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1st Meeting, Stockholm University, 29–30 August 2011

The first network meeting took place at Stockholm University the 29-30 of August. Preliminary themes of research was worked out, under which different groups of the network members can cooperate.
These themes are now:
1) Research policy and research practice, intersections of gender, race/ethnicity (resp. Paula)
2) Research career after having defended the doctoral thesis (resp. Charlotte, Anna, Anna-Karin)
3) International research applications (resp. Caroline)
4) Postdoc possibilities from an intersectional perspective (resp. Caroline)
5) Self-employment and fine arts (resp. Caroline)
6) Medical professional educations, recruitment and career patterns (resp. Carina)

Responsible for each research theme will within shortly present a more detailed description of the content of each theme.
Other members are encouraged to come up with more themes that can unit other members of the network.
Suggestions of how to report the result of the network: being responsible for a special issue of a journal, editing an anthology; arrange a symposium at a conference or present joint papers, apply for research funding, alternatively apply for exploratory workshops as a preparation for a Seventh Framework application.

Members of the network will meet at the higher education institutions where they are appointed (subgroups) and at international conferences (the whole network). The next extensive meeting will take place the 10th of April, in connection to the Gender and Education Association Interim Conference, April 11-13, 2012 in Gothenburg. In 2013, the meeting is planned to be in December, in connection to SRHE (The Society for Research into Higher Education) annual conference in Great Britain.

2nd Meeting, University of Gothenburg, 10 April 2012

The second network meeting took place at University of Gothenburg the 10th of April, 2012, in connection to the Gender and Education Association Interim Conference.
Since the network has expanded and new researchers have joined, we started by presenting
our ongoing research projects/ideas:
Barbara Read: friendship/peer group relations in HE
Carole Leathwood together with Barbara R: email interviews with academics about the impact of HE research policy on them and their research.
Caroline Berggren, Birgitta Jordansson and Anna Peixoto: If and how academic mobility facilitate the academic career.
Paula Mählck: Research policy and research practice in the global knowledge economy.
Ulf Mellström: Globalized eduscapes: students, learning and mobility in knowledge society
Heidi Mirza: ‘A Second Skin’: The intersection of gender, religion and professional identity among Muslim women researchers.
Kate Hoskins: 'Women and success - professors in the UK academy'. The data findings show the impact of class, gender and race in the respondents' experiences of moving to and through the academy.
Carina Carlhed: ‘Graveled expectations or successful reorientations? Switchers and dropouts in higher education 1977-2007’, some thoughts about the design of her database regarding the time-consuming struggle to handle multidimensional data and the ‘art’ of recoding sequences of pauses, programs- and course registrations of different kinds.

During the afternoon we divided into two groups: one focusing on career paths for academics and the other on the globalisation of higher education.
After very inspiring discussions we decided to meet once more this year.
Next and third meeting will take place at Stockholm University the 10th of October, 2012.

In-between the semiannual meetings, sub groups of the network will meet; for example, at the 8th European Feminist Research Conference in Budapest, Hungary, May 17-20, 2012 and at the Swedish Political Science Association annual meeting at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden, September 26-28, 2012.

The network meeting was followed by the Gender and Education Conference, where
Heidi Mirza, Paula Mählck and Caroline Berggren presented papers. The network expanded further with two more members, they are: Louise Morley, UK, and Efrosyni-Alkisti Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, Greece. 

During 2012 two interim meetings has been held, one in May in Budapest and one in Växjö in Sweden where sub groups of network members have met.

3rd Meeting, Stockholm University, 10 October 2012

Eleven network members met and the meeting opened by Efrosyni-Alkisti Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, giving us a description of academic work and working conditions in higher education in Greece today. The presentation, among others, led to a discussion about austerity and increasing trends of specialisations of HEs.
Louise Morley gave a presentation about women in leadership in a global perspective, and Heidi Mirza’s presentation centred around her research on university teachers in teachers training in UK and the ways in which institutional discrimination based on race was produced and reproduced.
The presentations were followed by discussions around how to develop joint projects and joint publications.
Time and place for next meeting not yet decided. Information will be sent out to network members. 


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