Call for Papers

The Meaning of Gender for the Refugee Experience

Deadline: November 30th, 2023 (extended)

The scientific conference takes place on February, 16, 2024, at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. We invite the researchers of all levels and disciplines to submit their contributions to the topic of gender problematics within the phenomenon of refugee experience.

The dominant majority of Ukrainian refugees in Germany are women with children, while the men between 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country. Whereas in the experience of earlier refugee wave of 2015 the gender problematics has been investigated under the perspective of unequal rights, for Ukrainians it means forced single motherhood, compatibility of language learning, job search and parenting, long-term distance partnership. The problematics of female lives and motherhood shall be placed in the center of discussion to define the relevant dimensions of action. How do women experience war? What do single refugee mothers need in their new home? How the offers can be best organized to fit their lives? What are the perspectives after the war?

Our prior intention is to address these questions within the recent research on Ukrainian refugees in Germany. The rele- vant studies of earlier refugee waves are either welcome.

If you would like to present your research project, please submit a short abstract of approximately 500 words for a 30-minutes presentation in English or German by November 30th, 2023, at uliana.proskunina(at)

By November 30, 2023, you will receive feedback on acceptance. For the selected participants, reimbursement of travel costs and publication in conference pro- ceedings are provided.

For further information, please contact Dr. Uliana Proskunina at uliana.proskunina(at)

We are looking forward to your contributions!