Conference: Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity?

This looks like an interesting conference:

Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity?: Current Issues and Future Challenges

University of Nottingham, Friday 28th September 2012

From the Call for Papers:

The current age of austerity is posing significant challenges to feminist scholarship within academia. Recent government funding cuts to higher education are jeopardising the future of research in the arts and humanities more broadly, but the decline of centres, institutes and courses devoted to gender and women’s studies has the potential to threaten the future of feminism in the academy. Retirements and redundancies are possibly signalling the end of feminist teaching and research in certain higher education institutions. The dearth of employment opportunities for postgraduates and early career researchers has the potential to elide the next generation of feminist scholars. The increasingly competitive environment of employment in higher education is generating divisions and inequalities which put pressure upon the networks of support, co-operation and community which have been integral to feminist research, teaching and practice.

This collaborative event between the FWSA and CWWA aims to provide a multi-disciplinary forum to address such issues. In what ways are these changes affecting our work and lives? What potential is there to resist these narratives of decline? How might feminist teaching, research, theory and activism engage with and combat such challenges? Featuring a selection of keynote speakers, round table discussions and early career workshops, ‘Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity’ invites papers which examine ‘austerity’ in the broadest sense of the term. Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • The impact of the age of austerity upon women’s and feminist writing, art, performance and scholarship.
  • Theoretical perspectives and discourses on austerity in feminism, past and present.
  • Teaching/researching feminism and women’s writing in the age of austerity.
  • Resistance to narratives of decline in the age of austerity.
  • The challenges posed to ‘sisterhood’ in the current academic environment, from postgraduate, early career research and established scholarly perspectives.
  • Bridging the gap between postgraduate/early career feminist researchers and established scholars.
  • Postcolonial, queer, and/or differently abled responses to the age of austerity in feminist research.
  • Historical, political and sociological responses to the age of austerity in feminist research.
  • Exploring alternative futures for feminism in the academy.
  • Strategies of resistance to the marginalisation of feminist research.
  • Feminist activism, education and the age of austerity.
  • Encouraging the next generation of feminist scholars; challenges and prospects for postgraduate research.

Please send 300 word abstracts for twenty minute papers to the event organisers Claire O’Callaghan and Helen Davies at feminismandausterityconference@gmail.com by 11th April 2012.

FWSA Student Essay Competition

The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association run an annual student essay competition and the next deadline is 1st November 2011.

To encourage a new generation of feminist scholars, the FWSA sponsors an annual student essay competition for work which is innovative, interdisciplinary and grounded in feminist theory and practice. The top six entries will be published in the Journal of International Women’s Studies and the winner will, in addition, receive a year’s free FWSA membership. Students at any stage of their studies at a British or Irish university are encouraged to submit work which has not previously been published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All the details are on their website.