Gendered Innovations in the Social Sciences

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

What impact does women's limited presence in key fields of research have upon our capacity to grapple with social and political change? And if gender is ignored as an analytic category, can the social sciences make a meaningful contribution to understanding or resolving issues of gender inequality in society? This conference aims to compare the status of gender analysis and feminist research in different social science disciplines and to build persuasive arguments about how and why gender matters in them. To this end, we are seeking case studies from different disciplines, or from across disciplines, of how our understanding of fundamental questions has been improved by application of a gender lens.


    Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University, New Zealand;

    Catriona Mackenzie, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics;

    Laurel Weldon, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute at Purdue University;

    Sylvia Walby OBE, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Director, Violence and Society UNESCO Centre, Lancaster University.

The conference will also explore the intersection of knowledge and power by asking how the status of gender and feminist research corresponds with the status of women in these disciplines. What is the relationship between continuing patterns of male dominance in certain social science disciplines, notably political science, economics and philosophy, and the research agendas that shape disciplinary curricula and standards of research excellence? Have some disciplines been more successful than others in transforming gender relations in both professional and disciplinary terms - and what is the relationship between these aspects of change.


Registration for the conference is now open, please register before 24th October 2016.

Sliding registration fees are:

    Full registration - $195

    Full registration (student/unwaged) - $150

    2 days registration $150

    2 days registration (student/unwaged) - $120

    1 day registration - $75

    1 day registration (student/unwaged) - $60


Lunch, morning and afternoon tea is provided for all conference attendees. Please email if you have dietary requirements so we can notify the caterers.

This conference is part of an ARC funded project Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences. For more information, visit the project website or contact the organisers: Fiona Jenkins, Helen Keane and Marian Sawer, at