CALL FOR PAPERS
Gender Workshop 2005 - Theories and Methods of and for Gender Studies
International University Bremen
April 29-30, 2005
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the second Gender Workshop
at International University Bremen, which will take place on April 29-30,
2005. The Gender Workshop is a multidisciplinary conference that aims to
introduce and align ways of seeing and negotiating gender as an analytical
category in various academic fields and paradigms. The term workshop is
chosen to stress our wish to offer a forum for lively discussions and active
exchange. The workshop brings together scholars from a broad range of
interests and offers talks and discussions on theoretical and methodological
issues of gender studies and gender theory from both the perspective of
traditional academic disciplines and interdisciplinary angles.
The First Gender Workshop took place at International University Bremen in
February 2004. Presentations at the Gender Workshop 2004 covered a variety
of fields, such as, development and institutionalization of Women�s and
Gender Studies in Germany, China and post-Soviet countries; gender theories
and empirical studies in psychology; gender, nationalism and migration;
gender, genre and (trans)gender formations in literature; construction of
gender in historical discourses; gender representations in visual arts and
movies. The workshop provided an opportunity to introduce and discuss the
many ways gender can be approached in different fields of research. Selected
papers of the Gender Workshop 2004 will be published early 2005 in a special
volume titled Negotiating Space for Gender Studies: Frameworks and
Applications by Peter Lang Publishings.
The many fields that participated in the first Gender Workshop shall by no
means restrict the choice of fields that will participate in the second one.
They are, however, listed above in order convey the versatility and variety
of fields that the workshop is based upon. The Gender Workshop 2005 will
follow the conceptual multidisciplinary framework of the first conference
and continue discussing the different ways of studying gender as an
analytical category in different academic fields. Special attention will be
given to the applicability, correspondence and incorporation of the category
of gender in methodologies and epistemologies of traditional academic
disciplines. In addition, the Second Gender Workshop will elaborate with
greater precision the varying theories and methods of gender studies.
In order to connect the many different fields and create a basis for
comparison at Gender Workshop 2005, and in order to work towards a thorough
understanding of both theory and methods of and for gender studies, we would
like each contribution to refer to the following three pivotal points:
First, we would like participants to point out in detail the theories of
gender that are important for their research, and to elaborate on the
coherence of these theories with their disciplines and fields of study.
Second, we would like our participants to comment on the applied theories of
gender and explain which parts of them are central and which parts are more
marginal for their own studies of gender, and why. That is, we would like to
discuss which meanings, aspects, and/or characteristics of gender are most
crucial (or less important, respectively) for one�s research.
Third, we would like our participants to specify the methods they use in
Each participant will have 60 minutes to discuss her or his research
project, including 30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for
discussion. The workshop language will be English.
We would like to emphasize that the general conceptual framework of the
Gender Workshop sketched above does not only target the ones who have worked
with the category of gender for many years, and who are thus more proficient
in gender studies. Instead, we would like to invite to our workshop any
academics, experts or novices, who consider the category of gender important
for their research and who would like to share their ideas and approaches
with fellow researchers from other schools and disciplines. Contributions
from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are equally
welcome. (Since applications by natural scientists have been rare at our
first workshop, we would like to encourage natural scientists to
If you are interested in participating at the Gender Workshop 2005, please
send abstracts of 250-300 words explaining your research project, as well as
theories and methods you are using in it by Monday, February 7, 2005, to the
�zen Odag: o.odag@...
Alex Pershai: a.pershai@...
Please include your academic affiliation in your letter.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
�zen Odag and Alex Pershai