International Symposium on Gender, Entrepreneurship and Postfeminism

The EMBLA research group and the knowledge platform Entrepreneurship and social change invite you to an exciting symposium and workshop on gender, entrepreneurship and postfeminism and we look forward to receiving your abstracts.

The symposium focuses on cutting edge research in the gender and entrepreneurship field, with a particular interest in the ambiguous effects produced through entrepreneurial discourses. On one hand we see new feminist movements such as MeeToo, body image activism, and feminist trying out their ideas on the market (FemInc.ism). On the other hand, entrepreneurial discourses, pervaded by neoliberal rationalities, also seem to co-opt feminist collective aspirations. The goal of the symposium is to investigate whether the concept of postfeminism can further these discussions and contribute to theories on gender and entrepreneurship.


9.00-9.30 Coffee and registration

09.30 Welcome on behalf of the ENT-platform and the EMBLA group:

Professor Malin Tillmar and Professor Karin Berglund

09.40 Keynote by Reader Patricia Lewis from University of Kent.  

What makes a concept analytically useful? An Exploration of Postfeminism and Neoliberalism in Relation to Women´s Entrepreneurship.

11.00 1st Workshop and interactions based on key note speech and on themes in submitted abstracts

12.00 Lunch at Teleborg Castle

13.00 Dr. Viktorija Kalonaityte from Linnaeus University.

Gendering climate activism: sustainable influencers, anti-consumerism and digital entrepreneurship

14.00 Professor Helene Ahl, Jönköping University.

Women’s Entrepreneurship in the context of a developed welfare state: Challenges to gender equality. A summary of past and present research from the Embla group.

15.00 Coffee and 2nd workshop and interactions based on abstracts and themes presented in the speeches

16.00 Panel discussion: Sharing reflections from working groups and exploring new paths for future research in gender and entrepreneurship.

17.00 End of Symposium

19:00 Dinner at Teleborg Castle

Registration and submission of abstract

One-page abstracts relating to the theme of the symposium are welcome, but not mandatory. The deadline for submission of abstracts or registration without an abstract is February 15th, 2019.

Further information and a link to the registration/abstract submission portal will be published here in January together with a more detailed program.

Conference fee

The Conference fee cover

  • attendance of Conference "International Symposium on Gender, Entrepreneurship and Postfeminism"
  • conferens coffe and lunch
  • conference dinner

The Conference fees ar as follows:

Regular Participant 1200 SEK (Price not including VAT*)
*VAT = 25% Swedish Value Added Tax that participant from organizations without a valid VAT number are required to pay.

You register here.

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