The Inclusiveness of Social Rights: The Case of Parental Leave Policies 

Social Inclusion (2021, Volume 9, Issue 2)

Edited by Sonja Blum and Ivana Dobrotić

Complete issue:

Table of Contents:The Inclusiveness of Social Rights: The Case of Leave Policies
By Sonja Blum and Ivana Dobrotić

Socially Inclusive Parenting Leaves and Parental Benefit Entitlements: Rethinking Care and Work Binaries
By Andrea Doucet

Measuring the Generosity of Parental Leave Policies
By Adeline Otto, Alzbeta Bártová and Wim Van Lancker

Capturing the Gender Gap in the Scope of Parenting Related Leave Policies Across Nations
By Alison Koslowski

The Contextualized Inclusiveness of Parental Leave Benefits
By Anna Kurowska

The Inclusiveness of Maternity Leave Rights over 120 Years and across Five Continents
By Keonhi Son and Tobias Böger

Dimensions of Social Equality in Paid Parental Leave Policy Design: Comparing Australia and Japan
By Gillian Whitehouse and Hideki Nakazato

Social Inclusion or Gender Equality? Political Discourses on Parental Leave in Finland and Sweden
By Mikael Nygård and Ann-Zofie Duvander

How Different Parental Leave Schemes Create Different Take-Up Patterns: Denmark in Nordic Comparison
By Tine Rostgaard and Anders Ejrnæs

Mothers and Parental Leave in Belgium: Social Inequalities in Eligibility and Uptake
By Leen Marynissen, Jonas Wood and Karel Neels

Parental Leave Reforms in Finland 1977–2019 from a Diversity Perspective
By Anna Moring and Johanna Lammi-Taskula

When Does Expanded Eligibility Translate into Increased Take-Up? An Examination of Parental Leave Policy in Luxembourg
By Merve Uzunalioglu, Marie Valentova, Margaret O’Brien and Anne-Sophie Genevois

A few places for this year’s Birth Rites Collection Summer School are still available.

Birth Rites Collection summer school is a unique programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. It will introduce you to the art collection and facilitate a dialogue between you, your practice and the artworks. The course is led by Helen Knowles, BRC Curator and artist, Hermione Wiltshire, artist and Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Art. They will help you articulate responses to the art collection in a supportive environment.

You will enter the course with your own skill set and finish with a bespoke multi-media pack of visual, textual, auditory and filmic material, each your own responses to art on birth, to be used thereafter in your own future work. Workshops include shooting and editing short films on mobile phones and reflecting on the themes through visual and written material. We will introduce different perspectives from international guest speakers and chair in-depth discussions that address aesthetics, ethics and the visual discourses of birth.

Themes include:​
–How the collection informs different perspectives from midwifery, medicine and education, and its potential to change practice and policy​
–Artistic and midwifery practices that address reproduction in the digital age​
–The collection’s impact on feminist art practices and the rehabilitation of the visual discourses of birth into art history
–Censorship of artworks on birth, institutional responses, ethics and the law
–Sexual reproduction and reciprocity

Speakers include: 

Sophie Lewis, Laia Abril, Joscelyn Gardner, Francois-Joseph Lapointe, Marta Stysiak, Nora Heidorn, Hermione Wiltshire and Helen Knowles.

There are two courses available:

In person five-day course:
July 12–16, 10–5pm GMT
Guy’s Campus, King’s College, London (pandemic allowing).

Online four-week course:

Wednesdays, September 8–29, 7–9:30pm GMT / Saturday, September 25, 1–6pm GMT

This will be a mixture of pre-recorded talks and material, plus online in-person workshops and tutorials.


New Approaches to the Study of Social Inclusion of Poor Children and Youth
Edited by Anita Borch and Kirsi Laitala

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 September 2021 Deadline for Articles: 30 January 2022Social Inclusion, peer-reviewed journal indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science; Impact Factor: 1.297) and Scopus (CiteScore: 2.1), welcomes new and exciting research papers for its upcoming issue “New Approaches to the Study of Social Inclusion of Poor Children and Youth,” edited by Anita Borch and Kirsi Laitala.
Poverty, often passed from one generation to another, is associated with an increased risk of being marginalized and socially excluded in childhood and adult life. Why some poor children connect to their surroundings while others do not is, however, insufficiently understood, diminishing our chance to develop efficient policy measures aiming to reduce social inequality and increase social mobility. This thematic issue seeks to bring the field of science on poverty and social inclusion/exclusion beyond the state-of-the-art and offer updated knowledge on social inclusion and exclusion of children and youth (up to 24-year-olds) from important areas in life such as education, labour, spare time activities or home. 

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are encouraged to read the full call for papers here

Abstracts welcome by 15 September 2021.

Mariana Pires
Social Inclusion
Cogitatio Press
1070-129 Lisbon

Call for chapters proposals: “What is Covid-19 teaching us on Disability Welfare European Policy?” 

Changes on policies and services for cognitive disabled people during the pandemic in Europe 

Angela Genova (Università Carlo Bo, Urbino, Italy), Alice Scavarda (Università di Torino, Italy) and Maria Świątkiewicz-Mośny (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland) are developing a co-edited book project, tentatively titled: “What is Covid-19 teaching us on Disability Welfare European Policy?”. 

The disability welfare policy results from the last decades’ reform process in each European country in a path dependency perspective. Significant, non -incremental change is unlikely. Nevertheless, Covid-19 represents an exogenous shock, affecting the structure of Disability Welfare Policy in Europe, as institutions and processes that form the infrastructural framework for policy decisions. From one side, Disability Welfare Policy responses to the pandemic emergency might be considered in relation to the state-of- the-art of the policies at the arrival of the pandemic, as a result of policy reforms in the years before the pandemic. From the other side, the pandemic emergency outlines a conjuncture where contingency (pandemic as an exogenous shock) shows weakness in the structural aspect of the system (institutional policy context as the endogenous dimension) and, therefore, potentially calls for the significant change. 

The proposed volume is aimed at firstly analysing how Covid-19 is affecting social practices in Welfare Disability Policies, whether with incremental or big reforms and at secondly producing a set of international good practices, by comparing the social practices and potential innovations in different countries. It will contain recommendations for action at European level by public officials, policy makers, and the public. The volume will be published by Emerald, one of the leading academic international publishers ( 

Please consider preparing a chapter for the 2022 publication. We ask you, individually or with colleagues, to consider submitting a long proposal (2-3 pages) identifying a significant social practice at national or local level, concerning Disability Welfare Policy in the pandemic time (from January 2020 on) in one or more policy areas: social, health, housing, educational, labour policies. We invite you to focus on cognitive disability and to carry out a qualitative project, based on the analysis of official documents and interviews with key informants or stakeholders. You are kindly asked to structure your abstract around the research questions, the methodology and the description of the case study. Please follow the outline: 

1. Introduction 

2. Welfare Disabled Policy in your country 

3. The methodology with research questions 

4. Case description [why do you choose that case, what is specific about it ….] 

The editors of this volume invite interested participants to prepare draft statements for proposed contributions to the 2022 publication. Please submit a copy of your proposal via email (as specified below) to each of the committee members by 16 May 2021. You will get information from us by the beginning of June. We plan to organize some workshops and supporting actions for all involved in the process. 

Selected final contributions will be limited to 6000 words (or roughly twenty double-spaced manuscript pages). Chapter drafts will be due 31 October 2021, and final manuscripts will be due 28 February 2022. All are welcome to email the editors for any clarification. 

Angela Genova (angela.genova(at) 

Alice Scavarda (alice.scavarda(at) 

Maria Świątkiewicz-Mośny (maria.swiatkiewicz-mosny(at) 

Media and Communication has just released a new issue, fully open access, and all articles are free to read, download and share.

Gender and Media: Recent Trends in Theory, Methodology and Research Subjects (2021, Volume 9, Issue 2)
Edited by Sofie Bauwel and Tonny Krijnen
Complete issue:

Table of Contents:

Contemporary Research on Gender and Media: It’s All Political
By Sofie Van Bauwel and Tonny Krijnen

“It’s Not Just Instagram Models”: Exploring the Gendered Political Potential of Young Women’s Instagram Use
By Sofia P. Caldeira

Pitching Gender in a Racist Tune: The Affective Publics of the #120decibel Campaign
By Shari Adlung, Margreth Lünenborg and Christoph Raetzsch

What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Analyzing Postfeminist Themes in Girls’ Magazines
By Marieke Boschma and Serena Daalmans

Feminist Stereotypes and Women’s Roles in Spanish Radio Ads
By Anna Fajula, Mariluz Barbeito, Estrella Barrio, Ana Maria Enrique and Juan José Perona

Breaking the Rules: Zodwa Wabantu and Postfeminism in South Africa
By Priscilla Boshoff

Gender, Voice and Online Space: Expressions of Feminism on Social Media in Spain
By Cilia Willem and Iolanda Tortajada

Casting for Change: Tracing Gender in Discussions of Casting through Feminist Media Ethnography
By Joke Hermes and Linda Kopitz