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.

The 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. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their proposal by 31 March 2017.

“Fucking Solidarity: queering concepts on/from a Post-Soviet perspective”

20-23 September 2017

University of Vienna

Department for English and American Studies.

Deadline for Proposals: 15 March 2017

please, send to: qp8(at)univie.ac.at

for more information go to our homepage http://qp8.univie.ac.at

As it is tradition in the Queering Paradigms series, a part of the conference is reserved for contributions that cover a broad spectrum of queer topics, beyond the focus on queer solidarity and post-soviet perspectives.

Call for papers and contributions
Bridging gender research and policy making: missing links, good practices, future scenarios

ATGENDER Spring Conference, 19-21 April 2017, Vilnius

Organised by ATGENDER, The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation, with support from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and Vilnius University (VU), the 2017 edition of the ATGENDER Spring conference is dedicated to building dialogues between gender researchers, activists, students, educators and policy makers.

The main goal of this conference is to address gaps between academic research in gender studies and the practice of gender policy making and implementation in light of current political and social issues in Europe. The conference invites participants to consider how to make gender research more accessible outside the academic community and how to make gender policy better informed by recent scholarship. It also urges participants to think about how to overcome the dualism of theory and practice in the quest for future gender equality in Europe.

ATGENDER particularly encourages contributions by policy makers, information specialists, archivists, civil society activists and academics. Graduate students are also invited to contribute to the conference with academically informed and politically engaged papers.

For any questions, please contact the ATGENDER office: info(at)atgender.eu

Vol 5, No 10 (2016): Gender and Religions: Freedom, Identity, and Limits

Table of Contents


Gender and Religions: Freedom, Identity, and Limits
Orsetta Giolo, Laura Scudieri

Thematic Articles

Religion, Virtue, Education in the Pedagogical Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft
Serena Vantin
The Image of God: on Eiesland and Creamer’s Contribution(s) to the Relationship among Disability, Christianity and Limit
Maria Giulia Bernardini
Beyond God the Father: Goddess Spirituality as a New Form of Empowerment for Women?
Erika Bernacchi
A Year of Conflict – The “War on Gender Ideology” discourse of the Polish Catholic Church, and the Liberal Backlash
Marcin Sroczynski
Nature in the Encyclical Letter Laudato si’: Gender and Ecology
Silvia Rodeschini
Eros, Sodom, Zion
Federico D’Agostino
Culture, Gender, and Traditional Authority: A Sociological Approach on Power Relations in Middle Eastern Churches
Heidemarie Winkel
Liberal Paradoxes: Women’s Body, Religious Expression, and Gender Equality in a Secular Age
Giorgia Baldi
Abaya and Yoga Pants: Women’s Activism in Kuwait
Emanuela Buscemi
Islam, Gender and Transnational Belongings: Narratives of Young Muslim Women of Egyptian Origin in Italy
Renata Pepicelli


Cristianesimo, genere e mutamento sociale. Una prospettiva femminista cattolica
Teresa Forcades, Laura Scudieri
A proposito di gender
Letizia Tomassone

Open Section

The Case of Children Born out of Wedlock in Turkey: an “Empty” Category?
Funda Ustek Spilda, Oguz Alyanak
Feminist Critique of the Italian Legislation on Gender Related Violence
Sara Cagliero, Barbara Biglia
Gender Order and Compulsory Heteronormativity: a Theoretical Contribution of the Queer Political Economy
Gabriella Paulì

Round Table

Debating ‘surrogacy’ or or Pregnancy for others. A first round of opinions
Susanna Pozzolo, Antonia Durán Ayago, Anita König, Barbara Katz Rothman, Pilar Benavente Moreda, Susanne L. Goessl, Sophie Dannecker, Laura Nuño Gómez, Cinzia Piciocchi, Judit Zeller


Lina Merlin
Giuliana Franchini


La teoria del gender, i “negazionisti” e la fine della differenza sessuale: Gli/le intellettuali di fronte alla rinnovata egemonia della Chiesa cattolica in Italia
Lorenzo Bernini

Work in Progress

La percezione e l’autorappresentazione delle detenute
Federica Giuliotti


C. Rinaldi, Sesso, sé e società. Per una sociologia delle sessualità, Mondadori, Milano, 2016, pp. 340
Giuseppe Burgio
I. Bussoni e R. Perna (a cura di), Il Gesto Femminista. La rivolta delle donne: nel corpo, nel lavoro, nell’arte, Derive Approdi, Roma, 2014, pp. 167
Caterina Peroni
C. Barnao, Le prostitute vi precederanno. Inchiesta sul sesso a pagamento. Il Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2016, pp. 148
Ignazia Maria Bartholini
V. Ribeiro Corossacz, Bianchezza e mascolinità in Brasile. Etnografia di un soggetto dominante, Mimesis, Milano-Udine, 2015, pp. 153
Cirus Rinaldi
F. Zappino (a cura di), Il genere tra neoliberismo e neofondamentalismo, Verona, Ombre Corte, 2016, pp. 207 P
Ilenia Caleo

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“Interroger l’institutionnalisation de l’espace de la cause des femmes. Dynamiques, enjeux, effets”.

Jeudi 1er & vendredi 2 décembre 2016

CNRS Pouchet – salle 159
59-61 rue Pouchet
75017 Paris

contact et inscription: je.institutionnalisation@gmail.com


10h Accueil
10h15 Introduction
Marie Perrin (Université Paris 8, CRESPPA-CSU) et Alice Romerio (Université
Paris 8, CRESPPA-Labtop)
10h30 Les mouvements féministes à l’épreuve de leur institutionnalisation
Marion Charpenel (CNRS, CMH)
« La mémoire collective féministe à l’épreuve de son institutionnalisation »
Camille Masclet (UNIL, CRAPUL – Université Paris 8, CRESPPA-CSU)
« Diffusion ou institutionnalisation du féminisme ? L’espace de la cause des
femmes au tournant des années 1980 ».
Discussion : Anne-Marie Devreux (CNRS, CRESPPA-CSU)
12h30 Déjeuner
14h Ce que l’institutionnalisation fait à la cause des femmes (1)
Mathias Thura (CESSP, DIM-GID)
« Entre contrôle, dépolitisation et effacement : la difficile émergence de la
cause des femmes militaires dans les armées ».
Zoé Haller (Université de Rouen, Dysola)
« La cause des femmes dans le militantisme syndical. L’exemple du débat
sur la parité au sein de la FSU ».
Clémentine Comer (Université Rennes 1, CRAPE)
« Séparer le bon grain de l’ivraie : l’institutionnalisation sélective de
l’égalité professionnelle agricole ».
Discussion : Catherine Achin (Université Paris-Dauphine, IRISSO)
16h30 Cocktail

Vendredi 2 décembre
10h Ce que l’institutionnalisation fait à la cause des femmes (2)
Auréline Cardoso (Université Toulouse 2, CERTOP-SAGESSE)
« Travailler pour la cause des femmes : du bénévolat à l’emploi précaire ? »
Virginie Dutoya (CNRS, CED)
« Consultantes, expertes et activistes : les enjeux de la professionnalisation
de la cause des femmes en Inde ».
Cécile Talbot (Université Lille 2, CERAPS)
« La prise en compte de la “cause des femmes” au sein d’une collectivité
locale : institutionnalisation de l’égalité ou instrumentalisation ? ».
Discussion : Alban Jacquemart (Université Paris-Dauphine, IRISSO)
12h30 Déjeuner
14h Les processus d’institutionnalisation
Lison Guignard (ENS Cachan, ISP)
« A l’intersection entre mouvement et institution. Enjeux, dynamiques
et effets de l’institutionnalisation d’un espace régional de la cause des
femmes »
Blandine Lefierdebras (Université Rennes 2, association « Histoire du
féminisme »)
« La création du centre rennais d’information des femmes : un processus
progressif d’institutionnalisation ».
Ranime Alsheltawy (Université Paris-Dauphine, IRISSO)
« “Organiser à distance” : Interroger l’ONGisation de la cause des femmes
de ménage en Egypte sous l’angle du genre globalisé ».
Discussion : Ioana Cîrstocea (CNRS, CESPP-CSE)
16h30 Conclusion
Laure Bereni (CNRS, CMH) et Soline Blanchard (Université de Lausanne,