Call for papers: Thinking Gender Justice

Published on 17 January 2018 par Institut du Genre

First Annual Conference, Centre for Gender, Feminisms & Sexualities (CGFS), University College Dublin, Ireland, 23rd-25th May 2018, abstracts by Friday 2nd February 2018.

Keynote Speakers include Inderpal Grewal, Brigid Quilligan & Harsha Walia

Emerging feminisms and gender studies have over the last decade and more placed an increased emphasis on an understanding of social relationships, power structures and social change through the intersections of race, class, gender and sexualities. The core question now is how can feminism and gender studies continue to offer critical insights and understandings in the context of the rise of the right, new nationalisms and the growing ethnic, class, gender and religious conflicts, within and between nations-States? And how can gender studies and feminism contribute to current discourses on power (both historical and current), strategies of resistance and formations of solidarity? What kind of space do identity politics and intersectionality occupy in political action? Who gets to frame the language and the scope of debate within feminism, gender and queer studies? How are southern theories and decolonial praxis changing the academy? How does representation in popular culture, media, digital culture, literature and other forms of cultural practice and production promote or challenge forms of gender justice and injustice? What can we learn for the present and future from subjugated histories, including the histories of women’s struggles and histories of conflict and subordination between women? The aim of this conference is to reflect on these and related questions from a range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary fields, and from the perspective of those active and committed to creating the conditions for change in Ireland and globally.

This Conference is the First Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender, Feminism and Sexualities (CGFS), University College Dublin which brings together activists, artists and academics, and draws on transdisciplinary perspectives in feminism and gender studies.

*Confirmed keynote speakers include Harsha Walia, activist, writer, and popular educator and author of Undoing Border Imperialism; Brigid Quilligan, Traveller activist, former director of the Irish Traveller Movement and current Manager of the Kerry Travellers’ Health and Community Development Project; and Professor Inderpal Grewal, Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University and author most recently of Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First Century America* (2017)

*Papers are welcome on:*

- borders and boundaries
- biopolitics and body politics
- neoliberalism, feminism and gender
- class and feminist politics
- colonialism and decoloniality in feminist politics and thought
- gender and climate justice
- trans politics, transfeminisms, trans theory
- gender, feminism and indigenous movements
- feminist theory, politics and activism
- geopolitics and new borders
- coercion, discrimination and exclusion
- sexual entitlement and resistance
- critical methodologies
- gender, sexuality and feminisms in cultural representation
- gender and feminisms in digital cultures and social media
- histories of gender, feminisms and sexualities
- feminist & gender theories in a global context
- ?NGO-ization? and global gender justice
- queer politics and queer studies in a global context
- restorative gender justice
- activisms online
- debates on gender, sexuality, human rights and citizenship

*Guidelines for proposals:*

Submissions from all academic disciplines, as well as activists, community groups, and others working toward gender justice are welcomed. We also encourage artists and performers to submit proposals on creative work or work presented in non-traditional forms.

Submit your proposals by email attachment to: cgfs [at]
Deadline: Friday 2nd February

Please include your name, affiliation where relevant, a short bio (100-150 words) and an abstract describing your presentation. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.

Panel proposals are also welcome. If you are submitting a panel proposal, please send a panel abstract of no more than 250 words as well as details of participants and presentations.

We look forward to your submissions!

Thank you - UCD CGFS Organising Committee

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