Call for Paper : Undergraduate Conference

Conference for undergraduates on how gender works across disciplines and in the everyday, 8 July 2017, Monash University, Malaysia



Associate Prof. Sharon A. Bong, Dr Joseph N. Goh (School of Arts and Social Sciences) and Dr Thaatchaayini Kananatu (Business Law and Taxation Department, School of Business). 

The inaugural conference for undergraduate students is aimed at facilitating collaboration across disciplines on how genders and by extension, sexualities operate in our everyday lives. Differences that matter—sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, social-cultural contexts, religious affiliations—are interpreted to encompass diversity and inclusion rather than singularity (through omitting these differences) and exclusion. It is intended to provide an intellectual and safe space for young minds to critically and reflexively consider the ways in which gender works in their lives and the institutions that they inhabit, e.g. family, education, cultural-religious, work, etc. The synergy between theory and practice, dialogue and action (e.g. activism) is particularly encouraged.  

We invite 1500-word papers that include but are not limited to the following possible topics:

  • Track 1: Gender and the global (e.g. gender, development and the environment; justice, peace and security; law and human rights; local-global activisms; labour and migration)
  • Track 2: Gender and the everyday (e.g. agency and empowerment; cultures and religions, food and foodways; sexual-gender-based violence, identity politics, sexual and reproductive health and rights)
  • Track 3: Gender and texts (e.g. gender identities in film, literature, social/digital media)   

Cash prizes will be given to the top three papers as well as published in Legal Craft & Such. 

Legal Craft & Such is a monthly e-publication initiated by the Continuing Professional Development Department of the Bar Council in collaboration with Thomson Reuters, a major multinational mass media and information firm. The e-publication is accessible via website and mobile devices which will enable 16,000 lawyers and 1,000 pupils on a yearly basis to have the opportunity to access reading materials and updates instantaneously.  


The full-day conference will run from 8.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday 8 July 2017 at the premises of Monash University, Malaysia, Bandar Sunway (see map).
The organisers will cover three meals comprising morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea of presenters as well as participants, e.g. non presenters. Water dispensers are available on campus.  


Paper submission 29 May 2017
Notification of acceptance 22 June 2017
Conference   8 July 2017



  1. Submit your 1500-word paper as a Word doc (email attachment) to
  2. Specify the most relevant track for your topic followed by the title of your paper in the subject line of the email, e.g. ‘Track 1: Gender-sensitising lawyers in Malaysia’; or ‘Track 2: Is feminism queer – identity politics in local movements’; or ‘Track 3: Cyberbullying among millennials’.
  3. Include a brief biographical statement of max. 50 words, institutional affiliation, and contact
    details (especially email address).