Conferences and Special Events

Call for Papers: ‘Consuming Gender’
Assuming Gender one-day symposium
Keynote speaker: Dr Becky Munford (Cardiff University)
14 July, Cardiff University

Assuming Gender is a postgraduate research group at Cardiff University, dedicated to the timely analysis of constructions of gendered texts, practices, and subjectivities. It features and discusses research from a diverse range of methodologies and approaches to gender studies, and includes work in feminist theories, queer theories, critical and cultural theory, literature, film studies, sociology, and other relevant fields.

As a complement to a special issue of the Assuming Gender journal (which will be published later this year), the conference will also take ‘Consuming Gender’ as its theme. Consumer culture plays a significant role in establishing and maintaining binary identity distinctions (male/female, gay/straight, black/white), undermining the validity of those identifying across or in-between one or more categories, or who refuse categorisation at all.

The conference aims to bring together work from across the Humanities, and beyond, that focuses on gender and consumerism. The conference hopes to promote discussion of how consumer culture constructed, and how it has been constructed by, gender through the ages.
We welcome submissions from academics and students (postgraduates and undergraduates) from any discipline.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

·        Consuming gender/gendered consumption
·        Historical contexts of gendered consumption
·        Feminist/postfeminist approaches to consumption
·        Consumption and intersectionality
·        Queer consumption
·        Media constructions of (gendered) consumer identities
·        Post-colonialism and gendered consumption
       Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words for a 20-minute paper to by 28th of April 2017.