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KANITA Inaugural Postgraduate International Conference On Gender Studies (KPICGS) 2012

Researching the lived realities of women and gender relations: students sharing discourses in a changing world
Dates: 31st October 2012 - 1st November 2012
Venue: Auditorium Ishak Pateh Akhir, SAINS@USM, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia

Co-organised by: Women’s Development Research Centre (KANITA) and Southeast Asian Association for Gender Studies, Malaysia Branch (SAMA)

The Women’s Development Research Centre (KANITA), Universiti Sains Malaysia has more than 30 years of accumulated expertise and knowledge in the field of women’s and/ or gender studies. Women’s and gender studies encourage students to understand how social relations between women and men impact society and guide them to investigate the historical contexts of women and men that cause disadvantaged positions of particular groups (especially women) in society. The KANITA Inaugural Postgraduate International Conference on Gender Studies (KPICGS) aims to bring together students and young scholars all over the world to share insights and experiences in researching women and gender issues. The conference focuses on both theoretical and practical issues faced by women in various parts of the world. It will provide opportunities for discussing and debating women’s lived realities in the world today taking into account dynamically changing challenges of the current world.

KPICGS aims to open conversations amongst young and/ or new scholars on different aspects of their research and academic experiences in inquiring into the social world that impact on the lives of women. The conference will also present students with the opportunities to engage in direct exchanges with senior scholars especially during the keynote and plenary sessions.

KPICGS Organising Committee cordially invites submission of abstracts and subsequently, full papers, from students and young scholars.

Target participants:

  • All students are welcome to submit abstracts to the KPICGS. While we expect a high number of participants to be postgraduate students, undergraduate students are welcome to participate in the conference.
  • Young scholars who are not currently registered as students with any institutions are also welcome to submit abstracts to the conference. They must either be aged 30 or below, OR have obtained their Master's or PhD degrees within 2 years prior to the date of the conference.
  • The first author of a paper submitted must be the student or young scholar and the paper must be prepared and based on work done substantially by the student or young scholar.  A supervisor or an academic advisor may be a co-author.
  • Interested participants who are not able to submit papers but wish to partake in the conference discourses are also Pwelcome.

Papers may be prepared to fit into the following sub-themes:

a) Coceptualising gender and feminism(s)

b) Law and policy

c) Culture and religion

d) Health

e) Citizenship, leadership and governance

f) Globalisation and development

g) Media

h) History

i) Gendered Spaces

j) Inequalities and discrimination

k) Violence against women

l) Research methodologies

Papers with other themes may be proposed and their acceptance will be decided by the Conference Scientific Committee.

Registration fee:

Fees will cover all meals and materials during the Conference. Fees are applicable for ALL participants (regardless of submission of papers).

RM 75.00

USD 50.00

Early bird (before 31st August 2012):
RM 60.00

USD 30.00

Deadline for Registration: 15th October 2012

Note: The registration form and the document of payment can be emailed to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for paper presenters and non-presenters)

or can be faxed to 604-6566379.


Please send Money Order/Bank Draft in the name of:
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Account Number: 0702-0001054-71-6

If you are transferring the payment, please send it to:
Account Number: 0702-0001054-71-6
Beneficiary's name: Universiti Sains Malaysia
Bank's name: Bank Muamalat
Bank's Address: Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd, USM Service Centre, Minden, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Swift Code: BMMBMYKL

Unit for Research on Women and Gender (KANITA)

School of Social Sciences,11800 USM, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
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