For day 1 of our 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, we have compiled a few opportunities in the academia, including calls for papers, conferences, and open positions, around issues related to gender.

Queering Parenting: is the 2nd International Conference stemming from the ERC funded study INTIMATE: Citizenship, Care and Choice – The micro-politics of intimacy in Southern Europe (www.ces.uc.pt/intimate). This year the Conference will focus on LGBTQ parenting.

Women’s Rights and Violence in the Contemporary World: International Interdisciplinary Conference in Gdańsk, Poland. Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.

Aspasia Special Theme: Women and Violence: in this issue, Aspasia seeks to explore the ways that violence has framed and affected the historical experiences of women in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. They welcome historians of women and gender in the region to reflect on the theme of women and violence.  How has violence—in all forms and at any level—affected women’s experiences? How has gender shaped state and/or personal responses to violence? What were the limits of women’s victimization? How did the law address abuse against women, and how did it interpret crime committed by women? What motivated women to participate in or contribute to violent acts?

Designing Gender Research: methods and challenges: a unique opportunity for postgraduate and early career researchers to present their research design to a panel of renowned experts in the field of gender and receive feedback. They will engage in interdisciplinary discussions with experts and peers on methods and challenges associated with carrying out research on gender.
Women-in-Peril or Final Girls? Representing Women in Gothic and Horror Cinema: This conference seeks to re-engage with these discussions of gender within Gothic and horror cinema by directly comparing the two. What relationship does Gothic have to horror – or horror to the Gothic – in respect to female representation? What makes a Gothic heroine different from (or, indeed, similar to) female victims/protagonists in horror films? What can we say about the centrality given to female performance in both these genres/modes? Where does one draw the line between Gothic and horror in film? 2017 will mark 30 years since Mary Ann Doane published The Desire to Desire and 25 years since Carol Clover published Men, Women and Chainsaws. This conference will also reflect upon the impact of seminal works on Gothic, horror and gender such as these within film theory. What do these works tell us about the relationship between Gothic and horror in respect to female representation? How do theories of the ‘woman’s film’ and the ‘Final Girl’ relate to contemporary film theory and feminist criticism? Are these ideas still applicable to recent Gothic and horror films, and their heroines?
5th European Conference on Politics and Gender: Over the past twenty years, research in this field has expanded significantly, and the number of gender and politics scholars participating in ECPR Joint Sessions and General Conferences has increased exponentially. In 2007, the Standing Group on Gender and Politics arranged its first ever conference, the European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG). The conference now takes place biennially.

HERSTORY: The Odyssey of the Nigerian Woman since Pre-Colonial Times: the proposed book will investigate the societal norms since ancient times and how external influences such as Islam, colonialism, Christianity, education, and global ideals have affected women’s lives in Nigeria. This is a study in continuity and change. This book will interrogate the construction and reconstruction of gender relations as it affects Nigerian women. This book would contribute to scholarship on dialogues involving Women and Globalization. It is intended to provide new insights and perspectives to the studies on Women’s History, Gender History, Nigerian History, Africa and Globalization.

The Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW): now in its eleventh year, FTW offers a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry. The “workshop” approach of this conference requires active participation of both presenters and attendees. The FTW consists of seminars led by visiting scholars, keynote lectures, and roundtable discussions. Our keynote speakers for 2017 are Amelia Jones, Professor in Art and Design and Vice-Dean of Critical Studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design;  Christina Crosby, Professor in English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University; Katherine McKittrick, Professor in Gender Studies and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University; Kathi Weeks, Professor in Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University; in addition to special guests who will serve on the closing roundtable.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: the York Management School is looking to appoint a fixed-term (36 months) Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a major ESRC funded study into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employee networks within the NHS.