A call for abstracts for a co-edited special issue, ‘Interrogating education: critical thinking in the time of populist politics’, of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ). In recent times there has been a steady rise in populist politics globally, a phenomenon The Guardian has called, ‘the new populism’.

The full proposal and call for papers can be accessed via the BERJ website. Papers engaging with a wide range of theoretical perspectives and national-cultural contexts are welcomed. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, 04 January 2019.


CAMPAGNES ANTI-GENRE EN EUROPE. Des mobilisations contre l’égalité

sous la direction de Roman Kuhar & David Paternotte


ISBN : 978-2-7297-0942-6

collection « Sexualités »

(Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe. Mobilizing against Equality. Edited by Roman Kuhar and David Paternotte. Publication Date: Aug 2017)

Après plusieurs décennies de progrès constant, l’Europe fait face à une nouvelle vague d’opposition à l’égalité de genre et aux droits sexuels, qui se manifeste à propos d’enjeux divers, comme l’ouverture du mariage aux couples de même sexe, l’avortement, les technologies de reproduction, l’éducation sexuelle, les législations antidiscriminatoires ou les droits des personnes trans. Comment un concept universitaire comme le genre, repris par une organisation religieuse telle l’Église catholique romaine, a-t-il pu se convertir en un puissant outil de mobilisation et devenir la cible de mouvements sociaux ? Comment ces discours et ces formes de mobilisation traversent-ils les frontières ? Qui sont les acteurs de ces mouvements ? À partir de l’étude des mouvements anti-genre de treize pays européens, dans une approche transnationale et comparée, cet ouvrage présente les points de rencontre entre mobilisations religieuses, populisme de droite et angoisses nationales dans l’Europe d’aujourd’hui.

Social Inclusion has just released its newest issue: “Gender Equality and Beyond: At the Crossroads of Neoliberalism, Anti-Gender Movements, “European” Values, and Normative Reiterations in the Nordic Model”
The issue is fully open access: all articles are free for you and others to read, download, and share.
Gender Equality and Beyond: At the Crossroads of Neoliberalism, Anti-Gender Movements, “European” Values, and Normative Reiterations in the Nordic Model
Edited by Lena Martinsson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Diana Mulinari (Lund University, Sweden) and Katarina Giritli Nygren (Mid Sweden University, Sweden)
Table of Contents:
Editorial: Gender Equality and Beyond: At the Crossroads of Neoliberalism, Anti-Gender Movements, “European” Values, and Normative Reiterations in the Nordic Model
  Katarina Giritli Nygren, Lena Martinsson and Diana Mulinari
Basic Income: The Potential for Gendered Empowerment?
Alison Koslowski and Ann-Zofie Duvander
The Traps of International Scripts: Making a Case for a Critical Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality in Development
Rahil Roodsaz and An Van Raemdonck
Gender and Struggles for Equality in Mining Resistance Movements: Performing Critique against Neoliberal Capitalism in Sweden and Greece
Angelika Sjöstedt Landén and Marianna Fotaki
A New Service Class in the Public Sector? The Role of Femonationalism in Unemployment Policies
Paula Mulinari
Women’s Coalitions beyond the Laicism–Islamism Divide in Turkey: Towards an Inclusive Struggle for Gender Equality?
Selin Çağatay
When the Personal Is Always Political: Norwegian Muslims’ Arguments for Women’s Rights
Hannah Helseth
Solidarity in Head-Scarf and Pussy Bow Blouse: Reflections on Feminist Activism and Knowledge Production
Lena Gemzöe
Feminism as Power and Resistance: An Inquiry into Different Forms of Swedish Feminist Resistance and Anti-Genderist Reactions
Mona Lilja and Evelina Johansson
“Sweden Has Been Naïve”: Nationalism, Protectionism and Securitisation in Response to the Refugee Crisis of 2015
Mathias Ericson

Is being interviewed by a local (even national) newspaper (or invited from a prestigious university to do a seminar) good for impact? No, at least not unless it leads to something else, as Prof. Gauntlett clearly explained in an article published in 2014 but still useful for those involved in projects where demonstrating the impact outside of academia is still seen as difficult. A more recent article addressing similar issues is , . (2017) Evaluating the non-academic impact of academic research: design considerations. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 39:1, pages 20-30.

Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. This occurs in many ways – through creating and sharing new knowledge and innovation; inventing groundbreaking new products, companies and jobs; developing new and improving existing public services and policy; enhancing quality of life and health; and many more” tells us the UK Research and Innovation body.

Obviously, impact is not limited to economic or commercial aspects; it can also be societal, environmental, technical, educational, or scientific, as the EU reminds us in documents that should help Consortia in preparing dissemination, communication and exploitation plans to be included in their proposals.

However, my experience as expert evaluating proposals for the EU since 1993 confirms that often the information given on these important aspects looks like a localised copy and paste of the same text, year after year.

So, looking at real examples can be useful. If you do not work in the UK, maybe you are not familiar with the Research Excellence Framework (REF) the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. In 2014, the research of 154 UK Universities was assessed, in order to understand its impact outside of academia. The results, case studies following the same template, are still available through an impact case study database, a searchable tool that makes them widely available. I researched through the key word “gender” and it has been a valuable experience.

So, if you wish to write something different in your next application, to monitor and improve the impact your research will have in policy and practice, you may get inspiration from these excellent examples. And to make the task even easier, you may download the Impact toolkit written by Helen Tilley, Louis Ball, Caroline Cassidy in March 2018. You will be guided step by step.

I hope to see the results of all these efforts in the next evaluation round…

On September 25th, a conference in Brussels has discussed women´s participation in science and research and the main challenges facing female scientists.

The conference brought together scientists, policy makers and experts to discuss conditions for women in science and the key factors behind the low representation of women in leading positions and within some scientific domains and fields of study.

It is a well-known fact that despite the fact that women represent half of the population, their representation in science, research and innovation lag behind.

On the occasion, Prof. Gülsün Sağlamer, President of Women Rectors Association (EWORA), has been interviewed on her professional experience.

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