12.09.2017

Workshops in English – Call for papers

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Abstracts (250–300 words) for oral workshop presentations should be sent no later than 7.9.2017 to the workshop coordinators by email.
  • Please include the title of your presentations, your name, email address and university or other institutional affiliation.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified 9.10.2017.
The language of the workshop may be Finnish, English or both (please look at the workshop description). Given the multilingual nature of the conference, we strongly encourage all participants to use presentation slides and other visual aids in order to allow participants to follow presentation argumentation as easily as possible. Comments and questions may be in either Finnish, Swedish or English.
Workshop (number 39) has scheduled papers already. Please do not send an abstract to this workshops. If needed contact information for workshop coordinators can be found in the description.
Feminist Colour-In (number 37) is open for all  (limited 30 participants)

List of all proposed workshops (working language English):

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10. Boys and Boyhoods from Past to Present and Future

Languages of the Workshop: English and Finnish

Workshop Coordinators:
PhD Tuija Huuki, University of Oulu
MA Lauri Julkunen, University of Jyväskylä
PhD  Antti Kivijärvi, The Finnish youth Research Society
PhD Harry Lunabba, University of Helsinki

Description
Societal debates over boys have been loaded with anxieties for several decades.  “Troubled boys” have been depicted as a uniform group struggling to keep pace with rapidly evolving society. The discourses of anxiety often disregard the many internal divisions among boys. Boys differ according to their class status, place of residence, ethnicity, gender identity or sexuality, among other issues. Moreover, inherent in the anxieties is the ignorance of the fact that men still hold most of the key positions in political and economic spheres of society. The working group will scrutinize boys and boyhood from more multifaceted perspectives by paying attention to diverse ways of being and acting as a boy in different eras.

The aim of the session is to examine the life of people categorized as boys or people who identify as boys, boy cultures, definitions of boyhood through different times, and institutional boyhoods in different eras. The notion of boyhood covers the span from early childhood to emerging adulthood. Both empirical and theoretical presentations from a wide spectrum of disciplines are welcomed. Presentations can draw for example from the following thematic questions:

  • In what ways do societal categories such as gender, class, sexuality, religion, locality, history, age, ethnicity, or ability shape or enable the construction of (alternative) boyhoods?
  • What types of links are there between past phenomena and boyhoods in current society?
  • How have boyhoods or conceptions about being a boy changed/endured through history?
  • What are the current and future boundaries for constructing and performing masculinities?
  • Through what kind of theoretical and methodological approaches and with what kind of research data can boys and boyhoods be studied and understood?

Please send your abstract to:
tuija.huuki[at]oulu.fi

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13. Theories, Tools and Futures of Activisms

Languages of the Workshop: English and Finnish. You are also welcome to give your presentation in Swedish.

Coordinators:
Sari Irni, University of Turku
Luca Tainio, University of Tampere

Description:
This workshop concentrates on the state and srategies of different types of activisms in Finland and elsewhere, for example, antiracist, feminist, anarchist, queer, trans, disability, environmental, climate, animal rights and food activisms. The workshop is open to different reflections on practices and strategies committed to opposing inequality and unjust power relations, concerning for example, the following questions: How can feminist, antiracist, queer, trans or other critical and creative theory and scholarship inspire activism? Do theoretical approaches to gender (or other theories) sometimes work against activism, and how can such antagonisms and problems be dealt with? How can scholarship on activism do justice to the activists’ viewpoints and experiences? Can we talk about activism as ”multisolidarity”, as proposed by Tiina Rosenberg? What can activists focusing on different struggles learn from each other? What can academic research learn from activisms? What are the most effective strategies in terms of social media? Activisms in our times, activisms before our times? Activist generations? What are the challenges and sore points of activisms in our times? Do activisms sometimes generate or maintain inequality? Publicity gained by activists, and the practices of mass media, police or other actors relevant for activists? Boundary-making concerning the permissible, prohibited, and viable strategies and practices in activism? How to combine research and activism?

We welcome to the workshop people who combine or ponder activism and research in a variety of ways: for example, people who do primarily research but who consider activism important; people, who concentrate mostly on activism but are also interested in reflecting their stategies in relation to research and/or discussing with researchers; and people who in their own work combine research and activism.

Please send your abstract at the same time to:
sari.irni[at]utu.fi
tainio.luca.m[at]student.uta.fi

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28. Tackling with Temporalities, Cultures and Locations of ’Gender’ and 'Development': From Global Sisterhood to Queer Dystopias

Language of the Workshop: English

Workshop Coordinators:
PhD Marjaana Jauhola, University of Helsinki
Coordinator Johanna Kivimäki, UniPID, University of Jyväskylä
PhD Tiina Kontinen, University of Jyväskylä
Prof. Elina Oinas,University of Helsinki

Invited Speaker: akshay khanna, Independent Scholar

Description
This panel discusses historical changes and continuities in research, social movements, activism, policies and intervention practices regarding two highly problematized concepts, ‘gender’ and ‘development’. ’Gender’ appears regularly in policies of international development, and according to the vocabulary of the industry it should be mainstreamed in any development program. Development initiatives are implemented under the banner of ’gender’ across the globe. At the same time, growing criticism appear towards these policy goals, for one from feminist academic and theoretical debates, but even more so from the perspectives of feminist, queer and women’s activism and solidarity. Each of these have raised questions of exclusions and inclusions that using ‘gender’ may potentially entail, such as Eurocentrism, biopolitics and neoliberal governmentality, and binary and heteronormative assumptions of gender and sexuality, just to name a few. The ‘global South’ has appeared as an imagined geographical space where such intensive development work and social mobilising around gender has been conducted under homogenizing titles such "Women in Development", the UN Conventions and processes, the International Women’s Year, or international LBGTIQ movements. Simultaneously, increasing hostility,  anti-women, or anti-feminist sentiments – articulated by different actors such as the state/government, social and religious movements - question the agenda of tackling gendered forms of oppression and inequality. Further, development practitioners struggle with one-size fits all ‘gender’ programmes and with multiple temporalities of anticipated and actual social change, whereas the post- and antidevelopment movements abandon the very idea of development.

The panel invites papers that discuss the changing landscape of the gender in/and/against development apparatus, or alternatives beyond it, and explore critically the significance of and changes in meaning of gender in policies, practices of ‘gendering’ development and development research. We also welcome research on activism that goes against or beyond the development paradigm, small-scale local projects, and international women’s movements and networks.

Please send your abstract at the same time to:
johanna.kivimaki[at]jyu.fi
tiina.t.kontinen[at]jyu.fi

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30. Gender Issues in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education

Languages of the Workshop: English and Finnish

Coordinators:
Ph.D. Marja Kokkonen,University of Jyväskylä
MSc Anna Kavoura, University of Jyväskylä

Description:
This workshop focuses on gender issues in sport, exercise, and physical education. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, we aim to explore the constitutive role that gender plays in: (1) shaping sporting people’s experiences and identities, and (2) regulating the distribution of power in sporting and physical cultures (e.g. the levels of access to various sporting environments, positions, and resources), and in physical education.

We welcome presentations from various disciplines that investigate gender in relation to sport, exercise, and physical education, as well as the intersection of other overlapping systems of discrimination, such as race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, and physical appearance.

The topics of the papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender dynamics, hierarchies, and barriers in sporting and physical cultures
  • Exclusive/discriminatory practices in sport and exercise
  • Gendered language and discourses and the reproduction of gender stereotypes
  • Media coverage and sexualization
  • Gender and embodiment
  • Positive/inclusive practices and the implementation of sport-specific equality promoting legislation
  • Gender in coach education and physical education teacher education

Please send your abstract to:
Marja.Kokkonen[at]jyu.fi

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31. Feminist and Posthumanist Worldings of Science Fact and Fiction in the Anthropocene

Language of the Workshop: English

Coordinators:
PhD Sanna Karkulehto, University of Jyväskylä
PhD Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, University of Jyväskylä

Description
According to Donna Haraway in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, “It matters which stories tell stories, which concepts think concepts. Mathematically, visually, and narratively, it matters which figures figure figures, which systems systemize systems.” She reminds that, in the era of the Anthropocene it is time for the humans to think, to conceptualize and systemize, and to tell stories and fabulate – to create speculative worldings in both science fiction and fact – in order to figure out how to live ethically with all the nonhuman critters that the world is shared with. Indeed, Haraway argues that “multispecies ecojustice” requires feminists to “exercise leadership in imagination, theory, and action to unravel the ties of both genealogy and kin, kin and species.” The aim of this workshop is to tackle this serious mission. The questions concerning human–nonhuman relations and environmental issues become more pressing by the day, as humankind continues to affect the world more than ever before. The ethical questions surrounding, for instance, climate preservation, species extinction and animal rights as well as the increasingly technology-infested world have inspired artists and scholars of different fields to opt for a concept of the posthuman, and the theory of posthumanism, which questions the human-centered views of humanist thought.

We invite both artists and scholars to present their papers on, for example the following topics:

  • Speculative fabulations/worldings in fiction and art (e.g. bioart), (feminist) science fiction and fantasy
  • Animal studies, ecofeminism and ecocriticism
  • Feminist posthumanism, feminist imaginations of science and fiction
  • Biopower and bioethics, sustainable futures
  • Queer futures, queer disability studies, queer death studies

Please send your abstract at the same time to:
sanna.j.karkulehto[at]jyu.fi
aino-kaisa.koistinen[jyu.fi]

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32. Gender, Language and the Shifting Rationalities of Work

Language of the Workshop: English

Coordinators:
PhD Kati Dlaske,University of Jyväskylä
PhD  Riikka Nissi. University of Jyväskylä

Description
This panel explores the interconnectedness of gender and language in contemporary working life. In previous research, these connections have been examined in critical sociolinguistics and discourse studies in particular (e.g. Cameron 2000; Inoue 2007; Woydack & Rampton 2016). In Finland, recent studies have interrogated the role of interaction in present-day professional contexts (see Parviainen et al. 2016). However, the empirical focus on language use has remained in the background. The papers of this panel focus especially on the different ways in which language and other semiotic resources, such as embodied practices, the use of space and materiality, contribute to implementing and producing new orders of work in which gendered bodies with their intersectional dimensions are placed, mobilized and positioned. Besides the investigation of the use of semiotic resources, the papers trace their broader connections: What rationalities and logics do these processes and practices follow, what conditions are they embedded in, what implications and consequences do they bring about? The panel welcomes all contributions focusing on the nexus of gender, language and the shifting rationalities of work ranging from routine production and service industries to knowledge work and new forms creative labour.

Please send your abstract to:
kati.dlaske[at]jyu.fi

Cameron, D. 2000. Styling the worker: Gender and the commodification of language in the globalized service economy.  Journal of Sociolinguistics 4(3). 323–347.
Inoue, M. 2007. Language and gender in an age of neoliberalism. Gender & Language 1(1). 79−92.
Parviainen, J., Kinnunen, T. & Kortelainen, I. (2016) (toim.). Ruumiillisuus ja työelämä. Työruumis jälkiteollisessa taloudessa. Tampere: Vastapaino.
Woydack, J. & Rampton B. 2016. Text trajectories in a multilingual call centre: The linguistic ethnography of a calling script. Language in Society 45(5). 709−732.

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33. Genders and Working Life at Different Phases of Life

Language of the Workshop: English

Workshop Coordinators:
PhD Charlotta Niemistö, Hanken School of Economics
PhD Tytti Steel, University of Helsinki
PhD Annamari Tuori, Hanken School of Economics

Chairs are all researchers in the AF (SRC) funded project Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life: Policies, Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland (WeAll)

Description
Key words: gender, age, working life, phases of life

How is gender entangled with work in different life phases? How is this affected by different cultural, organizational and temporal contexts? What can we learn about changing relations between gender, working life and/or non-work in the past, present and future? We invite conceptual and empirical papers examining interconnections between life and career phases, gender, age and other intersectionalities. We encourage interdisciplinary contributions, new approaches, diverse perspectives. The workshop is open for research on different temporal and spatial contexts. Topics may include but are not restricted to:

  • Intersectionalities in terms of gender and age in working life
  • Changes over time in relations between gender and working life
  • Changing care responsibilities during different phases of life
  • Age, gender and coping at work
  • Temporal changes of human and social sustainability in working life
  • Temporal changes in careers
Please send your abstract at the same time to:
charlotta.niemisto[at]hanken.fi
tytti.steel[at]helsinki.fi

annamari.tuori[at]hanken.fi

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34, Genders through Times in Historical Sources

Language of the Workshop: English

Workshop Coordinators:
PhD Sofia Kotilainen ,University of Jyväskylä
PhD Pirita Frigren, University of Jyväskylä

Description
This panel seeks to bring together papers which work on historical sources and consider genders as historically constituted concepts. The panel is not restricted to analysis of historical research but welcomes all papers based on past sources. What is historical knowledge on gender? What is the significance of sources and methods that researchers choose to analyze?  With these questions we aim at generating comparative discussion around making of feminine and masculine ideals, how they are defined, produced, manifested, and reproduced but also challenged and contested in the long run in different social, cultural and historical contexts. We are also interested in explorations on men’s and women’s roles in various phenomena and in long roots of present ways of organizing gender. By highlighting the concept of intersectionality we call for discussion on other factors that need to be taken in the consideration in addition to gender.

Papers of the session can be presented in English, Swedish or Finnish. We reserve possibility to extend the session to double workshop according to organizers’ degree and schedules. We call for papers proposals no more than 150-300 words which should be submitted by the deadline date given by the conference organizers.  We also aim at circulating working papers before the conference.

Please send your abstract to:
pirita.frigren[at]jyu.fi

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36. Politics of Masculinity and/or Femininity in Different Times and Places

Language of the Workshop: English

Workshop Coordinator:
Ph.D Eira Juntti, University of Jyväskylä

Description:
The group provides a forum of discussion for both historians and social scientists researching the politics of masculinity and/or femininity, together or separately, or the politics around gender in general, in different historical times and places. Your focus can be on representations, both visual (e.g. visual images in art, film, advertisement) and textual (representation in literature or other texts, such as newspapers, political manifestos, policy documents, etc.), discourses, or rhetorics of masculinities and/or femininities. How do these representations/discourses/rhetorics of masculinity and/or femininity align with different political ideologies, how are they used by these ideologies – to further what kinds of aims – and how are they connected to larger social, political, and economic changes in society? Furthermore, how does gender intersect with race, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality in these representations/discourses/rhetorics.

Participants are expected to give an oral presentation on their topic. If you wish, you may also submit a paper in advance and it can be distributed to other participants for comments.

Please send your abstract to:
eira.juntti[at]gmail.com

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37. Feminist Colour-IN: A Practice-Based Workshop (open for all, no abstract needed)

Language of the Workshop: English

Co-convenors of the workshop:
Dr Kim Donaldson, kimd@unimelb.edu.au
Dr Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, kkontturi@unimelb.edu.au

The Feminist Colour-IN is a pedagogical concept that combines a form of activism that spreads knowledge about feminist art as it studies colouring-in as an embodied and material technique of learning and archiving. The idea is to colour-in designs based on local feminist artists’ work while listening and attending to the feminist talks and presentations given at the conference. Like recent studies on doodling, we suggest that colouring-in can provide a more direct way of focusing on what is presented than the traditional method of writing notes, for example: it is a way of flowing and following rather than one of distanced reflection.

As the workshop participants colour in their chosen designs, they learn about the work of Finnish feminist artists and the themes, patterns and movements important to their practice. At the ‘colour-in’ colouring becomes a rhythmical and embodied technique of not only producing knowledge but also materialising it and incorporating it into the participating bodies. Through the act of colouring the participants become part of a moving yet rooted feminist visual-material archive that they are co-creating – in new, vibrant colours. This practice re-visits the tradition of feminist consciousness-raising by proposing a quiet, relational, embodied mode of activism that speaks through its colours and lines. The workshop also offers an alternative mode of conferencing, critical of neoliberal academia focused on individual achievements and highly articulated verbal expression.

The workshop consists of three parts:

  1. A short introductory session (30 minutes) outlining the project. Designs for colouring-in and pencils will be distributed.
  2. The colouring-in activity occurs throughout the conference with participants colouring-in during the panels and keynotes that they attend.
  3. A concluding reflective session of approximately 1½ hours where participants share their coloured-in works and thoughts on the process.

Maximum participants 30

Please email conveners to register:
kimd@unimelb.edu.au
kkontturi@unimelb.edu.au

Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia
New Materialism Action COST IS1307

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39. Trade, Business and Gender during the Early Modern Period (closed)

Language of the Workshop: English

Workshop Coordinator:
PhD Maija Ojala, University of Tampere

Description
This session sheds a light to transregional and transnational family networks and discuss spatiality. Trade and commerce are fields that are often perceived as something manly and masculine. Even though in present day Western societies businesswomen and female company leaders are commonplace the “traditional perceptions” sit tight. This session focuses on Early Modern entrepreneurs: what role did masculinity/femininity play in the world of business? How were gender roles constructed and challenged and what effect it had on commercial activities? The temporal framework of the papers reach from the sixteenth century till the eighteenth century providing a long-term perspective to gendered patterns of trade and business. The historical perspective provided in the papers offers one fruitful way to examine how the notions of gender in relation to economics, trade culture and family have changed trough time.

Papers

  • Heather Dalton (University of Malbourne):
    The merchant’s daughter, the merchant’s wife: a woman's place in early modern trading families (16th century)
  • Ulla Ijäs (University of Helsinki):
    The transnational Hackman family (18th century)
  • Katie Barclay (University of Adelaide and University of Aarhuus):
    Travelling for work: marriage and mobility in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Scotland

 Contact information:
 mapeoj[at]gmail.com

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