The Commission on Gender and Geography of the International Geographical Union is an active group with 750 members from 53 different countries in all parts of the world. The Commission has an active program in many countries, organising one or two meetings each year and expanding its intellectual network through academic publications, newsletters and the website.

The overall mission of the Gender and Geography Commission is to create a comfortable platform for people to exchange ideas concerning feminist and gender studies in geography; present and discuss new research on these issues; and create collaborations in research and other academic work among students and scholars working on these themes.

The Commission’s central theme for 2016-2020 will be “A Continuing Agenda for Gender: Respecting Difference, Fostering Dialogue”. The theme highlights the continued push that geographers must make to create more space for pluralism, by strengthening comparative work between North and South/East and West, and by increasing collaborative efforts among geographers across international and sub-disciplinary boundaries, as well as generations. Over the next four years, the Commission plans to (a) continue organising conferences and supporting workshops to train feminist geographers and result in consciousness-raising of gender issues and feminist approaches especially in countries outside the “Anglo-American centre”; (b) develop a Young and Early Career group within the commission to mentor younger and emerging scholars interested in gender/feminist geography; and (c) foster dialogue on the intersection of gender with other identities that play a role in the experience of place, such as age, social class, ethnicity, sexuality, ability and others.

The central theme of the Commission on Gender and Geography in the period between 2012-2016 is "Scaling Gender: From the Body to the Globe". A crucial part of this thrust will be to scale the challenges that face geographers working in parts of the world where gender/feminist geography is not very visible, whether in terms of research support or having gender incorporated into the curriculum. Over the next four years, we hope to organise more workshops and conferences in regions outside the “Anglo-American centre” to increase the visibility and voice of gender/feminist geographers in these regions, and to provide opportunities for collaboration and communication among geographers on research, feminist methodology, and developing gender curricula from across the globe. .


Editor: Dr Joos Droogleever Fortuijn. Last update: Monday, November 7, 2016 16:37