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International Women's Day Event: Call for Posters!

The call for posters is now open for the SSPS Graduate School International Women's Day Event which will take place in March 2015 (Date TBC)

We are inviting proposals which touch upon one of the following themes:

A Thematic Exploration of the UN’s Work on the Status of Women

2015 marks the deadline for completion of the Millennium Development Goals. They can be found here. In recognition of this, we are inviting proposals which touch upon the themes outlined for consideration within the goals (through the lens of feminism and women’s studies). The themes are: poverty (particularly income, hunger and disease), health, shelter, social exclusion, inequality, education, environmental sustainability and development. Proposals do not need to speak directly to the MDGs, but should rather encapsulate their spirit.  Proposals can concern domestic or international matters. 

2015 also marks 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was agreed. Described, by the UN, as a “visionary agenda for the empowerment of women”, the declaration focuses on 12 areas of concern: poverty, education, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment and the girl child. In recognition of this, we are inviting proposals which touch upon these matters. Again, proposals do not need to speak directly to the Declaration, but should rather encapsulate its spirit. Again, proposals can concern domestic or international issues.

Imagining a Feminist Future

Proposals addressing this theme should discuss feminist goals and objectives as well as theoretical/practical ways of reaching them. In short, what might a feminist future look like and how might we get there?

General Information

Posters on either theme could contain information regarding your research project, normative arguments/positions, a particular idea or narrative of interest, or something of your own imagining. Scholars are encouraged to think ‘outside of the box’ and embrace the ‘poster’ as a medium.   

If your proposal is successful you will be asked to display your poster in the CMB lobby for a specified period (likely a week) and will be invited to a networking event at which you can discuss your work with attendees. If you are unable to attend said event, your poster will nonetheless be exhibited.

It is hoped that senior academics, politicians and third sector professionals will be in attendance at this event. It should therefore provide a fine opportunity to showcase your work.  

Proposals should take the form of a 200 word abstract which concisely explains the intended content, focus, purpose and goals of your poster.

Proposals should be returned by Wed 18th February to Amelia Hodgson,

If you have any queries regarding the above, please feel free to contact Amelia.

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