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Call for papers for ‘Changing gender roles in work and family life’ workshop at Kent

The Eastern ARC Quantitative Social Science research theme invites academic staff and postgraduate research students to participate in the ‘Changing gender roles in work and family life’ workshop, to be held at the University of Kent on the 31st March – 1st April, 2016.

21 December 2015

The workshop aims to bring together Eastern ARC researchers across the social sciences and other relevant disciplines, who are interested in the how gender roles and the nature of work have changed in labour markets and within families. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

+ Women’s labour market participation patterns – employment, working hours etc.

+ Women’s career and leadership roles in business and government

+ Men’s/father’s involvement within the household, childcare/parenting and domestic work

+ Attitudes and expectations regarding gender roles – e.g., the division of household work, career ambitions, sexism in the workplace, unconscious bias and others

+ Role of company and national level policies in allowing a better work-life balance/facilitating women’s careers/gender role changes

+ Other papers dealing with challenging gender roles or changing gender roles over time.

We welcome papers using both quantitative and qualitative methods, but also theoretical papers dealing with the above issues. The goal of this workshop is to bring together scholars working in the areas of gender, labour market and family issues to enable further collaborative work across the EARC institution as well as across the Faculty of Social Sciences at Kent. The workshop will start at noon on the 31st March and will end in the afternoon of the 1st April with a brainstorming event for future collaboration.

To participate please submit an abstract for a spoken presentation (20 min + 10 min discussion), OR an abstract for a poster. Abstracts should be no more than 150 words.

Please send submissions to Sarah Tetley (EARC administrator) <> by 12th of February 2016.  Announcements will be made the 22nd of February 2016, the final programme will be available in March 2016. The workshop is free for all Eastern ARC staff and PG students to attend. Travel support for staff and PG students from UEA and Essex will be provided for by their respective EARC institutions.