UCL European Institute


Conference: Impacts of Gender Discourse on Polish Politics, Society & Culture

11 June 2018–12 June 2018, 9:00 am–6:30 pm


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Join UCL SSEES and the University of Central Lancashire for a two-day international conference considering how contemporary gender politics, debates on sexuality and equality mechanisms affect politics, culture and social life in Poland.
Monday, 11 June - Tuesday, 12 June 2018

11-12 June 2018, 9:00-6:00pm

School of Slavonic and East European Studies
University College London
16 Taviton St
London WC1H 0BW, UK


In recent years, Poland has witnessed a heated debate on gender as a 'dangerous' concept that  threatens the integrity of family and social life. The media makes frequent use of concepts such as genderism  or gender ideology, usually accompanied by anti-feminist rhetoric, while the government recently attempted to tighten the already restrictive abortion law, prompting countrywide "black protests". Debates about gender inequality and the very concept of gender itself as well as about reproductive rights and homosexuality have also been affected by the rise of  nationalism in Poland, elsewhere in Eastern Europe and in other parts of the world. 

The aim of the conference Impacts of Gender Discourse on Polish Politics, Society and Culture: Comparative Perspectives is to exchange knowledge and ideas about how contemporary gender politics, debates on sexuality and equality mechanisms affect politics, culture and social life in Poland, and how they are shaped by wider discourse about gender and sexuality. The conference focuses on Poland but considers it in a comparative context. The main aim is to analyse the gender debate in the broad field of culture, art, literature, film, drama, social media and music. We are especially interested in the intersectional elaboration of the cultural domains from the gendered perspective. 

Call for Papers 

Please send your paper proposal with title and a 350-word description as well as your biographical note (100 words) to impactsofgender@gmail.com by 30 January 2018.

Among the possible topics are:

  • Policies affecting gender (in)equality in Poland
  • Polish feminism(s)
  • Feminism(s) and nationalism(s)
  • The effect of new media on gender discourse in Poland
  • Polish women's literature, cinema, plastic arts and music
  • Representation of abortion in Polish art, film and literature
  • Performing sexuality in a public and private sphere
  • Queer theory and art in Poland and Eastern Europe
  • LGBTQ visibility and activism in Poland
  • Teaching gender and sexuality   
  • Performing sexuality in public and private
  • Transnational sexualities

Proposals of panels of three to four speakers are also welcome. The final decision of acceptance will be made by 20 February 2018. The final programme will be published by 30 March 2018.

Organizers and the Conference Committee:

Dr Urszula Chowaniec, University College London u.chowaniec@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Richard Mole, University College London, r.mole@ucl.ac.uk
Prof. Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire, ehmazierska@uclan.ac.uk

Download Call for Papers PDF here and read more about the conference here.