International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice

May 28, 2015 09:00

28-30 May 2015 – Bloomington, IN, United States

The conference programme is now available online. View and Download it under the “Documents” tab, on the top right hand side.

The International Conference on Gender and Education aims to engage researchers, academics and policy makers in discussions and debates concerning the interplay between gender related issues and  educational dynamics. This conference will explore the consequences and reflections of hierarchical structures in organizational settings, societal resistance involving gender issues, the politics of gender inequality, gender dimensions of laws and gendered aspects of cultural norms and values that intersect with education.

This conference is organised by Gender Studies Platform – London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS), School of Education, Indiana University – Bloomington, Centre for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN) Michigan State University, and Department of Law – Gediz University

A pre-conference tour will take place on Thursday May 28th, providing an opportunity for the delegates to network with each other prior to the early-start of the conference the following morning. We would like to thank Kinsey Institute for their kind support in organising the pre-conference tour.*

The conference reception will be held at Grunwald Gallery of Art on Friday May 29, 2015 after 5pm. Attendees will get the opportunity to explore the museum in an open-house format. The museum will also be hosting the Kinsey Juried Art Show during this time.

The conference programme is set to be finalised and announced three weeks before the conference commences.

Please note that only the Kinsley Institute tour will be taking place on Thursday May 28th with the intention of creating a pre-conference networking opportunity. All panel sessions will take place on 29 & 30 May.

Official invitation letters will only be provided once you have fully completed your registration.

Please send any enquiries to


Dates to Remember

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice

22 December 2014  : Abstracts submission deadline extended (Up to 500 words)
15 January 2015      : Paper notification
27 February 2015    : Earlybird registration deadline
27 March 2015         : Final registration deadline
28-30 May 2015       : Conference

Call for Papers


Abstract submission is now closed.


1. Gender and hierarchy: this theme looks at the different formation of hierarchies in institutions, higher education and workplaces, and investigates how culture of the institutions, equal or unequal payment, administration structure indicates the existence of hierarchical structures based on gender.

2. Gender parity: Gender disparity may have different priorities depending on the situation of the countries in question. In some cases, it may refer to equal access to primary, secondary or higher education, literacy rate, employment, equal payment and so on. This theme includes researches that explore the access to education and inequalities between sexes.

3. Policies and gender inequalities: Gender issues are visible in many areas of life and there are many reasons behind gender inequalities. This theme explores the impact of policies and legislations that create gender inequality in different settings.

4. Cultural impacts and gender: Cultural norms and values are influential in defining gender roles and structuring hierarchical structures in societies. It is aimed to understand to social dynamics of the society behind social disparities and discuss invisible hindrances affects the life of individuals.

5. Gender discourses: discourses in societies, institutions or particular settings not only express the thoughts, but also includes the practice, change and transformations. The purpose of this theme is to look at the dynamics of the change in society and explore the impact of changes on gender discourses.

6. Gender, education and schooling: Each individual has right to be treated equally. Although the right of equality of human beings are protected by laws, in practice there are many examples of discriminations in life. This theme particularly explores discriminations and inequalities against individuals in educational settings since schools are generally considered as the agent of transferring social norms and values to next generations.  It is aimed to explore what kind of activities, materials and instructions cause gender discrimination in schools.

7. Gender and mobility: this theme addresses gender related issues in migration, refugee and student mobility context. What kind of solutions and actions are required to touch upon gender discrimination in any kind of human mobility? What are the patterns that individuals follow in their choice of mobility?

8. Education and the law: Laws prohibiting violence against women are insufficient, inadequate, not respected or poorly enforced but is  change possible at the community level with education?  What is the importance of education in community level change by targeting discriminatory cultural and religious practices for development in gendered perspectives?

9. Ideal society: If we would become acquainted with the legislation and the manners of a nation, we must begin by the study of social nation. What is the role of education when creating the ideal society like Plato dreamed up?

10. History of gender and education: How have educational policies and practices of schooling evolved through time and by culture and country? What have been the gendered dimensions of such changes as associated with shifting state-society positioning, and as connected with factors like modernization, citizenship-/nation-building, secularism and/or religious politics, and changing views of the place of girls and women in society?


Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed.

We are inviting you to send an abstract of up to 500 words. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified as to whether they will be invited to present their submission at the conference. Further information regarding abstract submission can be found on the submission tab above. Selected presentations will be invited for a full-paper submission to be considered for future publications.


(If you have problems opening the link above then please copy and paste: to your browser search bar).

The Abstract submission deadline has now been extended until 22nd December.

Authors who submit an abstract of a paper confirm that they have not been published previously or simultaneously elsewhere and that they are not planning to present or publish them prior to the dates of this Conference.

The Conference Committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts on the basis of the following criteria: novelty of the research, significance of the findings, and clarity. Abstracts must describe in a succinct manner the purposes and findings of the research so that the quality, originality, and comprehensiveness of the work can be evaluated by the Conference Committee. Titles should be indicative of the content of the abstract and nonstandard abbreviations should be avoided. Other abbreviations may be used in the body of the abstract if they are defined at their first mention in the text. If an abstract is poorly written such that the Conference Committee cannot determine its novelty and importance, the paper will not be accepted for presentation at the conference.

The accuracy of the submitted abstract is the responsibility of the authors. Every effort will be made to publish the abstract exactly as submitted. Authors should prepare and proofread their abstracts carefully before submission. Errors made on submitted abstract are likely to appear in print. The organising committee reserves the right to do copy editing and minor changes for the purposes of coherence and consistency of style. Because of administrative and time constraints, supplemental data submitted along with the abstracts cannot be transmitted to the Conference Committee for review.

The body of the abstract should not exceed 500 words and the documents should be in word files (extensions allowed doc, pdf, docx, rtf, tex).

All presenters must register to attend the Conference. If an abstract is accepted and the presenter does not register, the abstract may be withdrawn. Selected paper to be prepared after the conference will be considered for post-conference publications. For the paper submission please use the red link on the top of this page.

All submissions will be assessed through a blind-review process according to following criteria:

  • Potential contribution to the debates in the field
  • Potential for stimulating debate in the Conference
  • Freshness of the content, novelty and originality
  • Formulation of the research/policy question
  • Data and methodology
  • Quality of writing and presentation

NOTE: Further guidelines for full paper submissions will be provided in due course.

For any other enquiries please contact to


Information regarding transportation


Driving to IU Bloomington from the Indianapolis International Airport:

  1. When departing the airport, follow the signs to exit onto Ameriplex Parkway
  2. Follow Ameriplex Parkway to IN-67 South/Kentucky Ave.
  3. Turn RIGHT onto IN-67 South
  4. Follow IN-67 South to IN-39S
  5. Turn LEFT onto IN-39S
  6. Follow IN-39S through Martinsville to IN-37S
  7. Merge RIGHT onto IN-37S to Bloomington
  8. Exit RIGHT off IN-37 at “College & Walnut” (you will emerge on to College Ave)
  9. Continue on College Avenue to 7th Street
  10. Turn LEFT on 7th Street
  11. Continue about 7 blocks to Indiana Memorial Union
  12. Turn RIGHT into the circle drive in front of the Indiana Memorial Union (parking is available in one of the two lots adjacent to the IMU)

IMU hotel Address:

900 East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN  47405

Parking on Campus

Parking is available in two lots adjoining the Indiana Memorial Union.  If you are a guest of the hotel, parking is free.  If you are commuting or staying at another hotel and driving to the IMU, you may park in these two parking lots for a fee.  Discount parking vouchers will be available at the registration check-in desk for Gender and Education participants.

Flight Information

Domestic and International Participants.  Participants will find that traveling to Indiana University through Indianapolis International Airport is most convenient.  International guests can elect to schedule direct flights into either Chicago O’Hara or Cincinnati International and then take a short 30 minute flight into Indianapolis.

Airport:                      Indianapolis International Airport

Airport Symbol:          IND

Location:                   50 miles (93 kilometers) north of Bloomington, Indiana

Important:                  Bloomington, IN does not have an airport that can accommodate commercial aircraft.  In making reservations, do not confuse Bloomington, IN with Bloomington, IL.  The latter does have an airport with limited commercial service. You must fly into Indianapolis and take ground transportation to the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.

Travel Agency Assistance

If you would like assistance with your travel arrangements, contact Travel Leaders (, a major international travel management company with offices in Bloomington, Indiana.

Phone:812.339.7800 or 800.467.7800

FAX:    812.339.7854


Ground Transportation from Indianapolis Airport to the Indiana Memorial Union

Train or bus service is not available from the airport to Bloomington.  Taxis service is expensive.  We suggest that you book reservations on a shuttle, limousine or car rental.

Shuttle:  Go Express Travel

  • Service 9 times daily between airport and Bloomington campus
  • Shuttle drop off points include Indiana Memorial Union (host hotel), Hampton Inn and Marriott Courtyard
  • Advance reservations:  Recommended
  • Reservations on-line:
  • Phone:  800.589.6004 or 812.332.6004
  • Rate:  currently $18.00 one way
  • Airport pick-up location:  Ground Transportation Center.  Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim

Shuttle:  Star of America

  • Service 9 times daily between airport and Bloomington campus
  • Shuttle drop off points include Indiana Memorial Union (host hotel), Hilton Garden Inn and other area hotels
  • Advance reservations:  Recommended
  • Reservations on-line:
  • Phone:  800.933.0097 or 812.876.7851
  • Rate:  currently $15.00 one way when purchased on-line.  $19.00 when purchased at the bus.
  • Airport pick-up location:  Zone 1 in the Ground Transportation Center

Limousine Service:  Classic Touch Limousine

  • Door-to-door service from airport to any location in Bloomington
  • Advance reservations:  Required
  • Rates:  Currently shared ride starting at $86 one way
  • Reservations on-line:
  • Phone:  800.319.0082 or 812.339.7269
  • Airport Pick-up Location:  Ground Transportation Center.  Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim
  • Note: The limousine drive will not have a sign identifying you by name.  It is your responsibility to approach a Classic Touch Limousine and provide them with your name.

Car Rental:  Most major car rental companies


International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice will take place at;

Indiana Memorial Union

900 East 7th Street

Bloomington, IN  47405

United States (USA)

Travel and Conference Fee Grants

28-30 May 2015 – Bloomington, IN, United States

We are no longer considering grant applications.

There will be a limited number of accommodation, travel and registration fee grants available. These grants will be offered based on the quality of the submitted abstracts as well as financial need.

For those wishing to be considered for these grants please indicate this when submitting abstracts. Award holders will be notified after January 15th.



Hotel rooms and dormitory rooms on the IU Bloomington campus have been reserved for people attending the Gender and Education Conference.


900 East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN USA 47405

The Indiana Memorial Union will serve as the location for conference registration and for all general and concurrent sessions.  It has been designated as the host hotel for the Gender and Education Conference.  If you are looking for hotel accommodation, we suggest that you reserve a guestroom at the IMU.  In addition to being the location for conference activities, the IMU is located in the center of campus and in easy walking distance to many of Bloomington’s downtown shops, cafes and restaurants.

Rates & Reservations

In order to secure a hotel room at the Indiana Memorial Union, contact the hotel directly or reserve your room on-line.  When phoning for your reservation, you must identify that you will be attending the Gender and Education Conference in order to obtain a room.

On-line reservation                  :

Code                                       : GENDERED

Phone reservations                  : (812) 856-6381

Room rates                              :Current rooms rates vary from $125-$190 depending on room type; rates are for room type; rates are for the room itself and are not based on the number of people occupying the room.  All rooms  are subject to a 12% tax.

Reservation cut- off date          : 4/23/2015

Parking                                    : Free to hotel guests

Wireless Internet                     : Free


For those seeking economical accommodations, the Willkie Residence Center provides comfortable, attractive, and air-conditioned housing.  Each room in Willkie is a single room with two single rooms connected by a full bath.  Free wireless internet is available throughout. Walking distance from Willkie to the IMU, where conference activities will take place, is about 12 – 15 minutes, along a walkway that passes attractively landscaped walking sidewalks and pathways.

Rates & Reservations

Rate: 2015 summer dormitory rate for 2015 is $49.90 + 12% tax.

Reservation: The only way that you can reserve a room at Willkie is to send an email to When you register to attend the Gender & Education Conference you will have an opportunity to reserve and pay for your dormitory room.

Check-in Procedures: Willkie Residence Center is a dormitory, not a hotel, so check-in procedures will be different from a typical hotel or guesthouse. Prior to the conference, IU Conferences meeting management organization will email you detailed instructions for where Willkie is located on campus, how to check in to your room, how to check out of your room, and walking instructions to the site of conference events (the IMU).

Parking: Parking for attendees staying at the Residence Center will be free of charge.


There are many hotel options outside of the IU Bloomington campus.  Some hotels are located within walking distance, some are a short drive from campus.  We have identified a few off campus properties.

Note:  Attendees electing to stay at off campus hotels who wish to drive to campus and park their car on campus may do so in the two parking lots adjacent to the Indiana Memorial Union.  There will be a fee for parking in these lots.  Discount parking passes will be available at the registration check-in desk for conference participants.  The approximate discounted parking fee is currently $12/day.

Grant Street Inn

The Grant Street Inn is located on Grant Street, 0.5 miles from the Gender and Education sessions and activities. Walking time is approximately 5-6 minutes.

Location:                                  310 N Grant St, Bloomington, IN 47408

Phone Number:                        (812) 334-2353


Hyatt Place

The Hyatt Place is located on Kirkwood Avenue, less than one mile from the IMU hotel.  Walking time is approximately 15 minutes.

Location:                                   217 West Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 47404

Phone number:                         (812) 339-5950


Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is located on 7th Street (the same as the IMU), one mile from the IMU hotel.  Walking time is approximately 15 – 18 minutes.

Location:                                  245 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403

Phone Number:                         (812) 331-1335


Additional hotel accommodations in Bloomington

Many local and national hotel options are available in Bloomington.  For a list of places to stay, go to:


We are pleased to announce that the conference programme for the ICGE 2015 “International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice” is now available.

Please note that all maps, the book of abstracts and the conference programme will be printed and available to collect at the registration desk.

Download the Conference Programme PDF

Download the Book of Abstracts PDF

Download the IMU Map PDF

Kinsey Institute Tours

For those who are registered for the Kinsey Institute tours, the meeting point will be in the reception area of the Kinsey Institute. This is located on the 3rd floor of the Morrison Hall.The address is 1165 East 3rd Street.

Jenny Bass, Director of Communications, will give a history and research details, and Catherine Johnson- Roehr will introduce the current art exhibits and give a brief talk about the collection.

Each tour of Kinsey Institute typically consist of 18 people for one hour. Three tours will take place at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Places are limited and subject to first come first serve.


28-30 May 2015 – Bloomington, IN, United States

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice

Please register for the Conference as soon as possible to confirm your participation.

Registration fee includes the conference reception on Friday, 29th May, access to all conference sessions, all-day refreshments and a pre-conference tour at Kinsey Institute. The fee does not include your accommodation costs.

Please also see the cancellation policy at the bottom of this page.

Sterling GBP US Dollars
Final Registration Deadline 27th March £265 400$
Early-bird Registration Deadline 27th February £215 325$


Registration costs are non-refundable. In exceptional circumstances a refund may be offered where an administrative charge* will apply.

*An administrative charge of up to 25% of the conference fee is applicable on all registration refunds.


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Patricia Kubow – Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education & Director, Center for

International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR)

Prof. Peter L. McLaren – Chapman University, College of Educational Studies

Prof. Heidi A. Ross – Indiana University, School of Education & Director, East Asian Studies Center*

Prof. Margaret Crocco – Michigan State University,  Department of Teacher Education

Prof. Nadje Al-Ali – The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Centre for Gender Studies

Assist.Prof. Kathryn Engebretson –  Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education

Prof. Cigdem Balim Harding – Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Academic coordinator: 

Assoc. Prof. Sibel Safi – Gediz University, Department of  International Public Law and LCSS

Academic Committee

Prof. Kathryn Engebretson – Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education

Prof. Muhammed Ozekes – Gediz University , Dean of Department of Law

Prof. Cigdem Balim Harding – Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Prof. Anne Ferguson – Michigan State University, Centre for Gender in Global Context

Prof. Lisa Fine – Michigan State University, Centre for Gender in Global Context

Prof.Dr. Amy Jamison – Michigan State University, Centre for Gender in Global Context

Assoc. Prof. Emine Evered – Michigan State University, Department of History

Assoc. Prof. Sibel Safi – LCSS and Gediz University, Department of  Law

Ozlem Erden – Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education and LCSS

Feray J. Baskin – Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Anthropology and LCSS

Seref Kavak – LCSS and Keele University, Department of Politics and International Relations

Organisation Committee

Ufuk Ucar – Director of LCSS

Assoc. Prof. Sibel Safi – LCSS and Gediz University, Department of  International Public Law and LCSS

Seref Kavak- LCSS and Keele University, Department of Politics and International Relations

Ozlem Erden – Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education and LCSS

Feray J. Baskin – Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Anthropology and LCSS

Mechmet Machmout – LCSS, Education Platform

Due to a changing her circumstances, Heidi will no longer be present at the conference.


For all enquiries please contact:

Mr Mechmet Machmout,

Conference Administrator


London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS)

7 Bell Yard,