The Success Story of the 8th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2022 (WCWS 2022)
The 8th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2022 (WCWS 2022) was held from 12th – 14th of May in Virtual Platform under the theme “Feminist Futures in Precarious Times: Decoloniality, Boarderlands, and Transformative Visions.” The conference was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka and hosted by the Asian-African Association for Women, Gender, and Sexuality (AAAWGS) with Bridgewater State University, USA and Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan.
The conference united diverse researches and case studies from all over the world, in parallel sessions while offering many networking and publishing opportunities. Moreover, the conference welcomed 100+ Academicians, Researchers, Scholars, Activists and Professionals from 30+ 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 across the globe.
INAUGURATION CEREMONY AND KEYNOTE SPEECH
The opening remarks of WCWS 2022 were made by Mr. Isanka P. Gamage (Co-Founder & Managing Director – The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka) and the Conference Chair, Prof. Diana J. Fox (Professor and Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Bridgewater State University, United States). Representing the partner universities, Dr. Naoki Suzuki (Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan), Dr. Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei), Dr. Hind Elhinnawy (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom) addressed the gathering. The Keynote Speaker was Joan Mathieu, Immigration Lawyer from USA. She delivered her Keynote Speech on the title “Refugees, Women, and Global Migration: A Call for Greater Understanding.”
PROF. DIANA J. FOX
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Anthropology
Journal of International Women’s Studies
Bridgewater State University
Plenary Round Table on "Feminist Futures in Precarious Times: Emerging and Transformative Visions in South Asia"
Prof. Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Professor, Department of English
University Distinguished Scholar (2009)
Director, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program (2009-15)
Fulbright Specialist (2015-2022)
Prof. Dr. Sailaja Nandigama
Humanities and Social Sciences Department
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), India.
Prof. Nilanjana Paul
Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Prof. Namita Goswami
Indiana State University
Prof. Gowri Parameswaran
School of Education, SUNY at New Paltz
Participants from more than 25+ Countries
WCWS 2022 consisted of over 100+ participants from 30 countries around the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Japan, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Spain, Pakistan, Pakistan, Israel, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, Portugal, Turkey, Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Zambia, Thailand, Hungary, Jordan, Iraq, Romania, Cameroon, Malaysia, and Brunei. The Conference provided an opportunity for participants to share their valuable knowledge from various perspectives. This conference had representation from almost every continent and regions across the world, to share views and ideas on Women’s Studies and network with international colleagues.
WCWS 2022 comprised of Twenty (20) Technical Sessions and One Poster Session. The Technical Sessions were under the below themes:
- GENDER EQUITY, THE GLASS CEILING AND WORK-LIFE BALANCE
- WHOSE STORY? WOMEN IN HIS STORY OR HER STORY?
- GENDER IDENTITIES AND SEXUALITIES
- GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, WOMEN IN ARMED CONFLICT AND CRISIS
- INTERSECTIONAL DISCRIMINATION AND INEQUITIES
- PRECARITIES AND VULNERABILITIES
- VISUAL CULTURE AND FEMINISM
- MASCULINITY IN ITS MULTIPLE FORMS
- WOMEN, HEALTH AND RISK
- WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE
- WOMEN, REPRESENTATION AND LITERATURE
- WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND FEMINIST ACTIVISM
- TRAFFICKING, VIOLENCE’S AND THE BODY
- SELF, KNOWLEDGE, AND SUBJECTIVITIES
- WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
- TRANSFORMATIONAL PRAXIS AND WISDOM
SPECIAL FEATURES OF WCWS 2022
Panel Discussion on "Feminist Voices From Asia, Africa, and The Middle East: Listening to Our Global Sisters"
ASSOC. PROF. DR. MELTEM INCE-YENILMEZ
Izmir Democracy University,
DR. CATHERINE NDINDA
Human Science Research Council Cape Town,
DR. WAFAA A. ABDULAALI
University of Mosul,
DR. SHARIFAH NURUL HUDA ALKAFF
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Brunei.
Publication Workshop on "Publishing with the Journal of International Women’s Studies"
Prof. Diana J Fox
Chairperson Department of Anthropology
Bridgewater State University, USA
Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan
Dr. Sayan Dey
University of Witwatersrand,
Asst. Prof. Goutam Karmakar
Barabazar Bikram Tudu Memorial College
“Free Workshop on 'WCWS 2022' Publication Opportunities”
Mr. Isanka P. Gamage
Managing Director and Co-Founder of TIIKM