[CFP] International Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Justice: Resilience in Uncertain Times

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Call for Papers
December 7, 2018 to December 8, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Sexuality Studies, Social Sciences

International Conference on
Gender, Sexuality and Justice: Resilience in Uncertain Times
7-8 December 2018
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


The international conference on “Gender, Sexuality, and Justice: Resilience in Uncertain Times”, to be held on 7-8 December 2018 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is now calling for proposals.
Professor Janet Jakobsen, Claire Tow Professor and Chair of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, will be the keynote speaker at this conference.
While significant progress was made on the rights of women and sexual minorities in the past decade, there is widespread concern that the recent global resurgence of the political right has created setbacks for some of this progress. Simultaneously, fundamentalisms of religious, cultural, and social natures have emerged in various forms across different countries and regions. In such an uncertain time, how does civil society maintain the fragile progressive institutions and reimagine gender justice? How can gender justice be envisioned and achieved across various domains, such as family, education, employment, public space, and history? This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore justice on gender and sexuality, and the sources and practices of resilience, across arenas including the cultural, economic, legal, political, and religious realms.
This conference aims to examine issues of gender, sexuality, and justice as they intersect within social contexts. We ask: What are the sources of opposition against gender, sexuality and justice? What is the nature of structural and systemic injustices? In seeking justice, what are the strategies that gender and sexual minorities use? What are the implications of assimilationist and separatist politics? What, indeed, might we define gender, sexuality and justice today? Ten years after the global financial crisis in 2008, have there been long-term gendered impacts of recession, unemployment, precarious work, financial reform and welfare cuts? How, if at all, have work opportunities and environments changed for sexual and gender minorities?
The interdisciplinary conference encourages dialogues across cultures, regions, and academic disciplines.  It provides a platform for discussion on the role of various social, cultural, and legal systems as avenues for reform. It considers the importance and limitations of recent changes in social policy and law on different levels.
We welcome paper and panel proposals from scholars across a range of disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, cultural studies, economics, education, ethnic studies, gender studies, geography, law, political science, public policy, social work, and sociology. Cross-cultural and cross-regional comparisons are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent shifts in exposing and confronting sexual violence;
  • Social media as a site for gender violence and gender justice;
  • The evolving discourse on consent, power, and complicity;
  • Cultural traditions and identities in building or undermining resilience;
  • Economic justice, and intersectional perspectives on work, labor rights, social and economic security;
  • Civil society’s use of domestic and international law, both from a socio-legal as well as a black-letter perspective.

Individual papers or panel proposals should be sent to 
genderconference2018@cuhk.edu.hk by 1 August 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in September 2018.
The conference is organized by Gender Research Centre and Gender Studies Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. For detail, please visit the conference website at
We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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