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Why Gender? Second CFP

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Why Gender? Conference 2009 


Why Gender? University of Jyväskylä 9th-10th of October 2009 

Call for Papers, deadline April 15th, 2009 

The conference entitled 'Why Gender?' aims to bring together both
Finnish and international scholars from a number of different
disciplines to participate in intellectual discussion regarding
future directions gender theory could take. The conference is
conceived as a starting point for future networking on this topic.
The continued importance of gender as a social category in the late
modern world prompts us to ask the oft-forgotten question: why? As
researchers in the humanities whose studies are firmly grounded in
empirical data, we are primarily concerned with how gender is
theorized within our disciplines, as well as how gender researchers
can both draw upon and contribute to theories in areas outside the
humanities, for example social studies. The conference organizers
would like to see more theoretical work on gender, this most elusive
of social divisions, which combines the insights made within women's
studies, men's studies, feminist studies, queer studies, and the
anthropological study of gender. 

The organizer of the conference is the project “Strategic Practices:
Hidden Histories of Gender in Finland 1880–2005”, funded by the
Academy of Finland’s research program Power in Finland. We are a
multidisciplinary team of seven researchers (ethnologists, historians
and folklorists) from University of Jyväskylä and University of
Helsinki. The project director is Prof. Laura Stark from the
Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä. 

The keynote speakers are: 

Dr Wendy Cealey Harrison, University of Greenwich, UK, author of e.g.
“Beyond Sex and Gender” (2002). 

Prof. Jeff Hearn, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, and Linköping
University, author of e.g. “Men in the Public Eye. The Construction
and Deconstruction of Public Men and Public Patriarchies” (1992) and
“The Violences of Men. How Men Talk About and How Agencies Respond to
Men's Violence to Women” (1998). 

Dr. Sally Hines, University of Leeds, UK, author of e.g.
“TransForming Gender: Transgender Practices of Identity, Intimacy and
Care” (2006).

Titles of Sessions

* Articulations of possibility within gender studies: decolonial
feminisms as praxis
* Childhood and Youth in History – Categories of Gendered or
* Definitions and micro-mechanisms of patriarchy
* Discourses on gender in medieval and early modern Europe
* Gender, care and agency
* Gender, community and authorship
* Gender, war and nationalism
* Intersectionality 
* Locating men – discourses in science and biomedicine
* New directions in practice and performativity
* Rethinking nature vs. nurture
* Strange bedfellows: feminist theory and historical research
* What is gender and why does it exist? 
* Women & peace 

Please find the descriptions of the sessions from our web site:

In addition to the above-mentioned session themes, papers can focus,
for example, on the following themes: 
* intertwining of gender, sexuality and power 
* studies of masculinity / men’s studies
* what sorts of social phenomena reinforce the significance of gender
and what weaken it 
* what kind of discourses legitimate gender

Guidelines for participants

The abstracts of the proposed papers should be in English, not
exceeding 250 words. The abstract should include the session you
would like to participate in, the title of the paper, your name, and
e-mail address. Deadline for paper abstracts is April 15th, 2009.
Send the abstract as an .doc or .rtf file to
pasi.saarimaki at campus.jyu.fi and heli.niskanen at campus.jyu.fi . Final
presentations should not exceed 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of
discussion. Session organizers will give further details. 

After the deadline the abstracts will be sent to session organizers,
who accept them. Accepted papers will be announced by the end of May

Conference is free of charge (no conference fee). However,
participants are responsible for their own travel costs and

Please find regularly updated information regarding the conference
and our project from our web site:
http://research.jyu.fi/strategicpractices/indexeng.html (in English)
http://research.jyu.fi/strategicpractices (in Finnish). If you have
any questions, please contact Pasi Saarimäki
(pasi.saarimaki at campus.jyu.fi) or Heli Niskanen
(heli.niskanen at campus.jyu.fi).

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Pasi Saarimäki <pasi.saarimaki at jyu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 15.04.2009
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