International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and Geography Conference
"Post-socialism, neo-liberalism – old and new gendered societies and policies"
22nd–24th May 2009, Szeged–Timisoara (Hungary–Romania)

Co-organised/sponsored by
Békéscsaba Department, Great Plain Research Institute, Centre for Regional Studies HAS
Department of Geography West University of Timişoara
Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged
Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), Szeged



This conference will be held in the year marking the 20 th anniversary of the East Central European political changes of 1989.  In the past two decades the region has hosted international conferences on the post-socialist transition that were organised by and for feminist scholars of different disciplines. Reflecting the marginal position of gender studies within human geography in the post-socialist countries, Eastern and Central European feminist geographers had very low visibility in these discussions. For them (us) the most helpful supporters are feminist sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists etc. and feminist geographers living outside of post-socialist Europe. The former groups of social scientists are dealing already with the question whether post-socialism is still a relevant category for research partly because of the strengthening process of neo-liberalisation that is also attracting the interest of geographers. Thus, it is time to put on the agenda comparing the similarities and differences in the systems of post-socialism and neo-liberalism through the prism of ‘gender’.

The primary aim of this interdisciplinary conference is i) to provide a platform for critical evaluation of post-socialism and neo-liberalism from feminist perspectives ii) understanding women’s and men’s everyday experiences, and iii) revealing the particular geographies of the gender dimensions of these ‘models’.

Papers are invited on the following basic themes:

A discussion with gender activists at APoWeR will be organized in Timisoara.

The Association for the Promotion of Women in Romania (APoWeR) elaborated together with a team of 5 lawyers, prosecutors and judges a proposal for a law on domestic violence that, after being presented to the Romanian Parliament, was enacted  in 2003. The meeting will focus on gender issues that are part of the Romanian post-socialist society and the experience of this NGO in coping with those issues.


The conference will be held in Szeged (the opening plenary, and the sessions on 22 nd–23 rd May) and Timisoara (closing plenary and the discussion with gender activists on 24 th May). The conference fee (containing morning and afternoon teas both in Szeged and Timisoara, two (cold) lunches in Szeged, one reception on 22 nd, one lunch in Timisoara and the bus transport between the two cities), all costs 125 EUR.

Contact persons

Judit Timár (Hungary) Tel/fax No: +36 66 441 801 or +36 66 328 577, Email:
Sorina Voiculescu (Romania)



Programme, abstracts