Call for papers for the mid-term conference entitled “New Challenges to Feminism and Gender Research” that will take place in Milan, Italy, at the University of Milano-Bicocca, from the 13th to the 14th of June, 2022.

The conference of the RN33 – Women’s and Gender Studies features keynote lectures, plenary discussions, paper sessions, a round table, and an artistic performance, and is promoted by the European Sociological Association (ESA) with the collaboration of the Horizon 2020 project ITHACA – Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency: Entangled Narratives Across Europe and the Mediterranean Region.

Chair: Elisabetta Ruspini

Co-Chair: Ana Vidu

This conference encourages participants to both approach contemporary social, economic, political, cultural, and climate-related challenges from a gender-sensitive perspective, and to reflect upon the future of feminism and gender research in times of global crises.

The organizers look forward to seeing proposals for conference papers that reflect upon feminist responses to current world problems and contribute to the establishment of a dialogue between feminism and future studies.

Submissions are open for contributed papers focusing on the following and related fields:

  • Feminism, Sustainability, and Climate Change;
  • Nature/culture Issues in Feminist and Gender Research;
  • Social Reproduction and New Technologies;
  • Gender, Care and Mobility;
  • Gender and Migration;
  • Gender, Health, and Wellbeing;
  • Gender-based Violence and Harassment;
  • Gender, Sexuality and Social Control;
  • Gender, Poverty and Social Exclusion;
  • Gender, Intersectionality and Multiple Vulnerabilities;
  • Women and New Forms of Discrimination;
  • Gender (In)Equality in Academia;
  • Gender, Politics and Social Media;
  • Gender and Generations;
  • Gender Mainstreaming and Social Policies;
  • Global Trends in LGBTQ+ Rights and Issues;
  • Gender Perspectives on Post pandemic Futures.

Paper proposals including a transnational and/or comparative perspective are particularly welcome.

Please submit your abstract to the ESA RN33 Coordinators, Elisabetta Ruspini ( and Ana Vidu ( by the 15th of February, 2022.

  • The abstract should be no more than 500 words and should outline the theme, methodology, and main findings of the study. It should also specifically outline how the author(s) intend(s) to address one or more of the issues raised in the call for papers.
  • Please e-mail your abstract including a title, five keywords, author(s) names, and affiliations, and the e-mail address of each author.
  • Please write “Abstract proposal for ESA RN33 2022 mid-term Conference” in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Decisions will be communicated by the end of March 2022.

No conference fees will be charged, but conference participants will need to pay for their own travel and accommodation. Information on hotels and hostels close to the conference venue will be communicated in due course.