Gender, Social Justice and Innovation conference - Lucia Klencakova
SPaRK Researcher Lucia Klencakova was recently involved in the organisation of the Gender, Social Justice and Innovation Conference at Queen's. Read her account here.
In May 2019, Queen's doctoral candidates, Lucia Klencakova of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and Gift Sotonye-Frank of the School of Law, organised a student-led conference in partnership with the University's Gender Network and the Queen's Students' Union as a part of the Development Week initiative.
This two-day conference showcased emerging gender research at QUB and facilitated networking between undergraduate and postgraduate students with QUB academics.
The aim of the event was to create a space for open discussion about contemporary gender injustices. The overall approach of the conference was to examine gender and diversity from an interdisciplinary perspective, which stirred excellent and critical debates around what it means to be a woman and a man in our society, and how we can better examine and challenge social norms that do not promote equality for all.
The objective of the conference was to create an inclusive and constructive forum of students who received feedback on their work from academics and external experts. The winners of the prizes for best contribution, presentation and poster were awarded to Laura Milner, Devon Gidley and Angela Rogan respectively.
"We were very pleased with the turnout, the conference was a real success. We wish to thank all participants, students and academics, Professor Margaret Topping, the key note speakers and the discussants for helping us create an unforgettable event. Also, a huge thank you goes to QUBSU, the Gender Network and QUB Development Weeks for the funding and immense support", Lucia added.