Excellence and Gender Equality: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Presenter/s: Professor Michèle Lamont; Professor Frank Dobbin; Professor Alison Wylie; Dr Claire Donovan; Associate Professor Yannik Thiem

Event type: Signature event

Event date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, 28 June 2019 - 4:00pm

Event series: Gender Institute Signature Event

Event venue: Theatrette (2:02) Ground Floor, Sir Roland Wilson Building, 120 McCoy Circuit, ANU


Australian National University | 26-28 June 2019

Registration closes Thursday 20 June 2019.

This conference explores the intersection of gender equality and academic evaluation of excellence, with a specific focus on the Humanities and Social Science (HASS) disciplines. It will investigate the increasingly accepted claim that genuine research excellence requires an equity component. As initiatives such as the UK’s Athena Swan programme start to bring change via research management strategies and incentives, the conference will assess the values and presuppositions that are shaping such interventions.

While the connection between gender equality and excellence is becoming established in higher education, the specific issues faced by HASS disciplines have rarely been discussed. STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) disciplines have appeared as the priority for attention and lend themselves to a ‘business case’ for changing institutions. Are STEMM disciplines implicitly taken as providing the paradigm of knowledge in the research context, and how does this generate assumptions that shape approaches to gender equality?  

Papers at the conference explore a wide range of questions of interest to all concerned with gender equality in universities. What kind of diversity initiatives are effective? Do new equality and diversity discourses cover over rather than address crucial issues of power and authority? How can the contribution of critical feminist scholarship within HASS disciplines be brought into relation with the new gender equality discourses? And do generic accounts of excellence and gender equality downplay the significance of specific and conflicted histories of gender relations in the formation of disciplinary knowledge and standards?

Please register for the conference via the link.

For more information on the event please contact Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins (fiona.jenkins@anu.edu.au)

This conference would not be possible without the support of the College of Arts and Social Science, and the School of Philosophy, ANU


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