FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GENDER

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FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GENDER

FACULTY OF ARTS and FACULTY

OF LAW

DATE: 17 – 19 JULY 2018

 CONFERENCE THEME: RETHINKING GENDER IN THE 21ST CENTURY: PRIORITIES, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS FOR AFRICA

  

Gender remains one of the widely discussed subjects in scholarship, policy, law, civil society, politics, religion and many other sectors. As a subject, concept, heuristic resource and a measure of development – it permeates a multiplicity of disciplines – often eliciting converging and divergent interpretations and readings. In other words, it’s a hotbed of contestations. Notwithstanding this, there is general approbation that gender must be moved to the centre of human processes, especially as it pertains to development and allocation of resources and opportunities. The Millenium Development Goals, Agenda 2063 as well as constitutions of nations and various organisations canonise gender as a non-negotiable aspect in defining and mapping priorities, confronting challenges and envisioning prospects of a future life premised on dignity, equality, decency, respect and compatibility.

It is against this background that over the years, scholars have explored the gender terrain, exposing various aspects related to this topical issue. More often than not, the term gender is used in substitution for sex. Notwithstanding, gender not only refers to biological sex, but also to personal understandings of being male, female, both or neither. Thus, gender is at the heart of the contemporary global experience and can be better understood in terms of diversity – multiplicity and plurality of identities, spaces and locations. In essence, interpretations and transformations of gender are experienced in translation. Translation, apart from its normative meaning, is in this instance also understood as ‘the activity of carrying across’ (Tymockzo, 1999:20). In other words, experiences of gender are shared through connections by people across large distances, different languages and cultures. This translated-ness of gender in a global world has an impact on how gender is experienced locally and globally and how it manifests itself in critical issues such as development, sexualities, abuse, exclusion and inclusion among other human relationships.

Admittedly, there has been growing scholarly work seeking to understand gender dynamics from the past and as they unfold in African societies from different disciplines that reflect on  religion, literature, history, policy, politics, law, culture, language, ideology and the economy.  It is upon these solid scholarly works, wide spread interventions by Non-Governmental Organisations and policy makers that we build this inaugural gender conference which seeks to reflect and rethink gender in African societies. The conference is hinged on the belief that gender analysis and gendered approaches can play a critical transformative role in societies. It can be a key ingredient to development, social justice, equity and parity in a much progressive way.

 

We hereby invite submissions related, but not limited to the following sub-themes: 

CONFERENCE SUB-THEMES

  • Women in business
  • Leadership, gender and Women in politics
  • Culture, gender and development
  • Gender equality and the Millenium Development Goals/ Agenda 2063
  • Theories of gender / Theorising gender
  • Public / private sector policies on gender
  • Literature and gender
  • Gender in pre-colonial Africa
  • Researching gender in Africa
  • Youth and sexuality
  • Shifting sexualities in Africa
  • Emerging perspectives on gender and African societies
  • Gendered ideologies
  • Gender activism
  • Gender and politics
  • Constitutional provisions on gender
  • Gender and land reforms in Africa
  • Gender and HIV and Aids
  • Gender and poverty

 

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts, of not more than 350 words, should be sent to the Conference Planning Committee to the emails below by 01 March 2018. Please remember to include contact information.  Papers will be delivered in English. It is envisaged that good papers will be published as part of a peer reviewed book project.

Please submit your abstract to the conferences orgernisers whose emails are below:

  • Prof. P. Mapuranga: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dr. R. Chikafa-Chipiro: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • U Kufakurinani: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Prof. I. Muhwati

 

Annotated Time-Frame

Annotation Deadline

Date

Deadline for abstract submission

1 March  2018

Notification of final acceptance of abstracts

15 April 2018

Conference Programme

31 June 2018

Submission of revised chapters for publication considerations

24 November 2018

Publication of manuscript

October 2019

 

Registration

Category

Early bird registration

Late registration

Date

Participants

US$20

US$30

31 June 2018

Students

US$5

US$10

From 1 July 2018