Kjønnsbalanse i forskning og forskningsledelse ved forsknings- og utdanningsinstitusjoner i Bergen (BALANSE)

International Workshop on Gender in Academia at the University of Bergen

The workshop will bring together researchers and academics who are interested in gendered cultures and structures in the changing academic world. What type of gendered consequences do increasing competition, definitions of «academic excellence» and higher demands for international mobility have? Invited keynote speakers will present their recent research findings in the field and each presentation will be followed by a plenary discussion. The participants will have the chance of actively participating in the discussions. The workshop will end with a panel discussion in which all the keynote speakers will discuss main issues, future research questions and answer questions.

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«Gender in Academia: Internationalization, Competition and Change»

Date: 21. August 2017 / 09:00-15:00

Place: University of Bergen, Faculty of Social Sciences, Fosswinckelsgt. 6, room 904

Arranged by: Balanse-Bergen, project funded by the Norwegian Research Council https://www.uib.no/balanse

Moderator: Professor Ann Nilsen, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen

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09:00 – 09:15: Coffee/tea

09:15-09:30 Welcome: Brief on Balanse-Bergen and the path forward

Anne Marit Skarsbø. Gender Equality and Diversity Advisor, University of Bergen.

09:30-10:30 Keynote 1:  Gendered Hierarchies and Stereotypes in Changing Academia

Gry Brandser, Professor, Nord University

Sevil Sümer, Senior Researcher, Uni Research Rokkan Centre

10:30-10:45 Coffee/tea

10:45-11:45 Keynote 2: Gendered Academic Careers in Cross-National Perspective

Nicky Le Feuvre, Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne

11:45-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:15 Keynote 3: Limits to Meritocracy? Gender in academic recruitment and selection

Mathias Wullum Nielsen, Postdoctoral fellow in gendered innovations, Stanford University

14:15-14:30 Coffee /tea

14:30-15:00: Concluding discussion /panel

Keynote speakers:

Nicky Le Feuvre is Professor in the Sociology of work at the University of Lausanne, where she is currently Vice-Dean for gender equality and early academic careers at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. She has published extensively on women’s labour market participation and particularly on the implications of women’s entry into higher-level occupations, from a comparative and life-course perspective. She is currently scientific director of the Gender & Occupations sub-project (IP206) of the LIVES National research programme (www.lives-nccr.ch), and of the Swiss contribution to an FP7 European research project on gender inequalities in early academic careers (www.garciaproject.eu). She is also a co-leader of an SNSF-funded research project on the feminisation of the legal profession in France, Germany, Switzerland and the US (https://wp.unil.ch/legalpro/equipe/). 

Mathias Wullum Nielsen is a postdoctoral fellow in Gendered Innovations at Stanford University. He is a sociologist by training and got his PhD degree at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at Aarhus University in Denmark. Nielsen has published numerous articles on the topic of gender equality in academia, including pieces in Science and Public Policy, Studies in Higher EducationNordic Journal of Feminist and Gender ResearchScandinavian Journal of Educational Research and Nature.

Gry Brandser is a political scientist, currently employed as a professor at Nord University. Her main research fields are gender and higher education, The Bildung-tradition, academic identities and careers, women in management, and cultural institutions/policy. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Bergen with the dissertation “Humboldt revisited: the Institutional Drama of Academic Identity”. She was granted a personal postdoctoral fellowship in the RCN Programme for Cultural research: Assigning Cultural Values 2008-2013 on a project on the significance of gender in the aesthetic forming of the academic subject. She has been involved in several projects dealing with the transformation of higher education and research, with gender and academic careers and published extensively on these themes. She was principal researcher in Balanse-Bergen: Gender balance at top academic positions at the higher education and research institutions in Bergen.

Sevil Sümer is a sociologist, employed as a senior researcher at Uni Research Rokkan Centre. Her main research fields are gender, citizenship, welfare state, social policy, family, work and care. She is author of the book European Gender Regimes and Policies: Comparative Perspectives and various articles in international journals, such as European Journal of Women’s Studies. Sümer has been the Scientific Coordinator of the EU project FEMCIT: Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: the impact of contemporary women’s movements (2008-2011). She is co-editor of the book Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: Women’s Movements, Gender and Diversity and the Palgrave book series Citizenship, Gender and Diversity. Sümer is currently a member of the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (Kif-Komiteen). Her last research project was Gender balance at top academic positions at the higher education and research institutions in Bergen.

Brandser and Sümer co-authored an article based on Balanse-Bergen project with the title «Kjønnsbalanse i akademiske toppstillinger - med blikk for brytninger og nye muligheter» (Gender balance in top-level academic positions – with an eye to challenges and future opportunities), in Tidsskrift for Kjønnsforskning (Journal of Gender Research), nr.1, 2017: