Gender and Education Association Biennial Conference 2013

Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 April 2013
Hosted by the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University

Compelling Diversities, Educational Intersections: Policy, Practice, Parity

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Lisa Adkins, University of Newcastle, Australia (What Do Wages Do? Feminist Theory After the Financial Crisis)
  • Prof. Val Gillies, Weeks Centre, LSBU (From Baby Brain to Conduct Disorder: the New Determinism in the Classroom)
  • Bidisha (From Eastern primitivism to Western decadence? Overcoming the notion of cultural differences in gender, race and class politics)

Plenary Panel:

  • Dr Tracey Reynolds, London South Bank University
  • Dr Jin Haritaworn, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
  • Dr Kay Inckle, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Jayne Osgood, London Metropolitan University
  • Dr Vanita Sundaram, University of York


  • Dr Claudia Brazzle, Liverpool Hope University
  • Teddy Nygh, Director of Riot from Wring and Co-Founder of Fully Focused


Call for Papers

The ninth international Gender and Education Association conference, Compelling Diversities, Educational Intersections hosted by the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, engages with key debates surrounding the interplay between dynamics of education, work, employment and society in the context of crisis, upheaval and cutbacks, which reconfigure axes of intersectional inequalities. In considering diversity in education, this conference will explore the relationship between new equality regimes and continued educational inequalities, exploring organisational ambivalence, change and resistance. It will ask important questions about the role of feminist research at a time when education, and its variously placed subjects (academics, pupils, students, and policy makers), wrestle with the commitments and contentions in doing diversity and being diverse. We would welcome proposals for papers, workshops and symposia from academics, teachers, practitioners and policymakers. Papers addressing the following themes would be most welcome:

  • Different subjects in 'crisis': institutions, inter-disciplines and intersections
  • Pre and Post compulsory education
  • The (re)making and (un)doing of privileged identities
  • The politics of diversity and 'different' differences
  • Widening participation: Access and existences
  • Educational intersections and inequalities
  • Diverse Pedagogies, Policies and Practices
Please save your abstracts (250 words) with author name followed by GEA_2013. (e.g. Taylor Y_ GEA_2013) with a brief bio. and contact details to

The deadline for submissions is 12th November 2012.

Conference fees

£380 – Standard conference booking fee – Member*

£420 – Standard conference booking fee – Non-member

£150 – Standard day rate

Early bird rate available for bookings before 3pm on Wednesday 30th January 2013

£300 – Early bird booking fee – Member*

£350 – Early bird booking fee – Non-member

*To receive a Member discount contact GEA for your discount code.

Bursaries – All bursaries have now been allocated.

Book your place

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Important information about visas

Please note that we do not send letters of invitation out to conference participants. However, should you require a letter to support your visa application, we recommend that you book and pay for your place first. We can then send a letter to state that you are intending to take part in the conference, and that you have paid. If for any reason your visa application is unsuccessful, we will refund your fee as long as you let us know by email no later than 10 April 2013.

Local accommodation

With its city centre location, London South Bank University is surrounded by a broad selection of short-stay accommodation. Look online or download our list of nearby accommodation (38KB word doc, opens in new window).