Call for Papers: UniPID working group on Temporalities, Cultures and Locations of

What: Gender Studies Conference 2017: Genders through time
Where: University of Jyväskylä, Finland
When: 23-25 November 2017

UniPID invites papers for a working group on Temporalities, Cultures and Locations of "Gender" and "Development" in the annual Gender Studies Conference, organized in Jyväskylä on 23-25 November 2017. This working group will also host a special guest speaker, akshay khanna from New Delhi to touch upon the connections between sexuality and development.

Please find below the working group description, as well as the full call for papers. The deadline for the abstract submissions is 7th September, 2017.

Working group 28: Tackling with Temporalities, Cultures and Locations of "Gender" and "Development": From Global Sisterhood to Queer Dystopias

Language of the Workshop: English
Workshop Coordinators: PhD Marjaana Jauhola, University of Helsinki
Coordinator Johanna Kivimäki, UniPID, University of Jyväskylä
PhD Tiina Kontinen, University of Jyväskylä
Prof. Elina Oinas, University of Helsinki

Invited Speaker: akshay khanna, Independent Scholar

Check out akshay khanna's interesting bio here khanna will also participate in the panel discussion on the Futures of Feminism in the concluding plenary session of the conference.


This panel discusses historical changes and continuities in research, social movements, activism, policies and intervention practices regarding two highly problematized concepts, "gender" and "development". "Gender" appears regularly in policies of international development, and according to the vocabulary of the industry it should be mainstreamed in any development program. Development initiatives are implemented under the banner of "gender" across the globe. At the same time, growing criticism appear towards these policy goals, for one from feminist academic and theoretical debates, but even more so from the perspectives of feminist, queer and women's activism and solidarity. Each of these have raised questions of exclusions and inclusions that using "gender" may potentially entail, such as Eurocentrism, biopolitics and neoliberal governmentality, and binary and heteronormative assumptions of gender and sexuality, just to name a few.

The "Global South" has appeared as an imagined geographical space where such intensive development work and social mobilising around gender has been conducted under homogenizing titles such "Women in Development", the UN Conventions and processes, the International Women's Year, or international LBGTIQ movements. Simultaneously, increasing hostility, anti-women, or anti-feminist sentiments - articulated by different actors such as the state/government, social and religious movements - question the agenda of tackling gendered forms of oppression and inequality. Further, development practitioners struggle with one-size fits all "gender" programmes and with multiple temporalities of anticipated and actual social change, whereas the post- and antidevelopment movements abandon the very idea of development.

The panel invites papers that discuss the changing landscape of the gender in/and/against development apparatus, or alternatives beyond it, and explore critically the significance of and changes in meaning of gender in policies, practices of "gendering" development and development research. We also welcome research on activism that goes against or beyond the development paradigm, small-scale local projects, and international women's movements and networks.

Please send your abstract by e-mail to both:

johanna.kivimaki[at] and

Read full conference program here