CFP: Mundos de Mujeres 2008 – 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women

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10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Mundos de Mujeres / Women ´s Worlds 2008, UCM, Madrid, Spain

“Women ´s Worlds is the most important congress on academic research on gender and women and feminist social movements. It is a major international event with a main goal: to continue the fight against social injustice and gender inequalities. Feminist researchers, specialists, activists and internationally known public figures will use this opportunity to reflect on important contemporary issues that affect women in specific ways. The University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) was elected in Seoul (WW05) to be the home for the 2008 congress edition. Thus, Madrid, the UCM, will welcome thousands of people from around the Globe and from more than a hundred countries for the 10th edition of the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women. July 3-9, 2008 is the date for the celebration of the first entirely bilingual edition (Spanish / English) of this congress: Mundos de Mujeres / Women ´s Worlds 2008.

“Ever since the congress first edition in Haifa, Israel, in 1981, it has reunited over 40.000 people from around the World. Every three years Women ´s Worlds goes to a new country and a different continent: the Netherlands, Ireland, United States, Costa Rica, Australia, Norway, Uganda and South Korea, congregating more and more participants in every edition and having a greater social and academic impact. We are proud to be the organizers of the 2008 edition. The UCM organizers of the 10th edition of WW want to encourage a large participation and fair representation of the Spanish speaking people in the World. We also want to honour the congress long international trajectory.

“Mundos de Mujeres / Women ´s Worlds 2008 will have a great repercussion in the history of our country. It will be one of the most important events of the year with a great impact beyond our society. The butterfly is the symbol for MMWW08; it is the symbol of our contribution to honour the achievements of so many brave women and to express our committement to continue fighting for freedom of all women and further expanding feminist agendas in the World.”

MOTTO: Equality: No Utopia
THEME: New Frontiers: Dares and Advancements

“Mundos de Mujeres / Women ´s Worlds 2008 is open to proposals in ALL fields and themes related to women and gender in contemporary societies as well as historically. However, we have established some thematic guidelines to facilitate classification of proposals for the congress final program. We are placing a special emphasis on two central themes: violence and migrations but these themes are by no means the only ones to be addressed. MMWW08 organizers will like to receive a wide variety of proposals in ALL fields of knowledge and working areas.

“The experience of dislocation whether physical or conceptual / symbolic affects women in specific ways. We have chosen three concepts to encompass the general theme of the congress: frontiers, dares and advancements, in order to address a wide range of themes, issues and disciplines that ought to be taken into account for a better understanding of the present World. On the one hand, the congress theme refers to physical dislocations as having to do with migration, illegal traffic of women for sexual exploitation and slavery, cheap labour, racism, xenophobia and all forms of physical violence against women and those who are”in transit”. On the other hand, it refers to imaginary and conceptual forms of dislocations and frontiers as having to do with survival mechanisms that women in extreme situations develop, many forms of conceptual dislocation and imaginary borders,”other worlds”, the Internet and scientific revolutions that we are experiencing in the 21st century, new venues and ties among people who are fighting for gender equality and social justice around the World, new time/space frames, new feminist theoretical proposals, etc.”

“MMWW08 will be the ground for a deep and constructive analysis and an optimistic outlook at all the issues that affect women and feminist enterprises today.”

WHAT: 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Mundos de Mujeres / Women ´s Worlds 2008 (MMWW08).
WHERE: University Complutense of Madrid, (UCM-Main Campus at Moncloa) Spain.
WHEN: July 3-9, 2008
ORGANIZERS: University Complutense of Madrid
CONTACT: Mundos de Mujeres / Women ´s Worlds
Av. Juan de Herrera s/n
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
28040-Madrid Spain
Phones: +34 91 3941027 or +34 91 1171
Fax: +34 91 3941171
E-mail: mainoffice@mmww08.org or Congress General Coordinator Teresa Langle de Paz at tlangledepaz@rect.ucm.es
WEB SITE: www.mmww08.org

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