We are looking forward to your thesis...Hurry up!

The deadline for the submission of your thesis for the Marjan Rens Thesis Award is postponed till 15th February.


In July 2017 the Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology (LOVA) and the Marjan Rens Foundation will award the seventh LOVA/Marjan Rens MA Thesis Award. This award is for the best MA thesis in the field of women- and gender studies in anthropology in the Netherlands. The award consists of 500 euro. The three nominated award winners will be invited to publish an article based on the thesis in LOVA Journal.

The criteria for submitting a thesis are:

- the thesis has been finished between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016
- the thesis received an 8 or higher
- the thesis is written from a feminist anthropological perspective (that means that the relationship between gender and power, in one or more of its manifestations, is central)
- the thesis is written in Dutch or English
- the thesis was written for a Dutch university or institute

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Submission guidelines:
Send two hard copies of your thesis and a recommendation letter of your supervisor before February 15th, 2017 to the LOVA Secretariat (see address below). Don't forget to mention your name, postal address, email address and telephone number in the accompanying letter.

LOVA Secretariat
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kind regards,

The LOVA board

Volunteers Wanted!

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LOVA International Conference 2017

We are looking for volunteers to help organizing the LOVA International Conference "Ethnographies of Gender and Mobility", which will take place from 5 to 7 July 2017 at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam.
Possible tasks include:
  • selection of the abstracts
  • fundraising
  • PR and communication
Please send an email to:
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 International Conference 2017
We are very sorry that the email address mentioned in the call did not work. We have therefore decided to postpone the deadline for abstracts till March 1, 2017. The correct email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For any questions, please contact Ina Keuper ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Marina de Regt ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
International Conference 2017

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Ethnographies of Gender and Mobility

5 - 7 July 2017, Amsterdam

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 March 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 Euro110. LOVA members, PhD students and researchers from low-income countries pay Euro 80. Undergraduate (BA and MA) students pay Euro50.

To complete their registration, all participants should pay the registration fee beforeMay 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 www.lovanetwork.nl regularly to keep up-to-date.

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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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