Dear IAFFE members,
In an effort to stay connected between conferences, to facilitate networking (particularly for junior scholars), and to exchange information and inspire research collaboration among our diverse groups of scholars, IAFFE is establishing thematic groups. Thematic groups are a common practice in academic associations. They bring members together who share common research interests, or other concerns such as pedagogical methods or policy advocacy. Thematic groups would institutionalize the more informal networking that takes place already and have the potential to contribute to IAFFE’s strategic goals of rejuvenating and broadening the membership. Members would be empowered to organize and take research initiatives within IAFFE that are meaningful to them. Members could join as many as they would like, elect co-chairs to lead the group, and decide on how they would like the group to evolve.
The committee on this issue is suggesting the following thematic groups and subtopics as a starting point to build from:
FEMINIST THEORY AND ECONOMICS
Methods and argument
History of thought
FORMAL AND INFORMAL LABOR MARKETS
Employment & labor force participation
Wage outcomes: wage gap, wage discrimination
Labor market policies
Same sex and lone mother families
Sexuality and reproduction
Food/ clean water/ sanitation access
Family and social policy
Macroeconomic policies and outcomes – gender mainstreaming
INCOME POVERTY AND CAPABILITY DEPRIVATIONS
Income, poverty and capability deprivations
Rights--international human rights and national
Capabilities based evaluations of outcomes (including index measures)
Environmental degradation and climate crisis
We recognize that there are numerous overlaps between these groups, as well as cross-cutting themes (such as the capabilities approach and the history of economic thought) and specific issues (such as migration and the environment) that are not mutually exclusive and could be addressed under any of them. There are also surely other themes we have not identified, and we welcome your feedback and proposals for further groups as the goal is to make these thematic groups dynamic and open to the interests of the membership.
The next step is to find volunteers to act as temporary leaders to get the ball rolling until members can elect co-chairs, likely at the Berlin IAFFE conference. Please get in touch with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (email@example.com) if you are interested in leading any of these thematic groups or if you have other ideas for thematic groups that you would like to take the lead in organizing. We encourage all members, including new members, to participate in taking a leadership role. We would like to hear from you before May 15 by the latest so that arrangements can be made to start these groups at the Berlin conference.
The IAFFE Committee on Thematic Groups (Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (Chair), Gunseli Berik, Mary Borrowman, Ann Mari May and Semsa Ozar)