Call for papers for a book project: Gender Studies and Gender Research in Times of the New Governance of Science
The science system and especially universities are deemed highly important and are simultaneously contested: as production sites of useful and utilisable societal knowledge and as monopolized institutions for the acquirement and the allocation of academic qualifications, scientific organizations are crucial for late modern knowledge societies and obtained an outstanding position in the context of globalisation and internationalisation. Since several years, higher education and scientific organisations are challenged by new governance strategies, which go hand in hand with marketization, the introduction of managerialist tools like rankings and the demand for scientific excellence.
A high potential for innovation has been attributed to gender studies and research by the discipline itself, and in the rhetoric of science policy. This potential includes content-related as well as organizational-cultural and -structural impulses for the science system and for societal or political actions. At the same time, the field of gender studies and research has been feminized since its beginning in modern Western societies; on all levels, mainly women are engaged in this field. Accordingly, the development and promotion of gender studies and research has always had a twofold meaning: supporting the implementation of gender equality for women and promoting the development of the science concerning contents, theories, methodologies and related organizational and cultural structures in higher education and research.
In the light of the new governance of science with its output orientation and related management tools, the analyses of organizational cultures and structures in higher education and research are a main starting point to foster the potential for innovation in gender studies and gender research. Thereby, i. a. the following questions need to be answered:
These questions will be discussed in the context of the planned book publication. Furthermore, current debates concerning the development of higher education and science, public research funding, career opportunities and strategies for new generations of scientists as well as the dialogue between academia and social practice should be considered.
We welcome proposals for scientific papers, in particular those concerning the following questions:
Both theoretical, as well as empirical, submissions concerning these questions are welcomed.
Please send your abstract (with a length of 300-500 words about the topic, objectives and research questions plus, if applicable, the empirical background of the paper) in form of a word- or pdf-document until April 11th, 2016, via e-mail to the editor Prof. Dr. Heike Kahlert (email@example.com).
You will be informed about the acceptance of your paper proposal until May 6th, 2016.
The final papers (with a length of 6.000-8.000 words) have to be submitted until September 15th, 2016. The final decision about publication will depend on the results of peer review.
Call for papers is attached below.