NW 33 Gender and Education: The present and future impact of COVID 19 on educational inequalities in relation to genders ...

The present and future impact of COVID 19 on educational inequalities in relation to genders and sexulaties

The Gender and Education Network  welcomes papers addressing any issues relating to gender and education. This special call aims to address issues relating to way that COVID-19 has impacted upon genders and sexulaities in or through education.

The abundance of educational challenges COVID-19 has presented have fertilised diverse responses. For example, more online teaching and learning, home working, covid-safe educational spaces and timetables and  finanicial challenges. 

The Gender and Education Network  invites stimulating  submissions for empirically and theoretically grounded papers, symposia, posters, workshops and round tables/panels focusing on any level of education, formal and informal schooling, and diverse stakeholders (managers, teachers, students, parents etc). 

The Call
We would like to invite educational researchers, practioners and theorists (at every stage of their career) to submit contributions to the Gender and Education Network. It is clear from news media reporting and early COVID-19 research that the pandemic has impacted profoundly on educational systems and the work and well-being of those who work and learn within them.  However, the current and  future implications for different genders and sexual minorities in education are as yet under-explored and undertheorised.  

Submissions can address any issue relating to how inequities regarding  genders, and those with diverse sexualities have been impacted by  the COVID-19 pandemic within or as a result of educational systems, practices, processes and policies.   Papers can explore and develop the theoretical, empirical, political, philosophical, historical and psychological understanding of the  educational challenges explored.

The outbreak of COVID -19 virus has affected the lives and work of teachers, administrates, leaders and students across the breadth of the system and in formal and informal contexts. Recent data indicates that COVID-19 measures, and the accompanying economic crisis are increasing a range of  inequalities in education. The closure of schools and  universities and the transition to online teaching are particularly difficult for women and students of color and  ethnic minorities, students of low economic status, students with disabilities and LGBTQ+ students (EIGE Gender Equality Index, 2020; UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, 2020; ETUCE, 2020; Lederer at al.,2020; Burzynska and Contreras, 2020). Educational researchers are critical to developing responses to indentifying and  inequalities in schools and universities based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, and poverty.

The Gender and Education Network  invites stimulating  submissions for empirically and theoretically grounded papers, symposia, posters, workshops and round tables/panels focusing on any level of education, formal and informal schooling, and diverse stakeholders addressing inequalities of genders and sexualities.  The following themes are suggestive, other submissions addressing different relevant themes are welcome:

  • Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 transformation of the work and careers of teachers' and other educational professionals of different genders and sexualities with varying intersecting inequalities (e.g. race, ethnicity, disabilities, socio-economic status)  in diverse educational settings and at different stages of their careers.
  • The impact of closures and lockdown of educational institutions and their localities on the gendered and sexuliaties related inequalities on the experiences of carer-teachers, carer-students, carer-managers and carer-administrators: e.g. the division of household labour; caring for children;  adult care; work-life balance.  
  • COVID-19's impact upon students already disadvantaged in education systems and the generation of new or exacerbated forms of gender and sexulaity realted inequalities (e.g. lower economic status, ethnic minorities, indigenous students; different (dis)abilities; food inequalities; technological inequalities).
  • The personal home-based experience of lockdown for LGBTQ+ students and diverse genders: loss of friends and campus community support, return to unsupportive families, health and mental health issues, domestic violence etc.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the future of educational research and theorising in relation to intersecting genders and sexualities educational research.
  • Development of institutional and national strategies and policies to address  the COVID-19 crisis as it pertains to genders and sexulaities.  Including the role of women, LBGTQI+, ethnic minorities and disabled policy makers. 

Contact Person(s)
Andrea Abbas, Branislava Baranovic, Victoria Schowunmi

European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) (2020) Gender Equality Index 2020.Digitalisation and the future of work.https://eige.europa.eu/publications/gender-equality-index-2020-digitalisation-and-future-work

UNESCO (2020) the Global Education Monitoring Report.  Inclusion and Education: All means All. https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000373718/PDF/373718eng.pdf.multi

European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) (2020) COVID – 19 must not set the clock back on gender equality. https://www.csee-etuce.org/en/policy-issues/covid-19/3712-the-covid-19-pandemic-must-not-set-the-clock-back-on-gender-equality

Alyssa M. Lederer, M. T. Hoban, S. K. Lipson, S. Zhou, D. Eisenberg  (2020) More Than Inconvenient: The Unique Needs of U.S. College Students, Health Education and Behaviour.

Titan Alon, Matthias Doepke, Jane Olmstead-Rumsey, and Michèle Tertilt, (2020)The Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality, NBER Working Paper No. 26947 April 2020 JEL No. D10,E24,J16,J22https://www.nber.org/system/files/working_papers/w26947/w26947.pdf

Linda L. Carli, Women, Gender equality and COVID-19, Gender in Management: An International Journal, 10.1108/GM-07-2020-0236, ahead-of-print, ahead-of-print, (2020).

Ilaria Boncori (2020) The Neverending Shift: A feminist reflection on living and organizing academic lives during the coronavirus pandemic, Feminist  Frontiers, Pages: 677-682 First Published: 15 April 2020.

Banu Özkazanç‐Pan Alison Pullen (eds.) Special Issue: Feminist Frontiers Special Issue: Gendered labor and work, even in pandemic times, Feminist Frontiers. Volume 27, Issue 5, Pages: 675-926, September 2020.

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