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Conference Programme (subject to change)

Monday 3rd April

10.15 -11.00: Coffee and Registration

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building


11.00-12.30: Plenary 1: Feminist Institutionalism: Origins and Influences  

The Alexander Arts Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building

Shireen Hassim 

Mona Lena Krook

Vivien Lowndes

Joni Lovenduski

Fiona Mackay (chair)

Georgina Waylen

12.30-1.30: Lunch

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building

1.30-3.00: Panel Session 1


Towards Gendering Institutionalism: Equality in Europe

A113, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chairs: Elaine Weiner (McGill University) and Heather MacRae (York University, Canada)

The European Social Fund and the Institutionalization of Gender Mainstreaming in Sweden and Germany

Petra Ahrens (University of Antwerp) and Anne-Charlott Callerstig (Örebro University)

Gender Mainstreaming and EU Climate Change Policy

Gill Allwood (Nottingham Trent University)

Resistance to Gender Mainstreaming in EU Research Policy

Lut Mergaert (Yellow Window) and Emanuela Lombardo 

Benevolent Contestations: Mainstreaming, Judicialisation and Europeanization in the Norwegian Gender and Equality Debate

Hege Skjeie, Catherine Holst and Mari Teigen (Institute for Social Research, Norway)

Engaging the State: Women’s Policy Agencies and Mechanisms for Gendered Change

A112, Samuel Alexander Building

Chair: Laurel Weldon (Purdue Policy Research Institute)

Lessons Promoting Gender Equality in the State: Institutional Evolution of Women's Policy agencies in Costa Rica and Chile

Gwynn Thomas (University of Buffalo)

In the Belly of the Beast: Of Structural Problems and Straitjackets –the South African Commission for Gender Equality

Amanda Gouws (University of Stellenbosch)

(Trans) formation of Institutional Mechanisms for Gender Equality in Lithuania from the Perspective of Velvet Triangle Actors

Oskana Mejere (Vytautas Magnus University)

Gender, Labour and Work

A215, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Silke Stabb (UN Women)

Have Recent Judicial Decisions Across the Globe Improved Gender Justice for Women Workers?

Jane Aberhard-Hodges (Investing in Women)

“Hostel" for Women: A Sociological Study of Women's Hostels in Mumbai

Mittal Chauhan (Mithibai College of Arts, Science & Commerce)

The Institutional Embeddedness of Household Resource Allocation in the UK, India and Pakistan

Punita Chowbey (Sheffield Hallam University)

Why Not Rip it Up and Start Again? Questioning Gender Equality in the Cocoa Value Chain

Lauren McCarthy (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Jeremy Moon

New Perspectives on the Politics of Presence

A7, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Sarah Childs (University of Bristol)

(How) Does Feminisation Change a Parliament?

Rainbow Murray (Queen Mary, University of London)

The Institutional Non-Presence of Women

Suzanne Dovi (University of Arizona)

Bounded Agency and Intersectional Identities: African American Women State Legislators' Paths to Power

Wendy Smooth  (Ohio State University)

Diversifying Representation: Tempering Expectations for change beyond the Legislature

Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College, Los Angeles) and Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary)

3.00- 3.30: Tea/Coffee

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building

3.30- 5.00: Panel Session 2

Understanding the Role of Political Settlements in Shaping the Opportunities for Progressive Institutional Change in Conflict-to-Peace Transitions

A113, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Jennifer Thomson (Queen Mary University of London)

New Institutions, New Gender Rules? Emerging Evidence from the ESRC-DfID Political Settlements Research Programmes

Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh) and Cera Murtagh (University of Edinburgh)

Implementing the Good Friday Agreement: Understanding Institutional Change through Crisis and Attrition

Michelle Rouse (TJI Ulster University)

Transforming Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in a Post-conflict Environment: The Case of Northern Ireland

Jessica Doyle (Ulster University)and Monica McWilliams 

International Law Norms for Gender Equality and Domestic Processes of Institutional Change: When and How the International May Matter

Catherine O’Rourke (Ulster University)

Institutional Change, Gender Justice and Conflict in Columbia

Pilar Domingo (Overseas Development Institute) and Alina Rocha Menocal (Overseas Development Institute)


Feminist Institutionalism and Social Policy

A112, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Francesca Gains (University of Manchester)

Punctuated Equilibrium, Conversion of Something else? Assessing the Continued Roles of Private Health Insurance in the US system

Melissa Haussman (Carleton University)

Welfare Regimes and the Development of Gender Attitudes in Post-Communist Europe

Steven Saxonberg (Masaryk University, Brno)

Gender and the Politics of Gradual Change: Understanding the Role of the Neoliberal and Maternalist Legacies in Chilean Social Policy

Silke Staab (UN Women)

The Everyday of German Family Policy Reform: Translocal Coordination in the Organisation of Childcare

Nina Suesse (King's College London)


Resisting Institutional Change: Mechanisms and Actors

A215, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Elin Bjarnegård (Uppsala University)

The Resilience of Masculinist Institutions: Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Reflections

Sabine Lang (Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies) and Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna)

Subverting Quotas:  Gendered Actors, Gendered Institutions

Leah Culhane (University of Manchester)

Reproducing Male Dominance in Europe's New Democracies

Cristina Chiva (University of Salford)

Gender and Cabinet Government in Ireland: Revealing the Gender Culture and Power Dynamics that Insulate Against Institutional Change

Fiona Buckley (University College Cork)

Political Parties and Participation

A7, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Tània Verge (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

How to Build a Women's Party (and How to Research One): Applying a Feminist Institutionalist Lens

Elizabeth Evans (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)

Gendering Institutions - The Role of the Party Structures for Women's Political Representation in Parliament in Ghana

Diana Højlund Madsen (Aalborg University)

Legal Gender Quotas and Informal Institutions in Political Parties: the case of the Republic of Ireland

Claire McGing (NUI Maynooth)

Political Origins of the Female Franchise

Dawn Teele (University of Pennsylvania)

5.00-5.15: Tea/Coffee

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building


5.15-6.45: Plenary 2Feminist Institutionalism: Key Concepts and Methods

The Alexander Arts Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building

Elin Bjarnegård

Louise Chappell

Vivien Lowndes

Fiona Mackay

Meryl Kenny

Georgina Waylen (chair)



6.45: Drinks reception and finger buffet

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building

Tuesday 4th April


9.00-10.30:  Plenary 3: Feminist Institutionalism in Practice

The Alexander Arts Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building

Sarah Childs

Mieke Verloo

Tània Verge

Sylvia Walby

Georgina Waylen (chair)

Laurel Weldon


10.30-11.00: Tea/Coffee

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building


11.00-12.30: Panel Session 3


Studying up? Researching Gendered Institutions in International Relations

A113, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Shireen Hassim (University of Witwatersrand)

Critical Friends or De(con)structive Critics: How Should Feminist Academics Engage with Global Institutions and Gender Reform Agendas?

Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh) and Louise Chappell (University of New South Wales)

The Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Post-conflict Political Institutions: A Feminist Institutional Analysis

Jennifer Thomson (Queen Mary, University of London)

NATO Women: The Changing Role, Organisation and Activism of Military Women Within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 1961-2016

Katharine. A. M. Wright (University of Winchester) and Matthew Hurley (Oxford Brookes University)

Researching Gender and UN Pre-deployment Training in the Rwanda Defence Force During Organisational Change

Georgina Holmes (University of Reading)


Understanding Policy: Change and Design

A112, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Claire Annesley (University of Sussex)

Negotiating Gender Equitable Change in Bangladesh: The Role of Informal Institutions

Sohela Nazneen (Institute of Development Studies)

Navigating the Formal and Informal Pathways to Policy Change in the Gender Agenda of Michelle Bachelet's Second Administration

Carmen Sepulveda (University of Manchester)

The Institutionalisation of Gendered Ideas: Theoretical and Methodological Insights from an Ideational Perspective on Institutional Change

Josefina Erikson (Uppsala University)

More Than Just Money? A Sociological Analysis of the Relationship between Feminist Organisations and VAWG State Funders in Scotland

Tanita Louise Maxwell (University of Aberdeen)

Feminist Institutionalism in Unstable Institutional Environments

Andrea Kirszan (Central European University) and Conny Roggeband (University of Amsterdam)


Transforming/Gendering the Legislature

A215, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary)

Gendered Institutional Change or More of the Same? Assessing Canada's New Sexual Harassment Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament

Cheryl N. Collier (University of Windsor) and Tracey Raney 

Understanding the US Congress as a Gendered Institution: The Perspectives of Women Members

Kelly Dittmar (Rutgers University-Camden), Kira Sanbonmatsu, and Susan J. Carroll

Gendered Institutional Change: The Case of the Women and Equalities Committee in the UK Parliament

Sarah Childs (University of Bristol) and Chloe Challender

Why does the Committee on Gender Equality not Gender Mainstream Legislation?

Mette Marie Stæhr Harder (Roskilde University)


Explaining the Representation of Women in Parliament: Candidate Selection and Quotas

A7, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)

Gender Differences in Political Career Progression: Evidence from the Republic of Ireland

Lisa Keenan (Trinity College Dublin)

Renomination and Gender Bias: Institutionalist Analysis

Michal Smrek (Uppsala University)

Change or More of the Same? Gender Quotas and the 2016 Irish General Election

Fiona Buckley (University College Cork) and Mary Brennan (University College Dublin)

Female Candidates, Female MPs: Representation, Roles and Quotas. France, 1998-2017

Graziani Ghislain (Université Paris Diderot-Paris7/Università di Bologna)

Do Gender Quotas Work? A Quantitative Assessment of Their Impact on Representation, Candidate Quality and Future Career

Tomas Turner-Zwinkels (University Of Basel), Marijtje van Duijn, Andreas Flache , Melinda Mills

12.30-1.30: Lunch

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building


1.30-3.00: Panel Session 4


Cabinets and Gender

A113, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Gwynn Thomas (University of Buffalo)

Feminist Institutionalism and Cabinet Appointments: Tools and Numbers

Claire Annesley (University of Sussex), Karen Beckwith and Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary)

Gendering Coalition Presidentialism in Brazil

Pedro G. dos Santos (Luther College) and Maria Luiza Gatto (University of Zürich) and Kristin N. Wylie (James Madison University)

The Gendered Distribution of Ministries in German State Cabinets, 1990-2016

Isabel Köhler (Georg August University Göttingen)

Institutions, Change, and Leadership: Women as National Executives in Anglo Systems

Patricia Lee Sykes (American University)


Understanding Institutional Dynamics

A112, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Anna Sanders (University of Manchester)

Doing Gender in Municipal Politics: Local Variations of Gender Mainstreaming and Women's Inviobility

Renee Andersson (Örebro university) and Gun Hedlund

Evaluation as a Tool for Gender Institutional Change: The Experience of Evaluating the GENOVATE Project

Maria Bustelo (Complutense University of Madrid) and Julia Espinosa

Gender, Actors and Rules: Understanding Institutional Dynamics in the Case of Police Governance

Francesca Gains (University of Manchester) and Vivien Lowndes (University of Birmingham)

Tracing the Evolution, Structure and Content of Gender and Institutions Research

David Hudson, Bridi Rice, Chris Roche and Orlanda Ward (University College London)


Women Representing Women: Opportunities, Constraints and Contestations

A215, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College, Los Angeles)

Women Representing Women: Opportunities and Incentives in Divided Powers

Grace Lore (University of British Columbia)

The Institutional Dynamics of Substantive Representation of Gender in Politics

Helena Stensöta (University of Gothenburg) and Lena Wängnerud

Where There's a Will there Isn't Always a Way: The Case of the Brazilian's Women's Caucus

Larissa Peixoto Vale Gomes (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Just Amongst Us: Women's Caucauses, Collaboration and Policy Making in US State Legislatures

Mirya R. Holman (Tulane University), Anna Mahoney (Tulane University), and Zhu Zhang

Feminists or Women? Disputes over Gender Politics in Brazilian Parliament

Maíra Kubík Mano (Universidade Federal da Bahia)


FI and International Organisations

A7, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Shirin Rai (University of Warwick)

Feminist Institutionalism and International Organisations: Comparing the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in the EU, NATO and the OSCE

Anne Jenichen (Aston University), Jutta Joachim, Andrea Schneiker, Nina Wüstemann

Regional International Organisations and Gender Regimes: Promoting or Hindering Gender Equitable Change?

Anna Van der Vleuten (Radboud University)

The Lex Specialis Obstacle to Representing Women and Their Interests Within the World Trade Organization

Judit Fabian (University of Calgary)

Different Ways of 'Seeing' Gender Within International Organisations: The OECD and the ECLAC

Rianne Mahon (Wilfrid Laurier University)

External Influences: The Role of Interest Groups in Effecting Change in EU Political Institutions

Sara Reis (University of Sheffield)


3.00-3.30: Tea/Coffee

Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building


3.30-5.00: Panel Session 5


Constitutional Change and Design

A113, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Catherine O’ Rourke (University of Ulster)

Please Don't Forget Women: Women Participation in the Institutional Transformation of Colombia

Olga Patricia Velaquez Ocampo (Universidad de los Andes)

Improving the Conditions for Women's Participation in a Brazilian Sub-national Legislative: The Trajectory of a Constitutional Amendment

Clarisse Paradis Goulart (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Larissa Peixoto Vale Gomes 

(Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)

When Quotas go to Court: Institutionalizing Electoral Justice with a Gender Perspective in Latin America

Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College, Los Angeles)


State Institutions and Women’s Rights

A112, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Carmen Sepulveda (University of Manchester)

Addressing Gender Equality in Japan: Challenges and Potentials of Transforming Institutions

Maki Kimura (University College London)

Moroccan Women and the Public Sphere: An Institutional Gendered Analysis

Amina Haddadi (Mohammed I University, Morocco)

Muslim Women and Sharia Law in 'The West'

Amira Aftab (Macquarie University)

Women’s Rights as “Gendered Temperance”: Institutional Perspectives on Gender Violence in the Pacific Islands

Nicole George (University of Queensland)


The Republican Party as a Gendered Institution (Roundtable)

A215, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Ronnee Schreiber (San Diego State University)

Race and Republican Women: Latinas and the Politics of Whiteness in the Post-Trump Era

Cristina Beltran (New York University)

Republican Women in the 2016 Election: Progress or Same Old Patterns?

Kelly Dittmar (Rutgers University-Camden)

The Republican Party and the Myth of Gender Neutrality

Ronnee Schreiber (San Diego State University)

Higher Hurdles for Republican Women in U.S. Primaries

Shauna Shames  (Rutgers University-Camden)

Women and the Republican Party in Comparative Perspective

Christina Xydias (Clarkson University)


International Institutions and Domestic Politics: Gendering Interactions

A7, Samuel Alexander Building

Panel Chair: Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh)

From Yugoslavia to the EU: Transformations of Institutional Gender Knowledge in Croatia (1980-2013)

Leda Sutlovic (University of Vienna)

Framing Gender Equality Policy in Serbia: From Unity to Disconnection

Zorana Antonijević (University of Novi Sad Center for Gender Studies)

Do International Norms Matter? The Impact of CEDAW on Italian Domestic Politics and Policy

Alessia Donà (University of Trento, Italy)

Gendering National Projects and Discourses in Feminist Institutionalism

Jill Vickers (Carleton University)

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