Category Archives: Conferences

Pre-AAG IGU Gender Commission Conference (19-20 April 2015)

Gendered Rights to the City: Intersections of Identity and Power

Sunday, April 19 – Monday, April 20

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee at the Golda Meir Library

Organized and hosted by the International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and GeographyGeographic Perspectives on Women AAG Specialty Group, and the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, this conference will promote exploration of gender, difference, and power relations in contemporary and historical urban landscapes. Topics for papers and panel sessions will focus on the intersections of gender, identity, and power across diverse and contested spaces. The conference is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse city with a rich immigrant and industrial history shaped by labor activism and socialist politics.

For more information, please see the conference website: http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/conferences/igu-gender2015/

Announcing the GenderGeog Hackathon 2015!

In the fall of 2015, the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group (GPOW) of the Association of American Geographers is hosting the GenderGeog Hackathon 2015! A hackathon is a time when a group of people come together to work on a digital project together, usually by coding and creating content for an app or website. Come back for the date announcement.

How will I spend my time?

  • a computer with access to the internet
  • some basic experience learning programs such as Zotero (similar to EndNote / RefWorks) and GoogleDocs (similar to the MSOffice suite) (20-25 minutes) — no previous skills with these apps or geography and gender studies required
  • time to dedicate into clicking on–no typing needed! amazing!–and cleaning citations (min 30-40 minutes / max up to you)
  • in sum, for this hackathon, you will need these resources and skills, and a total of around 1 hour but can go as long as you wish

Our hackathon will focus on having folks from around the world add to, clean data from, and organize the Gender and Geography Bibliography in the citation management system Zotero. Created by two amazing women over a span of 20 years, the bibliography now hosts thousands of sources that were hard-typed in various citation formats and kept on one html page.

What would I be doing?

  • taking the bibliography went international by adding sources, journals, and books in languages other than English
  • adding missing citations based on your own knowledge base
  • cleaning citations (so that they all say, for example, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography instead of GPC, etc)
  • searching through known geography and geography-related journals as well as women’s, gender, and sexuality studies journals for related articles
  • curate you own recommended reading lists on your topic of expertise with the community

Can I work with others?

  • yes! You will be chatting with others via the GoogleDoc chat
  • we encourage universities and schools to host a space on the 20th or 21st to take part in the Hackathon–bring drinks, snacks, music, and friends
  • we also encourage our faculty colleagues to offer credit or extra credit for participation in order to make this an even wider community event

In this process, you will learn a great tool and help many others who follow in your path.

Check back throughout 2015 for the more details of the GenderGeog Bibliography Hackathon!

CFP: Feminist Geograpy: Who we are, what we do, why we do it

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

“Feminist Geography: Who we are, what we do, why we do it.”

MAY 15-18, 2014

University of Nebraska at Omaha

http://femgeogconference.wordpress.com

We are excited to invite submissions for a wide range of stimulating, interactive and in-depth sessions. We encourage participants to consider submissions that differ from traditional conference presentation formats. To make submissions, please visit our website at http://femgeogconference.wordpress.com 

The deadline for submissions is: January 15, 2014

Research-oriented sessions

We envision this conference as a place to share research in different ways, especially those that encourage conversation across research topics. Session formats might include:

  • Research panels: 4-5 presenters give short (3-5 minute) introductions to their research, and a discussant asks questions across the panel.
  • “Issues in research” panels or roundtables: Participants might focus on different dimensions of feminist geographical research such as methodology, ethics, political issues, access to information etc., and use their own research experiences as examples.
  • Cross-talk panels: 3-4 researchers in different sub-fields share their research, and then the audience is invited to draw connections amongst all of the papers, encouraging “cross-talk.”

Topical or thematic sessions

These sessions might focus on a topic or theme in feminist geography (either major themes or those that need more attention) and encourage a wide variety of voices to participate through formats such as:

  • Knowledge cafes: A facilitator introduces a topic for 10-15 minutes, and then small groups of 4-5 engage in close conversation for the remaining time. (http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/run-kcafe.)
  • Panels: Encouraging a mixture of voices across career stage, geographic region, theoretical orientation etc.

Visual or performance-oriented sessions

We invite creative submissions in formats such as:

  • Film or video
  • Posters or art works
  • Performances
  • Any of the above may be submitted virtually, if the creator cannot attend in person.

Professional development sessions

We seek proposals for sessions that will allow participants to share their experiences in and beyond academia in formats such as:

Roundtables or panels on issues including but not limited to:

  • Academic publishing 
  • Job interview strategies
  • Non-academic career possibilities
  • Surviving your first years of full-time work
  • Work-life balance
  • Issues facing women of colour in geography/academia
  • Surviving as a feminist in geography/academia
  • Addressing mental health issues
  • Advocating for equality in the workplace
  • Writing strategies
  • Advice sessions: We seek volunteers (particularly more experienced academics) to lead individualized or small-group advice sessions (for example, on CVs, cover letters, interview skills, and so on).

Submissions:

On the Submissions page of this website, please indicate which category your proposal falls into, and include a 250-word description of the proposed session. If possible (and relevant to your proposal), include names and contact information for session participants. Attendees are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Please also indicate if you are willing to help out with professional development advice sessions.

You may also submit a description of a presentation for a single participant. The conference organizers will connect you with others in a similar field.

Please visit the website for the conference at http://femgeogconference.wordpress.com to submit proposals, register, and keep up to date connections with other participants!

GPOW Sponsorship at the AAGs in Tampa

The Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group (GPOW) of the AAG is pleased to extend an invitation to sponsor sessions at the 2014 AAG, April 8-12 in Tampa, FL.

GPOW promotes geographic research and education on topics relating to women, gender, sexuality, and the socio-spatial production of difference and inequality more broadly. Sponsored sessions can encompass a broad range of geographic topics including (but not limited to) those focusing on women, gender, masculinities, femininities, sexuality, race, feminist theories and/or methodologies.

To put forward your session for GPOW sponsorship, please send your session abstract, list of presenters and titles to Jill Williams at JillMW@hawaii.edu. This information will enable GPOW to promote your sessions closer to the conference date. We look forward to receiving details of your sessions and facilitating an engaging conference environment!