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2nd International Conference on Gender Studies

21st January 2018

Venue: Queens hotel

Leeds, United Kingdom

RATIONALE

It has become quite common to use the term gender for sex, albeit this is incorrect. The infants are assigned male or female sex, while gender is more complicated because it encompasses not just biological sex but also personal sense of being male, female, both or neither actually. Self-perception of gender then affects gender representation, or how one presents themselves (e.g. the way they behave, dress, talk, etc.).

The incorrect use of gender is particularly prominent in Western societies where it became some sort of PC talk, and not many question this incorrect use of the term gender. Nevertheless, all recent research on gender and women studies demonstrates that patriarchy is alive and well, and that both men and women suffer from patriarchal perceptions of expected roles. For example, women still face difficulties in equality of opportunities for all jobs, and when equality is achieved and they enter a certain industry; they face difficulties in being promoted to managerial positions (glass ceiling). On the other hand, men face difficulties in embracing roles traditionally seen as feminine such as staying at home with children or applying for paternal leaves, which are still approved more to women than men.

When it comes to gender perceptions the situation becomes even more complicated because if one refuses to identify with sex assigned at birth and chooses to express gender differently, patriarchy kicks in even stronger and these individuals face not just discrimination in access to employment but also public mocking and in some countries even assaults. It is stating the obvious to say that many countries in the world still ban homosexuality and that LGBT individuals and couples are not just discriminated but also targets of public campaigns to ban them ever having the same rights as heterosexual couples such as marriage and adopting children (before they even asked for these rights), assaults, threats and intimidation, etc.

The question we can ask is how far have we got in achieving not just gender equality (for vast amount of research testifies we have indeed not got far albeit lots of progress has been made), but how far have we got in achieving understanding of gender? What kind of culture needs to be created to embrace diversity beyond positive laws (that exist only in some countries), but a true diversity where nobody will think they should have the right to question someone’s self-perception and self-expression, and a culture where all sexes and genders will be equal?

These and other issues were subject of the conference.

Photos are available on our Facebook page and our Twitter account.

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4th International Conference on Women’s Studies

20th January 2018

Leeds, United Kingdom

Venue: Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

RATIONALE

Feminists started to advocate equality and fight for women rights decades ago, and so far we have experienced several waves of feminism. While at the beginning of activism, the issue was in women’s equality in general for women were banned from exercising even basic rights such as the right to vote or work, current feminism is standing up against issues such as glass ceiling (where women can only progress in their careers up to a certain point, but fail to obtain managerial positions), wage gap (where women are paid less for same positions as men), as well as traditional battle against patriarchy that is clearly still alive and well. For example, even though it is legally possible for men to take paternal leaves and stay at home to take care of children and household, it is still women who have these requests approved more often than men, which testifies that patriarchal views of expected roles are still present. In addition, in some countries women are still banned from exercising basic rights such as the right to vote, work in all positions and even the right to drive. While there is a number of men that experience family violence, it is still women who mostly suffer from this type of abuse, while those men who do suffer from it fear reporting it due to expectation that the men is the boss in the house. Nevertheless, with the rise of Far Right political candidates and public speakers started to question Feminism and argue that it fulfilled its purpose, while at the same time re-introducing old prejudices and practices against women where an emphasis is based on their appearance, etc.

The questions the conference addresses are how far have we got, and what needs to be done to achieve true equality of both men and women, and a society where there are no expected roles? Has Feminism failed?

These and other questions were the subject of the conference.

Photos are available on our Facebook page and our Twitter account.

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4th International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

13-14 January 2018

Leeds, United Kingdom

Conference venue: Queens hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

RATIONALE

It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others, e.g. women, ethnic groups, religious groups, etc. Agenda setting research has established decades ago that media set public agendas, and tell us both what to think about (agenda setting) and how to think about a certain issue (media framing). Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling a way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable. All these influences form our daily lives and views of others, and while the media and popular culture do not influence all people, on all issues and at all times, they do have a significant influence on our views and actions. These and other issues are the subject of the conference.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

Media and Crisis

Media and identity

Media and political campaigns

Media and discrimination

Women in the media

Media Bias

Media and democracy

Media and human rights

Popular culture

Media and memory

Media and history

History of media and popular culture

Media and diplomacy

Audience studies

Media and religion

Media and Business

Agenda setting and media framing theories

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Both researchers and practitioners are welcome to submit paper/panel proposals.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić (martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 15 December 2017

Conference fee is GBP180, and it includes

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals and drinks

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution originally founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). Since July 2016 the Centre is registered as a private institution in Leeds, United Kingdom.

Information for non-EU participants

The Centre will issue Visa letters to participants who need entry clearance to attend the conference in the UK. We will also issue earlier decisions to allow Visa applications. The British Home Office has a straight forward procedure for the Visa applications that are not excessively lengthy, and the Centre will assist where and when necessary.

Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants. The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

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3rd International Conference on Women’s Studies

13-14 May 2017

Leeds, United Kingdom

Venue: Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

RATIONALE

Feminists started to advocate equality and fight for women rights decades ago, and so far we have experienced several waves of feminism. While at the beginning of activism, the issue was in women’s equality in general for women were banned from exercising even basic rights such as the right to vote or work, current feminism is standing up against issues such as glass ceiling (where women can only progress in their careers up to a certain point, but fail to obtain managerial positions), wage gap (where women are paid less for same positions as men), as well as traditional battle against patriarchy that is clearly still alive and well. For example, even though it is legally possible for men to take paternal leaves and stay at home to take care of children and household, it is still women who have these requests approved more than men, which testifies that patriarchal views of expected roles are still present. In addition, in some countries women are still banned from exercising basic rights such as the right to vote, work in all positions and even the right to drive. While there is a number of men that experience family violence, it is still women who mostly suffer from this type of abuse, while those men who do suffer from it fear reporting it due to expectation that the men is the boss in the house. The questions the conference addresses are how far have we got, and what needs to be done to achieve true equality of both men and women, and a society where there are no expected roles? Has Feminism failed?

These topics have been a subject of discussion of our conference. A selection of photos is available on our Facebook page and Twitter profile.

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2nd International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

London, UNITED KINGDOM, 28-29 December 2015

Conference venue: ****Hotel De Vere Venues – Devonport House, King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JW

RATIONALE

It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others. Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling a way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable.Sociological theories presented five models of audiences (hypodermic needle model, normative model, model of satisfying needs, interpretative model, structural interpretative model), and scholars still debate usability of each model due to the influence of media and popular culture over current issues. In addition, the agenda setting theory of mass media influence postulates that media affect our views and influence what we think about even if media cannot influence how we think about issues. These and other issues will be discussed at our conference.

In an interesting and live debate, participants looked at multiple realities created by the present media in relation to portrayal of love and relationship in the media, film studies, and media representations.

A few photos is available in gallery below

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2nd International Conference on Women’s Studies

Second International Conference on Women’s Studies

12-13.09.2015.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13-15, Vienna, Austria

RATIONALE

It has been a long time ago since feminists started to debate women’s rights, and different treatment women receive in societies, politics and working markets. Even though feminist voices are still loud, and feminists still warn about inferior position of women in comparison to men in all aspects of life, have we reached true equality? Statistics and events forming daily consumption of the international media show we have not reached an ultimate goal of equality, and yet certain movements are claiming that feminists are too loud and that men’s rights need to be protected due to the enormous influence of ‘women’s lobby’. Have we truly reached equality, and are feminists jeopardizing the rights of men? These and other issues were subjects of our conference.

A few photos is available in the gallery below:

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International Conference on Politics and Political Culture

International Conference on Politics and Political Culture

21-22 December 2014.

Venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13-15, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 RATIONALE

Politics makes our daily lives whether we are aware of it, or not. From social policies (e.g. financial help during unemployment, health insurance, etc.) that directly affect our wellbeing towards political decisions on foreign interventions and alliances, politics forms our daily lives. On the other hand, the notion of political does not stop in the realm of policymaking but also reflects in statements politicians make as well as in their party programmes. Because of the economic crisis, the Far Right re-gained power in many countries, but the Far Left also became more exposed in the public sphere offering criticism of current policies. Both Far Right and Far Left offer particular set of values and it seems as if central political positions are diminishing because people are turning towards finding the scapegoat by blaming those they consider as responsible for the crisis be it the so-called neo-liberal policies or immigrants. Religion has seemed to grow as strong as ever, and this also brings tensions because immigrants are often considered to be more religious than the hosts and religion is seen as too influential in policy making (i.e. in organizing referendums that enforce religiously-conditioned views, or by directly participating in ruling the country in certain countries). All of this changes our everyday lives and brings uneasy tensions in already turbulent relations. It also brings questions on political culture, which apparently varies from case to case. However, to what extent are we different, and how politics shapes our everyday lives?

A selection of photos is available in the gallery below:

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International Conference on Women’s Studies

International Conference on Women’s Studies

Vienna, Austria, 27-28.09. 2014.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, Vienna, Austria

RATIONALE

It has been a long time ago since feminists started to debate women’s rights, and different treatment women receive in societies, politics and working markets. Even though feminist voices are still loud, and feminists still warn about inferior position of women in comparison to men in all aspects of life, have we reached true equality? Statistics and events forming daily consumption of the international media show we have not reached an ultimate goal of equality, and yet certain movements are claiming that feminists are too loud and that men’s rights need to be protected due to the enormous influence of ‘women’s lobby’. Have we truly reached equality, and are feminists jeopardizing the rights of men?

A selection of photos is available in the gallery below:

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International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

Vienna, Austria, 30-31.05.2014.

Conference venue: Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, 1010 Vienna, Austria

RATIONALE

It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others. Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable.

Sociological theories presented five models of audiences (hypodermic model, normative model, model of satisfying needs, interpretative model, structural interpretative model), and scholars still debate usability of each model due to the influence of media and popular culture over current issues.

A selection of photos is available in the gallery below:

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International Conference on Identity Studies

International Conference on Identity Studies

Vienna, Austria, 26-27.07.2014.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, Vienna, Austria

RATIONALE

Identities are various: personal, national, religious, regional, racial, gender etc., and it is very difficult to determine which identity is affecting us most. Sometimes it can be one, and sometimes the other. For example, during the presidential race in the United States between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, black women wondered which of the two identities represented them most: their racial or their gender identity.

National identity bears huge relevance and people are willing to die for their nations. Religious is as important as ever, and people are willing to sacrifice their own comforts and sometimes even to discriminate others because of their religious identities. European identity had been an issue of debate since the foundation of the EU when founders envisaged European unification based on a particular set of values shared among founders and prospective future members. The notion of identity is often ending up in stereotyping and othering of those who have different identities, and irrespective of the approach we take in identity studies we always end up with the same dilemma: why are identities and identifications so important?

A selection of photos is available in the gallery below: