Call for Papers – Workshop on Feminist Data Protection

Forum Privacy (‘Forum Privatheit’), a German research project, is hosting an exploratory, multi-disciplinary, one-day workshop on feminist approaches to data protection.

The workshop is organised with the support of the Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD) Schleswig-Holstein, the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) and the Center for Gender and Diversity Research (ZGD) of the University of Tübingen and the Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

We invite submissions on the topic of feminist and other emancipatory approaches to data protection addressing the power imbalance faced by individuals, especially with regard to discrimination, marginalization and oppression. We are interested in a wide variety of perspectives on the intersection between feminism and data protection, both in Europe and beyond, whether they are focused on mutual critique or on how either can benefit from the other and what their common or related aims could be.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 (before the annual conference of Forum Privacy, taking place in Berlin from 21 to 22 November 2019). We are looking forward to intense discussions between around 10–15 participants, each briefly presenting their submission. Interested scholars should submit an abstract of around 500 to 750 words and a short CV to feministdataprotection@izew.uni-tü by 15 June 2019. We encourage submissions especially from scholars in the early stages of their career (PhD and post-doc) of all academic fields (e.g. sociology, history, political and other social sciences, ethics, law, computer science, psychology, surveillance studies) and welcome interdisciplinary submissions.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to submit a draft paper of around 8000 words by 3 November 2019. Papers will be circulated among the workshop participants in advance to facilitate discussions. Publication opportunities will be discussed at the workshop.

The workshop will take place in the Landesvertretung, the permanent representation of Schleswig-Holstein in Berlin, located centrally between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz (In den Ministergärten 8, 10117 Berlin). The room is wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpretation will be available if required.

Limited funds are available as travel grants for those who do not have institutional support. If you wish to apply for these funds please indicate the relevant amount when submitting your abstract.

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