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11th International Biennial

Gender & Education Association Conference:

Generative Feminism(s): working across/within/through borders

Middlesex University, London.

GEA is thrilled to announce that the 11th International Biennial conference will be hosted by Middlesex University and take place on the  21st-23 June 2017. 

The GEA Conference has long provided an important home for established and aspiring feminist researchers to foreground and share deep commitments and passions to addressing gender inequity across all educational contexts and spheres. The Association and the Gender & Education Journal share an overt and proud commitment to feminist modes of publishing, theorising, praxis and activism. The Association, journal and annual conferences collectively provide a key global platform for a wide network of international scholars to (continue) to inform theoretically, methodologically and empirically cutting edge debates about gender, education and culture.

The 11th GEA conference intends to build upon this tradition to create space and opportunities for a range of feminist scholars, working at disciplinary interstices, to share innovative interventions that push at generating understandings about impact – upon research, practice, pedagogy, policy and activism. Crucially, the conference also intends to inspire and support emerging gender scholars and to act as an international collaborative resource for those fighting gendered inequality in multiple ways in local contexts.

Feminist research makes a crucially important contribution to developing diverse and collaborative ways to understand gender, feminism(s), sexual identities, education and embodied experiences. The new material/affective turn in feminist research has produced a wider range of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches with which to theorise and research gender. The ‘newness’ of these exciting developments owe an enormous debt to generations of feminist scholars; the overriding aim of the conference is to recognise and celebrate the inter and intra-connections that generate such a rich feminist landscape. The conference will open up opportunities for generative, generating and generational feminist research – so that past, present and future feminist theorisations and practices of education research might coalesce. There is much to be gained from affirmatively relating across time and space – to continue to contemplate what feminist research is possible of, and what it does best: unsettle, intervene and insist upon demonstrable impacts for greater gender equity in educational policy, practical pedagogies and within communities.

With these factors in mind the theme of the conference is: Generative Feminism(s): working across/within/through borders and is inspired by the work of Gloria Anzaldua (1987, Borderlands/La Frontera); Sylvia Wynter (2015, On Being Human as Praxis) and Iris van der Tuin (2015, Generational Feminism: New Materialist Introduction to A Generative Approach). Through their work, these feminist scholars pull together the interconnectedness of creative and theoretical resistances and affordances to contemplate borders (temporal, spatial, material and disciplinary) and so grapple with fissures that persist and enfold between practice, policy, theory and activism.

The invited keynote presenters will respond to this theme with reference to their own extensive feminist educational research:

Keynote Presenters:

  • Professor Kerry Robinson (Western Sydney University, Australia);
  • Professor Farzana Shain (Keele University, UK)
  • Professor Emma Renold (Cardiff University, Wales)
  • Professor Gabrielle Ivinson (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
  • Jen Angharad (Community Dance Wales);
  • Associate Professor Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Abstract submissions

The conference invites contributions that open up generative ways to work towards broader understandings and practices in feminist educational research. As well as conventional conference papers, Keynote addresses and symposia, the conference will include opportunities for creative, arts-based contributions and practical workshops, performances and “soup kitchens” as a means to generate ways to share ideas and make connections.

We welcome submissions from feminists working across/within and through (temporal, spatial, material and disciplinary) borders to push how gender is theorized, researched and practiced with the aim of generating creative ways to reconsider what might be meant by impact – on educational practices, policies, theories and activism.

We invite proposal submissions for individual academic papers, symposia, performances, personal narratives, and artistic installations. We also welcome panels and workshops around the theme of the conference.

All submitted abstracts, panel proposals, and workshop proposals will be peer reviewed by the conference committee. Deadline for abstracts is 31st January 2017. Send submissions to: General enquiries about the conference should be sent to Dr Sundaram, GEA Executive at

For more information on keynote presenters and practical information regarding submissions, please see here; GEA Middlesex Conf

More information can also be found here

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