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Noodle Vendor

Xinjiang, China

Apsaras of Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia


Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

Lake Weed Farmers

Inle Lake, Myanmar

Yurt in Blizzard

Jeti Oguz, Kyrgyzstan


Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Archeology Site

Merv, Turkmenistan

Ancient Volcano Crater

Kauai, Hawai'i

Prayer Flags

Mt. Kailash, Tibet

Mt. Everest


Stick Insect

Sarawak, Borneo

Wild Horses

Gozli Ata Canyons, Turkmenistan

Pearl Farm

Ahe, French Polynesia

Shoe Vendor

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Traditional Tibetan Dress

Darchen, Tibet

Shibuya Station

Tokyo, Japan

Kazakh Woman

Aksu-Zhabagly, Kazakhstan

Hill of Crosses

Siauliai, Lithuania


Sichuan, China


Kauai, Hawai'i

Welcome to the Office of International Programs

Cortona, Italy, 7-9 November 2008

Gender and Citizenship: New and Old Dilemmas, Between Equality and Difference

The Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, one of Europe’s leading centers for scholarly research on modern political, economic and social history, in cooperation with the Centre for Study and Research on Women and Gender Differences of the University of Milan, invites doctoral candidates and young PhD recipients or independent researchers to submit proposals for participation at the Cortona Colloquium 2008 – Gender and Citizenship: New and Old Dilemmas, Between Equality and Difference, to be held 7–9 November 2008 in Cortona, Italy.

This year’s edition of the Foundation’s annual international conference will feature Professor Nancy Fraser, The New School for Social Research, as its keynote speaker, and will be coordinated by Professor Bianca Beccalli, University of Milan.

Colloquium Themes

The Colloquium will be focused around, though not limited to, the following areas:

  • Equality and Inequality in the Family, at Work and in Society
  • Gender Policies and Politics: Equal Opportunities, Welfare Models and State Actions
  • Women’s Political Participation and Representation
  • Multiculturalism and Rights: The Borders of Citizenship
  • Gender and Globalization: New and Old Patterns of Inequality

To ensure a stimulating exchange of ideas from diverse perspectives, we welcome proposals from candidates working in a variety of disciplines and fields, including gender studies, sociology, history, political science, law, economics and more, and from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

General Information

The Colloquium will take place from 7–9 November 2008 at the Centro Convegni S. Agostino in Cortona, a lovely medieval hill-town in Tuscany. Participants will be expected to arrive on the afternoon or early evening of Thursday, 6 November.

A small number of applicants (10) will be selected to attend the Colloquium. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their doctoral research projects, or a specific part of them, within five workshops chaired by prominent scholars.

The Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation will arrange and cover the cost of accommodations in Cortona for successful applicants, and provide a lump-sum contribution sufficient to cover low-cost roundtrip travel within Europe. A limited number of grants will be available to cover accommodation and travel for applicants from countries outside of Europe.

The working language of the Colloquium will be English.

Deadline for Submissions

Candidates must submit their proposals to the Foundation no later than Sunday, 18 May 2008 (NB: early applications are very welcome). Proposals must include three separate documents:

  1. a completed application form (to be found on the third page of this Call);
  2. an abstract (approx. 500 words) on the research to be presented, including a title and 3-5 keywords;
  3. a brief curriculum vitae (not more than 2 pages).
All materials should be in English and named per the following indications: “last name application.doc” (e.g. Parr application.doc); “last name abstract.doc” (e.g. Parr abstract.doc); “last name CV.doc” (e.g. Parr CV.doc). Please submit all proposals and inquiries to the attention of Sara Benjamin, Colloquium Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Scientific Committee headed by Bianca Beccalli will evaluate all proposals and notification of acceptance will be sent to applicants by early July 2008.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to submit a full (working) paper in English (maximum of 5,000 words) by Friday, 19 September 2008.

For a copy of the application form, please click here.

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