SOAS University of London

Border Crossings: New Directions in the Study of Gender at SOAS

3 October 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS – WORKSHOP

Border Crossings: New Directions in the Study of Gender at SOAS

Saturday May 11, 2013

This one-day workshop hosted by the Centre for Gender Studies begins a conversation around the diverse approaches to the study of gender taking place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  Interdisciplinary in both theoretical grounding and methodological approach, Gender Studies encourages scholars to explore the ways in which boundaries are constructed and contested, blurred and made rigid, in contexts intimate, academic, local, and transnational.  In bringing together members of staff and the student body, this workshop provides not only an opportunity to showcase the innovative approaches shaping the Centre, but also enters into a discussion around the future of Gender Studies scholarship.  As this body of knowledge and practice emerges through the confluence and crossing of multiple borders, what lies ahead?  In which new directions will we take Gender Studies research as members of the academic community unique to SOAS?

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
• Secularism and Religiosity
• Domination and Political Violence
• Human Rights and International Development
• Applied Legal Theory
• Transnationalism and Migration
• Postcolonialism
• Cultural Production
• Queer Politics
• New Technologies
• Social Movements and Political Activism

We invite paper proposals by all members of SOAS staff and late-stage research students working on gender and related topics.  Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to kn15@soas.ac.uk by Wednesday November 7, 2012.