Call for Submissions - Women in Academia Support Network Online Conference 'Virtually Undisciplined: Diversifying Higher Education and Research through interconnectivity'

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March 31, 2022 to April 1, 2022

Virtually undisciplined is the bi-annual conference for Women in Academia Support Network (WIASN). WIASN exists to promote gender equity in Higher Education and Research.

The theme of this conference is situated around interconnectivity and diversity; with particular regard to an intersectional approach to gender diversity that must include race, religion, sex, disability and class.

In this conference we particularly welcome papers, performance, artistic representations, play/games/playful activities and practical workshops that address either of these strands or a combination.

Diversity of:

  • The academic/research community: Equality, diversity, inclusion and access – particularly personal stories of gender in/equity and also asking what policies, support, and culture change could or have helped.
  • Research Methods
  • Teaching
  • Impact and Engagement
  • Academic and research culture (how can we envisage Higher education and research differently?, failure as thriving, caring institutions, celebrating the unconventional)
  • Thought -Extreme interdisciplinarity (anything goes!)

Diversity through:

  • Interconnectivity /networking
  • Collaboration
  • Engagement
  • Social media (Academics on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, social media as method etc.)

*Selected papers will be included in a conference book published by Emerald Global Publishing. Timescales tbc.

Presentation formats/timings

You can present your paper/performance/playful provocation etc. in the following ways. Please indicate which in your conference submission.

  • Workshop /round table (multiple presenters)                           1 hour
  • Presentation / performance / playful provocation                   20 minute presentation
  • Pecha Kucha (20 images  / 30 seconds)                                    6 mins 40 seconds

Slides change automatically and the speaker must synchronise their speech with the images. It’s sometimes also called a 20×20 presentation. So the entire presentation always lasts for exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

  • Posters, artistic renderings (photographs, drawing, sculptures etc.) must be submitted as high resolution images i.e. PDF or Jpeg.

Submission: Please complete the online form with an abstract of no more than 300 words detailing your contribution. Please select the type of contribution you will be making and indicate if you are willing to chair a session.

Submissions open:                     Monday 6th September 2021.

Submissions close:                     Friday 12th November 2021.  

Outcomes communicated:      Friday 10th December 2021.

Submission form: Virtually Undisciplined Proposal Submission Form (

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