International Conference 2017





LOVA beeldmerk



Ethnographies of Gender and Mobility

5 - 7 July 2017, Amsterdam


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Mobility has become one of the most important concepts in contemporary social sciences, capturing the idea that life is in flux. Not only is an increasing number of people moving across the world, also ideas, images, information, objects, cultures and many other things are circulating rapidly, affecting people’s lives in many different ways. Yet, mobility is not equally accessible for everyone, and being mobile is not automatically positive. This conference focuses on the relationship between gender and (im)mobility. What does a gender lens add to our understandings of mobility and immobility? How do relationships of power, especially with regard to gender, get reconfigured in current mobility contexts? What type of new gender (and other) hierarchies, opportunities, and challenges are being created as a result of increased mobility? And what do ethnographic methods contribute to the study of gender and mobility? The fourth LOVA International Conference offers an opportunity to discuss these and other questions, and present new research in the field of gender and mobility.


Participation and registration: Participants may register by sending panel proposals and individual paper abstracts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before February 1st, 2017. We encourage participants to submit audio-visuals and other alternative ways of presenting their research. We also encourage students (undergraduate and graduate) to present their research.

Panel proposals include a short panel abstract (about 200 words), several paper abstracts, and names of organizers/chairs, presenters and a possible discussant. Please also mention the affiliation, address, email-address and discipline of each participant.

Preferred panel format:  Panels last 1 hour and 45 minutes. Panel organizers have a certain freedom in the number of papers they wish to present and the length of the presentations. Nevertheless, we encourage 15 to 20 minute paper presentations with 3 - 4 speakers in one session, so that there is time for discussion after the presentations.

Individual paper proposals should not exceed 200 words. Please also mention affiliation, address, email-address and discipline.

Registration fee: The regular fee is € 110. LOVA members, PhD students and researchers from low-income countries pay € 80. Undergraduate (BA and MA) students pay € 50.


To complete their registration, all participants should pay the registration fee before April 1st, 2017.


Language: the conference will be held in English.

Programme: will be made available in May 2017.

Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Please visit our website regularly to keep up-to-date.

Edited volume "Ethnographies of Gender and Conflict"

We are very proud to announce that LOVA's first Edited Volume, based on a selected number of papers from the 2nd International Lova conference "Ethnographies of Gender and Conflict" has been published with Ashgate (London). The book is edited by Georg Frerks, Annelou Ypeij and Reinhilde König - and appeared in November 2014. It is now available online! To order visit our book's page at Ashgate.


Emeritus professor Annemiek Richters has written an excellent review of our book. She notes that "The book makes for a fascinating read, especially the chapters based on in-depth, ethnographic fieldwork and embedded in rich theoretical concepts and frameworks [...] I have been completely absorbed in this book, relating (parts of) each and every chapter - especially the theoretical framing of the themes presented - to my own work in the fields of gender, violence, conflict, psychosocial support and peace-building. This book is of high quality. LOVA can be proud of it!" You can find the full review here!

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LOVA Photo Competition 2016


Jury Awards  


Jury: Hanneke van Beek (photographer) and Reinhilde Sotiria König (anthropologist).



First Jury Abu Ahasan 1

Second Jury Melissa Chacón 2


First Audience Third Jury Women Win web


The jury loves the variation of photographs and stories. They started out going through all the pictures without reading the stories. All pictures are interesting in one way or the other. Some are absolutely beautiful and perfect in their composition, colour, message and form. Yet the pictures that resonated the most, even without the story, are far from technically perfect.

Lova open for international membership

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Lova International will continue the process of organizing the 'Ethnographies of Gender' conferences every three years, organizing the annual International Summer Schools, and study the possibilities of becoming a thematic network or subdivision of a large international association that promotes anthropology on a global scale. Don't hesitate, join us!


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