Who cares? The gendering of informal caring practices in a hospital-setting. By Katherine Morton

One in a series of short pieces demonstrating the diverse research in gender and feminist geographies.   To comment or to write a post yourself, please contact our Web Coordinator, Louise Rondel at l.rondel@gold.ac.uk  We welcome posts by all members of the GFGRG.

I have recently finished twelve months of fieldwork in the NHS, examining care of chronic lung disease patients. This has involved medical ethnography in emergency departments and respiratory wards in hospitals in England and Wales, and interviews with health professionals, patients and carers. My role as a geographer in the context of applied health research has raised a number of challenges and opportunities. One such opportunity has been to integrate geographical approaches with quality improvement methodologies and service evaluation in the public health sector.

In the context of healthcare, existing geographical approaches have included feminist critiques of the gendered nature of care, and the body work and emotional labour which it entails (Dyer et.al., 2008; Batnizky and McDowell, 2011). In an acute context, the emotional labour of nurses (Mauno et.al., 2016), doctors (Kerasidou and Horn, 2016) and healthcare assistants (Lovatt. et.al. 2015) has been addressed. This has been framed in temrs of the positive contribution such labour makes to patients, as well as the wellbeing ‘cost’ to healthcare professionals. Through preliminary analysis of observational and interview study data, a pertinent issue which has emerged is the formation of informal structures of care which families and/or friends often form in times of crisis. These informal and less visible care practices emerge- or adapt- in response to an unexpected admission to hospital. By ‘informal’, I mean that these individuals are not recognised within financial, legal or political frameworks as patient ‘carers’.

Such informal practices of care giving involve friends and/ or family adopting a range of responsibilities including liaising with health professionals about treatment plans, medication, and concerns about patient condition; researching patient illness/treatment/prognosis (and often developing an informal medical expertise); providing patients with transportation, clothing, toiletries, food and reading materials; and of course, providing emotional support to patients. These informal care practices appear to be particularly valuable around patient discharge, supporting the patient in the transition back to the community.

Clearly, such informal care is of enormous benefit to patient wellbeing, but often places a significant burden on the ‘care-giver’, in terms of finance, time, and carer wellbeing. Carers spoke of the demands of this role, reflecting on challenges of negotiating these responsibilities with other caring roles, such as parenting, paid employment and self-care. They also discussed the guilt they felt at having to manage this role at the cost of other responsibilities, and not necessarily being able to commit ‘enough’ time to patient care. These respondents were almost exclusively mothers, sisters, daughters and female friends of patients.

In an overstretched and underfunded NHS, where staff are expected to meet difficult targets with limited resources, the provision of informal structures of care seems more pertinent than ever. The un-quantified contribution that friends and family play in supporting patient care requires further attention. Examination of the hierarchies of power in which informal care is situated, as well as the identity politics of such care will be two avenues that further analysis will explore.

Dr Katherine Morton from the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol is a member of the GFGRG.

Contact: k.morton@bristol.ac.uk

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The Gender Shocks from Nagaland. By Gaurav Sikka

One in a series of short pieces demonstrating the diverse research in gender and feminist geographies.   To comment or to write a post yourself, please contact our Web Coordinator, Louise Rondel at l.rondel@gold.ac.uk  We welcome posts by all members of the GFGRG.

This blog post is an initial reaction to a gender regressive step taken by the Nagaland government under the pressure of some of the ideologues according to whom, Naga women cannot collectively assert their rights and take decisions. These ideologues argue that the traditional customary practices never envisaged a political role for women in Naga tribal society. Therefore, the age-old patriarchy and gender rights are at loggerheads over the issue of women’s reservation in the urban local bodies in Nagaland.

The 74th amendment of the Constitution of India in 1993 has provided for reservation for women (at least 33 percent of the seats) in the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across India. However, states like Nagaland were kept out of its purview on the premise that the tribal communities here practiced an egalitarian way of life where men and women had equal rights (Mukhim, 2017). However, a closer look at traditional tribal governance system reveals that women’s voices in the tribal meetings were represented by the male members of the families. Another paradox was that while women can attend those meetings, they cannot hold offices in those traditional bodies, ultimately curtailing the rights of womenfolk to participate in the decision making.

In 2006, after 13 years of the passage of 74th Amendment Act by the Parliament of India, the Nagaland State Assembly passed the Nagaland Municipal (First Amendment) Act, which provided for a 33 percent reservation of seats for Naga women.   However, nothing happened and status quo was maintained because this was opposed by Naga Hoho, an apex body of Naga tribal chiefs on the pretext that the reservation for women violates Article 371A of the Constitution of India which bestows protection to the Naga customary laws and practices. Nonetheless, as Urban Local Bodies are not customary institutions, the move to reserve seats for women in them does not violate the constitution.  Moreover, this argument, implausible and flimsy in nature, is put forth to preserve the patriarchal character of the Naga society and to prevent men from getting ‘inferiority complex when women are given equal status as men in decision-making bodies’ (Acharyya, 2017).

Eventually, the courts of the land intervened after a plea by a Naga women’s group and elections to the ULBs were ordered in January 2017 after the due reservation of seats for women. However, these efforts were bogged down by a violent agitation by Naga men who went on the rampage, vandalised public property and paralyzed the functioning of the state of Nagaland against the 33 percent reservation for women. Even the Naga women leaders were intimidated and attacked. The state government has buckled under the pressure following a violent agitation and has taken a U-turn and surrendered to the male-dominated Naga tribal bodies by declaring the entire election process null and void. Unfortunately, this retrograde move of depriving Naga women of their constitutional political rights has far reaching implications on gender equality in the Nagaland state and the rest of India. As evident from this development, it will not be incorrect to say that the politics have failed to correct social biases.

It is important to note here that Nagaland has a majority of the Christian population, 88 percent as per Census of India 2011. Therefore, the role of the church – another male-centric institution that also dominates the public discourse – needs to be questioned against the backdrop of the ongoing crisis.

The present crisis has made evident gender fault lines, has raised questions of identity and gender in a Naga society that has gone berserk to preserve its patriarchal character and has exposed the egalitarian notion of Naga tribal society.

Further readings

Acharyya, K.,  “Nagaland civic polls: Naga tribes to boycott elections to protest 33% reservation for women” in Firstpost on January 5, 2017 accessed at http://www.firstpost.com/india/nagaland-civic-polls-naga-tribes-to-boycott-elections-to-protest-33-reservation-for-women-3190086.html

Mukhim, P., “Tradition, Democracy and Gender” in The Hindu on February 10, 2017

Punj, B., “Selective Amnesia of Gender Rights Activists” in The Pioneer on February 13, 2017

Staff Reporter, “Nagaland Says No To Gender Equality” in Deccan Herald on February 11, 2017 accessed at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/595852/nagaland-says-no-gender-equality.html

Gaurav Sikka is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi (India). He holds positions on the steering committee of International Geographical Union Task Force for Young and Early Career Geographers and the executive committee of Royal Geographical Society Gender & Feminist Geographies Research Group. Presently, Gaurav is teaching at the Department of Geography, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi.

Contact: gauravsikkageo@gmail.com

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From the ‘Global Gag Rule’ to Feminist Twitter Diplomacy. By Dr Katherine Brickell

One in a series of short pieces demonstrating the diverse research in gender and feminist geographies.   To comment or to write a post yourself, please contact our Web Coordinator, Louise Rondel at l.rondel@gold.ac.uk  We welcome posts by all members of the GFGRG.

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(photo credit: @FERF via Twitter)

On January 23 2017 President Trump sat in the Oval Office of the White House surrounded by his male staffers having signed a decree. Described by Amnesty International (2017) as ‘a devastating blow for women’s rights’, the ‘global gag rule’ bars US federal funding for all overseas organisations involved in abortion advice or care. The rule – also known as the Mexico City Policy – was first instated by Ronald Reagan´s administration in 1984, and has been traditionally rejected by Democrat administrations only to be reinstated by Republican Presidents (see Crane and Dusenberry 2004 for a historical overview). The rule has significant implications for women living in countries that depend heavily on development assistance for family planning and reproductive health services. Multiple studies in Sub-Saharan African countries haven shown that the Bush administration’s (2001-2009) re-instating of the global gag rule after Bill Clinton’s rescinding of it had a paradoxical effect, resulting in the increase of abortion rates (see studies by Bendavid 2011 and Jones 2011). The ‘Global Gag Rule’ is:

an inhumane policy that will undermine women’s rights, damage health systems and increase unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal and newborn deaths around the world. Trump’s Global Gag Rule is an export of domestic anti-woman tactics that will not only severely restrict access to abortion, but will result in health care providers being forced to cut services, increase fees, and even close clinics altogether.’ (PAI.org)

A week after photographs were taken of Donald Trump, Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, released a Tweet of herself signing a climate law surrounded by her closest female aids, including a pregnant colleague.

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(photo credit: @IsabellaLovin via Twitter)

This act echoes a feminist geopolitics that emphasizes the body and intimacy as sites of resistance to a wider politic. A feminist assertion of ‘Twitter diplomacy’ attracting 71,000 ‘likes’ the photograph brings into focus the gendered geopolitics of lawmaking which warrants further attention in future work in order to bring into greater focus the experiences and practices of female lawmakers ‘hidden in plain view’. The example of the feminist politician’s Tweet is one example of how the internet and social media can be harnessed as a means of solidarity building across space, or to quote Manuel Castells (2012), function as a network of ‘outrage and hope’. As my RHUL colleague Alasdair Pinkerton writes with Matt Benwell in their 2014 journal article on creative geopolitics, Twitter and social media,

‘…we might question the kind of geopolitical work these creative geopolitical devices can do alongside traditionaldiplomatic practices and how their production, ownership and dissemination might break down distinctions between formal, practical and popular geopolitics.’

At the 2016 RGS-IBG conference Dana Cuomo and I co-convened three sessions on ‘feminist legal geography’ (sponsored by GFGRG). We are current taking this work forward through co-writing on the notion of ‘feminist geolegality’ – an agenda that interrogates the connections between gender, law and space and their geopolitical and geoeconomic machinations. We are currently taking this work forward through co-writing on the gendered geopolitics of lawmaking forms the basis of my Philip Leverhulme Prize which runs from 2017-2019.

Dr Katherine Brickell from the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London is the current chair of the GFGRG.

Contact: katherine.brickell@rhul.ac.uk

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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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