BISA Conference Satellite Event: Pushing the Boundaries: Talking about Race and Gender in The Contemporary Academy


11th June
Queen Mary,
University of London 
(the day before the BISA conference)
Organised by the BISA Gendering IR Working Group, PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group and the PSA Race, Migration and Intersectionality Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, this interdisciplinary feminist workshop will bring together scholars from Politics, International Studies and other cognate disciplines to consider the race and gender dynamics of contemporary academia.
It will explore equality and diversity initiatives in higher education and whether they are conducive to sustainable change. It will explore precarity, pay gaps and mentorship, thinking about how academics continue to support each other and build professional networks, while also recognising that up to 50% of UK academics are on precarious contracts and that this has gendered and racialized implications. Another big focus of the day will be the decolonisation of our curriculums, and the ways forward for the discipline of Politics and International Studies, as well as academia more generally.
Three sessions, based on the three themes of Equality and Diversity; Precarity and Mentorship and; Decolonising Curriculums will shape discussions, with a series of excellent speakers to kick-off each session.
This workshop is designed to be conversational and dynamic. Based on a professional development model, a series of engaged and interactive roundtables will consider some key challenges facing contemporary academia from the starting point that that the personal is political. It will be a forum to share experiences across contexts, career stages, disciplines and institutions and to build networks and foster collaborations.
As a reflection of feminist innovation, contemporary criticality and creative academia, the workshop will conclude with a film screening of the Bafta-nominated film Pili and a Q&A session with the film's producer, Professor Sophie Harman.
Provisional Programme
11:30 Registration & Introduction
11:45: Session One: Equality and Diversity
13:15: Lunch
14:15: Session Two: Precarity, Pay Gaps, Mentorship
15:45: Coffee break
16:00: Session Three: Decolonising the Curriculum
17:30: Pili film screening + Q&A with Professor Sophie Harman & wine reception
Watch the Pili Trailer here
Register for your free place here
Travel bursaries for PhD/ECRs: We have a small amount of funds to support PhDs/ECRs to attend the event, so if you would like to attend and might benefit from this, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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