Virtually Undisciplined: Diversifying Higher Education and Research through interconnectivity

Conference 31st March – 1st April 2022

Women in Academia Support Network Conference

Virtually undisciplined is the bi-annual conference for Women in Academia Support Network (WIASN). WIASN exists to promote gender equity in Higher Education and Research.

The theme of this conference is situated around interconnectivity and diversity; with particular regard to an intersectional approach to gender diversity that must include race, religion, sex, disability and class.

Of course this conference takes part in the context of the Covid global pandemic. The pandemic has already had a disproportionate impact on women and other marginalised and Systematically excluded groups and the fall out of this will be felt for many years to come.   The Covid 19 pandemic has raised potentials and problems with regard to interconnectivity and diversity. For example, the online pivot enabled us all to work from home but also exposed ableism, where the reasonable adjustment of homeworking that was denied to many disabled academics was suddenly easily granted to all.

WIASN assert that global issues can only be properly addressed by a diverse and interconnected research culture.  So how can a more interconnected (globally, digitally, interdisciplinary) research and academic community foster ways in which we value, embrace and leverage diversity (which includes the unconventional)? This conference asks what are the potential and pitfalls to achieving this?

Sponsors: We are delighted to announce our conference partners and sponsors.

Emerald Global Publishing have a close relationship with WIASN on mutual projects to support academic and research development Emerald will be hosting workshops on publishing.

Institute for Gender Studies Royal Holloway University opened in 2020 with funding from the British Academy under the Directorship of Professor Laura Sjoberg; British Academy Global Professor of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London and Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida.

Cost: Free

Link to book is here

Accessibility and Equity

The conference will be presented online with closed caption and a BSL interpreter.

Sessions will take place over a 24 hour period to enable scholars from a range of time zones to attend. 

Sessions will be spread out with lots of break times to move away from the screen.

Sessions will be recorded and made available to attendees after the conference.

Have other humans at home? Small ones, older ones; furry pet friends who stroll across the keyboard just when you’re presenting – no problem. Don’t worry if they are virtually attending the conference with you. Ours will be too.

Any slides used by presenters must consider accessibility. You can follow this link for information on how to do this

Please let us know if there are any other ways we can make the conference more accessible for you.

For any further questions please email with ‘Conference Query’ in the email title.