GEA Conference 2011

The Gender and Education Association would like to announce that the 8th International Gender and Education Conference will be held in the Graduate School of Education at Exeter University from 27th-30th April 2011.

Main Conference: Wednesday 27th April- Friday 29th April 2011

Postgraduate and Practitioner Conference Events: 30th April 2011, 9.30am-1.30pm

Conference Theme

The theme for the 2011 conference is ‘Gender and Education: Past, Present and Future’. A theme that was inspired by a special edition of the journal ‘Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education’, published in 2008. In this special edition the guest editors sought to trace the changes that have occurred in the field of gender and education in recent years, to discuss the explosion of interest that has arisen and to ‘trouble – in a generous sense – the field from the vantage point of insiders…to inquire into the state of the relationship now and to see where new possibilities may be emerging’ (Dillabough et al 2008: 302).

The conference organising committee welcome a range of papers (from a wide variety of academic disciplines, a range of theoretical backgrounds and authored by practitioners working in a number of different fields) which will seek to draw on these notions of ‘troubling’, ‘reflecting’ and ‘imagining’. Given the current interest in this field, the changes that have occurred over time and the current crossroads that some believe we are facing in the present, the conference will present scholars and practitioners alike with an exciting opportunity to ‘take stock’ of the field – to look backwards and to look forwards in order to assess what has previously constituted the field of gender and education, what is shaping it now and what it may look like in the future.

Possibilities for Presentations

Abstracts for individual papers, symposia and workshops will all be welcomed:

• Individual papers: Each parallel paper session in the conference will last for 90 minutes. There will be three scheduled presenters for each session, allowing 30 minutes for each individual paper (approximately 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion).

• Symposia: Symposia sessions will also be allocated a 90 minute time slot. Symposia organisers will be free to decide how they would like to use the time that they have available within the sessions although it is strongly recommended that plenty of time is allowed for both presentation and discussion. Submissions for symposia sessions which will last for longer than one session (i.e. that will take place across several slots in the conference) are also welcomed.

• Workshops: This year the conference programme will also allow for a small number of workshop sessions. These sessions will also be allocated a 90 minute slot, but will only take place in the afternoons on the first two days of the conference. Workshops should aim to engage a wide audience in practical activities that relate to an aspect of gender and education, research methodology or to the conference theme.

Instructions for Submission

For all individual papers you will need to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (title, personal details and references are not included in the 500 words). These should include:

– A title

– Name of the presenter(s)/author(s), institution(s)/organisation(s) at which you/they are based and email address(es)

– Description of the paper/poster (e.g. topic, research question, objective, theoretical framework)

– Methodology/methods (if relating to a specific empirical project)

– Conclusions or expected outcomes/findings

– A list of any references mentioned in the abstract

– A list of 5 key words (maximum)

Symposia submissions should include a 500 word abstract for each presenter who wishes to be included in the session (please see guidance above). Symposia submissions should also be accompanied by a further 500 word (max) abstract which will outline the aims and objectives of the session and will detail how the papers fit together under this theme.

Abstracts for workshop sessions should be a maximum of 800 words in length and should include the following information:

– Title of the workshop

– A list of all of the workshop leaders, their institution/organisation affiliations and their email addresses

– Description of the workshop (outlining the topic that it will focus on and any practical activities that will be used)

– Anticipated audience numbers (for room allocation)

– Resources that will be required (please note that this is within reason and relates to AV/presentation equipment only, all other resources will have to be provided by the workshop leaders themselves).

We recommend that you use the abstract submission form provided to help you in this process. All forms need to be sent to Alexandra Allan by 5th November 2010 at the latest.

Important Dates

• Final deadline for submission of abstracts: 5th November 2010

• Deadline for bursary application: 5th November 2010

• Intended date for feedback on abstract submissions: 7th January 2011

• Deadline for Early Bird Registration/payment of fees: 28th February 2011

• Deadline for Conference Registration/payment of fees: 31st March 2011

Conference Fees

The main conference fees will provide delegates with: access to all paper sessions, keynotes, and workshops (Wednesday to Friday), morning and afternoon refreshments, a conference pack, a buffet lunch (Wednesday to Friday), wine receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and a fork buffet on Thursday evening with entertainment. Please note that Wednesday evening is the only time when food will not be provided, this is deliberate so that delegates can explore Exeter.

The fees for the half-day postgraduate workshop and the teacher workshop will provide delegates with: a conference pack, early morning and mid-morning refreshments, access to a range of different workshop sessions. More details will be provided about these events shortly. For those students/teachers attending the main conference, this day will be free of charge – we will not charge you anything in addition to the main conference fee.

Early bird rates (payment received on or before 28th February 2011):

• Early bird fee for members (no proof required as your membership details will be checked on our own database): £290

• Early bird fee and membership to the GEA: £314

• Early bird fee for non-members: £340

Standard conference rates (payment received after 28th February 2011 and on or before 31st March 2011)

• Standard conference fee for members: (no proof required as your membership details will be checked on our own database) £320

• Standard conference fee and membership to the GEA: £344

• Standard conference fee for non-members: £370

Day delegate rates (payment to be received on or before 31st March 2011):

• Day delegate rate (members): £120 per day

• Day delegate rate and membership to the GEA: £144 per day

• Day delegate rate (non-members): £160 per day

Postgraduate/practitioner half-day workshop rates (payment to be received on or before 31st March 2011)*

• Fee for postgraduate half-day workshop or practitioner half-day workshop (members): £20

• Fee for postgraduate half-day workshop or practitioner half-day workshop and membership to the GEA: £32

• Fee for post-graduate half-day workshop or practitioner half-day workshop (non-members): £45

*Please note that postgraduates/practitioners attending the main conference will not be charged anything in addition to the main conference fees if they wish to attend this event.

To register, please visit the conference website


We will also be offering a small number of bursaries for students or presenters from low income countries (of a maximum of £200 each) to help cover some of the cost of conference fees (these will only be available to those presenting a paper at the conference). To apply for a bursary you will need to fill in the bursary application form and send it in with your abstract submission form. You will be notified about whether or not you have been successful in gaining a bursary at the time when we notify you about the success of your abstract. You will then be sent a separate conference registration form which will enable you to claim for the bursary at the same time as you pay your fees. If you are applying for the bursary as a student we will also need you to send proof of your status as a student (i.e. an official departmental letter/photocopy of your student enrolment form) at the same time as you send in your registration form in order to complete this process.


The conference will be held in the Graduate School of Education at Exeter University. The School of Education is based on the St Luke’s campus which is relatively small (only accommodating Education, Medicine and Sports Science) and self-contained – a library, several computer suites, a campus shop, two restaurants and a swimming pool and fitness centre can be found on site. The campus also houses an attractive grass quadrangle area, which contains a number of picnic benches. A small but vibrant shopping street, providing a range of other facilities (restaurants, cafes, takeaways, hairdressers, beauty salon, spar shop, delicatessen, gift shop, fishmongers, butchers and pub) is also situated just a couple of minutes away from the campus.

The campus is centrally located and is only a short ten minute walk from Exeter’s main shopping centre and the newly built Princesshay shopping/dining centre. It is also a short ten minute taxi/bus ride (approx. thirty minute walk) from two central train stations (Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central). The main bus station is a short ten/fifteen minute walk from the campus. There is a regular stagecoach bus service that goes directly between the campus, the bus station and these two train stations.

The campus can easily be reached by rail, road and air. The local airport is approximately a twenty/thirty minute drive from the campus, and is serviced by a number of taxi firms and frequent buses. Flybe is the main air service provider. This company fly to a range of European destinations (Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante, etc) and a range of UK airports (Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Newcastle). Some international flights also come into Exeter through other companies (please check the airport website). Larger nearby airports can be found in Bristol and London – Bristol is only an hour from Exeter by train (allow one hour and forty minutes from the airport) and London two and a half hours (from Paddington).

More information about travel and campus location


Please note that accommodation is not covered in the conference fees. It is the delegate’s own responsibility to find their accommodation for the conference. There are a range of hotels, hostels, and bed and breakfasts that you can book to stay in during the conference. These range from 4* luxury to more budget friendly accommodation. Many of these establishments are in close walking distance of the campus:

Jury’s Inn: a brand new 3* business hotel just a five minute walk from the campus

The Mercure Southgate Hotel: a 4* hotel ten minutes walk from campus

The Royal Clarence Hotel: a 4* hotel fifteen minutes walk from the campus

The Edwardian: a bed and breakfast just a couple of minutes from the campus

Other large hotels in the city include a Holiday Inn Express, a Premier Inn and a Thistle hotel. Smaller local hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation and a YHA hostel can also be found in the city. There are also a range of hotels available outside of the city in idyllic countryside and seaside locations. More details on accommodation will follow shortly.

6 thoughts on “GEA Conference 2011

  1. There is information about the financial support available from GEA under the heading ‘Bursaries’ in the text above.

    Hope to see you in Exeter.

  2. Is it possible to change the format of the abstract submission form from PDF to word document so that we can simply type in the necessary info and attach it to Alexandra Allan?

  3. Hi both,

    The conference fees are detailed above. Unfortunately, these do not include accomodation which delegates must arrange for themselves

    Hope that helps

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