GEXcel Fellowships for Scholars
Research Theme 10: Love in Our Time – A Question for Feminism
Application Deadline15 December 2009
Örebro University and Linköpings University of Sweden are pleased to announce the continuation of the five-year project supported to establish a Centre of Gender Excellence–Gendering Excellence (GEXcel): Towards a European Centre of Excellence in Transnational and Transdisciplinary Studies of Changing Gender Relations, Intersectionalities and Embodiment. With support from the Swedish Research Council GEXcel is carrying out new research as part of its development of a more permanent Sweden-based European Collegium for Advanced Transnational and Transdisciplinary Gender Studies.
A Visiting Fellows Programme has been organized to attract scholars from Sweden and abroad with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, who will carry out thematically organized, joint gender research, under the direction of one of the six professors in Sweden who are responsible for the programme and working in collaboration with invited senior researchers.
In 2010, one research theme will be “Love in Our Time – A Question for Feminism,” directed by Anna G. Jónasdóttir Continue reading →
Call for Papers for a proposed edited book on Feminism and Migration: Cross-Cultural Engagements
While feminization of migration is fairly recognized in contemporary migration discourse, the relationship between feminism and migration is not. The advancement of women through migration needs to be explored in the light of the increasing mobility of people across borders, both internal and international. The empowerment of (im) migrant women through the exercise of personal agency, collective action amongst diverse groups of women including First Nations/indigenous communities, and other ways to coalesce with mainstream women’s organizations to achieve common goals remains marginal in national discourses. More so, current trends in feminism(s) are still rooted in divisive categories such as race, class, and sexuality.
This collection aims to highlight the often ignored intersection between feminism and migration that occur along multiple sites of engagement. It will address the major question, “does migration contribute to advance feminism?” In particular, what are the existing practices of cross-cultural collaboration amongst diverse groups of women? To what extent does the “personal is political” experiential paradigm contribute to the potential involvement of immigrant/migrant women in certain modes of “feminist action”? Possible answers to these questions are encouraged from scholars and practitioners. Continue reading →
The language of citizenship has, in recent years, been mobilized by feminists to articulate a wide range of claims and demands. The notions of economic, political, social, cultural, sexual/ bodily, and intimate citizenship, for example, have all been developed and explored in terms of their normative potential and their actual realization.
In Europe, in particular, there has been a strong steer from research funders and policy makers towards research agendas which address the question of citizenship in the context of increasingly diverse and multicultural societies. But, can the concept of citizenship encompass the transformations that feminist politics seek? What are the restrictions and exclusions of contemporary forms and practices of citizenship? How does the concept of citizenship deal with power, inequality, and difference? What are the problems with framing our desires and visions for the future in terms of citizenship in a globalizing world of migration, mobility, armed conflict, economic crisis and climate change? Does the concept of citizenship restrict our imaginations and limit our horizons within nation-state formations? Can it ever really grasp the complexity of our real and longed-for attachments to communities, networks, friends and loved ones? Is it able to embrace the politics of embodiment and of our relationships with the non-human world? How have feminists historically and cross-culturally imagined and prefigured a world beyond citizenship? Is a feminist, queer or global citizenship thinkable, or should we find a new language for new forms of belonging? Continue reading →
The editors of ‚thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture‘ invite submissions for our forthcoming issue, „Audacity of Hope?“ We are seeking submissions that critically engage with the notion of hope as it was used by a diverse assortment of constituents in the 2008 American presidential election. As a key theme in Barack Obama’s campaign (and his book ‚Audacity of Hope‘), the term evokes the possibility of transformational change. How does this version/vision of hope frame debates about gender and equity issues, struggles for equality and the recognition of difference? To what extent has the ‚hope‘ agenda impacted on politics, policy and popular media during Obama’s presidency to date? This issue invites contributions that consider:
- Obama’s first months as president and the hope and/or reality of social change; the catchphrase ‚yes we can‘ and its appropriation, as well as what it might mean in terms of gender, race, sexuality and other parameters of difference; that controversial Ms. cover and discussions of Obama as a ‚feminist savior‘.
- the global currency of Obama’s hope rhetoric (i.e. Cairo speech); hope for policy and social change around issues such as abortion (the possibility or desirability of a „Common Ground“ approach, the global gag rule), health care, economic equality; the hope of LGBTQ people in the Obama campaign and subsequent disillusionment (i.e. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the brief defending DOMA);
- the opposite of hope: despair, disillusionment, cynicism; critical responses to the USA’s embrace of hope and its global implications; Continue reading →
Call for participation: one-day GEXcel Symposium:“Distinctions and Authority: Specifying and Contextualizing the Orders of Distinction and the Recognition of Authority“. Deadline for registration: September 1, 2009.
A one-day symposium on“Distinctions and Authority: Specifying and Contextualizing the Orders of Distinction and the Recognition of Authority“ will be held on October 8-9 2009, at T Building, Linköping University (Sweden). The event is organized as part of GEXcel Theme 3: Distinctions and Authorization (for more details on Theme 3).
The emerging new global division of labor is both gendered and based on ethnic divisions. It is also creating new class structures which are complicated by regional difference and educational stratification, as well as the gender division of labor and migration. This development coincides with the tertiarization of work and new employment arrangements that could be connected with the shift in power relations between socioeconomic groups.
This development calls for a more intensive discussion of the new distinctions or social categories of various kinds and how to study them simultaneously. The analytical value of the gender concept has increasingly been problematized in gender research and debate. Today this relativizing may be said to have reached new depths in the call for Continue reading →