Call for Papers & Proposals
Women’s Worlds 2005: 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women
“Embracing the Earth: East-West/ North-South”
Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, June 19-24, 2005
Women’s Worlds 2005 is organized by
The Organizing Committee for WW05
Worldwide Organization of Women’s Studies (www.fss.uu.nl/wows)
Korean Association of Women’s Studies (www.kaws.or.kr)
Ewha Womans University (www.ewha.ac.kr)
Ministry of Gender Equality, Republic of Korea (www.moge.go.kr)
In Cooperation with
Sogang University (www.sogang.ac.kr)
Yonsei University (www.yonsei.ac.kr)
Sookmyung Women’s University (www.sookmyung.ac.kr)
International Congress, WW05:
The Women’s Worlds Congress is an international interdisciplinary congress on women held every three years. The focus of the Congress is gender research and interdisciplinary scholarship. The first Women’s Worlds Congress took place in 1981, in Israel. Since then, other Congresses have taken place in the Netherlands (1984), Ireland (1987), USA (1990), Costa Rica (1993), Australia (1996), and Norway (1999).
The 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women (WW05) is being organized by the Organizing Committee for WW05 in Seoul, Korea. In December 2002, the Korean Association of Women’s Studies (KAWS) reached an agreement with Ewha Womans University to co-host the congress by setting up the Organizing Committee and secretariat at the Asian Center for Women's Studies, Ewha Womans University in Seoul. The goal of the Committee, which set out with ‘addressing gender and development/globalization issues from an Asian perspective’ as the foremost of its initiatives, is to contribute to realizing gender mainstreaming and peace building in Korea.
Korea, the first Asian country to host the 9th International Congress offers a unique environment for exploring the ways in which fast-paced industrialization, during the past decades, changed the lives of women and the manner in which women have mobilized development and globalization for their own national feminist causes. The distinct advancement of women’s social and economic status and their quality of life, achieved in the midst of negotiations with entrenched patriarchal and paternalistic values and struggles with the continuing tragedy as a divided people in Korea, inspired the WW05 congress theme, “Embracing the Earth: East & West, North & South.” We would like to especially bring to the attention of international minds the diversity of the historical manifestation and evolution of patriarchal rule, given the historical and cultural diversity of the Asian region.