Engendering Difference: Sexism, Power and Politics
Equality—sought through many movements throughout the 20th century, and still elusive in the 21st—demands the address of what it seeks to eliminate: difference. Although multiple forms of difference complicate the ideal level playing field in human endeavors, gender difference remains a stubbornly salient construct.
Our conference aims to open exploration of the issues of gender and the difference it creates in human lives, inviting research on both its historical and contemporary effects. Whether in the post-socialist climate of central and eastern Europe, in the historical movements of first-and second-wave feminism, or in cultural expressions such as literature, film and art, constructs of gender underlie our social, political and linguistic assumptions. If a gender imbalance persists (and the issue is open for debate), then redressing it requires an interdisciplinary approach.
To this end, scholars (including graduate students) are invited to submit papers for a presentation of their research on topics including the following:
- Sexism, Violence and Victimization;
- Women’s Movements and Activism;
- Gender Constructs in Literature, Language, and Translation;
- Aging and Gender: Ageism and Sexism;
- Gender and Discourse Analysis;
- Descriptive Aspects of Gender (In)equality: Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology;
- Normative Aspects of Gender (In)equality: Ethics, Politics and Law;
- Women in Academia;
- Gender (In)equality in the Workplace;
- Or other related topics.
The conference will take place on 12-13 May 2017 at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Official languages of the conference will be English and Slovenian. Abstracts of between 150 and 200 words in either of the two languages should be submitted via the conference website. The due date for the submission of abstracts is 10 March 2017 (extended to 25 March). Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their proposal by 31 March 2017.