Call for abstracts & panel proposals: Women in Asia Conference 2019 - Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism, Responding to the Challenge of Rising Populism and its Threat to Gender Inclusivity

Dates: 31 May-2 June 2019

Location: UNSW Sydney, Kensington

There is a significant populist trend in which ‘elites’ are increasingly seen as being ‘out of touch’ with ‘ordinary people’. This is manifest across the globe but includes Asia. WIAC2019 considers the role and position of women in Asia in an era of anti-elitism. A range of pressing social, economic and legal challenges face the nation-state and regional stability due to rising populism in Asia. 

WIAC 2019 seeks to:

  • generate new knowledge about the impact of changing gender norms in the context of growing support for anti-elite, conservative and fundamentalist movements. 
  • adopt an interdisciplinary, comparative and gendered approach. 
  • consider how changing gender norms intersect with populism’s appeal in Asia.
  • explore the ways that perceived threats to traditional norms of men and women’s roles and diverse expressions of gender and sexuality are fundamental to the rise in Asian populism.

For example:

  • The rise of female education and protective quotas has expanded women’s roles in politics, the medical and legal professions and businesses and unsettled the normative gender divide of domestic sphere (female) vs public sphere (male). 
  • New technologies of communication and media challenge traditional gendered power norms.
  • As women’s economic, political, technical and social power increases, men sometimes perceive themselves to be the losers of a zero-sum game.

Populism is gendered and Asia offers excellent opportunities for exploring cross-cultural, cross-religious, trans-historical evidence on this rising global phenomenon.

Panel Submissions

All conference attendees are strongly encouraged to submit a panel. The panel may be related to one of the four conference themes or may relate to another element of the broader conference theme. Please complete the form below to submit your panel for consideration.

To complete the form, you will need:

  • Panel title
  • Name of the chairperson of the panel
  • At least three presenters, including paper titles, affiliation and email contact, and abstract (max. 200 words).

Click here for panel submission form. Panel submissions close 31 October 2018.

Paper Submissions

If you do not have a panel organized, you are welcome to submit a single paper abstract (max. 200 words). 

Papers may relate to one of the four conference themes or may relate to another element focussing on Women in Asia. 

Click here for paper submission form.  Panel submissions close 31 October 2018.

For more information see here.





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Date posted

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

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