Call for Papers: GENSIG Confreat, 13th – 14th July 2016

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The Gender and Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) invites new and more established gender and entrepreneurship scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat) on 13th & 14th July 2016 at the University of Leeds, UK.

Our first confreat in 2015 received an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees who found it “energising”, “inspirational”, “motivating” and “essential”. We were really pleased to be able to develop, not only the attendees’ papers but also their networks and collaborative opportunities.

The primary focus is to help participants to develop a working paper for a conference or journal publication through support, feedback and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. To do so, participants will engage with contemporary perspectives on gender and entrepreneurship as well as exploring the possibilities for developing grant proposals for future research projects.

The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire expressed by our network for a unique space where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. Over the two days, you will discuss your work in-depth with other scholars in the field, be introduced to cutting-edge research in critical gender studies, and learn how to develop grant applications for gender and entrepreneurship research. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally.

This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the Gender Track of the ISBE conference in October 2016. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission. As we are really keen to support the journey to publication, last year’s attendees are free to submit the same paper as long as they have done some significant work on it in the meantime.

Who should attend: In order to provide quality feedback and a valuable experience this event will be limited to 30 attendees, and selection will be through a competitive application process. This process involves submission of an extended research abstract (1,000 words maximum) which will be reviewed by the organisers. Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full paper of approximately 7,000 words. Each paper will be reviewed by a senior academic in the field who will offer individual feedback to the author regarding how to develop their work towards journal/conference submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews upon a small number of papers.

Abstract Format (1,000 words maximum):

Objectives: e.g. What are the aims of your research? What did you want to find out? Why is this important?

Prior Work: e.g. What previous research has been done on this topic? What are the gaps your work addresses?

Approach: e.g. How did you conduct your research? What methodology and methods did you employ? How did you analyse your data?

Results: e.g. What did you find out?

Implications: e.g. What does this mean for practice, policy and/ or theory?

Value: e.g. How can others use your research? What is your contribution to theory, practice and/or policy?

We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (fewer than five years post-PhD) and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-ranked journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business management.

Please note that, with support from ISBE and ECSB, we can offer financial help for a limited number of PhD students and/or ECRs to attend. If you would like to be considered for this please request an application form and return it with your abstract by 14th March 2016.

Key dates:

14 March 2016 – Abstract submission deadline. Please note, due to tight timelines and limited numbers, there will be no extensions granted for abstract submissions

28 March 2016 – Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit full papers

3 June 2016 – Full paper submission deadline

13 & 14 July 2016 – Confreat
Fee (inc all meals, an evening dinner on 13th July & bed and breakfast accommodation):

PhD students – £200

Early Career (ISBE member) – £200

Early Career (non-member) – £225

ISBE Members – £300

Non-members – £325

Please submit your abstract to Dr Sally Jones by 14 March. Please also contact her to obtain an application for financial support if you wish to apply for this.

Call for Papers: Feminist Early Career Academics

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Please see below a call for papers for an edited book entitled ‘Feminist Beginnings: Being an Early Career Feminist Academic in a Changing Academy’, to be edited by Dr Rachel Thwaites and Dr Amy Godoy-Pressland. Please circulate around your networks.

In a fast-changing higher education academy, where marketisation is increasingly becoming the dominant model, the pressures on academics seem great, while the need to ‘play the game’ to succeed has never been more important. Within this context, entering the academy as an early career academic presents many challenges, as well as possibilities. Moving from the relative autonomy, and often bubble of safety, of the PhD into teaching or research contracts where there may be less flexibility and freedom within the institutional hierarchy, can be a real step change. Early career academics also frequently face the prospect of working on fixed term contracts, with little security and no certain prospect of advancement, while constantly looking for the next contract.

Being a feminist early career academic adds a further layer; how does one maintain one’s feminist identity and politics within what has traditionally been a very male-dominated institution where few women reach the most senior positions? Moreover the ethos of the marketising university where students are sometimes viewed as ‘customers’, may sit uneasily with a politics of equality for all. Feminist values and practice can provide a means of working through the challenges, but may also bring complications. As feminist researchers and teachers ourselves, we feel the impact of trying to live out a feminist politics provides another set of priorities which affect the way one thinks about the everyday and overarching experience of an academic career. This political outlook can lead to transformative events, but can also raise difficulties when in a non-feminist department or a research climate which does not take gender seriously.

This edited volume will thus explore the early years of an academic career from a feminist perspective and should appeal to students and academics at all stages of their careers. We therefore welcome contributions which provide findings from research studies, theory pieces, and experiential/personal pieces. The format of these is open to some interpretation and we will accept pieces of up to 3000 words for a personal piece and up to 8000 words for a theory/research paper on themes including, but not limited to:

*         Being a feminist in higher education

*         Moving from a women’s/gender studies centre into the wider academic community

*         Maintaining your feminist identity

*         Feminism in the curriculum and in the classroom

*         Negotiating the academic hierarchy as an early career feminist

*        Building a feminist support network

*         The academic ‘lifestyle’: how to be an ‘academic’

We define ‘early career’ as those within five years of having been awarded their PhD and ‘higher education’ as any university setting. We are actively seeking contributions which will provide a wide international perspective, however they must be written in English.

To submit an abstract (300-400 words), or for any queries, please contact either Dr Rachel Thwaites, or Dr Amy Godoy-Pressland

Deadline for Abstracts: 5th December 2014 (decision to be made by 6th February 2015)

Provisional date for full article: 7th September 2015