Conference: „Post-socialism, neo-liberalism – old and new gendered societies and policies“, 22nd-24th May 2009, Szeged-Timisoara, Hungary-Romania

This conference will be held in the year marking the 20th anniversary of the East Central European political changes of 1989. In the past two decades the region has hosted international conferences on the post-socialist transition that were organised by and for feminist scholars of different disciplines. Reflecting the marginal position of gender studies within human geography in the post-socialist countries, Eastern and Central European feminist geographers had very low visibility in these dis-cussions. For them the most helpful supporters are feminist sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists etc. and feminist geographers living outside of post-socialist Europe. The former groups of social scientists are dealing already with the question whether post-socialism is still a relevant category for research partly because of the strengthening process of neo-liberalisation that is also attracting the interest of geographers. Thus, it is time to put on the agenda comparing the similarities and differences in the systems of post-socialism and neo-liberalism through the prism of ‚gender‘.
The primary aim of this interdisciplinary conference is:
1) to provide a platform for critical evaluation of post-socialism and neo-liberalism from feminist perspectives
2) understanding women’s and men’s everyday experiences, and
3) revealing the particular geographies of the gender dimensions of these ‚models‘.
Papers are invited on the following basic themes:
The impact of political economic trends (e.g. economic restructuring, privatisation, ‚roll-back’/ ‚roll-out‘ of state, the changing access to resources, decreasing income and employment security) on women’s/ men’s lives in public and private spaces and different places; The effects of (post-)socialist/ neo-liberal ideologies, cultural as well as identity politics, and cultural conceptions of femininity and masculinity on gender identities, women’s/ men’s symbolic and material spaces and their everyday lives; Spaces of participation and resistance under neo-liberalism/ post-socialism (e.g. struggles to guarantee social reproduction, women’s social networks, movements, and alternatives to neo-liberalism).
A discussion with gender activists at APoWeR will be organized in Timisoara.
The meeting will focus on gender issues that are part of the Romanian post-socialist society and the experience of this NGO in coping with those issues. The conference will be held in Szeged (the opening plenary, and the sessions on 22nd – 23rd May) and Timisoara (closing plenary and the discussion with gender activists on 24th May). Fee: 125,- EUR.
More Details are available here (PDF)

(exhausted) Deadline: February 1st, 2009. Contact: Judit Timár (Hungary), phone: +36(0)66 – 441 801, 328 577, email:; Sorina Voiculescu (Romania), email:

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