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FWSA Biennial Conference 2017 – Call for papers

Published in Latest Posts, Uncategorized by Cristina Costa on March 8, 2017

Conference Audience. Photo (CC) by Flickr ID: TopRank Marketing

Conference Audience. Photo (CC) by Flickr ID TopRank Marketing

FWSA and the University of Strathclyde invite researchers from all areas and disciplines (Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Health, etc.) – academic or otherwise – to submit proposals for the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) biennial conference 2017. (Download call for proposals here)

Call for Papers deadline: March 24th, 2017

Conference Theme: Making space for feminism in the neo-liberal academy

In recent years the academy has gone through massive changes, which can be attributed to the desire to internationalise, globalise and marketise higher education, implementing neo-liberal approaches and producing neo-liberal staff-student subjects. Such ideologies have led to transformations that permeate not only academic work but also shape academic trajectories, feelings and identities. The conference aims to discuss such issues by creating a forum to debate current issues surrounding the future of academia and discuss how and where feminist research is impacting practice and policy and where practices and policies are driving new research.  What pressures, tensions and failures might be felt in differently inhabiting academia?

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Professorial Research Fellow , Centre for Research in Race and Education, University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen, Professor of Sociology (Gender, sexuality and education), Australian National University

Res-Sisters Panel, The Res-Sisters are a feminist collective of nine early career academics working broadly within the sociology and cultural studies of education and youth.

Performance Talk on Feminist Spoken Word Practice by Katie Ailes

For further information about the Conference and Call for Papers link here.

For further information please email Cristina Costa at or Yvette Taylor at

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Cristina is Associate Professor in Digital Education and Society in the Department of Education and Childhood, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. After completing a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, Cristina worked as an EFL teacher in the Portuguese Navy. During that period she developed an interest in Learning Technologies and completed an MPhil in Educational Technologies at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2007 she moved to the UK to take up a post in the field of Learning and Research Technologies at the University of Salford. In February 2013 she completed her PhD study on The participatory web in the context of academic research: landscapes of change and conflicts. From March 2013 to March 2018 she worked as a Lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Strathclyde. She was named Learning Technologist of the Year 2010 by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).

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