THIS CONFERENCE OFFERS A PLATFORM FOR:
All submitted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, edited under the Creative Commons Licence (Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International/CC BY-ND 4.0), which will also contain a report and catalogue of activities. This book will be available on the WomenBeing webpage to download for free, and it will also be freely distributed to schools, institutions, research centres and individuals who request it.
The aim of this conference is to create an international forum for debate and exchange on the main challenges facing women in today’s society, and to reflect on the ways in which we can, individually and collectively, propose solutions to these problems.
The conference begins on the 10th of October – Ada Lovelace day – which celebrates women of the present and the past, whose achievements have contributed so much to humanity. Like Ada Lovelace, there are many women fighting for equality, for their rights, and for peace. In the last year, there has been a growing awareness of the need to address the problems that women are experiencing, to speak and to take action.
WomenBeing builds upon this momentum by providing a ‘loudspeaker’ for academics, civil servants, researchers, social activists, journalists and private individuals to make their voices heard on the main challenges that women are facing in 2017.
Join us on the 10th and 11th of October in Edinburgh to enrich our discussions.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Professor Emma L. E. Rees
‘Who broke feminism? The obligation of privilege’
Emma Rees is Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Chester, and Director of the Institute of Gender Studies.
She has written extensively in the field of gender and representation, and her most recent book, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History (Bloomsbury) came out in paperback early in 2015. She is currently finishing her third book, due to be published in 2018, which has the working title of That is a Feminist Issue.
WomenBeingWork: How women out of work, on fringes of work, in low paid or insecure work can gain control of their working lives.
Jane Mansour has a rich and varied combination of international operational and policy experience in the employment, skills and anti-poverty fields.
She has been at the forefront of highlighting the need for long-term, career path-led approaches in active labour market programmes, publishing Skills and Sustainable Welfare to Work in 2005.
Recent research work has involved identifying how to improve access to skills support for people in low-paid work; identifying how to build better employment and skills services for female refugees and asylum seekers; and the publication of a review of UK child poverty policy in the US journal Academic Pediatrics.
As an independent consultant her clients include the World Bank, UK and US think tanks, delivery organisations, international charities and social enterprises. She was the founder and Director of the Ingeus Centre for Policy and Research, a think tank embedded within a welfare-to- work delivery organisation, before leaving for a four-year stint in Boston in 2010.
She returned to the UK in August 2014. Her expertise is in translating policy goals into practical, deliverable interventions.
Dr. Kate Sang
Women working in male dominated professions: An intersectional analysis.
She is an Associate Professor of Management, in the Department of Business Management of the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Using feminist theory, her research examines how gender inequality is maintained in male dominated professions, including the creative industries and academia.
In addition. Kate is researching gender and in-work poverty and supervising PhDs exploring organisational culture, gender and behaviour change.
Kate chairs the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association UK & Ireland.
Neo-rural mompreneur: Mastering Work-life balance
Target-driven and enthusiastic professional, mother of two beautiful angels, Leticia Romeo is the Founder and CEO of Vamos Scotland.
With over 8 years experience as creative industries business adviser and management consultant, Leticia is specialised in promoting and developing awareness of Spanish and Latin-American culture across Scotland as well as creating career development opportunities for recent graduates.
“Successful creative enterprises integrate creativity and business. My approach combines creative passion with the best tailored business solutions”
Esperanza Jubera García
How to change the world inside and outside the walls of a science lab.
Researcher on cognitive neurosciences in the Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences (Free University of Brussels).
Her main focus of study is mind wandering. More in detail, how our minds flow from a current task (e.g. driving back home) to unrelated thoughts (as the food that we will prepare for dinner). Still, we are able to behave appropriately (detecting a cat suddenly crossing the road), although a mind not tied up to the here and now is closer to the norm rather than the exception.
Although she has always imagined that her contribution to the world would be from a lab, as a “trained mind-wanderer”, her mind is also occupy by being the representative of Podemos, a new political party in Spain, for the Spanish people that live abroad.
Both as an empirical researcher and a politician, she confronts the daily challenges of being a woman.
Ingrained gender bias in academia: How I realised I needed female role models.
Sonali is a Chancellors PhD Fellow in Theoretical Physics at the University of Sussex at Brighton.
Her research deals with Black holes and Quantum Gravity. She is also a blogger, poet, spoken word performer and the author of the poetry compilation “Leaking Ink”.
She uses her blog, poetry and Facebook as means of effective dialogue to spread awareness regarding gender struggles both in and out of academia drawing on her own experience and stories shared with her by others.
The Importance of Being Yourself & Encouraging Others to do the Same.
Karen Harvey is Founder and Director of Shutter Hub, the photography organisation supporting and promoting creative photographers internationally through exhibitions, networking and opportunities.
With a wide range of experience working as a photographer and writer, creative consultant, mentor and curator, Karen has spoken about developing a career in the photography industry on many occasions, most notably at Foam Museum Amsterdam, the National Photography Symposium, London Art Fair, London Photomonth, the Festival of Creative Industries, and across the UK at universities and colleges.
Dr. Skye Saunders
‘Grace Under Fire’- A Short Film Screening and Conversation with Dr Skye Saunders of the Australian National University.
Dr Skye Saunders is a legal academic from the Australian National University and is an advocate for issues of sexual harassment and bullying in Australia. With a particular interest in gendered harm in rural communities, she is the author of the book, Whispers from the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women. In collaboration with the Victorian Womens’ Trust, Skye has just recently finished making a short film based on Whispers from the Bush called ‘Grace Under Fire’. Skye is also the Acting Director of the Australian National University’s professional legal education programs and has formerly practised as a solicitor in the area of Employment/ Discrimination Law in Canberra. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events, both in Australia and internationally.
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
A. O. Fahm
University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
A. H. M. Ershad Uddin
Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Berhampur University, India
Fiona Abades Barclay