RINGS CONFERENCE Gender in/and the neoliberal university


RINGS small conference

Prague, Czech Republic, 5 November 2015


5 November

8:00       Registration opens


8:30       Opening

Jeff Hearn, RINGS chairman

Kateřina Cidlinská, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences


9:00       National presentations I.

10 min presentations by country representatives on the status and implementation of neoliberal reforms and practices of New Public Management in academia in their respective countries and discussion (13 countries will be introduced)

Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, Netherlands


10:30     Coffee break


11:00     National presentations II.


Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom


12:00     Lunch break (on site lunch)


Thematic sessions (15 min presentations + discussions)

12:45     Gender studies in neoliberal university I.

  • Lindsay Clowes, University of the Western Cape, Women's and Gender Studies

The limits of neoliberalism: reflections from an introduction to gender studies classroom at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

  • Deidre Byrne, University of South Africa, Institute for Gender Studies (presentation on-line)

Gender Studies at South African Universities

  • Heike Kahlert, Ruhr-University Bochum

Status and Perspectives of Gender Studies and Gender Research under Conditions of the New Governance of Science


13:45     Coffee break


14:00     Gender studies in neoliberal university II.

  • Rosemarie Buikema, Kathrin Thiele, Utrecht University

Doing the document and the sixty four thousand dollar question

  • Maria do Mar Pereira, University of Warwick - Centre for the Study of Women and Gender

Products, Products, Products: The Changing Value of Gender and Feminism in Times of Academic Neoliberalism


14:45     Coffee break


15:00     Knowledge production in a neoliberal university I.

  • Anna Croon Fors, Umeå Center for Gender Studies, Umeå University

Slow Science, Contact Zones and Intra-Activism

  • Jeff Hearn, Örebro University, Sweden & Hanken School of Economics, Finland & University of Huddersfield, UK

Neo-liberal universities, neo-liberal patriarchies, and neo-liberal masculinities: transnational reflections on the global North

  • Fiona Jenkins, Australian National University

"Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences: Neo-liberal Contexts"


16:00     Coffee break


16:15     Knowledge production in a neoliberal university II.

  • Marcela Linková, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Excellence and Its Others: Gendered notions of what it takes to succeed in science

  • Rosemarie Buikema, Kathrin Thiele, Utrecht University

Neoliberal feminism and the challenge of freedom for all

  • Irma Erlingsdóttir, UNU-GEST and EDDA-Center of Excellence, University of Iceland

The "Unconditional University"


17:15     Coffee break


17:30     Policies for gender equality in neoliberal policyscapes

  • Katharina Scheibl, Martina Reutter, Susanne Ihsen, Technische Universität München, Gender Studies in den Ingenieurwissenschaften

Gender Issues as an Integral Part of the Neoliberal University. Challenges and Risks of Gender Issues in Germany’s Excellence Initiative for Women in SET

  • Liisa Husu, GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies; Centre for Feminist Social Studies, Örebro University

Gender research and national research policy – the Swedish case

  • Birgit Riegraf, Universitat Paderborn

Excellence and Gender Equality. Policies in Neoliberal University


18:30     Coffee break


18:40     Parallel sessions 1 & 2

Parallel session 1: Research careers

  • Kadri Aavik, Tallinn University

Gendered mobility in the neoliberal academia: career paths of female academics in Estonian universities

  • Marta Vohlídalová, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Motherhood and the career paths of young women academics in the Czech Republic

  • Kateřina Cidlinská, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Whom and why the Czech academic science loses in the pursuit of excellence and competitiveness? Gender aspects of dropouts from academic science



Parallel session 2: Feminist pedagogy and teaching practice

  • Blanka Nyklová, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Broadening horizons or commodifying difference?

  • Ulf Mellström, Karlstad University, Sweden

The gendered politics of student mobility in neoliberal global eduscapes

  • Tamara Shefer, University of the Western Cape, Women‘s and Gender Studies

Critical thoughts on dominant responses to sexual practices and abuses at universities within contemporary neoliberal dominant South African higher education contexts


19:40     End of the day

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