The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) would like to invite you for the annual National Research Day dedicated to the cutting edge work of junior researchers of Dutch universities in the field of Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Diversity. This year the National Research Day is called ‘Doing Gender in the Netherlands: Strategies, Tactics and Impact’ and will be hosted by our colleagues of the Institute for Gender Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen on Friday June 12, 2015.

Gender Studies is a critical practice of cultural theory and epistemology. Its scholars start from the premise that gender perpetually emerges as a factor in the structuring of society and culture, closely interacting with other social categories such as sexuality, class,  race/ethnicity and religion. As such, ‘gender’ is understood as an individual, institutional, and symbolic ordering principle impacting on people’s lives. Gender Studies in the Netherlands have a rich tradition of contributing to the analysis of local and global cultures and societies from a feminist perspective. The NOG research days, through the presentation of the ‘work in progress’ of the current generation of gender scholars, both monitor and critique national developments and contemporary discussion within the field. The 2015 edition focusses in particular on the effects of 30 years of feminist scholarships and aims to map both urgent and emergent topics and research questions for feminist scholars today.

Given women’s historical association with the materiality of their bodies, what does the ‘material turn’ in the social sciences and humanities mean for feminist research? Why is feminism suddenly fashionable, and what does the rise of celebrity feminism do for Gender Studies as an academic discipline? And why is the fight for girls to gain access to education still so important and dangerous that the Pakistan Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for her unrelenting efforts? What does this award mean for the role Gender Studies has played and still has to play locally and globally in and beyond 2015? These and other questions will be addressed in both plenary and parallel sessions.

The Call for Papers is now closed! 

Format of the day:
The day will start with a short, state-of-the-art opening address by NOG director Professor Rosemarie Buikema and the director of the Institute for Gender Studies, Professor Willy Jansen. The major part of the day will be dedicated to discussions of work in progress by means of paper presentations. The day will be concluded by an analysis of the highlights in gender research in the Netherlands today by Dr. Liedeke Plate.
Depending on the foci of the PhD paper proposals thematic sessions will be formed, either plenary or paralleled depending on the number of accepted papers.
Paper presenters should prepare a presentation of 10 minutes to allow for plenary discussion and questions. Full papers will be distributed in advance among the panel participants. Feedback on the papers will be given by a senior NOG staff member.

The language of the day is English.

You can register as a participant before Friday May 22, 2015:
To organize this National Research Day we ask for a contribution of €15,- from every attendee for tea, coffee, lunch and drinks, to be paid at the registration desk on the day.