PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group 2014 Conference
‘Body/State in the Age of Austerity’
University of Birmingham, Saturday 22nd February 2014
Prospective participants should submit a title and abstract (of no more than 200 words) to Fran Amery by November 29th 2013.
A substantial amount of feminist scholarship has sought to illuminate the ways in which states and bodies are intertwined both in general and in an age of austerity in particular. This research has taken a wide range of forms, from interrogation of the significance of the presence of sexed and raced bodies in political institutions, to the disciplining of bodily ‘deviance’, to the ways in which the state itself has been gendered as masculine. Recent work has also questioned the gendered dimensions of austerity politics, the state’s part in the commodification of bodies and body parts and the politics of the alteration and ‘enhancement’ of bodies (Cameron, Dickinson and Smith 2013).
This one-day conference seeks to address the above issues. We invite papers on any aspect of the relationship between bodies and states, particularly in an age of austerity, including but not limited to:
– embodiment, representation and political institutions;
– the state’s role in the feminisation of poverty
– the gendered dimensions of welfare reform
– the politics of reproduction and new reproductive technologies;
– the politics of male and female circumcision;
– the politics of (dis)ability;
– the regulation of health and healthcare;
We invite papers from across disciplines such as sociology, history, and international relations, as well as political science, and particularly encourage submissions from postgraduate students. Prospective participants should submit a title and abstract (of no more than 200 words) to Fran Amery by November 29th 2013.
The Conference is co-sponsored by the University of Birmingham Gender and Feminist Theory Group.