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.