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Call for proposals: Making space for feminism in the neo-liberal academy

FWSA and University of Strathclyde invite researchers – academic or otherwise – to submit proposals for the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) biennial conference 2017.

Making space for feminism in the neo-liberal academy

In recent years the academy has gone through massive changes, which can be attributed to the desire to internationalise, globalise and marketise higher education, implementing neo-liberal approaches and producing neo-liberal staff-student subjects. Such ideologies have led to transformations that permeate not only academic work but also shape academic trajectories, feelings and identities. The conference aims to discuss such issues by creating a forum to debate current issues surrounding the future of academia and discuss how and where feminist research is impacting practice and policy and where practices and policies are driving new research.  What pressures, tensions and failures might be felt in differently inhabiting academia?

The conference is open to researchers, practitioners, activists, policy makers and members of the public interested in discussing feminist scholarship in light of a changing educational environment in neoliberal times with the purpose of influencing the future of education.

Conference topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Feminist pedagogies, potentials and problems
  • The academic precariat: early-mid-established career trajectories
  • Gender, race and class in the academic labour market: getting in and staying in?
  • Academic freedom and failures in neoliberal times
  • Education, activism and policy futures
  • Educational (im)mobilities
  • Emotional existences into and out of academia
  • Transnational alliances, praxis and coalitions
  • Feminism and information literacy
  • Feminist digital technologies in education and/for civic engagement

Presentation types

We invite 4 main types of conference presentations: papers, workshops, performance and exhibitions, and posters.

  • Paper presentations report on empirical and/or theoretical research (20 mins +10 mins Q&A)
  • Workshops are activity based and aim to involve participation from the audience. (60 mins)
  • Performance and exhibitions including art exhibitions, installations, music, dancing or acting. The abstract should include the time required and any special requirements for space, equipment or seating arrangements.
  • Posters are limited to a maximum size of a single A0 sheet.


Proposals should be submitted to on a completed submission form by 3rd March 2017.


Postgraduate students who require funding to attend the conference should tick the appropriate box in the submission form. The reviewers’ panel will select up to 5 submissions to be awarded a conference bursary.  The selection will be based on the quality of the research submitted and its relevance to the conference.


Registration will open in May 2017.

Registration fees are inclusive of lunch, snacks and refreshments during the 3-day conference, delegate pack and 1 evening conference dinner.

  • Early Bird Registration Fee (until 30th June 2017): £230
  • Full Registration Fee(after 30th June 2017): £260
  • FWSA Members Registration Fee: £170
  • Postgraduate Students Registration Fee: £170

For more information please see:




Beyond ANU

Date posted

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute