On 11–12 June 2015 in Barcelona, the UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) will organize a conference on Female Agency, Mobility and Socio-cultural Change.
The feminisation of migration is one of the most significant social patterns to have emerged in the course of the last century. Too often, female migrants occupy vulnerable positions in their host societies, but despite established patterns of exploitation, the numbers of women who choose to migrate is rising. This conference will focus on this phenomenon in order to better understand why and how migration may offer routes to empowerment for women.
The conference will examine topics such as female agency, diasporas and transnationalism, labour and decent work, processes of identity construction, the sociocultural reconstruction of home, work and urban spaces and policy responses to female mobilities. The event will put academic research into dialogue with debates in the United Nations that address gender discrimination and the role of female migrants in development agendas.
In addition to keynote lectures by leading scholars of gender and mobility, and panel presentations on a range of topics relating to this area, the conference will feature a photographic exhibition — a collaborative event with the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona and the media platform Open Democracy.
There is no conference fee, and lunch will be provided on both days. Following the conference on Friday, 12 June, you are invited for a tour of the Sant Pau Modernist site where the conference will be held.
Please note that the conference will take place in English, without interpretation.
To register, please send an email to Àngels Fabregues (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
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