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GEA 2012 - Gender and democracy: Gender research in times of change

Gender and Education Association Interim Conference April 11-13, 2012.

Venue: Pedagogen Hus A, Västra Hamngatan 25, Göteborg

Registration is now closed.

Today, in many countries we see growing nationalistic, reactionary and fundamentalistic movements. These political tendencies can be seen as threats on democracy as well as on gender equality in society. Hence, the theme of the conference aims at illuminating the role of gender research in this context and how can we understand the relation between gender research and feminist activism.

Instructions for Submission

Keynote speakers

Venue and Travel


Conference Fees and Bursaries

Important Dates


Instructions for Submission

For all individual papers you will need to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (title, personal details and references are not included in the 300 words). These should include:

  • A title
  • Name of the presenter(s)/author(s), institution(s)/organisation(s) at which you/they are based and email address(es)
  • Description of the paper/poster (e.g. topic, research question, objective, theoretical framework)
  • Methodology/methods (if relating to a specific empirical project)
  • Conclusions or expected outcomes/findings
  • A list of any references mentioned in the abstract
  • A list of 5 key words (maximum)

Symposia submissions should include a 300 word abstract for each presenter who wishes to be included in the session (please see guidance above). Symposia submissions should also be accompanied by a further 300 word (max) abstract which will outline the aims and objectives of the session and will detail how the papers fit together under this theme.

Abstracts for workshop sessions should be a maximum of 600 words in length and should include the following information:

  • Title of the workshop
  • A list of all of the workshop leaders, their institution/organisation affiliations and their email addresses
  • Description of the workshop (outlining the topic that it will focus on and any practical activities that will be used)
  • Anticipated audience numbers (for room allocation)
  • Resources that will be required (please note that this is within reason and relates to AV/presentation equipment only, all other resources will have to be provided by the workshop leaders themselves).

We recommend that you use the abstract submission form provided to help you in this process. Please name your file [last name], [first name].doc. All forms need to be sent to gea2012@ped.gu.se by November 1, 2011 at the latest.

Abstract submission form

Keynote speakers

Professor Fatmagül Berktay, Head of the Political Science Section in the International Relations Department in the Faculty of Political Sciences of İstanbul University, received her B.A (International Relations), M.A (Political Science) and Ph.D (Political Science) from University of Ankara, Faculty of Political Sciences. She also holds an M.A degree in Women’s Studies (University of York, UK). Her research interests include Hannah Arendt's political theory, the democratization process in Turkey, gender and religion and women's human rights. Fatmagül Berktay has been active in the Turkish women’s movement since 1983 and acted as ‘Adviser’ to the State Minister in charge of Women’s Affairs in 1994-95 and represented Turkey in various international fora including the European Council (Member of the Experts Committee for Equality Between Women and Men) and the United Nations (Turkey’s Representative in the “Final Declaration Committee” at Beijing UN 4th Women’s World Conference). She is a founding member of the Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey as well as the Foundation for Social Research, and is a member of the General Board of Women’s Library and Information Center Foundation. Fatmagül Berktay teaches “History of Political Thought”, “Modern Political Ideologies”, “Political Theory” in the Faculty of Political Sciences, and “Introduction to Women’s Studies” in the Women’s Research Center of which she is the Director.

Lynn Davies is Emeritus Professor of International Education in the Centre for International Education and Research at the University of Birmingham. Her major research and consultancy interests are in education governance internationally, particularly in relation to democracy, human rights, equity and citizenship. She takes a specific focus on education in conflict-affected and fragile states, as well as on education and extremism. Related work has been in Angola, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, Bosnia, Palestine, Malawi and the Gambia, as well as with UNESCO on their Associated Schools and UNICEF on their Rights Respecting Schools. Her book Education and Conflict: Complexity and Chaos (2004) was awarded the Society for Education Studies prize for the best book of 2004. Her book Educating Against Extremism (Trentham, 2008) has led into recent work around counter-terrorism, evaluating school-based strategies for prevention and mentoring projects for those deemed at risk of radicalisation. Current writing includes a book on Secularism, Security and Schooling and editing a book on Gender, Religion and Education.

Elisabet Öhrn is professor at Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She is also holding a position as visiting professor at Borås University and is affiliated with Umeå University, Sweden. Her research focuses on power processes and democratic participation, and gendered and classed relations at different levels of education. This includes studies of sub/urban schooling, patterns of segregation, and young people’s understandings of power and how they would act to create change. She is currently leading three national projects in these areas (focussing on Gender and achievement in secondary school, Democratic education in upper secondary school and Gender and career in the academia respectively). Recent writings include the book Young people’s influence and democratic education (Tufnell Press, 2011), co-authored with Lisbeth Lundahl and Dennis Beach. She was convenor of the Nordic research network Gender and Education, within the Nordic Educational Research Association, 2000-2010 and is Swedish representative of the Gender and Education Association since 2005.

Venue and Travel

The Department of Education and Special Education is beautifully located in the old city in the centre of Gothenburg, within walking distance of shopping centres, restaurants, accommodation and communication. (Visiting address: Pedagogen A, Västra Hamngatan 25.)

Gothenburg is easily accessible via airplane to Landvetter Airport (about 25 different airline companies), or Göteborg City Airport (airline companies: e.g. Ryanair, Wizz Air). Airport busses to city are available and the travel takes about 30 minutes. It is also possible to travel to Copenhagen airport and from there via a direct train to Gothenburg (about three hours' trip).


Please note that accommodation is not covered in the conference fees. It is the delegates’ own responsibility to find their accommodation for the conference.

However we have booked rooms in the following hotels. The first listed have the lowest prices but they are all good hotels. It is very important to book as soon as possible and before February 15. We have no rooms booked after that. Booking only by phone or email and remember to give the booking number or booking code to get the rooms we booked with our special prices. Please have your credit card information ready when booking.

Quality Hotel Panorama
Please book only by email to: reservation.q.panorama@choice.se or
Phone: 46 31 767 7000
Very important to give the Booking number: 187510
About 30 minutes walk to Pedagogen.
By bus and tram: From the hotel to Pedagogen, take bus 42 at bus stop Utlandagatan to bus stop Brunnsparken, then take tram 1 or 2 to Grönsaksstorget.

Hotel Riverton
Please book only by email to: riverton@riverton.se or
Phone: 46 31 750 1000
Very important to give the Booking number: 1029708
About 5-10 minutes walk to Pedagogen

Hotell Liseberg Heden
Please book only by email to: reservations.hotel@liseberg.se or
Phone: 46 31 750 6900
Very important to give the Booking number: 691456
About 10-15 minutes walk to Pedagogen.
By bus and tram: From the hotel to Pedagogen, take bus 42 at bus stop right outside the hotel to bus stop Brunnsparken, then take tram 1 or 2 to Grönsaksstorget

Best Western Hotell Göteborg
Please book only by email to: info@hotellgoteborg.se or
Phone: 46 31 752 28 00
Very important to give the Booking number: 1624950 or GEA
About 5-10 minutes walk to Pedagogen.

Hotel Gothia Towers
Please book only by email to: hotelreservations@gothiatowers.com or
Phone: 46 31 750 8800
Very important to give the Booking number: 945015
About 20 minutes walk to Pedagogen
By tram: From Korsvägen, take tram nr 2 (Högsbotorp) to Grönsaksstorget.


Conference Fees and Bursaries

Preliminary early bird conference fee: SEK 3700 (approx. €400). This includes coffee, lunch and an evening buffet on the 12th of April. We will also be offering a small number of bursaries for students or presenters from low income countries (of a maximum of £200 each) to help cover some of the cost of conference fees (these will only be available to those presenting a paper at the conference). To apply for a bursary you will need to fill in the bursary application form and send it in with your abstract submission form. You will be notified about whether or not you have been successful in gaining a bursary at the time when we notify you about the success of your abstract. You will then get personal information about how to claim for the bursary at the same time as you pay your fees. If you are applying for the bursary as a student we will also need you to send proof of your status as a student (i.e. an official departmental letter/photocopy of your student enrolment form) at the same time as you send in your registration form in order to complete this process.

Important Dates

The conference will be lunch to lunch, starting after lunch on the 11th and ending just before lunch on the 13th.

  • Final deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st November 2011. Extended deadline for submission of abstracts: 14th November 2011.
  • Intended feedback on abstract submission: December 20, 2011.
  • Pre-booked hotel reservations expire: February 15, 2012.
  • Early bird payment deadline: February 15, 2012.
  • Final deadline for registration: March 16, 2012.
  • Final deadline for payment: March 20, 2012.


Contact the conference organizers at: gea2012@ped.gu.se



Registration, fees & payment

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15 Febr. Early bird payment deadline
16 March Registration deadline
20 March Final payment deadline

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Department of Education and Special Education

PO Box 300, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Pedagogen Hus A, Västra Hamngatan 25

+46 31 786 0000

+46 31 786 2070

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