The research project, Urbanization, gender and the global south: A transformative knowledge network (GenUrb) is pleased to issue the first call for papers for the Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures International Conference.

The purpose of this conference is to advance feminist thinking on urban research across the global south.

With social reproduction in crisis and people increasingly making a living outside the wage, the urban is being reshaped in ways that are no longer captured in twentieth-century conceptualizations of urbanization. In those countries labelled the ‘global south’ urbanization, driven both by natural increase and rural to urban migration, is where over 90 percent of urban growth (between 2000 – 2050) is expected to occur. Our aim in this conference is to explore how feminist scholars, activists, and policymakers understand the gendered nature of urbanization, women’s place-making strategies, and to rethink the urban from the perspective of “the global south,” not least comparatively and relationally.

Through a series of roundtable, panels, workshop, and research paper sessions the ‘Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures’ conference will create a global dialogue on the following themes: comparative feminist research, critical policy dialogues on gender and the urban, feminist activism and the city, and social reproduction and women’s place-making in cities. The conference will bring together leading feminist urban scholars, shapers of urban policy, activists working on gender and the urban at various scales, as well as new and emerging scholars working on feminist approaches to the urban.


This call for papers invites researchers, policy makers, artists, and practitioners to submit proposals for research papers on topics including, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Social reproduction/production/financialization
  • Everyday life: housing and habitus
  • Mobility, migration, debt, networks
  • Infrastructure
  • Violence
  • Grassroots mobilisation and advocacy
  • Global urban policy frameworks and local contexts.


Submission process: Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due to be submitted through this form by 31 May 2019. Applicants will be notified of our decision by 14 June 2019.