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Male Over-Representation in Politics : Preliminary research and developing a research agenda

Appel à communications

vendredi 23 octobre 2015, par Equipe GIS IdG

Male Over-Representation in Politics : Preliminary research and developing a research agenda

A one-day workshop

Held at the University of Bristol’s SPAIS Gender Research Centre,

Wednesday, 3rd of Feb 2016

Hosted by the University of Bristol SPAIS Gender Research Centre, the School of Politics and IR at QMUL and Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, and the UK PSA Women & Politics

At the 2015 ECPR Joint Session of Workshops, Elin Bjarnegård and Rainbow Murray hosted the workshop, ‘The Causes and Consequences of Male Over-Representation’. Reframing the question of gender and representation, the workshop permitted the identification of new research agendas focusing explicitly on men’s presence in politics rather than women’s marginalization or under-representation. New questions and research areas within the field of gender and politics were invoked, and during the workshop it became clear that the study of men, masculinities and politics was fertile ground for research, requiring much greater exploration.

This one-day workshop provides an opportunity to revisit such research almost one year on : for researchers who were present at ECPR and for those who have come to the topic since. We are seeking papers that examine the reasons for men’s over-representation, and the means by which they perpetuate their position. Papers might explore differences between men vis a vis political participation, as well as men’s reactions to women’s participation. Concepts of representation, accountability, and men’s interests would also be of critical importance to the workshop. Theoretical and empirical papers are welcome.

We have secured sufficient funding so as to require no registration fee. There are, however, no general funds for travel. Confirmation of a PhD hardship fund will be announced subsequently.

The workshop also has limited places, and so we ask for abstracts (no more than 250 words) to be submitted to s.childs@bristol.ac.uk by the 1st of November 2015.