The University of Oulu held the “Gender Studies Conference 2022” focused on “Feminist Matterings: Indigenous and Arctic Engagements” from 30 November – 2 December 2022. The conference seeks to produce new feminist and Indigenous thought to reimagine future solidarities and ways of knowing. The conference calls to explore how rich transdisciplinary collaboration can help feminist research matter in the effort to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world(s) in the Arctic and beyond. In addition to alluding to the ethico-political significance of feminist research, the keyword matterings in the conference title also refers to new materialist inspirations and the material aspects of knowledge production. In the spirit of Science and Technology Studies (STS), we wish to investigate the material aspects of epistemic practices and the complex relationship between knowledge and power.
The conference also welcomes scholars who are interested in developing different ways of decolonizing feminist knowledge, including indigenous STS studies, antiracist knowledge production, arts activism(s), ethics of knowledge, and queering knowledge and research methodologies. The conference’s location at the University of Oulu in northern Finland also provides a unique opportunity to approach these themes from the perspective of Arctic research.
The conference will host 26 workshops that cover the themes of the conference in inter/transdisciplinary manner and from various perspectives. In particular, Mervi Heikkinen (University of Oulu) organises the workshop “Sex, Gender and Intersectional Matters in Academic Knowledge Production”. The session welcomes papers elaborating e.g. on the current research funding policies aiming to improve gender responsibility of the produced knowledge and/or the implications of these policies on research practices and processes, and/or practical cases i.e. research projects, that aim to result in scientific excellence in research by implementing sex, gender and intersectional analysis in general, and on the Arctic in particular.
The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2022. More information at https://genderstudiesconference2022.edu.oulu.fi/call-for-papers and https://genderstudiesconference2022.edu.oulu.fi/workshops/10-sex-gender-and-intersectional-matters-in-academic-knowledge-production.