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Call for Participation Interdisciplinary Conference

The Promise of (Un)Happiness? Gender, Labour, and Migration

Conference dates: September 17-18, 2024

    Deadline for submission of abstracts        10th  July  2024   

The conference focuses on different aspects of labour in the context of women’s migration (current and from a historical perspective and caused by various reasons) in Central and Eastern European countries (post-socialist countries). However, perspectives from other regions are also welcome.

The Promise of (Un)Happiness?

The title of our conference refers to the inspirational reflections of Sara Ahmed on happiness as an existential issue (“a problem”) for those who find themselves in the position of a displaced person. She ponders on a ‘melancholic migrant’ who, under new circumstances, while experiencing incongruence, loss and dispossession, considers happiness to be the key factor of her/his adaptation to a new environment. Ahmed relates happiness with a modality of good citizenship, as for her, “to see happily” means, first of all, not to face violence, asymmetry, or compulsion.

Such an approach prompts further reflection on the aspects that are often neglected or overlooked, namely, the interrelation between women’s migration and labour, which may, under certain conditions, become a locus of self-fulfilment and confidence or turn into a trap of alienation and, consequently, the reason for deprivation and unhappiness. It is worth noting that some aspects of migration (transition, transformation, translation, adaptation, change, etc.) are gender-neutral regarding their impact on professional identity and individual career opportunities.

However, women often find themselves in the most vulnerable position, as their needs and experiences require particular research.

Dialectical lens

Viewing the issue of (un)happiness in women’s migration and exile through a dialectical lens, we see that the negative effects of migration, regardless of its prerequisites, can be laden with melancholy and depression, exacerbated by a sense of vulnerability or a state of precariousness and insecurity. Yet, these conditions and feelings can also be intertwined with new opportunities, the vision of alternatives, and the anticipation of a different future.

    Deadline for submission of abstracts        10th  July  2024   

This conference continues a series of events devoted to different aspects of labour at the intersection of women and technology (as part of the long-term project “Women In Tech”). Therefore, one of the conference’s focuses is women’s IT sphere and the transnationalisation of its labour market in the context of migration.

Join Diverse Scholars in Interdisciplinary Reflections

We invite scholars from different fields and disciplines (gender studies, sociology, history, anthropology,  cultural studies,  law, media studies, art and others) with various theoretical perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches to reflect on the following topics:

Papers focusing on technologies and the IT sector are particularly welcomed.

The conference is organised by the Center for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University in the framework of the “Women in Tech” project. This infrastructural educational and research project aims to support women in IT, stimulate research at the intersection of technology and feminism, and promote gender equality in high technology. The project was launched by the EHU Center for Gender Studies and is funded by the European Union.

To participate in the сonference, please submit your proposal



The Promise of (Un)Happiness? Gender, Labour, and Migration

The proposal must include

Title, an abstract (300 words), and a short bio (max. 150 words) with contact details.

Deadline for submission of abstracts — July 10th,  2024
Authors of abstracts will be notified about selection by  August 1st,  2024


There will be no conference fees. The participants cover their expenses for travel and accommodation in Vilnius.


However, the organisers can provide financial support for the participants from Belarus, Ukraine, and other countries of the East-European region: travel to and from Vilnius (up to 300 Euro) and offer hotel accommodation in Vilnius

Language:​​ English

Format: hybrid (offline and online)

European Humanities University,  Savičiaus g. 17, Vilnius, Lithuania

Conference Organizing Committee

Tania Arcimovich

Erfurt University, Germany

Almira Ousmanova

European Humanities University, Lithuania

Olga Sasunkevich

University of Gothenburg

Antonina Stebur

Women in Tech program, EHU

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