Generative Feminism(s): working across/ within/ through borders" The GEA Conference has long provided an important home for established and aspiring feminist researchers to foreground and share deep commitments and passions to addressing gender inequity across all educational contexts and spheres. The Association and the Gender & Education Journal share an overt and proud commitment to feminist modes of publishing, theorising, praxis and activism. The Association, journal and annual conferences collectively provide a key global platform for a wide network of international scholars to (continue) to inform theoretically, methodologically and empirically cutting edge debates about gender, education and culture.
The 11th GEA conference intends to build upon this tradition to create space and opportunities for a range of feminist scholars, working at disciplinary interstices, to share innovative interventions that push at generating understandings about impact – upon research, practice, pedagogy, policy and activism. Crucially, the conference also intends to inspire and support emerging gender scholars and to act as an international collaborative resource for those fighting gendered inequality in multiple ways in local contexts. The 2017 conference is being organised and hosted by Middlesex University, London. Professor Jayne Osgood, a professor in education at CERS, the Centre for Education Research and Scholarship, leads the organising committee.
Feminist research makes a crucially important contribution to developing diverse and collaborative ways to understand gender, feminism(s), sexual identities, education and embodied experiences. The new material/affective turn in feminist research has produced a wider range of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches with which to theorise and research gender. The ‘newness’ of these exciting developments owe an enormous debt to generations of feminist scholars; the overriding aim of the conference is to recognise and celebrate the inter and intra-connections that generate such a rich feminist landscape.
The conference will open up opportunities for generative, generating and generational feminist research – so that past, present and future feminist theorisations and practices of education research might coalesce. There is much to be gained from affirmatively relating across time and space – to continue to contemplate what feminist research is possible of, and what it does best: unsettle, intervene and insist upon demonstrable impacts for greater gender equity in educational policy, practical pedagogies and within communities.
With these factors in mind the theme of the conference is: Generative Feminism(s): working across/within/through borders and is inspired by the work of Gloria Anzaldua (1987, Borderlands/La Frontera); Sylvia Wynter (2015, On Being Human as Praxis) and Iris van der Tuin (2015, Generational Feminism: New Materialist Introduction to A Generative Approach). Through their work, these feminist scholars pull together the interconnectedness of creative and theoretical resistances and affordances to contemplate borders (temporal, spatial, material and disciplinary) and so grapple with fissures that persist and enfold between practice, policy, theory and activism. The conference hashtag is #GEAconf2017.