Conference Co-Hosted by RC07 (Women and Politics in the Global South) and RC 19 (Gender Politics and Policy)

8-10 August 2017

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


Gender, Politics and the State



In a time of a global realignment toward greater nationalism, populism and the closing of borders there is indeed a need to look at politics of the state on the local, regional and global level and its consequences for women. This conference precedes the international IPSA World Congress in Brisbane 2018, and provides an opportunity for scholars from the Global South (or scholars who research gender and the Global South) and who work in the fields of feminist/gender politics, comparative politics, policy studies and international relations to present papers.

Topics for panel and paper proposals include:

  • Feminist Institutionalism (gender structures/ gender policy)
  • State responses to human trafficking
  • State responses to women’s migration
  • State responses to harmful cultural practices
  • Women’s resistance against the state (women’s movements/activism)
  • Women’s human security and increasing terrorism
  • Increasing global xenophobic responses from the state
  • State control of reproductive rights


Deadline for panel submissions and abstracts:  31 March 2017

Deadline for paper abstracts:  7 April 2017

Abstracts can be sent to Prof Amanda Gouws at cc Jean Cilliers at