CfP: Social Change in a Feminist Perspective: Situating Gender Research in Times of Political Contention (11th European Feminist Research Conference, 06/2022, Milano); by: 21.11.2021

ATGENDER – The European Association for Gender Research (Web)

Time: 15.-18.06.2022
Venue: University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Proposals by: 21.11.2021

The contribution of feminist, transfeminist and lgbtqia+ reflections – thanks to their intersectional perspective – is capable to enrich and invest the central themes of social transformations, offering spaces for new alliances in cultural and political struggles. Additionally, social change is a complex enterprise that can be approached only through a multidisciplinary and intersectional prism, and feminisms teach us precisely how to combine different approaches, methodologies and practices to understand such complexity and to produce change.

The current pandemic crisis is bringing to light the unsustainable and deadly contradictions of the socio-economic and environmental system in which we live, both at the global and at the local level. Around us we see polarized responses: heightened individualism, a refuge in populisms, new policies of control of bodies, borders and territories, attacks on rights and delegitimization of social justice demands, backlash in the cultural and social – but also self-organized solidarity and mutualism from below, and a widespread rethinking of existential and collective priorities. In this situation, which responses can be advanced from feminist and intersectional standpoints?

In the current highly mediated context who / from where / through which languages participate in the production of knowledge that contributes to shaping livable spaces? What does it mean to imagine, to enact and to analyse „social change“ from a feminist perspective?

How does a feminist social and political agenda look like, in a time of growing inequalities, of dramatic environmental crisis, and of general backlash on sexual and reproductive rights? What are the new struggles which feminist knowledge has to face, and which methods are more suitable to confront them?

A wide range of research topics and methodologies can be addressed under the broad theme of a critical approach to social change. We invite contributions from any discipline and are open to a diverse array of feminist, intersectional, gender, queer and postcolonial approaches.

There are ten thematic streams with individual Call for Papers. More information to each stream can be found on the website (Web)

The organizers kindly ask you to submit your abstract to one of the following streams:

  1. Migrations and Mobilities from a Feminist, Queer and Intersectional Perspective
  2. Feminist and lgbtqia+ struggles: legacies and strategies, memories and visions
  3. Critiques and strategies of mediation, representation, and digital technologies
  4. Feminist Art, Technological Practices, Literature, New Materialism, Posthumanities
  5. Affect, Emotion, Feeling, Mood
  6. Feminist Epistemologies and Methodologies
  7.  Toward New Forms of Feminist Pedagogy? Trends, Interpretations and Available Resources
  8. Intersectional Perspectives on Health, Care, Vulnerabilities and Violence
  9. Life Courses and Generations in a Feminist and Intersectional Perspective
  10. Citizenship, Nationalism(s) and Racism(s)

For more information and to submit your abstract, please visit our website:

Deadline for abstract submission: 21 November 2021

Keynote Speakers

  • Carmen Leccardi Jasbir Puar, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy Rutgers University, USA
  • The names of the other keynotes will be shared soon.

Source: Female-l