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Call for Papers: Beyond the binary variable
Feminist quantitative analyses of gendered inequalities
Caöö for Papers Deadline 25 June 201

They invite researchers to this one-day virtual conference to discuss and debate the possibilities of a feminist quantitative social science, and to learn from each other’s successes and difficulties in integrating feminist theory with quantitative methods. By bringing together researchers committed to feminist research using quantitative methods to discuss and explore combinations of feminist theory/methods and quantitative methods they seek to bridge existing disciplinary, epistemological, and methodological divides. And they hope to advance a vision of feminist quantitative methods and research as not only interdisciplinary but furthermore committed to “ethical, collaborate, participatory, transformative, intersectional, accountable, accessible, and open” (Leung et al, 2019) production of knowledge.

In particular, they would like to problematise how much of current quantitative research tends to operationalise ‘gender’ as a binary variable with male and female representing fixed and oppositional classification. Building on an understanding of gender which is relational and intersectional, they would like to advance feminist quantitative social science research which goes beyond using gender as a binary variable. This could include, but is not limited to, recognising and conceptualising multiple, multidimensional and fluid gender identities; diverse, heterogeneous, and intersectional experiences within categories of gender; and gender as a social structure operating on the micro, meso, and/or macro levels. They welcome any such feminist quantitative analysis and/or methodological reflections on the conceptualisation and operationalisation of gender beyond the binary variable.

Invited speakers are:

Key deadlines

  • Deadline for abstracts: 25 June 2021
  • Notification of successful applicants: 9 July 2021
  • Deadline for extended abstracts (around 2000 words): 20 August 2021
  • Conference date: 6 September 2021

CLICK HERE to submit your abstract


This conference is organised by the coordinators of FemQuant. Please get in touch if you have any inquiries about the conference.

  • Youngcho Lee, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge,;
  • Rose Cook, Senior Research Fellow, Policy Institute at King's,;
  • Jenny Chanfreau, Research Fellow in Demography, UCL Social Research Institute,;
  • Heini Väisänen, Researcher, INED/ Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton,;
  • Sara Rose Taylor, Principal Researcher, Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control,