NW 33 Gender and Education
Education in a Changing World: The impact of global realities on the prospects and experiences of educational research
The Gender and Education Network welcomes submissions for papers, symposia, posters, panels, round tables, and other creative engagements that address any issues relating to gender and education. This special call aims to encourage submissions that increase our understanding of current and anticipated educational (in)equalities and that engage in informed speculation about future research needs and potential actions.
We need more comprehensive, in-depth, theorised comparisons of EU and nations regarding the current nature of (in)equalities of genders and sexualities so that such understandings can shape future research directions.
The many uncertainties facing European education systems generate threats and opportunities: climate change, technological acceleration, shifting geo-politics, fluctuating demographics, COVID are just some examples.
We invite educational researchers, practitioners, and theorists (at every stage of their career) to submit contributions to the Gender and Education Network. This call is intended to generate a sub-set of engagements which will focus on assessments of the current state of genders and sexualities (in)equalities across European education and that analyse positive and negative situations for future research and action.
Education is a rich and complex field in which genders and sexualities are historically embedded. Organisations, policies, practices, curricula, pedagogies, the experiences and careers of educational professionals, students experiences and outcomes, academic and vocational subjects and disciplines, buildings, and students’ experiences all play their role in generating and reproducing (in)equalities of genders and sexualities. The extent and type of (in)equalities and how they manifest vary between countries. The similarities and differences require comparative understanding so we can increase insights into the way that (in)equalities and the actions taken to improve them are theorised and tackled in different countries.
There is some cross Europe comparative research and coordinated policy work. The EU and international organisations increasingly provide a host of important data and key analysis of educational inequalities based on gender and sexuality relating to teachers, students and leaders (Council of Europe, 2021; European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), 2021; UNESCO, 2021). These underpin policy in some European countries and in others these recommendations of strategy are taken up to generate positive initiatives that make real change (e.g. EIGE, 2021).
In addition, Europe and the rest of the world are undergoing vast changes and challenges which have implications for these (in)equalities. Climate change, migration, wars, COVID type occurrences, economic and political change such as the rise of the right, green politics and economic, social and cultural pressures are all factors which are likely to effect global education systems and their role in tackling global issues and resolving global problems.
Submissions should focus on the following areas.
- Utilise analysis of current orientations gender and sexuality inequalities in education across Europe and explore what issues and consequences for the future are raised.
- Submissions that orientate towards analysing the impact of specific anticipated changes, such as climate change, COVID like incidences and the political, economic, and social challenges that are more general or specific to particular groups and their experiences and outcomes for those of different genders and sexualities in relation to education.
- Explore, illustrate and theorise initiatives which have been designed to tackle inequalities associated with genders and sexualities.
We are also interested in submissions in the following areas:
- Those that sketch out the state of genders and/or sexuality research and actions in specific contexts around specific aspects of education. We would like to understand what has been done, what gaps or absences in data there are and what are the modes of research across the very different national terrains that make up Europe. For example, what policies, practices to generate (in)equalities, data, forms of analysis and theoretical understandings have been developed in different countries across Europe.
- Those that map out, analyse and conceptualise and theorise current core gender and sexuality (in)equalities and practices to tackle them in any field of education and in different countries.
Council of Europe (2021) Gender Mainstreaming and Education at the Council of Europe, https://www.coe.int/en/web/genderequality/education1 accessed 11th October 2021.
European Institute for Gender Equality (2021) Educaiton https://eige.europa.eu/topics/education accessed 11th November 2021.
UNESCO (2021) DON’T LOOK AWAY: NO PLACE FOR EXCLUSION OF LGBTI STUDENTS https://en.unesco.org/gem-report/LGBTIdontlookaway accessed 11th October 2021.