All posts by Ea Høg Utoft

Ea Høg Utoft is a PhD candidate at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at Aarhus University in Denmark. She holds a BA in Business Communication and an MA in Human Resource Management. In her PhD, Ea explores how organizations are motivated to engage in gender equality actions from the theoretical perspective ‘postfeminism’.

A gender scholar’s visit to ESOF 2018: she came, she saw, she ranted

In this theory-informed auto-ethnographic account, I relate my experience of participating in the EuroScience Open Forum Conference 2018 (ESOF). Gender equality was certainly on the agenda at ESOF, however, I argue that the manner in which gender equality was addressed at the conference is not only problematic but potentially counter-productive to the intended purpose of promoting women in research careers. If we keep 1) essentialising a presumed lack of confidence to women, 2) omitting men’s role in the reproduction of gender hierarchies in research from equality discussions, and 3) excluding gender scholars’ expertise from gender equality debates, I fear that women’s equal participation in academic research and leadership will remain a distant prospect in the future still. Read more [...]