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From September 15th to September 17th 2016, the University of Augsburg hosted the International Conference “Multiple Modernities – Multiple Gender Cultures,” organized by Prof. Dr. Heidemarie Winkel (University of Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Angelika Poferl (TU Dortmund University), and Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller (University of Augsburg). 


The conference was organized in cooperation with the Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum, the University of Augsburg and the German Sociological Association’s Section „Women's and Gender Studies“. Over the course of three days, the conference focused on the worldwide multiplicity of gender orders against the background of the global variety of societal dynamics of change.


The theoretical point of reference was Shmuel Eisenstadt’s multiple modernities paradigm and its consistent further development towards entangled and shared modernities. In addition to empirical analyses in different local contexts (e.g., Japan, MaIaysia, Pakistan, Iran and Tunesia), the conference also aimed to integrate transcultural and post-colonial perspectives. The central questions was: how can we compare and conceive of varying social configurations of gender and society worldwide in a theoretically adequate way? What is different about ‘other’ gender cultures, and what do plural gender orders have in common?