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Abstract Call for Submissions – 2 Weeks Left – GEN Confreat!

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Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July 2015, Leeds, UK

The Gender and Entrepreneurship Network – a Special Interest Group of the Institute Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE) – invites new and more established gender and entrepreneurship scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat). 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 explore the possibilities for impact from their research.

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 entrepreneurship education, and learn how to develop and convey research impact. 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 November 2015. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission.

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 submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews upon a small number of papers.

We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (<5 years post PhD) and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-rated journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship. Papers must be empirical with the methodological stance clearly defined within the abstract. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business management.


Monday 2nd March 2015 Abstract submission deadline. Please note, due to tight timelines and limited numbers there will be no extensions granted for abstract submissions
Monday 9th March 2015 Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit full papers
Monday 1st June 2015 Full paper submission deadline
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July 2015 Confreat

Full programme details will be sent to successful applicants on acceptance.

As we intend this to be an intensive and collaborative experience for participants, with opportunities to network and share knowledge and experiences throughout the two days, we encourage attendees to continue their discussions and paper development planning and build networks throughout the two days. The fee therefore includes accommodation (bed & breakfast) and an evening dinner. However, a limited number of places will be available for those wishing to organise their own accommodation.

ISBE Members – £300
Non-members – £325
Early Career (ISBE member) – £200
Early Career (non-member) – £225
PhD students – £200

Registration for this event will be restricted to accepted authors.

For further information and to submit an abstract please click here.