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14Jul 2011

2012 Congress Panel to be co-sponsored with RC 28 (Federalism)

Title: "The Jurisdictions of Federalism or the Politics of Scale: Opportunities for Women's Activism?

(will take place during the July 8-12 conference)

If you are interested in submitting papers for this panel, please contact the IPSA website for RC 19 or 28, or the conveners, Sonja Walti (walti@american.edu) or Melissa Haussman (Melissa_haussman@carleton.ca). Thank you to Sonja!

14Jul 2011

2012 Congress call for papers

Theme: “Re-ordering Boundaries, Shifting Power”-Governance Shifts and Gender

We seek papers which may cover but are not limited to the following themes:

-intrastate changes (such as election of Socialists in Spain and the decriminalization of abortion and gay marriage); electoral quota adoption

-interstate changes-whether states are finding ways to cooperate with each other in policy areas such as “sending” and “receiving” countries with respect to migration or refugee status, for example;

-devolution of previously supranational responsibilities to national governments (Lisbon Treaty and delineated role of national Parliaments for first time) and national to subnational (such as “expensive” women’s social policies and assignment to sub-national levels of government where tax and administrative resources are generally fewer);

-the ratification and institutionalization of certain supranational treaties and mechanisms since the last IPSA Congress, such as increased size of EU, ratification of Lisbon Treaty and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; new UN Agency for Women, headed by former Chilean President Michele Bachelet; and increased number of bilateral trade agreements between Global North and South.

Panels and papers which include comparisons of Global Southern and Northern states are especially sought but all panels and papers will receive enthusiastic consideration!

If interested in submitting papers or panels, please contact RC 19 through www.ipsa.org or individuals: Melissa_haussman@carleton.ca, or sarah.maddison@unsw.edu.au.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 7 October 2011

14Jul 2011

2012 Congress: Call for papers for Pre-Conference Workshop to be held July 7, 2012

Joint Call by RCs 7, 19, 52

Theme: “In this together? Women’s movements and the politics of intersectionality”

Theories of intersectionality highlight the ways in which multiple axes of identity—including race, class, sexuality, age, disability, motherhood and so on—interact in many levels of women’s lives. These intersections of identity have long complicated any notion of feminist ‘sisterhood’ or solidarity, while simultaneously drawing attention to the multiple forms of discrimination and oppression that many women experience.

While these insights are not new, they continue to have significant implications for the way in which women engage in politics and activism, raising questions of voice, authority and legitimacy. This is true both in domestic and transnational contexts, in movement organizations and in online communities, and in politics that is focused on the state or constituted in social and cultural spaces.

The pre-conference workshop seeks to examine the ways in which intersectionality continues to influence women’s movement organizing. How does intersectionality create new voices and spaces? How is it imposing silences? How has intersectionality changed feminists’ relationship to each other? To states and institutions? How have these insights changed the way that women’s movements organize between the Global South and North?

If you are interested in submitting a paper or panels to this joint effort for the PRE-CONFERENCE only, please contact the relevant RCs at www.ipsa.org or the conveners: Melissa_haussman@carleton.ca (RC 19); Mariel Lucero (RC 7), rc07women@yahoo.com.ar; or Nancy Kwang Johnson (RC 52) at nancykwangjohnson@gmail.com.

Deadline for abstracts: 7 October 2011

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