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Department of Culture and Global Studies


Kick-off conference for EDGE

This conference marks the launch of EDGE, our new Centre for Equality, Diversity and Gender at the department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark


24.11.2011 kl. 09.00 - 25.11.2011 kl. 18.30


24 - 25 November, 2011

EDGE is an interdisciplinary research and information centre, whose purpose is to support and stimulate research within the area of equality, diversity and gender in the widest possible sense. Hence, the conference aims to further discussions about themes such as equality and inequality at both global and local scales, gender and diversity mainstreaming, issues relating to reconciliation of work and family life etc.

We invite all researchers with an interest in these cutting edge issues to join us in discussions and help us create even stronger networks across disciplines to attract attention to questions of equality, diversity and gender and in the end strengthen research in these fields.

Keynote speakers

  • Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research and Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University
  • Judith Squires, Professor of Political Theory and Dean of the Faculty Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol
  • Mieke Verloo, Lecturer in Political Science and Women’s Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen, and Scientific  Director of QUING: ‘Quality in Gender+ Equality Policies’
  • John Baker, Associate Professor in Equality Studies, University College, Dublin

Maximum number of participants: 125



Thursday Nov 24th 2011

11.30 - 12.30 Registration and sandwiches
12.30 - 13.00 Welcome address by Inger Askehave, Pro-Rector and Birte Siim, EDGE
13.00 - 14.15 Keynote: Mieke Verloo, Radboud University, Nijmegen: "Gender and diversity mainstreaming"
14.30 - 15.45 Stream sessions A
15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 - 17.30 Keynote: John Baker, University College, Dublin: "Egalitarian Theory and Social Change: A Framework for Action and Analysis"
18.30 - Conference dinner (a bus will pick us up at 17:45)


Friday Nov 25th 2011

09.00 - 09.30 Coffee and good morning!
09.30 - 10.45 Keynote: Judith Squires, University of Bristol: "Gender Equality and Diversity: Institutionalising Intersectionality in Europe?"
11.00 - 12.15 Stream sessions B
12.15 - 13.15 Lunch
13.15 - 14.15

Panel chaired by Ruth Emerek
'Challenges for Gender Equality - European and Global Perspectives'
• Eileen Drew, Trinity College, Dublin.
• Jolanta Reingarde, The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
• Ann-Dorte Christensen, Aalborg University
• AnneLise Rasmussen, 3F - ligestilling og mangfoldighed

14.15 - 14.30 Coffee break

14.30 - 15.00

Farewell address by Hege Skjeie