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Workshop On Researching Women And Society (RWS 2017)


The “universality” of knowledge has many androcentric assumptions, largely due to gender discriminatory normative forms and male-centric biases in research and analyses. To remedy this, more research using the gender lens should be conducted. Emphasis should also be given to women’s (both as subjects and researchers) specific voices and experiences. In doing so, research will be indisputably different in terms of the questions asked and methods used as well the analyses, interpretations, and implications drawn.

However, conducting research using the gender lens can add to the sensitivity of the work that women researchers do. It can thus be a challenging and sometimes a daunting experience, particularly for young women scholars. Given that, it is essential for leading women scholars and researchers to share their research and research ideas as well as the challenges and obstacles that they face as women researchers. It is hoped that these discourses will not only enlighten their counterparts but will also help establish supportive and effective research networks among women researchers. It is hoped that these discourses will also help establish supportive and effective research networks among women researchers.

With this focus, we invite you to participate in this year’s workshop on ‘Researching Women and Society’ (RWS 2017) which will showcase noteworthy issues relating to studying social structures, processes, and relationships through a gender lens. The workshop consists of three segments.

The first segment starts with a keynote address by a leading scholar. Directly after the keynote address, the RWS (2017) features a panel discussion in which women researchers share their views and experiences on the following key questions: What are their important considerations when conducting research? What are the challenges they face as women researchers? How do they view their subjects? How does their research impact women and society? The discussion will then be broadened to address other questions raised by the audience. After a lunch break, the third segment of the workshop consists of three concurrent workshops. Here, the workshop facilitators who are scholars with a wealth of knowledge and experience in their respective fields will provide in-depth sharing on research-related topics.

In Workshop 1, attendees will learn about addressing contemporary social issues, such as intimate partner abuse/domestic violence, disaster preparedness, mental health and psychosocial needs, through empowering community members to design and implement their own solutions. In this workshop session, attendees will also have the opportunity to consider how to use similar approaches in their own research. Workshop 2 aims to equip attendees with the necessary knowledge and skills on how to turn academic writing into high impact publications. The role of big data in development and specifically in addressing gender questions will be the focus of Workshop 3.


The main aim of the RWS (2017) is to develop knowledge and skills in researching women and society for effecting individual and collective transformation towards gender equality. The RWS (2017) also offers a platform for discussion on issues such as:

  • Why is gender an important perspective in social research?
  • Is researching women different?
  • How do we use the gender lens in research practice?
  • What are some of the research methods available for researching women and gender?
  • How do gender analyses lead to change?


The speakers in this workshop are noted academics and advocates of gender studies.

  • Dr. Elena Vacchelli (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom)
  • Dr. Courtney Welton-Mitchell (University of Denver, United States)
  • Prof. Dr. Raja Suzana Bt Raja Kasim (Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia)
  • Prof. Gan Siew Hua (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamarul Imran Musa (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)


Attendees can sign up for ONE of the following concurrent workshops:

  • Egalitarian Approaches to Community Research: Gendered Perspectives Perspective
  • Turning Academic Writing into High Impact Publications
  • Big Data and Gender


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Young scholars in women and gender studies
  • Academics and social scientists who are passionate about researching women and society
  • Gender Activists


  • Early bird Special >> USD 75  (REGISTER BY 18th September 2017)

Registration AFTER 18th September 2017

  • Local Participants: USD 80
  • International Participants: USD 100
  • Undergraduate Students: USD 50

To register, click HERE to download the Registration Form.


Please send Money Order/Bank Draft or Bank Transfer in the name of:

  • Account Number: 98986101400282
  • Account Name: Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Bank's name: CIMB Bank Berhad
  • Swift Code: CIBBMYKL

Please mention payment reference: RWS 2017

Proof of Payment: Please scan the payment slip and attach it with the registration form.

Certificates of attendance will be given to all participants.

For inquiries on registration or for further information, please contact us at:

  • Tel: 604-6533445/3682/3443
  • Fax: 604-6566379
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Website: http://kanita.usm.my/


Participants are responsible for their own accommodation. Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel.

University hostel accommodation with competitive rates is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may contact the University Housing Unit (UPPU) directly for reservation or inquiries, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address and contact number of UPPU:

Office, University Housing Unit (UPPU)
Level 1, Building H23,
Kompleks Cahaya Siswa, 11800 USM.
No. Tel: +604-653 4459
Fax: +604-657 8962

For a list of other possible accommodation, please click here


Kindly be informed that all participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. We can only provide the list of information as shown below:
Penang is accessible by flights from many major cities in the world, either directly, or via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). A few budget flights operate from KLIA, KLIA2, Subang and neighbouring Asian Countries (Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta) to Penang. For further information, you may check the operators’ websites such as:
Taxi Service
Che Puteh Taxi: 019 544 6621
Aswan Taxi: +604-210 8211 Penang
Georgetown Taxi Service: +604-2617098
BJ Radio Taxi: +604-643 0161
Penang Jade Auto Company: +604-2263015
Penang Sunshine Taxi Services Sunshine Square: +604-6425961
Penang Super Taxis - Radio Taxi: +604-2262411
Penang Taxi Drivers Association: +604-2625721
Georgetown City Taxi: +604-2299467
City Radio Taxi Service: +604-2299467
Super Radio Taxi Service: +604-2818766
Taxi Drivers Association: +604-262 5721
Super Radio Taxi Service Center: 04 281 8766, 04 282 8753
CT Radio Taxi: 04 229 9467
Bus Service
Kindly refer to http://www.rapidpg.com.my/ for more information.

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