CfP: 'Empowered: Agency, Authority, and its Limitations' - SHU Postgraduate Conference 2018

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Call for Papers
March 16, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Black History / Studies, World History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Social Sciences, Social History / Studies


'Empowered: Agency, Authority, and its Limitations'

SHU Postgraduate Conference 2018

Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union on Thursday 31stMay and Friday 1st June 2018.

This conference seeks to examine and discuss different conceptions of agency, empowerment, and authority in imagination and practice. We invite proposals for 20 minute papers thematically or contextually relevant to the conference theme from postgraduate students and early career researchers within twelve months of completion of their PhD. We are particularly keen on encouraging debate and collaboration across a broad spectrum of disciplinary boundaries and interests. 

Interpretations of the theme of interest to the conference may include:

Narratives of empowerment, or the winning, conferring or growth of agency or authority

Experiences of disempowerment, removal or undermining of agency or authority, real or imagined

Clashes of agency and authority between social groups and/or individuals

Intersections/conflicts of identity, overcoming taboos or restrictions – ethnicity, nationality, gender, class

Considerations of moral agency, self-interest, authority in concept or practice

Power relationships – equal or unequal, nurturing, subjugating

Discourses of agency, authority and credibility, or disempowerment and dispossession

Intersections of artistic and creative expressions of empowerment with social and political experiences

Proposals for the conference should take the form of a 300-word abstract of the paper with a separate title and a 100-word biography of the applicant. Applications should be submitted to  by the EXTENDED DEADLINE date: Friday 16th March 2018.



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