[UPDATE] Call for Papers - Revolutionary Genders

deadline for submissions: 
September 21, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Sibeal Feminist and Gender Studies Network

Conference dates: November 18 & 19, 2016, NUI Galway


We are delighted to now reveal the first of our keynote speakers: Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.

Micheline is the granddaughter of the renowned Irish suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. In 2014, Micheline won an Equality Tribunal case against NUI Galway, for discrimination on the basis of gender in the 2009 NUI Galway round of promotions to Senior Lecturer. She is the first female academic to achieve this in Ireland. Since then she has continued to campaign tirelessly for equality in Ireland's third level institutions.

Revolutionary Genders 2016

The quest for equality always involves change, sometimes revolutionary change. This change, this revolution can be slow, living in the shadows, waiting for the moment to strike. Or it can be loud, visible and quick. Either way the landscape is changed.
In the wake of a revolution what remains? What is left behind? What changes? And for whom? What compromises are made?

On the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Rising equality is still a major issue. Gender recognition and rights could define our next 100 years. Has the gender revolution been written into the history books? How will gender be defined? How does this history manifest itself in culture, in history, in literature, in society, in law? What is the difference between revolution and sustainable transformation?

As the revolution continues we must both look back, but continue to move forward.

The conference hopes to explore how definitions have changed, how revolution happens, and how the landscape can change within feminism and gender studies. Influenced by the 1916 Rising we hope to engage and inspire postgraduate and early career researchers from all disciplines to showcase their creative and innovative approaches.

We hope to facilitate practical and theoretical based projects, and encourage researchers to submit panels, proposals for workshops, round tables, feminist performances or exhibitions.

Themes might include but need not be limited to the following:
Revolution and Change
Waking the feminists
Gender identities in transformation
Gender and Politics
Historical identities
Gender embodiment
Gender performativity
Post-colonial identities
Space, Place and Gender
Gender and Language
Gender and Religion
Medical identities, medicalized bodies
Institutions in flux
Gender and Work
Gender and Migration
Gender and Sexuality
Sociology, History, History of Art, Theatre, Popular Culture, Music, Law, Politics
Anthropology, etc.

We also hope to convene a special panel looking at how the past 100 years have impacted on feminist and gender issues.

Abstracts or proposals of no more than 250 words should be completed on the template available here or on Sibéal.ie. We are in the position to offer a selection of travel bursaries. Please send a completed Travel Bursary form if you would like to be considered for a bursary (form available on Sibéal.ie).

The conference email address is revolutionarygenders2016@gmail.com. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or comments. For conference updates and regular news from Sibéal follow us on Facebook and Twitter.