DEADLINES EXTENDED: Call for Papers for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 29th August – 1st September, London

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The Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG) is sponsoring the following sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 29th August – 1st September, London

For the full abstracts and submission details see below.

The Costs of Decolonizing the Discipline

Convenors: Abigail Neely (Dartmouth College) and Patricia Lopez (Dartmouth College)

Submission deadline: Friday 3rd February 2017

Innovative research within Gender and Feminist Geography

Convenors: Eveleigh Buck-Matthews (Coventry University) and Heather Jeffrey (University of Bedfordshire)

Submission deadline:  Wednesday 1st February 2017

Que(e)rying Gender and Tourism Research

Convenors: Eveleigh Buck-Matthews (Coventry University), Jaeyon Choe (Bournemouth University), Claudia Eger (University of Warwick), Heather Jeffrey (University of Bedfordshire) and Caroline Scarles (University of Surrey)

Extended deadline: Tuesday 14th February

Transformative Stories: Trauma, Therapeutic Geographies and Hope

Convenors:  Jo Little (University of Exeter) and Lia Bryant (University of South Australia)

Extended deadline: Friday 10th February

Rethinking decolonial and postcolonial knowledges beyond regions

Convenors:  Priti Ramamurthy (University of Washington) and Kiran Asher (University of Massachusetts)

Extended deadline: Wednesday 15th February

Safe space

Convenors: Janet Bowstead (Royal Holloway, University of London, RHUL), Katherine Brickell (RHUL), Mary Cobbett Ondiek (University of York) and Naomi Graham (RHUL)

Submission deadline: Tuesday 31st January 2017

 

The Costs of Decolonizing the Discipline

Session conveners: Abigail H. Neely and Patricia J. Lopez (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA)

Session sponsor: Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

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In recent years there have been a number of calls and efforts to decolonize the discipline of geography. Stemming from a recognition of its colonial roots and their effects on who gets to produce and what counts as scholarly knowledge, a number of programs have sought to increase collaborations among scholars and institutions in the Global North and the Global South, with indigenous communities, and in conjunction with community-based social movements. Feminist geographers have taken the lead in many of these efforts to decolonize academic work, questioning the divisions between theory and empirics, praxis and knowledge, and taking their work beyond the university. But these lessons are rarely, if ever, incorporated into mainstream efforts of the discipline, as scholars and their collaborators often come up against the academy’s multiple neoliberal formations.

This RGS-IBG paper session seeks to examine how and why this marginalization takes place in an effort to imagine alternative emancipatory futures. We are looking for papers, rooted in experience, that address some of the barriers to decolonizing geographic knowledge. We ask: What are the ways in which scholars are disciplined to reproduce knowledge from the Global North?  What counts as decolonizing knowledge?  What counts as knowledge from the South? Where is the South? Whose work counts as knowledge production in geography? Our questions are designed to open up conversations in multiple directions, linking multiple sites. We imagine these papers might include such diverse topics as: decolonizing the classroom and new pedagogical methods; challenges to publishing work produced through new collaborations; activism on campuses and beyond, etc. We welcome paper proposals on different topics as well.

If you are interested in presenting a research paper, please send titles and abstracts of approximately 250 words to Abigail Neely abigail.h.neely@dartmouth.edu and Patricia Lopez patricia.j.lopez@dartmouth.edu by 3rd February 2017.

 

Innovative research within Gender and Feminist Geography 

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Session convenor: Eveleigh Buck-Matthews (Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University) and Heather Jeffrey (University of Bedfordshire)

Session sponsor: Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

These sessions are aimed at postgraduates and early career researchers who would like an opportunity to present their research in a supportive academic environment, and at researchers at all stages of their careers that are interested in presenting papers that actively engage with discussions on methodological innovations in the field of feminist and gender geography.

‘Gender and Feminist Geographies’ is intended to cover a broad spectrum of research; papers are welcome from any area of feminist and gender geographical inquiry, with the aim of bringing together current and emerging themes, issues and approaches. Papers would are especially welcome that explore how both postcolonial and de-colonial thinking may shape research methods, in line with this year’s conference theme.

Researchers at any stage in their research process are welcome, making the session a great opportunity for early career and post-graduate researchers to get experience presenting their work to an encouraging audience. The sessions will provide a great space to meet and discuss ideas with other researchers in a friendly and relaxed environment.

We are currently seeking contributors for the following sessions:

Sessions 1: Paper presentations: involving five presentations each lasting around 15 minutes with time for questions

Sessions 2: Snapshot presentations: involving ten to fifteen presentations each lasting 2 minutes with the option to use pictures, which will be followed by an open discussion. Whilst this session is open to anyone, we hope it will provide opportunity to those not ready to present full papers to engage in the conference and get feedback on their research ideas. This session is also suitable to those wishing to explore the possibilities and relevance of gender and feminist theory to their research.

Please send abstracts (approx. 250 words) and indication of preferred session to Heather Jeffrey Heather.Jeffrey@beds.ac.uk by  February 1st 2017.

 

Que(e)rying Gender and Tourism Research

Extended deadline: Tuesday 14th February

Session convenors: Eveleigh Buck-Matthews (Coventry University), Dr Jaeyon Choe, (Bournemouth University), Dr Claudia Eger (University of Warwick), Heather Jeffrey (University of Bedfordshire) and Dr Caroline Scarles (University of Surrey)

Session sponsors: Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG) and Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

There is a growing body of knowledge concerned with gender and tourism, but still many voices remain unheard. Feminists are as varied as the subjectivities they so often research, but are joined together within a common emancipatory project. Queer theory can aid in an emancipatory project by destabilising foundational assumptions of normality (de Souza, Brewis & Rumens, 2016; Rumens & Tyler, 2016), and yet it has received little attention from tourism scholars. This session is designed to engage participants in a critical conversation on gender and feminism within tourism, hospitality and events research, to explore contentious issues among feminists and pave the way for collaboration. Papers concerning any aspect of gender within tourism, hospitality and events research are invited, as well as papers investigating multiple voices and perspectives within gender and tourism, which may relate to but not be confined by the following areas:

  • Female hosts as guests and the reification of roles
  • Masculinities in tourism, hospitality, and events
  • LGBTQ voices in tourism, hospitality, and events
  • Casual/precarious gendered workers
  • Postcolonial feminism and subaltern studies in tourism
  • Insights from queer theory for gender and tourism
  • Feminist theory and practice

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We are currently seeking contributions for a paper presentation session involving five presentations each lasting around 15 minutes with time for questions. The presentation may be executed in a traditional or innovative style, and we actively encourage a wide range of styles; including snapshots and pechakucha.

Please send abstracts (approx. 250 words) with author contact details to Heather Jeffrey heather.jeffrey@beds.ac.uk

 

Transformative Stories: Trauma, Therapeutic Geographies and Hope

Extended deadline: Friday 10th February

Session conveners: Jo Little (University of Exeter) and Lia Bryant (University of South Australia)

Session sponsors: Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG) and Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group

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Geographers have become very familiar with the use of story telling as a methodology for engaging with the everyday detail of people’s lives, for giving voice to those ignored in the research process and for highlighting the importance of emotion in geographical understanding.  Feminist geographers in particular have drawn on stories to articulate powerlessness and exclusion.  The telling and re-telling of stories is encouraged as therapeutic to the story teller and as transformative in harnessing a politics of hope.  As has been observed, however, there are risks involved in the telling of traumatic stories.  As Parr and Stevenson (2014) note, there is always a fear that such stories may render the researcher complicit in promoting a voyeuristic interest which could help create and reinforce ‘wound cultures’, valorizing trauma and encouraging the re-circulation of stigma.  In this session we wish to explore the transformative potential of stories and look at ways in which stories and storytelling uncover new geographical insights into difficult lives.  We wish to draw attention, potentially, to the unpredictable nature and outcomes of story telling both for the subject and the researcher.

Possible papers might explore:

  • Stories, pain and emotion
  • Gender, story telling and feminist methodologies
  • Stories of violence and abuse
  • Hopeful stories and the role of stories in transformative politics
  • Concerns about audiencing and the ‘use’ of difficult stories
  • The potential of storytelling in understanding different worlds
  • Wellbeing and the therapeutic role of storytelling

Please send offers of papers (titles and abstracts of 300 words) to Jo Little j.k.little@exeter.ac.uk

 

Rethinking decolonial and postcolonial knowledges beyond regions

Extended deadline: Wednesday 15th February

Session convenors: Priti Ramamurthy (University of Washington) and Kiran Asher (University of Massachusetts)

We seek to rethink “regions” as theoretical sources and facilitate a “South-South” exchange and critical dialogue about what post- and de-colonial feminisms as “anti-colonial” approaches bring to geographical knowledges in two roundtables sponsored by GFGRG.  The conference Decolonizing Geographical Knowledges: Opening geography out to the world, supposes that “western” geographical knowledges need to be decolonized. While this remains a worthy cause today, it continues to hold the “west” at the center of knowledge production. This centrality has been questioned by approaches concerned with the decolonization of knowledge.  Decolonial and postcolonial feminisms foreground how raced and gendered colonial practices constituted “Eurocentric” or modern forms of knowledge production which marginalize other forms of knowing and being in the world.  Decolonial feminism has been associated with scholars of settler colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean, and more recently North America.  On the other hand postcolonial feminism has been linked with scholarship on the politics of representation, hybridity and migration regionally associated with South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Postcolonial approaches are understood to be “deconstructive,” while decolonial ones are commonly thought to be “constructive” or solution oriented.

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We invite scholars of decolonial feminisms in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and North America to send a one-para description of why they would like to participate and a brief bio to the session convenors: Kiran Asher kasher@umass.edu and Priti Ramamurthy priti@uw.edu 

 

Safe Space

Session conveners: Janet Bowstead (Royal Holloway, University of London, RHUL), Katherine Brickell (RHUL), Mary Cobbett (University of York) and Naomi Graham (RHUL)

SAFE SPACE

A place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm’.

‘school must be a safe space for LGBT students’

‘her shows are described as safe spaces where crying is acceptable and even encouraged’

‘women’s refuges provided a safe space for victims of domestic violence’

(English Oxford Living Dictionary, 2016)

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In the RGS-IBG conference sessions, we wish to open up critical discussion on ‘safe space’ – a label and practice which in 2016 has attracted celebration, derision and controversy at the highest of political levels. We contend that safe space raises a series of urgent academic questions of relevance across sub-fields of geography. How is safe space imagined, designated, deployed, materialised, co-opted, and experienced by different actors, institutions and governments? What are the positive as well as putative effects of safe space in its multiple guises? How are safe spaces materially and/or emotionally manifest, maintained and endangered? What power geometries do safe spaces exclude and harbour? What are the (shifting) everyday geopolitics of safe spaces?

Our call is deliberately broad, with suggestions including but not limited to: the origins and lineage of the concept; ‘women-only’ and ‘girl-only’ spaces, programmes and interventions; queer safe spaces of belonging and community; schools, university campuses and pedagogy; safe havens and sanctuary cities; safe refuges from violence (domestic violence shelters, panic rooms etc.), war and destruction (the bunker, hospital etc.); digital safe spaces (‘Hugbox’ internet environments and cyber/space safety).

We are looking for titles and abstracts of 300 words to be sent to Janet Bowstead Janet.Bowstead@rhul.ac.uk by 31st January 2017.

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Call for session proposals for the RGS-IBG 2017 Annual Conference

Call for session proposals

The RGS-IBG Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG) would like to invite expressions of interest for sponsored sessions for the RGS-IBG 2017 Annual Conference, which will take place in London, between Tues 29th Aug – Fri 1st Sept 2017.

The theme for the 2017 Annual Conference, Chaired by Professor Sarah Radcliffe, is Decolonizing Geographical Knowledges: Opening geography out to the world. For more information please visit: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Conference+theme.htm

‘Gender and Feminist Geographies’ is intended to cover a broad spectrum of research and session proposals are welcomed from any area of gender and feminist geographical inquiry.

GFGRG is able to sponsor 12 sessions and you are welcome to propose joint sessions to be co-sponsored by another research group. Each session time slot is 100 minutes but is flexible in its format – from standard paper presentations with or without discussant(s) to panel discussions etc.

Advice from the conference organisers for session convenors:
•For timetabling purposes, an individual may not normally make more than two substantive contributions to the conference programme (paper presenter, panel member, discussant, etc.). For individuals proposing multiple co-authored papers, an alternative presenter must be clearly nominated at the time of submitting the session/paper.
•A session may not normally occupy more than two timeslots. Any session organiser requiring more than two timeslots is encouraged to discuss with conference organisers.
•Session organisers are encouraged to consider formats to allow for more discussion, but should ensure that they have sufficient confirmed contributors to allow the session to go ahead if one or two withdraw. For paper sessions, we will consider those with four papers provided there are contingencies for replacing papers should any contributors withdraw. For sessions with fewer than five papers, all presenters must register by the early-bird registration deadline so that the session can be confirmed.

Please send expressions of interest including the proposed session title and abstract (250-300 words including bullet points of specific subthemes if you wish), name(s) of convenor(s), as well as the preferred session format (e.g. papers, panel discussion etc) to us by Monday 5th December 2016.

Please forward enquiries and session proposals to:
Ailie Tam (GFGRG Secretary) a.tam@eau.ac.uk

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Funding opportunities for MA and PhD students

The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum have put together a list of funding opportunities for MA and PhD students.

Please see their website for more details.

With thanks to the Forum for compiling this truly excellent resource.

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GFGRG mentoring and networking session at the RGS Conference

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Place: The session is taking place during the Royal Geographical Society International Annual Conference, London

Date and time: Wednesday 31st August – Lunchtime session

Session title: Mentoring and networking session

Organisers: Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

During the lunchtime timeslot of the first day of the RGS conference, the GFGRG are running a mentoring and networking session. There are two aims of the session, the first is to provide a space for GFGRG members to meet and network during the conference. The second is to use the session to promote mentoring within the research group, enabling postgraduates and early career researchers to access advice and guidance from more experienced members. This session is open to all delegates of the RGS conference and we would particularly like to encourage GFGRG members to attend. Please grab your lunch beforehand and bring it to the Tea Room where the session will take place.

 

 

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RGS Engaging in Qualitative Methods Postgraduate Workshop

On Friday 22nd April, the GFGRG, the SCGRG and the GLTRG organised a qualitative methods workshop for postgraduate students from across a range of disciplines and institutions.

Here are a few of the photos and the full Storify of the live Tweeting that took place during the workshop.

Multi-sensory, critical, ethical, embodied, mobile, messy methods.

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Call for Papers: Feminist Geographies of Work and the Body

RGS-IBG ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016

Royal Geographical Society

London, United Kingdom

30 August – 2 September 2016

 Call for Papers

Feminist Geographies of Work and the Body

Sponsored by the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

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In current neoliberal contexts, with deepening precarity in labour and increasing inequalities in wealth and access to capital, resources, legal status, technologies, work, there is a need to think about bodily work through feminist lenses. Feminist geographers have long critiqued masculinist definitions of labour that exclude social reproduction and other forms of informal work that are typically carried out by women (Mitchell, Marston & Katz, 2004). They have also contributed an analysis of the body as a distinct socio-spatial scale that is interrelated to other scales. Transnational capitalist and colonialist processes, for instance, are intimately connected to everyday embodied gendered and racialized experiences of labour (Wright, 2006; McDowell, 2009). This session aims to build on the literature at the nexus of work/body/feminisms. We seek interventions from a range of feminist perspectives (critical race, materialist, marxist, crip, queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, women of colour and Third World) that include but are not restricted to the following:

  • social reproduction
  • precarious and informal forms of labour
  • matter/materiality in bodily work (e.g. technologies, foods, drugs)
  • work done through the body (e.g. sex(ual) , emotional or affective work) and on the body (e.g. beauty or fitness regimes)

Prospective presenters should submit a 150-word abstract, including a title and their contact information to Negar Elodie Behzadi (elodie.behzadi@sant.ox.ac.uk) Carmen Teeple Hopkins (carmen.teeplehopkins@ouce.ox.ac.uk) Anna Davidson (anna.davidson@ouce.ox.ac.uk) by Wednesday February 10th 2016.

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Call for Papers: Return to the Nexus: Gender and Tourism

RGS-IBG ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016

Royal Geographical Society

London, United Kingdom

30 August – 2 September 2016

 Call for Papers

Return to the Nexus: Gender and Tourism

Sponsored by the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG) and the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

Conveners: Eveleigh Buck-Matthews, Coventry University, Claudia Eger, University of Surrey, Heather Jeffrey, Middlesex University Business School, Dr Caroline Scarles, University of Surrey and Dr Jacqueline Tivers, St. Mary’s University

The study of gender as a pertinent issue within tourism began receiving academic interest and systematic investigation in the 1990s (Swain, 1995; Figueroa-Domecq et al., 2015).   In 1995, Annals of Tourism Research dedicated a special issue to the topic, which further directed attention to the topic of gender within tourism research. Margaret Swain (1995) introduced the issue by highlighting that gender relates to both men and women and can be conceptualised as identities that are constructed culturally and socially, an approach she clarifies in the new millennium as intended to be ‘unequivocally dynamic’ (Swain, 2002: 3). Yet whilst there is a growing body of knowledge concerned with gender and tourism there are still many stones left unturned, with research tending to focus on sex tourism and employment (Pritchard, 2001; Pritchard and Morgan, 2000a; Scheyvens, 2002, 2008; Ferguson, 2011; Tucker and Boonabaana, 2012; Figueroa-Domecq et al., 2015).

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The term nexus was utilised by Aitchison (2000) at the turn of the new millennium, which sought ‘to accommodate both the material and the symbolic in an integrated analysis that explores the mutually informing nature of social and cultural relations in shaping gender relations within leisure and tourism’ (Aitchison, 2005: 210). This session therefore asks participants to return to the nexus and consider both the structural and the poststructural within studies of gender and tourism, inviting a wide range of empirical and conceptual papers.

Potential topics (but not limited to) as follows:

  • Gender and tourism discourse
  • Gender and tourism development
  • Neglected masculinities
  • Feminist approaches to gender and tourism
  • Gender and tourism work
  • The gendered tourism researcher

We are currently seeking contributions to the following session (but not limited to):

1.Paper presentations: involving five presentations each lasting around 15 minutes with time for questions. The presentation may be executed in a traditional or innovative style, and we actively encourage a wide range of styles; including snapshots and pechakucha.

Please send abstracts (approx. 250 words) and indication of preferred session to Heather Jeffrey (h.jeffrey@mdx.ac.uk) by the 1st February 2016.

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Call for Papers: Feminist Legal Geographies

RGS-IBG ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016

Royal Geographical Society

London, United Kingdom

30 August – 2 September 2016

 Call for Papers

Feminist Legal Geographies

Co-sponsored by the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group & the Geographies of Justice Research Group.

Convenors: Katherine Brickell – Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and Dana Cuomo – Center for Health & Wellness, University of Washington, US

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Since the 1980s, legal geographical research as a trans-disciplinary project has drawn attention to the binding connections between law and space. While recent publications have sought to ‘expand’ the spaces of law studied (Braverman et al, 2014) and explore spatialities of injustice precipitated and/or alleviated through law (Delaney, 2015), in these and many other works in the field, sensitivity to difference and the gendered character of law, its (everyday) material sites, and discourses are limited. By bringing together interdisciplinary scholars whose research examines the themes of law, geography, gender inequality and power, the sessions aim to raise the profile of feminist legal geographies and feminist legal theory in the ‘mainstream’ field of legal geographies. Abstracts are invited which provide cutting-edge research in the Global North and/or South. Themes could include (but are not limited to):

Gender differentiated dynamics, experiences and outcomes of law
Notions of public/private in law
Gender-based violence
Gender and the body
Marriage and family
Reproduction and parenting
Workplaces, wages and welfare
Law and political struggle
Advocacy
Active and intimate citizenship
International law, courts and tribunals
Norm production in law
Legal identity
Legal pluralism
Feminist legal methods and methodologies

We are looking for titles and abstracts of 300 words to be sent to both session conveners by Monday 6th February 2016 (katherine.brickell@rhul.ac.uk/ danacuomo@gmail.com)

References 

Braverman, I., Blomley, N., Delaney, D., & Kedar, A. 2014. Expanding the Spaces of Law: A Timely Legal Geography. Stanford University Press: Stanford.

Delaney, D. 2015. Legal Geography II: Discerning Injustice. Progress in Human Geography. Online before print.

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Call for Papers: Mapping the Marginal: Exploring the Identities, Practices, Geographies and Experiences of Digital Labour

RGS-IBG ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016

Royal Geographical Society

London, United Kingdom

30 August – 2 September 2016

 Call for Papers

Mapping the Marginal: Exploring the Identities, Practices, Geographies and Experiences of Digital Labour

Sponsored by: Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group and the Economic Geography Research Group

 Conveners: Taylor Brydges – Uppsala University, Carol Ekinsmyth – University of Portsmouth, Patricia Yocie Hierofani – Uppsala University, Brian J. Hracs – University of Southampton and Elyse Stanes – University of Wollongong

As the Internet, new technologies and social media continue to transform the nature of work, increasing scholarly attention is being paid to digital labour (Fuchs 2014). This evolving and somewhat fuzzy concept includes traditional tasks and jobs that have ‘gone digital,’ as well as a new range of functions, positions and occupations. Labour market structures, spatial dynamics and motivations associated with digital labour vary and create types of work that include entrepreneurs, freelancers, firm-based employees and hobbyists. The ways in which labour is carried out is also diverse and includes full time, part time or informal work, in homes, third spaces and offices (or a combination of), for pay, play and/or income.

IMG_0495Existing studies are often focused on middle class, male workers from advanced Western economies. Implied within this research is an assertion that many new high-tech sectors of the economy are reproducing old labour market inequalities based upon race, class and gender (Luckman 2015) At the same time, there has been some optimism around the potential of digital labour to provide new opportunities for those, who traditionally, have appeared to be working on the margins.

To date, however, there has been little research examining the extent to which workers in the digital labour economy are able to challenge patterns of inequality, disadvantage or exclusion. The experiences of workers are highly complex and individualized. The rise of Muslim fashion blogging, for example, has challenged difference by reworking homogenous views of Islamic femininity, questioning power, empowering followers through a visual celebration of multi-ethnic, religious and gendered identities. But paradoxically, the public success of bloggers within widespread and visible online spaces can also reproduce inequalities of those power relations, and risks creating an assumption that this experience is the same for all young Muslim women.

In order to address our lack of knowledge about the specifics of both the inequalities and benefits of labour in the digital world, this session aims to foster debate about the ways that digital labour shapes and is shaped by markers of social and cultural difference (like those relating to gender, race, class, age and sexuality, among others). This connects to the concept of intersectionality. Originally used by Crenshaw (1991) intersectionality is now widely used across the social sciences and has been developed within feminist geographies in scholarship on masculinities (Hopkins and Noble 2009), age (Hopkins and Pain 2007), ethnicity/race (McDowell 2008), disability (Valentine 2007). While the concept of intersectionality has developed in use and scope since the 1990s, it has also been labelled as an imprecise ‘buzzword’ (Davis 2008; Choo and Ferree 2010). However, and as (Davis 2008) notes, it is because of this imprecision that it also encourages novel thinking and a broad agenda concerned with interwoven identities of difference and disadvantage.

Geographers have the potential to advance the theoretical discussions of intersectionality through the spatial analyses of subject’s identity formation in the construction of inequalities (Valentine 2007). We invite papers that engage broadly with intersectionality in consideration of digital labour. We do not limit this to specific dimensions of identity or their intersections, specific digital industries or particular parts of the world. Rather, it is the intention that this session be varied and exploratory in nature and focused around identifying unifying conceptual frameworks, perhaps relating to the following questions and/or issues:

  • Who are digital workers and/or entrepreneurs? Are the possibilities for new forms and types of work(ers) overstated in the digital economy?
  • How are sites and spaces of work being transformed through digital labour? For example, has digital work impacted notions of paid vs. unpaid/free labour, or work vs. play?
  • What are the characteristics of the corporate infrastructure that has developed to harness the outputs/labour of digital workers?
  • How do multiple (and intersecting) identities, such as race, gender, class and sexuality, of a digital worker shape the worker’s labour?
  • If, and in what ways, do digital workers relate to each other? Do they seek to network, collaborate, support, mentor, compete, undermine, or sabotage one another?
  • To what extent is is digital entrepreneurship as a sustainable source of work?
  • In what ways do digital work, digital entrepreneurship and digital intermediation challenge and/or reproduce spatial structural inequalities?
  • What is the relationship between digital work, entrepreneurship or intermediation between Global North and South?
  • Methodologically, how can we use new data sources to provide insights into digital labour? In what ways does digital labour celebrate intersections of gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity etc?

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Taylor Brydges (taylor.brydges@kultgeog.uu.se) by January 29, 2016.

References

Choo, H.Y and Ferree, M. M. (2010) “Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research: A Critical Analysis of Inclusions, Interactions and Instutions in the Study of Inequalities”, Sociological Theory, Vol. 28, No. 2.

Crenshaw, K. (1991) “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color”, Stanford Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 6, pp. 1241-1299.

Davis, K. (2008) “Intersectionality as Buzzword: A Sociology of Science Perspective on What Makes a Feminist Theory Successful”, Feminist Theory, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 67-85.

Fuchs C. (2014) Digital Labour and Karl Marx. Routledge.

Hopkins, P. and Noble, G. (2009) “Masculinities in Place: Situated Identities, Relations and Intersectionality”, Social and Cultural Geography 10 (8), pp. 811–819.

Hopkins, P. and Pain, R. (2007) “Geographies of Age: Thinking Relationally”, Area 39 (3), pp. 287–294.

Luckman S. (2015) “Women’s Micro-Entrepreneurial Homeworking”, Australian Feminist Studies 30(84), pp. 146-160.

McDowell, L. (2008) “Thinking through Work: Complex Inequalities, Constructions of Difference and Trans-National Migrants”, Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 491-507.

Valentine, G. (2007) “Theorizing and Researching Intersectionality: A Challenge for Feminist Geography”, The Professional Geographer, Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 10-21.

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Call for Papers: New and Emerging Research within Gender and Feminist Geography

RGS-IBG ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016

Royal Geographical Society

London, United Kingdom

30 August – 2 September 2016

 Call for Papers

New and Emerging Research within Gender and Feminist Geography

Sponsored by the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG) and the Postgraduate Forum (PGF)

Conveners:Eveleigh Buck-Matthews, Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University and Heather Jeffrey, Middlesex University Business School

These sessions are aimed at postgraduates and early career researchers who would like an opportunity to present their research in a supportive and constructive academic environment, and at researchers at all stages of their careers that are interested in presenting papers that actively engage with discussions on current and emerging theoretical or methodological innovations in the field of feminist and gender geography.

‘Gender and Feminist Geographies’ is intended to cover a broad spectrum of research; papers are welcome from any area of feminist and gender geographical inquiry, with the aim of bringing together current and emerging themes, issues and approaches. Papers would are especially welcome that explore how current and emerging themes within feminist and gender geography are interconnected with other areas of geographical thought and practice, such as economic, social, historical and cultural geographies, in line with this year’s conference theme, Nexus.

sunsetResearchers at any stage in their research process are welcome, making the session a great opportunity for early career and post-graduate researchers to get experience presenting their work to an encouraging audience. The sessions will provide a great space to meet and discuss ideas with other researchers in a friendly and relaxed environment.

We are currently seeking contributors for the following sessions:

Sessions 1: Paper presentations: involving five presentations each lasting around 15 minutes with time for questions

Sessions 2: Snapshot presentations: involving ten to fifteen presentations each lasting 2 minutes with the option to use pictures, which will be followed by an open discussion. Whilst this session is open to anyone, we hope it will provide opportunity to those not ready to present full papers to engage in the conference and get feedback on their research ideas. This session is also suitable to those wishing to explore the possibilities and relevance of gender and feminist theory to their research.

Please send abstracts (approx. 250 words) and indication of preferred session to Heather Jeffrey H.Jeffrey@mdx.ac.uk or Eve Buck-Matthews ab7996@coventry.ac.uk by February 1st 2016.

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