International Interdisciplinary Conference

“Women’s Rights and Violence in the Contemporary World”  

30-31 March 2017, University of Gdańsk

Deadline for proposals: 5 February 2017

Women’s rights were never respected in the past. And they are not respected today, even though it seems that many things have been changed and that we are now much more aware of the gender inequalities than our parents were. In our crazy world increasingly accepting all kinds of extremism and fundamentalism, there is less and less place for an open and honest discussion about women’s needs and expectations. During our interdisciplinary conference we would like to look at various manifestations of violence and women’s rights violation in the contemporary world, and also at the possible ways of counteracting such phenomena. We will describe them in political, social, psychological, cultural and many other terms. We also want to devote considerable attention to how the situation of women’s rights is represented in artistic practices: in literature, film, theatre or visual arts.

We invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: history, politics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics, law, history of literature, theatre studies, film studies, fine arts, design, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, cognitive sciences et al.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.

We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of women’s rights in the past and in the present-day world. 

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:


  • Women’s liberty and independency
  • Economic discrimination
  • Poverty
  • Genocide against women
  • Slavery
  • Women and war
  • Ethnonationalism
  • Chauvinism
  • Cultural conditioning of women’s rights violation
  • Women’s rights and religions
  • Women’s rights and politics
  • Women’s rights in democratic countries


  • Domestic violence
  • Mobbing
  • Bullying at school
  • Violence against the girl–child
  • Unfree child marriage
  • Sexual violence
  • Symbolic violence

Health Issues and Women’s Right

  • Abortion
  • Artificial insemination
  • Anorexia, bulimia
  • Child brith, birth control
  • Women in depression

Defense of Women’s Rights Around the World

  • Women’s rights organizations and associations
  • Humanitarian missions
  • Resistance movement
  • Conspiracies, protests, revolts
  • The revenge of the oppressed
  • Women’s rights and legal systems
  • Criminal courts / courts of justice

Literature and the Arts

  • Literature and art about women’s rights violation
  • Literature and art engaged in women’s rights defense
  • Literature and art violating women’s rights
  • Gender studies and literary studies
  • Women’s rights in the media

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 5 February 2017 to Ця електронна адреса захищена від спам-ботів. Вам потрібно увімкнути JavaScript, щоб побачити її.

The conference language is English. A selection of papers will be published in a post-conference volume.

Venue: Wita Stwosza Street No 55, Gdańsk, Poland

Contact Info:  Prof. Wojciech Owczarski Ця електронна адреса захищена від спам-ботів. Вам потрібно увімкнути JavaScript, щоб побачити її.

Organizers: University of Gdańsk, Poland; Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Columbia; Jagiellonian University, Poland; InMind Support, Poland

Scientific Committee:

  • Professor Polina Golovatina-Mora - Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Columbia
  • Professor Wojciech Owczarski - University of Gdańsk, Poland
  • Marta Maciejewska - University of Gdańsk, Poland
  • Paulina Urbańczyk - University of Gdańsk, Poland
  • Zofia Ziemann – Jagiellonian University

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