CfP – 4th Christina Conference on Gender Studies (Helsinki, Finland)

REMINDER: Deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2009

Call for papers

The 4th Christina Conference on Gender Studies – Gender, Nature and Culture
20-22 May 2010, University of Helsinki, Finland

The 4th Christina conference explores the complex connections among
gender, nature and culture. Recent research has increasingly viewed
nature and culture as inherently entangled and inseparable, suggesting
that nature is often understood through discourses of gender and,
conversely, that gender is made sense of through historically contingent
assumptions about nature. Building on this growing body of scholarship,
the conference asks how this mutual intertwining of nature, culture and
gender has been theorized, represented and experienced in the past as
well as the present. The conference aims to be a meeting point for
researchers from different disciplines. The conference is organized by
the research project “Representing and Sensing Nature, Landscape and
Gender” (Academy of Finland) and Gender Studies, University of Helsinki.

The conference has three thematic foci:
• We explore how advances in genomics, evolutionary biology and other
fields of science have refashioned cultural discourses of gender, and
how cultural representations of gender and nature have changed the ways
in which scientific projects are formulated or popularized.
• We ask how works of art (in visual arts, literature, film,etc.)have
imagined and rethought gendered assumptions implicit in the conceptual
distinction between nature and culture that has been so prominent in
Western culture.
• We focus on everyday experiences and the ways in which daily practices
reinforce or challenge cultural assumptions about the connection between
gender and nature.

While addressing these issues, we also explore how assumptions about
gender, nature and culture take shape through discourses of sexuality,
ethnicity and other intersecting categories of difference.

Keynote speakers
Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Sarah Franklin, London School of Economics, UK
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Linköping University, Sweden
Priscilla Wald, Duke University, USA

The Organizing Committee is pleased to invite abstracts for individual
20-minute presentations. Research groups can also suggest sessions of
several papers. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Abstracts should
be submitted using the online submission form available on the
conference website. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2009.

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