School of Education and Sociology

2019 Gender & Education Conference

About Face: Identities, In/Visibilities, Inequalities, and Intersections in Education

25-27 June 2019, University of Portsmouth

Keynote Speakers (alphabetical order by surname)

  • Professor Deevia Bhana, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Professor Kalwant Bhopal, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Sindy L Joyce, University of Limerick
  • Professor Heidi Mirza, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Lisa Smith, Youth Programme Leader for Travellers’ Times, Vice-Chair for Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers
  • Professor Shirley-Anne Tate, Leeds Beckett University

About the GEA Conference 2019

The Gender and Education Association 2019 conference committee at the University of Portsmouth seeks to bring together education practitioners, activists, academics, students, community leaders, artists, researchers, and policymakers to explore identities, in/visibilities, inequalities, and intersections in education through a gendered lens. Engaging with and expanding upon contemporary debates about educational inequalities (at both national and global levels), the conference invites contributions which in different ways address how structural forms of oppression – such as (hetero)sexism, racism, classism, and ableism – operate within and shape educational environments and institutions. Over the course of the conference, one of the primary aims is to move beyond discussion towards a collectively-created call to action to address systemic inequalities in education at local, national, and international levels.

Our conference theme, About Face, aims to spur conversation about the multitude of ways in which inequalities shape the contemporary global context, and how these are both enforced and challenged within and through education.

  • AboutFace, as in a change in understanding as we reflect on the major political, social, economic, and environmental events of the last few years and the ways they have shaped and will continue to shape education across the globe.
  • About Face, as in how we see each other, how we see ourselves, and how we see our world.
  • About Face, as in how we are seen or unseen, recognised or misrecognised, visible or invisible.
  • About Face, as in about our faces and bodies; how we self-identify and how our identities are shaped; how gender norms, ideals of physical appearance, standards of beauty, measures of femininity and masculinity are imposed upon bodies in different ways; how this impacts upon educational experiences for students and upon employment experiences for staff in educational institutions.
  • About Face, as in a turning towards a recognition of identities and in/visibilities in education and a turning towards action to address intersecting inequalities.

Download the full CFP for further information.

Not sure yet whether you can attend in person? There will be an opportunity to participate in a simultaneous virtual conference (which will include papers available online with a moderated discussion forum).

Organising Committee

Co-chairs: Dr Jessica Gagnon and Dr Yuwei Xu

Committee members: Nicky Ansell, Sukh Hamilton, Dr Terese Jonsson, Dr Phevos Kallitsis, Angel Layer, Dr Martin Myers, Dr Jovana Radulovic, Dr Francesca Salvi


Wondering what to expect at GEA Conference? Check out the tweets from 2017 in this  #GEAConf2017 Wakelet curated by Kate Marston, GEA Social Media intern, and watch highlights from the 2017 conference