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Gender, Definitional Politics and ‘Live’ Knowledge Production: Contesting Concepts at Conferences Book Launch


Education Studies, University of Warwick – Book Launch/Webinar Invitation

Gender, Definitional Politics and ‘Live’ Knowledge Production: Contesting Concepts at Conferences (Routledge, 2020)

by Emily F. Henderson


16th July 2020, 10:00-12:00 UK time (GMT+1), on Teams (here)


You are cordially invited to the book/launch webinar.


About the book: Gender, Definitional Politics and ‘Live’ Knowledge Production

Waking up to the reactivity of concepts, to their myriad possibilities for signification, to the range and strength of affective responses they provoke, can happen at any time, in any place. Conceptual contestations shake up the comfortably consolidated foundations of sociological knowledge production, but they also have consequences for the ways in which lives are understood, researched and legislated for. This book is dedicated to exploring the definitional politics which surround the concept of gender in ‘live’ knowledge production. While conferences remain an under-researched phenomenon, this volume places conference knowledge production under the spotlight; conferences, in particular national women’s studies association conferences in the UK, the US and India, are explored as sites where definitional politics play out. The cumulative theorisation of ‘live’ conceptual knowledge production that is developed throughout the book draws on established constructs such as performativity, citationality, intersectionality, materiality and events, but works with them in combination in a new, unique way. The book as a whole calls for more attention to be paid to conceptual knowledge production, so as to make more space for potentially transformative conceptual change.


Emily F. Henderson (@EmilyFrascatore) is Associate Professor of International Education and Development in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Warwick (more about the author here).


The following speakers will discuss the book:

Chair – Rebecca Morris (Education Studies, Warwick)

Jenny Parkes & Elaine Unterhalter (UCL Institute of Education)

Emily Henderson (Education Studies, Warwick)

Paul Warmington (Education Studies, Warwick)

Ketaki Chowkhani (Centre for Humanities, Manipal)

Sarah Amsler (School of Education, Nottingham)

James Burford (Research Education and Development, La Trobe)


To access the webinar, please click HERE and connect on Microsoft Teams (no license required to take part in this webinar, no registration needed, but there is a limit of 100 participants).


Please feel free to forward this on to your networks – we look forward to seeing you there!


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Mon 06 Jul 2020, 14:36 | Tags: Emily Henderson