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19th Annual International Women and Education Symposium

Venue: Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England
Period: March 15 - March 18, 2017


They would like to cordially invite you to attend the 19th Annual International Women and Education Symposium: during the dates of March 15 - March 18, 2017 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Harris Manchester College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1786. We are pleased to invite you to become a member of this Symposium. Membership is limited to approximately thirty (30) interdisciplinary scholars who have a particular interest in this subject.
You are invited and encouraged to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent upon presenting and you can serve on a panel or as a discussion leader.Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum on Public Policy. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.
Members of the Round Table have access to an array of academic, cultural and social resources, including the Oxford Union Debating Society, colleges and halls of Oxford dating back to 1204, museums, theatres, bookstores, college chapels, river boating, literary pubs, political clubs and may, on recommendation, become official readers of the venerable Bodleian Library of the University, founded by Duke Humphrey circa 1440 and refounded by Sir Thomas Bodley 1602. Some locations for independent travel would include London (one hour south of Oxford), Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Cambridge or many of the other cultural sights in England.

Topics of discussion will include but is not limited to:

Girls’ Education
  • Keeping Adolescent girls in school
  • Secondary education worldwide
  • Barriers to Girls’ Education
  • Global Education and Gender Equality
  • Transformative Effects of Girls’ Education
  • Cultural Bias
  • Accelerating secondary education
  • Transition from primary to secondary
Women and Careers
  • Career Traps for Women
  • Women’s Career Investments and Returns
  • Implicit Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Promotion and Pay
  • Barriers to Progress in the Cultural Religious Context
  • Overcoming the Obstacles on the Professional Ladder
  • Women in Power in a Man’s World
Women’s Writing
  • The Idea of Education in Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing
  • Education, Gender Reform, and African- American Women's Writing
  • Women's Writing as Experiential Education
  • England and the United States in Nineteenth Century Women's Writing
  • Jane Eyre and the Power of Education
Women and the University
  • Campus Safety
  • Gender Parity
  • Manifestation of Gender Discrimination Gender and Hierarchy of the University
  • Factors Affecting Compensation Tenure and Promotion
  • Culture of the Institution and Gender Inequality
  • Women’s Career Investments and the Returns
  • Equal Pay
  • Effects and Limitations of Legislation
  • Sexual harassment and Consequences
Women and Religion
  • Women’s Health and Choice
  • Family Planning
  • Contraception Rights of Women
  • Women and the Roman Catholic Church
  • Fundamentalist Protestant Constraints
  • Women and Islam
  • Contraception and Student Health Services
  • Employment Discrimination and Clerical Universities
  • Social and Cultural Restraints on Women
  • Clerical Rationalization of Disparities
Women and Social Justice
  • Invisible Ceilings and Barriers
  • Cultural Expectations
  • Politics of Gender
  • Women and Patriotism
  • Citizenship
  • Political Activism
  • Families and Nations
  • The Stateless: Displaced People
Women in Literature
  • African-American Women Writers
  • Victorian Age
  • 19th Century Novels
  • Survey of British Literature
  • Feminist Literature
  • Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • Feminist Theory
Women in History
  • Women in Government
  • Women and Nation Building
  • Against All Odds
  • African American Women in History Women in Early America
  • Looking Back Looking Forward
  • Women on the International Stage
  • Women in Developing Countries

How to participate to the Conference

The conference will run from Wednesday night through Saturday morning.  They will have reception and dinners in the Olde Dining Hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.  The Olde Dining Hall is where Oxford professors and students dine when the university is in session.  Lunches are provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday along with tea/coffee/biscuit breaks during the meeting.
You can also reserve a room in the Oxford University dormitory at Harris Manchester College where students stay during term time. 

More detailed information can be found on our web site.
In order to ensure that you are registered in a timely and accurate manner, we recommend that you register on our website at before January 30, 2017. Should you be unable to attend, we would welcome your nomination of a colleague to attend in your place. We look forward to hearing from you.

Organizer and Partners

Information & contacts

Joss Gordon
Assistant Coordinator
International Round Table Symposiums



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