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International Conference: Gender Paradoxes in Academic and Scientific Organisation(s) – Change, Excellence and Interventions

20-21 October 2011 at Örebro University, Forum House, Bio.

INFORMATION ON ÖREBRO UNIVERSITY and how to get there (see especially under the link Visitors)




Wednesday 19 October

19:00 - 21:00     Get-together and welcome Rosengrens skafferi, Engelbrektsgatan 3 (city centre, see map)  

Thursday 20 October

08:30 – 09:30     Coffee and registration Örebro university, Forum building 

09:30 – 09:45     Welcome co-director Anna Jónasdóttir, Örebro University

09:45 – 10:15     Introduction by Liisa Husu, Örebro University

10:15 – 11:00     Plenary session 1. Gender Paradoxes in Organizations
Chair: Teresa Rees, Cardiff University, UK
Discussants: Marieke van den Brink, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, Jan Currie, Murdoch University, Australia; Jeff Hearn, Linköping University, Sweden

11:00 –11:30      Coffee and tea

11:30 – 12:00     Workshop groups A, B and C: Introductions

•    Change. Workshop group A
•    Excellence. Workshop group B
•    Interventions. Workshop group C

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch     

13:00 – 15:00     Workshop groups A, B and C

15:00 – 15:30     Coffee

15:30 – 16:15     Plenary session 2. The Paradox of Excellence
Chair: Liisa Husu, Örebro University
Discussants: Teresa Rees, Cardiff University, UK; Helen Peterson, Linköping University, Sweden; Irina Nikiforova, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA     

16:15 – 17:00    Plenary session 3. Misogyny Posing as Measurement: The Feminization Paradox in Academia. Louise Morley, University of Sussex, UK

17:00 – 17:30    Wrap up discussion

18:00                Conference Dinner, Faculty Club

Friday 21 October

08:30 – 09:00     Coffee and tea

09:00 – 11:00     Workshop groups A, B and C continue

11:15 – 12:00     Plenary session 4. The Paradox of Change and Interventions
Chair: Louise Morley
Discussants: Heike Kahlert, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany; Jen de Vries, University of Western Australia; Helene Schiffbaenker, Joanneum Research, Austria    

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00 – 15:00     Workshop groups A, B and C continue

15:00 – 15:45     Plenary session 5. Feedback from the groups 

15:45 – 17:00     Plenary session 6. Final panel on the future

17:00                 Farewell mingle     




(download abstracts here)

1.    Gender, Science and Education in the Contemporary Azerbaijan Society
Kifayat Jabi Aghayeva, Azerbaijan University of Languages, Baku, Azerbaijan

2.    New Gendered Division of Labour in the Entrepreneurial University?
Kristina Binner, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria & Lena Weber, University of Paderborn, Germany

3.    Academic Drama and Gender Performance
Gunilla Carstensen, Högskolan Dalarna, FALUN, Sweden

4.    Comparative Analysis of Pay Reviews in Australian and Swedish Universities
Jan Currie, Murdoch University, Australia

5.    Professorship: Gender Selection Hidden by Criteria of Excellence?
Farinaz Fassa, Lausanne University, Switzerland & Sabine Kradolfer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and Université de Genève, Switzerland

6.    Gender Uncertainty in Academia
Anna Fogelberg Eriksson, Linda Schultz and Elisabeth Sundin, Helix Vinn Excellence Center, Linköping University, Sweden

7.    Politics and Knowledge: Beyond the University Reforms
Federica Giardini, Department of Philosophy, University “Roma Tre”, Italy

8.    Research Funding, Impact Assessment and Gender
Inger Jonsson, Uppsala University/FAS, Sweden

9.    Revisiting the Concept of “Cooling-Out” in Scientific Careers of Young Academics
Heike Kahlert, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

10.    “What Do Pigs Have to Do with Gender?” Experts, Expertise and the Education of Transnational Feminists
Kristy Kelly, Southeast Asia Postdoctoral Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, USA

11.    The Promise of Excellence: Building up a Feminist Pedagogy Institution in Finland
Kirsti Lempiäinen, University of Lapland, Finland

12.    Staying with the Limit
Mia Liinason, Lund University, Sweden

13.    Gender Equality Agents in Higher Education: Changing Structures and Professionalization
Andrea Löther, Center of Excellence Women and Science, Germany

14.    Review of Ethiopian University Senate Legislation from a Gender perspective
Yemisrach Negash Mengstie, University of Kassel, Germany

15.    Profiling of Research, Differentiation and Excellence: Structures of Inequality in The New Research Landscape
Paula Mählck, Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden

16.    Academic Feminism’s Engagement with University Corporatization: Counter-weight or Collaborator?
Janice A Newson, Professor Emerita and Senior Scholar, Department of Sociology, York University, Canada

17.    The Paradox of Excellence: Merit and Occupational Attainments of Women in Computer Science
Irina Nikiforova, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

18.    Boundary-Work That Does Not Work: Gender and Epistemic Authority in Changing Scientific Organisations
Maria do Mar Pereira, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

19.    ‘The Men Next in Line Aren’t Interested Anymore’: Is Academic Management Becoming ‘Women’s Work’?
Helen Peterson, Linköping University, Sweden

20.    Engendering Higher Education and Research: A Gender Perspective on Openings and Closures within a Natural Science University
Stina Powell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

21.    After Bologna: Gender Studies in Entrepreneurial Universities as ‘Institutional Hybrids’?
Anja Rozwandowicz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

22.    Constructions of Gender Equality and Possibilities of Political Change
Malin Rönnblom, Umeå University, Sweden

23.    Academic and Industrial Organizations Compared by Those Who Know: Discussions with Industrial PhD Students and Their Supervisors
Minna Salminen, Uppsala University, Sweden

24.    Female Dropouts in Industrial Research and How to Design Political Interventions to Reduce Them
Helene Schiffbaenker, Joanneum Research, Germany

25.    Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science
Evanthia K. Schmidt, Aarhus University, Denmark

26.    Inflating and Down Playing Strengths and Weaknesses: Gendered Competence Frameworks in Sweden and the Netherlands
Marieke van den Brink, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Charlotte Holgersson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Sophie Linghag, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

27.    Paralysis and Fantasy – Handling Resistance when Conveying Feminist Knowledge
Anna Wahl and Charlotte Holgersson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

28.    Tackling the Theory Practice Gap: Pursuing Gendered Organizational Change through a ‘Bifocal Approach’
Jennifer de Vries, University of Western Australia, Australia

29.    Women in Corporate Boards in the UK: The Paradox of Interventions
Monica Wirz, University of Cambridge, UK

30.    How to Change Gender Biased Mental Maps? The Importance of Watchdogs in Appointment Procedures for Full Professors in Austria
Angela Wroblewski, Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Austria