Self portrait with magnifier
by Kiss Márta

Introduction

Women and men in Europe in the first decades of the 21st century are confronted with acute social, political, cultural, economic and environmental concerns, including increasingly racist politics and nationalist discourses across Europe, huge cutbacks in social services and education, strengthening conservative gender discourses, and an overall climate unfavorable if not hostile to feminist, queer, and other progressive movements. In striving to address these concerns on regional, national and international levels, feminist scholars are re-assessing their theoretical and political toolbox. The 'politics of location', coined by Adrienne Rich in 1976, continues to play a crucial role in these debates. Women's and gender studies cannot do without reflecting on the politics of their locations, but how to use this tool now that locations are constantly shifting? When the locations we inhabit are perceived to be multiple, paradoxical and (in)comparable?

The 8th European Feminist Research Conference invites scholars, students, activists and policy makers to re-visit their politics of location in the light of current crises in Europe and beyond, and to reflect upon the ways in which feminist scholarly tools can be used for understanding and for changing the world.

Reflecting the diversity of women's and gender studies European Feminist Research Conferences represent cutting-edge scholarship. The 8th European Feminist Research Conference is organized by the Central European University, Department of Gender Studies and AtGender, the European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation. The European Feminist Research Conferences usually have more than 500 participants from both inside and outside Europe. The Conferences have a track record of presenting innovative feminist scholarly work with critical perspectives on contemporary Europe and its histories. The previous European Feminist Research Conferences were held at the universities of Alborg (1991), Graz (1994), Coimbra (1997), Bologna (2000), Lund (2003), Łódz (2006) and Utrecht (2009).

The 8th European Feminist Research Conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary on May 17-20, 2012.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Nadje Al-Ali
Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
Hana Havelková
Department of Gender Studies, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
Clare Hemmings
Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Andrea Pető
Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
Fatima Sadiqi
International Institute for Languages and Cultures, Fez, Morocco.