus on the transformative and transforming aspects of religion in all its facets – as a way of life, in public perception or representations, in the social or legal sphere, as a theological-historical phenomenon, and at the level of individual subjectivity. In contemporary secularized societies, some religious transformations are, however, much more at the center of attention than others, and are also more contested than others. Religions are often transforming – changing – due to being located in, and sometimes contested by, secular modernity. At the same time, religions have transformative impact on individual and collective subjectivity formation, especially when individuals or groups experience a significant change in religious or spiritual life. Such transformative experiences include, but are not limited to, phenomena such as conversion or moving away from religion, or processes of religious intensification, revivalism, or decline.

This conference is particularly interested in how these two sides of ‘transforming’ religion (as adjective: religion as a phenomenon that changes the lives of individuals, communities and societies, or infinitive: religion as itself subject to transitions), relate to bodies, gender, and sexuality.

This conference marks the closing of the five-year research project, funded by the Dutch Research Council, titled ‘“Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’”. In this project contemporary conversions – and transformation more broadly – have been studied in relation to religion, (post)secularity, race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality. In line with recent academic debates on secularism and sexuality (Göle 2015; Scott 2017, 2019), we take into account that questions of religion and secularism are embodied and gendered. Recently, the connection of sexuality, queerness and religion have been studied as well (Peumans & Stallaert 2012; Wilcox 2018). Moreover, the links between racism, gender, and religion have been increasingly explored (El-Tayeb 2012; Puar 2007).

The aims of this conference are thus twofold. First, we aim to further the study of the manifestations of transforming religions in relation to gender and sexuality in politics, public controversies, daily lives, and media and cultural productions. Second, we aim to reflect on, and enrich, the theoretical framework of religion, secularism, sex, and gender as fluid and intersecting categories in relation to contemporary theoretical discussions about race/ethnicity, postcoloniality, decoloniality and indigeneity.

This conference therefore invites contributions that focus on these issues and/or theoretical intersections via the theme of ‘Religious Transformation’. In this conference, we will especially focus on the various ways in which religious groups or institutions are transformed; the ways in which people are transformed by, or are themselves actively transforming, religion in their daily life; how public perceptions and representations of religion and the secular are changing; and theoretical reconsiderations of concepts as ‘change’ and ‘conversion’. We invite (junior and senior) scholars from religious studies, gender studies or related fields (such as cultural anthropology, sociology, media studies, cultural studies, etc.).

You can apply with a panel session, or with an individual paper.

Please submit your paper or panel proposal including title(s) and abstract(s) via

Submission deadline: 15 October 2020

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Call for Paper Gender, Sexuality And Embodiment In Digital Spheres - Connecting Intersectionality And Digitality

Special Issue of the Journal of Digital Social Research

Guest editors: Ladan Rahbari (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands); Evelien Geerts (University of Birmingham, UK); Sara De Vuyst (Ghent University, Belgium)

This special issue of JDSR has two goals. First, it aims to bring together innovative and newly developed theoretical, empirical, analytical, and critical approaches in the study of gender, sexuality, and embodiment in digital spheres. Second, by connecting intersectionality and digitality, we aim to adopt an integrated approach that reflects the intricacy and interconnectedness of social markers and categories of difference, privilege, performance, and discrimination. As such, we specifically encourage submissions that adopt an intersectional approach and address gender, sexuality, and embodiment as integrated with other social factors, such as — but not limited to — age, race, (dis)ability, religion, color, and nationality.

The guest editors invite academic articles using diverse research methods and theoretical frameworks, and that belong to any disciplinary background. The papers may draw on the following, or other, research lines:

· Social, feminist, and critical theories on intersectionality, gender, sexuality, and embodiment in digital spheres

· Critical empirical analysis of the relationships between digital spheres and gender(ed) and sexual(ized) performativity, unruliness, resistance, and defiance

· Gendered and sexual(ized) digital/online representations of embodied diversity and difference

· Historical and intersectional analyses of the role of gender, sexuality, and embodiment in the establishment of contemporary digital orders

· LGBTQIA+ issues/rights/identities and digital spheres

· Studies on gendered and sexualized bodies in relation to age, race, color, migration, (dis)ability, etc. in digital spheres

· Exploring post humanist, affect and new materialist approaches to the study of digitality

· Harmful discourses, and different forms of gender- and sexuality-based harassment and violence in digital spaces

· Digitally spread creations, e.g., avatars, gifs, and memes in relation to gender- and sexuality-focused topics

· The use of digital media for feminist, queer, anti-racist, anti-ageist, anti-ableist activism

· Expressions of unruly intimacies and sexualities in and through digital spaces that challenge normative assumptions about (older) age, sexuality, and gender.

Feel free and encouraged to suggest alternative subjects!

Abstract submission deadline: October 1, 2020

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Call for Papers for the GWO Special Issue "Caring Masculinities at Work: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives across Europe"

Please indicate your interest by sending an abstract of 250 words before

15 January 2021 indicating a preliminary research question, methodology and (theoretical and/or empirical) contribution. For special issue enquiries and to indicate your interest, please contact Elli Scambor ( ) and Marc Gärtner (


Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2021

Deadline for submission of full papers: 30 June 2021


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Call for Sections - European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG) - University of Ljubljana, 7-9 July 2021

For the first time ever, the European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG) will be held in South-Eastern Europe at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. As Europe’s biggest gathering of politics and gender scholars, the ECPG is the platform for lively discussion, exchange of ideas and the best thing in the discipline. The conference aims to cover the full range of topics in the field of politics and gender broadly conceived to include any gender, sexuality and intersectional perspectives in political science, international relations, political theory and philosophy, research methods, public policy and public administration, and social movements. It aims to attract scholars from throughout the world and at all stages of their careers.

The conference website is now online:

And that we have opened the Call for Section Proposals!

Indeed, ECPG 2021 will not work with predefined Sections but will work instead with an open call for Section proposals.

  • The call for Section proposals is now launched. Scholars interested in proposing a Section proposal can do so from 24 June – 2 September 2020 (midnight UK time).
  • A second call for full Panel and individual Paper proposals will be launched in early Fall 2020. This second call is fully open. Scholars who have not submitted a Section proposal can still submit a Panel or Paper proposal to one of the selected Sections.

What constitutes a Section?

In line with the Conference’s aims, Sections can cover a full range of topics across the field of gender and politics broadly conceived to include any gender, sexuality and intersectionality perspectives in political science, international relations, political theory and philosophy, research methods, public policy and public administration, social movements and many more. The Conference is keen to engage as well with research on race and intersectionality, on sexuality, on men and the masculine and those who identify as non-binary, genderqueer or intersex.

A section can accommodate 3-8 panels on a specific topic. Section chairs can signal their estimated optimal number of panels to allow for a balance between sections. However, the final number of panels allocated will depend on the number of paper proposals for the section.

Section proposals should include a title and abstract of no more than 750 words summarizing the key objectives and themes, and ideally including ideas for some panel and paper topics. Section proposals can include a number of predefined panels (maximum 50% of all requested panels) but should also ensure the opportunity for non-predefined panel and paper proposals to be submitted in a later stage. Please note: proposing predefined panels is not a precondition and does not influence the selection chances!

We are also very much open to new and innovative ways, others than the usual panel format, of organizing (some of) the sections.

Who can submit a Section Proposal?

The call is open to everyone and by no means limited to members of the ECPR Standing Group nor will it give automatic preference to proposals from ECPR member institutions.

Each Section should be headed by two to three Section Chairs from different countries and institutions and at different stages of their careers. We stimulate cross (sub)disciplinary sections and we encourage people from different regions in Europe to propose a section together in order to secure a broad representation of north, south, east and west Europe. We particularly welcome the participation of early-career scholars and those who are underrepresented in the profession.

How to submit a Section proposal?

All proposals to organise Sections must be in English, and must be submitted online using the online form on the Conference website. In order to submit a section, an ECPR account is needed. The account is very easily created and free of charge:

What is the deadline for submitting a Section Proposal?

The deadline for Section proposals is 2 September 2020 (midnight UK time). The ECPG organizing team will accept or decline proposed Sections by 30 September 2020 and proposers will be notified accordingly.


The ECPG organizing team

For the ECPR SG on Gender and Politics: Petra Ahrens, Rossella Ciccia, Robin Devroe, Silvia Erzeel, Conny Roggeband, Rosa Roig & Anna van der Vleuten

For the Local Organizing Team: Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrcela & Roman Kuhar

Call for abstracts for the fourth European Conference on Domestic Violence

September 13th-5th 2021 - LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

The Call for abstracts for the fourth European Conference on Domestic Violence is now open until 10.12.2020

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, academics, students, professionals, practitioners and policy-makers from Europe and further afield to share and build knowledge and experience on a wide range of issues concerning domestic violence. The ECDV views domestic violence as encompassing a range of different types of gender-based violence and abuse, among others including intimate partner violence, stalking, honour-based violence and elderly abuse. The Conference is rooted in an ecological understanding of domestic violence while recognising the primary role of gender as a significant factor both causing and sustaining abuse and violence.
We invite participants to send us abstracts/proposals for the different activities that we plan to include in the Conference Programme.

Oral presentations – up-to 20 minute opportunity for a presentation of research findings or a new practice development or a discussion of an issue. There will be two templates for oral papers, to differentiate between submissions from academics and researchers, and those from practitioners and policy makers. Oral presentations will be grouped together around a common theme within the parallel sessions.

Workshops – these are longer opportunities (60 - 90 min) for an interactive session – such as skills building or discussion. Given that one workshop takes up so much time in the programme, we aim to have fewer, and facilitators should be focused on ensuring that the workshop is interactive, rather than just an extended talk.

Symposium/Panel – (60-90 min) a collection of presentations on the same theme/topic, whereby the presenters have asked to present together. We have in the past specified that there should be at least three different presenters.

Round tables – discussions (60 - 90 min) on a burning politically and societally important issue that has evolved recently and in which there is an interest to discuss it from different perspectives (political, legal, practical, etc.)

Posters – visual presentation of a chosen topic (issue) that is not yet developed to be presented as an oral presentation and is an opportunity for presenters who either don’t feel confident about speaking about their work to a larger audience or to the presenters that would like to exchange views on the chosen practical issue.
Each participant can only submit, as first author, two abstracts per presentation format.

The official language of the Conference is English.

Deadline for abstract submission is December 10th 2020.
Notice of acceptance will be sent by March 15th 2021.

Prof. Milica Antić Gaber and Prof. John Devaney on behalf Scientific Committee and Prof. Vesna Leskošek on behalf of the Organising Committee

Call for contributions on “Gender and the Coronavirus Crisis”

in collaboration with Research Network 33 ‘Women and Gender Studies’ European Sociological Association

Coordinators: Lise Widding Isaksen, Norway and Elisabetta Ruspini, Italy

Cambio-Rivista sulle Trasformazioni Sociali Cambio - OpenLab on Covid-19

Cambio (OpenLab on Covid-19) and ESA RN33 “Women’s and Gender Studies” welcome contributions (articles, blogs, reflections, commentary pieces) specifically focused on “Gender and the Coronavirus Crisis”.

We welcome contributions focusing on the following and related fields: care-and housework, informal/formal child care and elder care, gender identities and roles, social distancing, self-isolation at home, emotions and feelings, work, economic aspects, technology, digitalization of social relations, mortality rates, medical and welfare institutions, women’s resilience and agency.

Women and men are affected in different ways by the Coronavirus pandemic. More men die of Covid-19 than women but the fact that women are disproportionally represented in the health and social services sectors substantially increases their risk of exposure to the disease. Moreover, gender inequalities can be exacerbated in the context of health emergencies: it is likely that women (and particularly some groups of women) will carry a much higher economic cost than men. Different sources underline the fact that: women are more likely to lose their jobs than men because women’s participation in the labour market is often in the form of temporary employment; the pandemic is increasing women’s burden of unpaid care work; the pandemic can make it more difficult for women and girls to receive treatment and health care; women and girls are at greater risk of experiencing racialized and gender-based violence and abuse due to the fact that mobility is restricted, people are confined and protection systems weakened.

Women are also crucial actors in tackling the coronavirus crisis, because they comprise most of the frontline healthcare workers globally and because they do the majority of unpaid care work in households.

The multiple challenges posed by the pandemic highlight the need to address its gendered impacts and to develop a gender-responsive approach to avoid reproducing or accentuating existing gender inequalities. There is also a need to address the unique needs of women and girls during COVID-19 and to include both women and women’s organizations at the heart of the COVID-19 global response (UN, 2020). Some further issues emerged as needing additional research are, for instance: if and how the gendered divisions of houseand care-work have been affected by the policy response to the pandemic (curfew, quarantine, self-isolation, closure of schools and care systems, mobility restrictions, social distancing shopping limits…); the impact on men’s identities; the changes in parent-child relationships; the situation of migrant domestic workers; how technology can support women, men, families.

CFP: Tourism and Hospitality Research, special issue "Gender and Sexuality in Tourism and Hospitality"

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for abstracts (300 words+ up to 5 key words + authors’ bio): 10 December 2019
  • Notification of decision by editors: 30 January 2020
  • Deadline for full papers (6000 - 8000 words): 15 May 2020
  • Publication: 2021

In this special issue, we aim to explore and critique the multiple intersections between gender and sexuality, on the one hand, and tourism and hospitality, on the other. We expect contributions to advance theoretical and methodological knowledge of the topic while revealing and challenging oppressive practices and/or providing practical insights to policy or practice within tourism and hospitality.

We welcome contributions that engage with gender and sexuality in tourism and hospitality, addressing, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Gendered performances, experiences and motivations in tourism and hospitality
  • Expressions of femininities in tourism and hospitality
  • Expressions of (hegemonic and subordinated) masculinities in tourism and hospitality
  • Expressions of gender in service encounter in tourism and hospitality
  • Gender inequality and sexual harassment in the tourism and hospitality industries and academia
  • Gendered representations in tourism and hospitality marketing and branding
  • LBGTIQ+ leisure spaces and tourism destinations
  • Tourism experiences of bisexuals, trans and non-binary people
  • Sexual behaviour and experiences on holiday
  • Interdisciplinarity and intersectionality in studies on gender and sexuality in tourism and hospitality
  • Innovative methodological approaches to research on gender and sexuality in tourism and hospitality.

Submission: Please send your abstract to Rodrigo Lucena ( by 10 December 2019.

All full paper submissions will be subject to the peer review processes and should follow the guidelines of the Tourism and Hospitality Research. For more information, please see:

PhD Studentships: Violence and Society Centre, City, University of London

The Violence and Society Centre at City, University of London, is offering a full-time, three-year doctoral studentship for 2020/21 entry.  Applications are invited from UK, EU, and graduates wishing to pursue research in the field of ‘Violence and Society’ in the social sciences.

The Centre is interdisciplinary and international and the major themes are:

  • Theory and concepts: What is violence: developing the concepts and theories to explain the increase, decrease and variation in violence.
  • Measurement: Current measurement practices hide some forms of violence, especially against women: developing a new measurement framework and methods to remedy this.
  • Types of violence: The Centre focusses on all of violence and coercion, including trafficking in human beings, violent crime, domestic violence and rape. Gender is mainstreamed rather than treated in isolation.
  • Policy and interventions: The Centre analyses what is effective in reducing violence through policy fields including: criminal justice; civil justice; security; health and gender equality and operates on an international basis with the European Union, Council of Europe and UN, as well as the UK.
  • Change: What is the future of violence, including macro-socio-historical trends; the impact of the economic crisis and situational crime analysis. What might it mean to move towards ‘zero violence’?

Please view our projects page to get an idea of the activities we engage in

Applicants are recommended to also apply, at the same time, for one of the other PhD studentships that are offered by the ESRC-funded South-east Network for Social Science (SeNSS) doctoral training partnership (to be held in the Violence and Society Centre and Department of Sociology). For further information on SeNSS studentships please see:

Information about all the doctoral studentships at City in the social sciences can be found at

How to Apply

There is a two-stage application.  First, please send to

  • CV.  Include undergraduate/postgraduate grades and contact details (postal address, email, mobile number)
  • An example of your written work (an article, dissertation or long essay) (in English)
  • A project proposal (c. 1,000 words), including: title, abstract, research question, literature review, research design and methodology, proposed academic and practical impact, references.

There are two dates on which these applications will be reviewed; on 10th December 2019 and on 3rd January 2020.

Second, successful applicants will then be invited to apply to the School of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Studentships, which has a deadline of 19th January 2020

For any enquiries, please contact:

CFP: The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe

The Open Access Journal “Frontiers in Sociology” is accepting papers on the topic "The intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe”. This call aims at collecting contributions that explore the relation between non-standard work and economic insecurity using an intersectional framework. We are interested in contributions that explore Southern Europe in a comparative or single country perspective. We welcome all approaches - theoretical and empirical, substantive and methodological, micro and macro, qualitative and quantitative, as well as geographically specific research.

We welcome expression of interest at

The abstract submission closes February 15th 2020.

Frontiers in Sociology is a newly-born project of the open access journal Frontiers, indexed in DOAJ and soon in Scopus.

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CFP: International Research Conference Decent Care Work? Transnational Home Care Arrangements

May 27-29, 2020
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main/Germany

The ageing of industrialized societies in combination with the absence of an adequate (welfare) state response is engendering an alarming deficit in care work. This has paved the way for the commodification of care, formerly a typical case of feminized, reproductive work, carried out informally and unpaid within the family. This conference examines if and how a sea change concerning the commodification and formalization of elderly care work is gradually affecting the public understanding of decent work and decent care.

Four key areas will be addressed during the conference:
(1) Transnational Commodification, Marketization and Corporatization of Live-in Care
(2) Expectations, Contradictions and Social Inequalities in Transnational Home Care Arrangements
(3) Agency and (Self-) Organizing of Live-in Care Workers
(4) Regularization of Transnational Care Work.

Abstracts of 150 words are to be submitted through the ConfTool application at the following address: by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

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