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GEA Conference - Postgraduate Student & Early Career Researcher Workshop

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GEA CONFERENCE 2018 – Postgraduate Student & ECR Workshops

Workshop One: Gender & Education Association Workshop

12pm – 1:30pm

In this workshop aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers GEA executive members will explore what Gender and Education Association does and how to get involved. This workshop will include the following:

  • Introduction to GEA and working with the organisation to enhance your career (Jessica Ringrose & Vanita Sundaram)
  • Getting Crafty in Making Feminist Research Matter (Emma Renold)
  • Feminist Social Media Engagement: A guide from GEA - the good, the bad, and the ugly (Jessica Gagnon and Jessica Ringrose)
  • Collaboration: Networking, Funding, and Writing (Vanita Sundaram)

Workshop Two: Reading, Writing, Revising & Reviewing for Gender and Education

2pm – 3:30pm

This workshop will create a collaborative space to share insights on writing approaches, reviewing practices, and publishing strategies for scholars doing qualitative and quantitative research that examines and theorizes gender in formal and informal education settings. Led by editors of Gender and Education, the workshop is for early career researchers and those seeking to improve publishing track records.

Writing journal articles requires craft skills and artistry and is a corporeal mode of mattering in which heart, mind and identity are entangled (Barad, 2007). In considering writing as a craft, this presentation hones in on nitty-gritty, how-to and ‘technical’ aspects of writing. It analyses the importance of titles that are clear, concise and eye-catching in an age of search engines and metrics. It reviews how to structure a paper to maximize the clarity of the argument, and how to balance theory and empirical data. However, writing a good article needs more than craft. It is about having something ‘new’ to say, and shaping what you want to say in order to make an original contribution (theoretically and/or empirically) to on-going debates, and staking a claim to enter a discourse community.

In discussion of the entanglement of heart, mind and identity, participants will be invited to dispense with the notion that ‘good’ article writing requires ‘genius’ or ‘inspiration’, that writing can only be done ‘when the mood takes me’, or that it requires a long time ‘alone’. Instead, we consider academic article writing as a material practice, a ‘habit geography’ (Dewsbury & Bissell, 2015). This is habit not as stale routine but as a corporeal event of lived importance which releases pleasure and gets the writing done (Taylor, 2014).

Participants will conduct initial reviews of texts, examine how papers shift through multiple drafts through the submission process, and consider authors’ response and responsibility to suggestions for minor and major revisions.There will be an activity on addressing aims and scope, advice on expressing original contributions to knowledge and guidance on situating their article in the broader field.

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