Gender and Enterprise SIG (GENSIG) Confreat

  •  17th July 2017 - 18th July 2017
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) invites both new and more established scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat) on 17th and 18th of July 2017 at the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Center, Manchester Metropolitan University.

The primary focus of this event is to participants to develop working papers for a conference or journal publication. This will mainly take place through feedback on papers and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics, with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. During the two-day event, participants will:

– Receive personalised feedback and guidance on their working papers.
– Reflect upon the theoretical contributions of their research in the area of gender andenterprise.
– Learn how to write successful grant applications.
– Engage with a unique network of internationally recognised scholars as well as early career researchers in the area of gender and entrepreneurship.

The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire expressed by our network for a unique space, where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally. Our first confreat in 2015 received an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees who found it “energising”, “inspirational”, “motivating” and “essential”. We were really pleased to be able to develop, not only the attendees’ papers but also their networks and collaborative opportunities.

This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the Gender Track of the ISBE/ECSB conferences in 2017. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission. As we are really keen to support the journey to publication, previous attendees are free to submit the same paper, as long as they have done significant work on it since the 2015 Confreat.

Who should attend:

In order to provide quality feedback and a valuable experience this event will be limited to 24 attendees.

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full paper of approximately 7,000 words by 1st June 2017. Each paper will be reviewed by a senior academic in the field, who will offer individual feedback to the author to help develop their work towards journal/conference submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews on a small number of papers.

Key dates:

1st March 2017 – Successful applicants who submitted their abstracts by the 1st February deadline will be notified and invited to submit full papers. They will also receive initial feedback to support full paper development. Registration opens.
30th April 2017 – Registration closes
1st June 2017 – Full paper submission deadline
17th -18th July 2017 – Confreat
19th July 2017 – delegates are welcome to remain at the venue to continue working on their papers. A meeting room will be made available. Please indicate during registration whether you would like to attend for this optional day.


Venue Website:

Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH, United Kingdom


The purpose of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre is to provide an intellectual space where scholars with a research interest in gender can meet on a regular basis to discuss their work, identify and explore contemporary issues linked to gender, present ‘works in progress’, network with others interested in gender research, and develop collaborative interdisciplinary research proposals.
The forum is open to both faculty and to post-graduate students at MMU, as well as others who may be interested in specific events.

For further information about the Centre and its activities please contact Katherine Roycroft at


Knowledge Hub,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School,
All Saints Campus,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M15 6BH,
United Kingdom

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