The Conference Theme
g16 – Boundaries, mobility and mobilization gathers the entire interdisciplinary field of gender research in Sweden. The conference will stimulate cooperation among gender researchers from various academic disciplines and targets scholars, students, practitioners and activists. The aim of the conference is to facilitate critical investigation, sharing experiences and to inspire new ideas and research constellations.
The conference consisted participants’ contributions and invited them to share your ideas for presentations. They were arranged in the form of panel sessions, open debates, paper presentations, round table discussions or other type of engaging presentations. Participants from all over the world were welcome to contribute. The conference was conducted in Swedish and English, and the participants also had the possibility to propose presentations in other languages.
Gender research is always embedded in its context. The conference related to current social challenges, locally as well as globally, and discussed how gender research can contribute to analysis and integration of major events in the world. The conference theme, Boundaries, Mobility and Mobilization, referred to the geopolitical, social and environmental process that motivate us to take action.
Boundaries, Mobility and Mobilization
We welcomed indepth discussions on borders, mobility and mobilization. The conference applied a broad interpretation of these concepts and saw them as encompassing issues and research fields related to gender, sexuality, globalization, economics, law, history and etc. We also invited presentations on repression, oppression and constructions of meaning related to national borders, the epistemologies of minority positions, the colonial history of Scandinavia. Resistance and mobilization against colonial oppression, reinstated national border controls and structural racism were other interesting examples. Moreover, we welcomed presentations on the disciplinary boundaries and mobility of gender research as well as contributions investigating how we can open for in-betweenness and transgression beyond binary notions of gender. Contributions analyzing how gender research and feminist perspectives can be resources in creative and innovative projects as well as in the development of technologies, art, knowledge and critical perspectives in fields such as design, technical and natural sciences, cultural creation and cultural heritage were other components.
The Responsibility and Ignorance of Gender Research
Five Swedish minority groups received state recognition in 1999: Jews, the Romani people, Finnish Swedes, Tornedalers and the Sámi people, the latter of whom are also recognized as indigenous people in the Swedish constitution. g16 – Boundaries, Mobility and Mobilization wanted to acknowledge these groups and thus especially encouraged presentations on the responsibility and traditional unawareness of gender research in relation to these minorities. In 2017, the centennial of the first international Sami congress will be celebrated. Presentations on this historical event as well as on Sami, feminist activism in a historical or contemporary perspective are most welcome at g16.
Research Policy and Conditions for Gender Research
In addition, we stimulated critical researchers of all disciplines to give attention to the possibilities for research funding stipulated in the Swedish government’s new research bill (October 2016). g16 ; therefore, presented and initiated a critical discussion on key aspects of the bill. The conference welcomed presentations on gender and research policy, research assessment and bibliometrics.