SOAS University of London

UCSIA International Workshop - Gender, Conflict, Citizenship and Belonging: Masculinities/Femininities in Times of Crisis

22 October 2019

Call for Papers

International Workshop taking place on 18-20 March 2020 in Antwerp (Belgium)
Deadline for submission: 25 November 2019
Further information can be found on the UCSIA website.

On 18-20 March 2020 UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on “Gender, Conflict, Citizenship and Belonging: Masculinities/Femininities in Times of Crisis” at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Gender and gender(ed) relations have long been the subject of political imagination and interpretation. This is particularly the case in times of crisis and perceived threats to the nation, when political actors seek to mobilise through a (renewed) emphasis on the importance of the nuclear family and traditional roles for both women and men.

This workshop seeks to better understand the current political climate in Europe, which includes the resurfacing debates on abortion, the spread of referenda on the family across Europe, the various discussions in European countries on the re-introduction of military service, as well as the activities of anti-gender movements that have attempted to curtail academic freedom in researching gender and sexuality. To do so, it examines the role of (ideological) constructions of ideal and normative masculinities/femininities and alternatives to them in times of crisis, which remain too often overlooked by researchers.

Confirmed guest lecturers:

  • Catherine Baker, Research Coordinator for History and Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History, University of Hull
  • Brandon Hamber, John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE)
  • Thomas Kühne, Professor of History and Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University
  • Maya Mikdashi, Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC

The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. The aim is to offer a platform to scholars to present their research on the topic and exchange their ideas on research findings. Such a meeting may open up new multidisciplinary horizons to think about the topic.

We invite theoretical and empirical papers on the following themes and questions:

  • How are ideal masculinities/feminities (re)produced in times of crisis through law, institutions, culture, politics, media…? How are these binaries resisted and transcended?
  • How do idealised masculinities/feminities correlate with ideals of citizenship?
  • How do those who do not conform do these ideals negotiate citizenship and belonging?
  • How do economic and institutional legitimacy crises affect negotiation (and questioning) of idealized types of masculinity and femininity?

The workshop seeks to develop a broader historical and geographical perspective, and welcomes papers on cases from any period post-Second World War in Europe (especially Southeast-Europe) and the Middle East.