Academic workshop on
Gender, Conflict, Citizenship & Belonging
18 – 20 March 2020
University of Antwerp, Belgium

Call for Papers

Application deadline: 25 November 2019
Notice of acceptance: 20 December 2019
Full details below

On March 18th-20th 2020, UCSIA organizes an academic workshop on gender, conflict, citizenship and belonging at the University of Antwerp.

Gender and gender(ed) relations have long been the subject of political imagination and interpretation. This is particularly the case in times of crisis and perceived threats to the nation, when political actors seek to mobilise through a (renewed) emphasis on the importance of the nuclear (heteronormative) family and traditional roles for both women and men. Within such political tactics and mobilisations, the (native) male’s responsibility to defend the nation is emphasised, while women are told to focus their energies on producing and educating children as well as supporting their husbands in their national duties.

These processes are clearly visible in today’s political climate in Belgium, Europe and the world. Consider the responses in Europe to the so-called 2015 migrant crisis, or the rise in populist rhetoric that is based on the fight against ‘gender ideology’. 

This workshop seeks to better understand the current political climate in Europe, which includes the resurfacing debates on abortion, the spread of referenda on the family across Europe, the various discussions in European countries on the re-introduction of military service, as well as the activities of anti-gender movements that have attempted to curtail academic freedom in researching gender and sexuality. To do so, it examines the role of (ideological) constructions of ideal and normative masculinities/femininities and alternatives to them in times of crisis, which remain too often overlooked by researchers.

Some of the questions central to the workshop are:

  • How are ideal masculinities/feminities (re)produced in times of crisis through law, institutions, culture, politics, media…? How are these binaries resisted and transcended?
  • How do idealised masculinities/feminities correlate with ideals of citizenship?
  • How do those who do not conform do these ideals negotiate citizenship and belonging?
  • How do economic and institutional legitimacy crises affect negotiation (and questioning) of idealized types of masculinity and femininity?

The workshop seeks to develop a broader historical and geographical perspective, and welcomes papers on cases from any period post-Second World War in Europe (especially Southeast-Europe) and the Middle East.

Keynote Speakers

Catherine Baker

Research Coordinator for History and Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History, University of Hull

She is a specialist in post-Cold War history, international relations and cultural studies, including the post-Yugoslav region in a transnational and global context. Her research projects are connected by an overarching interest in the politics of representing, narrating and knowing about the past. Catherine’s current projects include relationships between war / the military and popular culture; the cultural politics of international events (including the Eurovision Song Contest); LGBTQ politics and identities since the late Cold War, including queer representation in media; and ‘race’ in the Yugoslav region. She has also researched interpreters / translators in peacekeeping.

Brandon Hamber

John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE)

He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at the university, and a Visiting Professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others.

Thomas Kühne

Professor of History and Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University

Thomas Kühne is Professor of History and the Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Affiliated with Women’s Studies Program and Race and Ethnic Relations Program at Clark, he teaches Modern European and German History, with a focus on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. His research explores the relation of war, genocide, and society, long-term traditions of political culture and political emotions in Europe, and the problem of locating the Holocaust and Nazi Germany in the continuities and discontinuities of the 20th century.Kühne’s current research projects deal with the constructive side of mass violence in a broader historical and comparative perspective as well as with the relation between historiography and collective memories of genocides.

Maya Mikdashi

Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick

She received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her current research/manuscript focuses on law, citizenship, secularity, religious conversion, sexual difference, and the war on terror. She has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014-2016 at Rutgers University, and a Faculty Fellow/Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University (2012-2014). She is a co-founding editor of Jadaliyya.com, co-director of the feature length documentary About Baghdad (2004) and co- founding member of filmmaking cooperative Quilting Point Productions. A film she co-conceptualized and co-wrote with Carlos Motta, deseos/raghbat, is currently playing in international art and film festivals.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC

She teaches courses on culture, identity, extremism, education, research methods, and globalization. Her  research is focused on the cultural dimensions of far right youth extremism and school-based responses to rising hate. She is the author of The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018);  Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany (Duke University Press, 2009). She is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis on the Radical Right (CARR) and an active member of the American Sociological Association, the Council for European Studies, the Comparative and International Education Society and the German Studies Association. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Programme Outline

Wednesday
18 March 2020

19h00-21h00
Public opening lecture on

Youth, Gender, Populism & Nationalism

Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC

Thursday
19 March 2020

9h00

Welcome by UCSIA

9h00

Introduction by chair

9h15
Introductory lecture on

Gender and Conflict – Historical Perspective

Thomas Kühne
Professor of History and the Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History at Clark University

10h00

Q & A

10h30

Coffee Break

11h00

Paper Presentations Panel I

12h30

Lunch

14h00

Introduction by chair

14h15
Introductory lecture on

Conflict and Gender in Southeast Europe

Catherine Baker
Research Coordinator for History,
University of Hull

15h00

Q & A

15h30

Coffee Break

16h00

Paper Presentations Panel II

17h30

End of Day Programme

Friday
20 March 2020

9h00

Welcome by UCSIA

9h00

Introduction by chair

9h15
Introductory lecture on

Conflict and Gender in the Middle East

Maya Mikdashi
Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies Rutgers University, New Brunswick

10h00

Q & A

10h30

Coffee Break

11h00

Paper Presentations Panel III

12h30

Lunch

14h00

Introduction by chair

14h15

Paper Presentations Panel IV

15h30

Coffee Break

16h00
Public closing lecture on

Transforming Societies after Conflict

Brandon Hamber
John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace, International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Ulster University

17h30

End of Day Programme

Call for Papers

The workshop ‘Gender, Conflict, Citizenship and Belonging’ consists of a two-day international meeting (preceded by a public opening lecture) with specialized lectures, presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. The aim is to offer a platform to scholars to present their research on the topic and exchange their ideas on research findings. Such a meeting may open up new multidisciplinary horizons to think about the topic. 

Besides empirical research, also conceptual or methodological contributions are welcomed for submission from various disciplines.

We invite theoretical and empirical papers on the following themes and questions:

  • How are ideal masculinities/feminities (re)produced in times of crisis through law, institutions, culture, politics, media…? How are these binaries resisted and transcended?
  • How do idealised masculinities/feminities correlate with ideals of citizenship?
  • How do those who do not conform do these ideals negotiate citizenship and belonging?
  • How do economic and institutional legitimacy crises affect negotiation (and questioning) of idealized types of masculinity and femininity?

 The workshop seeks to develop a broader historical and geographical perspective, and welcomes papers on cases from any period post-Second World War in Europe (especially Southeast-Europe) and the Middle East.  

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Application Procedure

To submit your application

  1. fill in the online submission form
  2. upload the abstract (750 – 1.000 words including references, in English) of your proposed paper
  3. upload your curriculum vitae, in English, list of publications included (if available)

Application deadline: 25 November 2019

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Selection Criteria

Applicants should

  • be a master student, doctoral student or postdoctoral researcher
  • be involved in ongoing academic research relevant to the themes addressed in the sessions of the workshop
  • respect formal requirements of the application process
  • submit a well written paper proposal, related to the main topic of the workshop and representative of your research work, indicating the methodology and theoretical underpinning of your research

Selection Procedure

Blind peer-review:

the selection of participants will be made on a competitive basis by the members of the organizing scientific committee headed by the director of UCSIA. The papers will be examined through a blind refereeing process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Notice of acceptance:

20 December 2020 at the latest

Workshop Attendance

  • conference attendance, meals and accommodation for the selected presenters are free of charge
  • all participants are expected to arrange and pay for their own travel
  • all participants are expected to take part in the full programme

Presentation and publication opportunity

  • selected participants will present their papers in a panel session
    (20 minutes in English)
  • a selection of papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication

Organisers

In Cooperation With

Henk de Smaele, Centre for Political History & Antwerp Gender and Sexuality Network, University of Antwerp

Heleen Touquet, Chair in European Values, University of Antwerp

Roshanack Shaery-Yazdi, Centre for Political History, University of Antwerp

Stijn Latré, Director of UCSIA

Contact

Barbara Segaert, Scientific Coordinator, UCSIA
T | +32 (0) 3 265 49 60

Chair for European Values

joint project between the UCLouvain and the University of Antwerp dedicated to the study of European values in their diversity

Practical details

Date & Time

Academic workshop: 18-20 March 2020
Public lecture: 18 March 2020, 19h00-21h00

Call for Papers

Application deadline: 25 November 2019
Notice of Acceptance: 20 December 2019
Full details | Online submission form

Venue

University of Antwerp
City Campus – Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13 & 13 B, 2000 Antwerp
BELGIUM

Travelling to Antwerp from Abroad

International trains

Antwerp Central Station offers direct railway connections to Amsterdam Centraal, London St Pancreas International, Paris Nord and Köln Hauptbahnhof.

This makes the train a comfortable and green way to travel to Antwerp from many larger cities in the Netherlands, Great-Britain, France and Germany.

We recommend you to order your train tickets as soon as possible, because prices increase in time. The earlier you book, the cheaper your trip. Ticket sales open three to six months in advance, depending on the trainline operator.

When you arrive in Antwerp Central Station, take a minute to look around you. Many travel guides have rated it as one of the most beautiful stations in the world.

Visit Antwerp

While visiting Antwerp for academic purposes, take the opportunity to get to know our unique and beautiful city!

Antwerp skyline with Cathedral

Brussels National Airport

Brussels National Airport in Zaventem is the most travelled airport in Belgium. If you are coming by plane, you will most likely arrive here.

The Airport Express is a direct coach service that runs every hour (3 a.m.-12 p.m.) between Brussels Airport and Antwerp Central Station. The ride takes about 45 minutes. You can find the bus stop at park P15, close to the terminal. The covered walkway leads you automatically to and from the terminal.

There is also a direct train connection (twice an hour) between Brussels Airport and Antwerp Central Station. The approximate travel time is 32 minutes. The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level -1). Keep your train ticket at hand upon arrival at Brussels Airport. You will need to scan it at the automated access gates.

More information:
www.brusselsairport.be/

Antwerp City Airport

Antwerp Airport is a small airport located in Deurne at a mere seven kilometers from the city centre of Antwerp. It covers a selection of mostly European destinations such as London Southend, Florence, Innsbruck, Malaga, Split, Toulon, …

The easiest way to travel to the city centre is by taxi (15 min, € 15).

You can also take public transport, but there is no direct service. Take bus 51, 52 or 53 directly in front of the airport building to Antwerp-Berchem railway station in 10 minutes, where you can take bus 21 and 32 or tram 9 and 11 to Rooseveltplaats (Roosevelt Square), near Antwerp Central Station.

More information:
www.antwerpairport.aero

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Another option is the international airport in our neighbour’s capital: Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Especially for long distance flights, it is an alternative worth looking into. Your journey could turn out significantly cheaper and/or shorter.

There is a direct train connection between Schiphol Airport and Antwerp Central Station every hour. The estimated travel time is under an hour.

We recommend you to order your train tickets as soon as possible, because prices increase in time. The earlier you book, the cheaper your trip. Ticket sales open four months in advance.

You can also buy international train tickets at the NS Hispeed desks, located near the Meeting Point at Schiphol Plaza.

The NS train station is located directly below the terminal building. Take the escalator or lift downstairs and board the train.

More information:
www.brusselsairport.be/en/

 

Brussels South Charleroi Airport

This is an airport with mostly short distance destinations (with the exception of Hong Kong). The majority of the flights are operated by low cost airlines.

Mind: although your flight might be cheaper, travel time to and from Antwerp will be longer and your transport options for early and late flights are limited.

Also take into account that, although the airport is called Brussels South, it is located in Charleroi, which is in no way near to Brussels National Airport. When booking your train tickets make sure to select the right railway station.

You can buy a single or return ticket (same day return) to “any Belgian station” from the ticket machines outside the terminal near Door 2. This ticket includes the TEC bus journey (from the airport to Charleroi-South station) and the train journey (from Charleroi-South station to another Belgian station of your choice).

More information:
www.brussels-charleroi-airport.com

UCSIA

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