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Call for paper of the Graduate Conference in Gender Studies “IN/EQUALITIES. narrative & critique, resistance & solidarity” organized by doctoral students of the Gender Studies Department at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.


Central European University, Budapest, May 3-5, 2018


“Inequality” and “equality” have become central concepts in a wide range of domains engaged with struggles against injustice, from the structures of social movements, political and policy discourses, to activist practices, artistic productions, and academic inquiry, particularly in Gender Studies. With this conference we aim to examine the cultural and political infrastructures and productions that underpin, enable, deploy, or contest ‘official’ discourses of equality in policy or legislative frameworks. In a context in which discourses of equality are often embedded in and supportive of projects of nationalism and quite sympathetic to neoliberal infrastructures of value, precarization and normalization, it is critical to investigate possibilities of addressing persisting injustices, and the varied forms such an address might take.

Developed from a multidisciplinary field concerned with injustices around gender, race, class, sexualities, economic disparities, and bodily vulnerability, this graduate student conference in Gender Studies aims to create an open space to advance this engagement by reflecting on our methods, perspectives, vocabularies, and practices. Therefore proposals can be related, but not limited, to the following areas of investigation:
  • -queer narratives
  • -hegemonic narratives of equality
  • -embodiment
  • -materiality of experience
  • -affect
  • -cultural and political infrastructures of in/equalities
  • -transnational feminism
  • -feminist art and visual culture
  • -dissident politics and sub/cultures
  • -virtual contestations
  • -eco-criticism
  • -biopolitics
  • -regimes of citizenship and migration
  • -postcolonial, decolonial, or affective critique
  • -production of the commons and undercommons
The conference invites submissions of proposals for papers and presentations addressing these themes. PhD students, as well as recent graduates and early stage researchers are invited to apply. It also welcomes pre-constituted panels around the topics of the conference. Presentations should be 20 minutes long and delivered in English.


The deadline for abstract submissions is January 5, 2018. Send the title and abstract (300 words) to, including a short biographical statement (100 words) of the presenter, institutional affiliation, and any technical assistance required. Applicants will receive a response regarding their submission by February 1, 2018.

The conference organizers will look into housing options should your attendance be contingent on this kind of support. There is no participation fee, and lunch and refreshments will be provided for participants. For inquires you can email

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