17 June 2022 - 17 June 2022
10:00AM - 4:00PM
GLAD is excited to call for participants for our PGR event on 17 June 2022 aimed at disrupting the form of academic conferences
Gender and Law at Durham, supported by funding from the Society of Legal Scholars and Durham Centre for Academic Development will convene an in-person workshop at Durham University on Friday 17 June 2022 aimed at disrupting forms that limit our ability to imagine a transformative future. We adopt ‘Disrupting the (Gendered) Form’ as both the substantive theme of the workshop, and a praxis upon which to organise the format of sessions.
The organisers of the workshop believe that the academic environment places a skewed emphasis on self-sustainability, individualised production, and personal expertise over the merits of collaborative knowledge production. Practically, this culture feeds into the inaccessibility of academia across multiple intersectional lines of marginalisation. To both counter this individualistic ethos, and in acknowledgement of the often-isolating nature of postgraduate research, the workshop hopes to facilitate ethical, fruitful, vulnerable, and joyful interactions with other PGRs and recent graduates. The workshop also aims to foster a PGR community across disciplines, as the structuring of academia tends to limit our ability to draw connections with postgraduate researchers outside our own fields of study. With the aim of facilitating this collaborative knowledge production, participants will be placed into small peer groups (effectively a roundtable) with whom they will undertake the following activities:
We look to welcome PGR students from across any discipline undertaking research directed at disrupting the forms that constrain us from thinking about gender and gender-based issues. Understanding both gender and ‘disrupting the form’ broadly, we encourage applications from those researching themes that include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Participants are invited to submit a 250-word bio and an extended abstract (word limit: 1000 words) outlining your research ambiguity or conundrum. Ambiguities or conundrums could include (this is a non-exhaustive list):
In the event we receive more submission than places available, ambiguities and conundrums that are broad enough to invite wide comment will be prioritised.
The deadline for submission will be 14 April 2022 via online application form. All participants will receive an invitation no later than 31 May 2022.
We have secured funding for all participants travelling to the event from outside of Durham. This includes reasonable transport costs as well as accommodation.
Accommodation will be organised centrally by the conference organisers; if you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know on the application form so that we can ensure they are met.
Additional funding (up to £150 per person) to cover childcare is also available.
Lastly, in recognition of the role clothing plays in reinforcing gender norms the conference will expressly adopt a “wear whatever the f*** you want” dress code. This could include your favourite loud shirt, your most comfortable hoodie, glittery eyeshadow, no makeup, clothing that shows off your favourite tattoo… whatever you would ideally wear if there were no unspoken expectations about how one should dress in an academic setting. The organisers firmly believe that traditional, Eurocentric standards of professionalism are arbitrary and exclusionary, as our clothing, body modification, hairstyle, and general appearance has no bearing on our academic work. In fact, we wish to create a space where we can encounter individuals in the way they wish to be encountered. If you are still feeling unsure about what is ok, please get in touch.