Event and CFP: Achieving Gender Equality in the Academy: Intersections, Interrogations and Practices

Call for Papers (via BSA Religion study group)

Achieving Gender Equality in the Academy: Intersections, Interrogations and Practices

Abstracts of 150 words are invited by 1 August 2014 to:

Dr Abby Day (A.F.Day@kent.ac.uk) and

Dr Sonya Sharma (sonya.sharma@kingston.ac.uk)


The symposium is organised by Socrel, the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group. Last year’s symposium was over-subscribed and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

Venue: BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

Date:  Saturday 4 October 2014

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Keynote speakers:  Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London; Professor Helen Beebee, Philosophy, University of Manchester

In response to a recent report on issues of gender and women’s career progression within the disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies (www.trs.ac.uk), this symposium aims to not only explore issues of gender particular to these disciplines, but also those that were raised in the report that affect women across disciplines within the academy.

Achieving gender equality is a continuing concern in both society and academia. Many women are attracted to a career in higher education because of its autonomy, collaboration and intellectual rewards. In light of the much welcomed and recent efforts by academics and administrators, universities have been slow to institutionalise gender equality. In recent studies that address issues of gender in the academy, particularly within the humanities and STEM subjects, women scholars, at varying stages of their careers continue to encounter an environment where they are in the minority among men, confront the difficulties of balancing caring responsibilities with the demands of academia, and where they experience bullying and challenges to promotion. Importantly, religion, race and class have also impacted on women’s experiences in the academy, resulting in multiple forms of inclusion and exclusion.

As such, women’s experiences of higher education have demonstrated both the rewards and costs of pursuing a career in academia. The aim of the symposium is to discuss and interrogate how these issues are being addressed, experienced and resisted in academic spaces. Some of the questions we hope to explore on the day are: how do religion, race and class interact with gender to affect women’s experiences of the academy? How is gender inequality resisted in everyday academic life? How is gender equality being taught? What are students’ experiences of gender inequality amongst the student body and/or with staff? What equality and diversity initiatives are being instituted to shift academic cultures? We welcome women at all stages of their career. We welcome papers that provide intersectional analyses of gender, along with working and outline papers based not only on research but also reflexive accounts based on personal experience.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

-Religion and gender in the academy

-Gender in the curriculum

-Women’s experiences of gender in/equality

-Lived experiences

-Intersectional analyses and approaches

-Career progression

-Power, resistance and change in institutional contexts

-Feminism in the academy

-Researching gender in/equality

-Racialised and classed experiences of gender in the academy

The day will be highly participative and engaged. The symposium will be organised as a single stream so that the day is as much about discussion as it is about presentation. We invite individual papers that are 10 minutes in length and roundtable formats that consist of short papers, all with the aim to encourage interaction and sharing of knowledges and accounts.

Papers are invited from students, educators, and researchers in the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, geography, theology, history, philosophy, psychology, political science and religious studies. We hope to attract presentations of sufficient quality to lead to an edited publication.

Costs: £36.00 for BSA members; £41 for Socrel members; £46.00 for non-members; £15 for BSA Postgraduate members; £20.00 for Socrel Postgraduate members; £25.00 for Postgraduate non-members.



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