Women’s studies is an academic field that draws on associative methods in order to place women’s lives and experiences at the center of study while researching historical constructs of gender; status of oppression and privilege; and the relationships between power and gender. Usually, women’s studies include feminist theory, transnational feminism, social justice, embodiment, multiculturalism, standpoint theory, or similar. Furthermore, it questions and researches different norms and practices of sexuality, social class, and inequality, nation-building, globalization, and race which are shaped by broader structural forces in historical and current contexts with an emphasis on women’s lives and perspectives.
The most important dates to remember are as follows:
|Paper Submission Deadline
|21 May 2021
|Early Registration Deadline
|26 April 2021
|Late Registration Deadline
|31 May 2021
|10 – 12 June 2021
Women’s studies as an academic field had its roots in second-wave feminism and originated as a contraposition to a male-dominated, male-centered, and defined world. At an early stage, female academics started to question – “Why are women not included in the heart of science? Where are the women?” The more women became active in higher education the stronger they questioned the male-centric nature of most courses and curricula. Obviously, men were representing the whole of society – and primarily white western men. Women featured only briefly – in most of the disciplines.
At the core of new theories was founded the notion that gender, sex, and sexuality are not intrinsic, but are socially constructed. This led to the term “social justice” because the core of the problem was not on the individual level, but for the whole of society. This emergence of feminism changed the picture of academic sciences and as an effect today Women’s studies courses are offered globally in more than forty countries.
Feminism has changed academia and had an impact on a variety of academic disciplines. Furthermore, feminism includes and encourages activism outside of the classroom setting as well. Some women’s studies programs offer work practices that are community-based allowing students the ability to experience how institutional structures of privilege and status directly affect women’s lives. Broadly speaking, women’s studies could be incorporated into a variety of topics, including public service, popular culture, practices of advertising, journalism, women in the economy, reproductive and environmental justice, women’s and social health.
Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte Hotel
Venue address: Osloer Straße 116a, Mitte, 13359 Berlin, Germany
The conference aim is to encourage research and discussions about Women’s studies. This event will highlight women’s contribution to culture and history alongside critical analysis and theorization of the meanings assigned to the category ‘woman’ in philosophical, social, cultural, and historical thought.