Conference Theme

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Conference Theme: About face: Identities, In/visibilities, Inequalities, and Intersections in education
The Gender and Education Association 2019 conference committee at the University of Portsmouth seeks to bring together education practitioners, activists, academics, students, community leaders, artists, researchers, and policymakers to explore identities, in/visibilities, inequalities, and intersections in education through a gendered lens. Engaging with and expanding upon contemporary debates about educational inequalities (at both national and global levels), the conference invites contributions which in different ways address how structural forms of oppression – such as (hetero)sexism, racism, classism, and ableism – operate within and shape educational environments and institutions. Over the course of the conference, one of the primary aims is to move beyond discussion towards a collectively-created call to action to address systemic inequalities in education at local, national, and international levels.

Our conference theme, About Face, aims to spur conversation about the multitude of ways in which inequalities shape the contemporary global context, and how these are both enforced and challenged within and through education.

  • AboutFace, as in a change in understanding as we reflect on the major political, social, economic, and environmental events of the last few years and the ways they have shaped and will continue to shape education across the globe.
  • About Face, as in how we see each other, how we see ourselves, and how we see our world.
  • About Face, as in how we are seen or unseen, recognised or misrecognised, visible or invisible.
  • About Face, as in about our faces and bodies; how we self-identify and how our identities are shaped; how gender norms, ideals of physical appearance, standards of beauty, measures of femininity and masculinity are imposed upon bodies in different ways; how this impacts upon educational experiences for students and upon employment experiences for staff in educational institutions.
  • About Face, as in a turning towards a recognition of identities and in/visibilities in education and a turning towards action to address intersecting inequalities.

Conference presentations will include a range of formats, including academic papers or presentations, roundtables, themed panels, symposia, workshops, creative interventions or performances, along with other formats that share ideas and generate discussions in innovative ways.

For those accepted presenters unable to attend in person, there will be an opportunity to participate in a simultaneous virtual conference (which will include papers available online with a moderated discussion forum).