6TH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN’S STUDIES
“ Overcoming Women’s Subordination: Socialization, Law, and Structural Inequalities ”
We invite academics, policymakers, activists, independent scholars and graduate students to send their abstracts to the 6th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2020 (WCWS 2020) under the theme “Overcoming Women’s Subordination: Socialization, Law, and Structural Inequalities”. TIIKM’s WCWS offers participants an unusual forum for examining the challenging ideas presented by the conference theme.
“Overcoming Women’s Subordination: Socialization, Law, and Structural Inequalities”
While it is critical to identify the nature and sources of women’s subordination in various societies across the globe over time, it is also equally important to excavate the strategies that have contributed to women’s liberation, well-being, health and opportunities in multiple contexts. As feminists, womanists, and supporters of women’s equality have asserted, both Women’s Studies scholarship (feminist theory) and activism must be harnessed in tandem to achieve equality, and to improve the global condition of women and girls.
Researchers have amassed a burgeoning body of knowledge about these conditions, both those which are unique to specific circumstances and lived experiences, as well as those that overlap across differences of culture, location, hierarchies and even gender. This knowledge has impressed upon us the significance of socialization, law, and structural inequalities, embedded in cultural norms, religious doctrine, economic structures and political processs, as avenues for change.
Both socialization and the law can be regressive or liberatory; constraining or opportunities for girls and women to achieve their full potentials. What are the pathways forward? How can we galvanize our gains and overcome the many obstacles that still remain? How can we work together, across national, cultural, ethnic, caste, class, religious and other divisions as women; with men as allies, across the gender and sexuality spectrum, toward liberation and a sustainable planet? Toward this end, we gather together to listen, learn, discuss, debate, and move toward shared goals of equality, equity and sustainability.
The conference is specially designed by the TIIKM Research and Development team together with the conference chair and committee of experts from international universities, with guidance of the Academic Governing Body of TIIKM conferences. WCWS 2020 is under the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The conference consists of publication opportunities with high quality supporting journals. Special Issues with Journal of International Women’s Studies (JIWS) dedicated for prior WCWS indicate the ongoing partnership and successes of the conferences. As well, the double blind peer-reviewed conference proceedings will be published in the Open Journal System (OJS) with ISSN and DOI.
The conference creates a unique blend of intimacy and professionalism, creating the kinds of spaces for the rigorous and supportive interactions envisioned by Women’s Studies scholars. Women’s Studies has sought to disrupt the often overly competitive, dehumanizing masculinist model of academia; here at the WCWS we consciously seek to actualize an alternative space and platform for creating bonds, building partnerships, sharing our stories and our work, and realizing the truth that the personal is political. WCWS 2020 will feature some new platforms and workhops. We are including rapid-fire presentations, conventional 15 minute presentations, and some special workshops.
Toward this end, we seek contributions from all persons working to create a freer world, to break shackles, to challenge the hurtful and harmful destruction of misogyny, sexism, homo- and transphobia as well as violence to the natural world on which all life depends.
WCWS 2020 is the 6th in a series of past successful conferences on Women’s Studies organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management. The WCWS annual conference series began in Colombo, Sri Lanka (WCWS 2015). After its initiation, three conferences were held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (WCWS 2016, WCWS 2017). WCWS 2019 was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Today, the standard, impact, and quality of the WCWS conferences are highly recognized by the media and communication community in many parts of the world.