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g19 - Swedish conference for gender studies


Sweden´s biggest gender studies conference will be held again this autumn, this time in Gothenburg on 7-9 October. Tap into our most current issues and societal challenges presented by a broad example of the global gender research community.

In 2019 the g-conference is organized for the fourth time. The title of this year's conference is Rethinking Knowledge Regimes – Solidarities and Contestations. The conference is held at Folkets Hus in Gothenburg and it will offer over 200 presentations, four keynote lectures and multiple panels and workshops, during three intensive days, with over 370 participants from all over the world.

– We are really looking forward to meeting all of the researchers, students and employees within public and private sectors and in NGO´s who are participating in g19. This conference will be both a unique opportunity to be updated with ongoing research enriching meetings and exchange of experiences, says Fredrika Almqvist, Project Coordinator for g19, at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.

A wide variety of themes and issues

David Brax, Analyst and the Secretariat's representative in the scientific committee, has outlayed the program for g19 these last few weeks.

– The conference venue Folkets Hus will be filled to the limit with exciting and important research presentations, panels, workshops and round table conversations. We have tried to organize the sessions as thematically as possible, but still it may be difficult to choose between eight parallel sessions, he says.

The program represent a large part of the Swedish gender studies field, along with a considerable number of international participants. It will feature a wide variety of themes and issues: from deep dives into theory and reflections on the conditions for the discipline, to historical exposés and current research.

Madina Tlostanova, Professor at Tema Genus, Linköping University, is chair of the scholarly committee, and she sees the g19 conference as crucial for both gender studies as a discipline and for the wider public.
– The g19 conference addresses the necessity of a critical rethinking of the dominant regimes of knowledge production. The conference theme goes in the direction of more inclusivity, equality, respect for difference, and learning to coexist in the increasingly complex environments that we see in the world.

Some themes or tracks in the program are especially salient, as for example preconditions for conducting research, which is a recurrent theme, highlighted in many paper presentations.

– There are presentations about what happens after a doctorate in gender studies, intersectional perspectives on recruitment processes, equal treatment work in higher education, anti gender movements in Sweden and internationally, and more. Another major theme is the cultural heritage track, and another concerns colonialism, racism and international feminist solidarity, says David Brax.

During the conference there will also be several open events. The public is welcome to attend one of the eight parallel sessions with research presentations, and on Tuesday October 8, there will be an open evening at Draken, Folkets hus. The open events are free of cost, but registration is required.

Text by Inga-Bodil Ekselius