Call For Papers

Call For Papers

Royal University for Women’s first annual research conference will explore the dimensions and nuances of “Women and Society.” Employing multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, this conference will be a platform to discuss the relationship between women and society in historical, social, legal and creative contexts. The key topics that will be explored are: women in business and leadership, in creative environments, across cultures, legislation and human rights, innovation and technology. The conference aims to provide an environment for academics, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and recent developments on the topic of women and society. The conference is expected to foster networking and collaboration amongst participants to advance specific theories and the general practice of academia.


  • Women in Business & Leadership
  • Women across Cultures
  • Women, Legislation and Human Rights
  • Women, Innovation and Technology
  • Women in Art and Design


Possible attendees include: academics from local, regional and international universities and educational institutions, research institutes and foundations, representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Children and Mothers Welfare Society, government organizations, NGOs, researchers, consultants, professionals and graduate students.


Day 1: Presentations, lectures and speeches in art, business, IT law, management, and women studies etc.

Day 2: Parallel sessions that will guide conference attendees’ focused discussions

Alongside the conference, there will be:

  • A research colloquium to encourage researchers and postgraduate students to present in a poster competition on a conference theme. The three best poster presentations will receive a prize each. .
  • An exhibition organised by College of Art and Design
  • A display of study and research material by local publishers

At the end of conference, full coverage of Conference proceedings will be published on RUW website.


Parallel Session I: The Role of Women in Business and Leadership

Today, women represent only 5 per cent of CEOs of the largest global corporations, and they continue to be under-represented at senior management levels in business. The larger the organisation the fewer women are found at the top. The progression of professional women into positions of leadership has been slow as well. Research suggests that women in the private sector represent a course of economic growth and they enhance the performance of the organisation. Many studies propose various benefits from hiring women at the highest levels in management. Nevertheless, few women are found to remain at these positions, even though companies are pushing for ‘gender balance’ into management.

Women’s contributions to organisations have an ethical, social and humanitarian importance. Additionally, today’s organisations are required to deal with fierce competition, globalisation and constant changes, hence they are required to focus on leadership by attracting and retaining quality women managers and optimising their contribution in management.

This call for papers offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in issues related to the role of women in management and leadership in today’s organisations to share their thinking and research findings in the following sub-themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender Roles, Stereotypes and Female Management and Leadership
  • Diversity Management and Women
  • Women in Management and Leadership in a Cultural Context
  • Entrepreneurship and Women
  • Women’s Capacity and Innovation
  • Women in the Banking and Finance Sector
  • Women and Family Business
  • Women into Franchising Business

Parallel Session II: Women, Legislation and Human Rights

Over the last decades an increasing interest of law-makers emerged with reference to legislative measures addressed to women as essential part of the society. This paved the way for modern and innovative legislative reforms aiming at reinforcement of women’s position within the society. This happened in various areas of the world with different legal systems.

The call for paper is addressed to law scholars, researchers, legal professionals and Ph.D. candidates and aims at establishing a comprehensive scholarly debate on the topic. Papers related to national and international legislation and legal studies involving women in the fields of family law, inheritance, divorce, women and business law, criminal legislation and legislative measures related to violence against women as well as papers related to the broad category of women’s rights are welcome. Likewise, research with particular focus on women-oriented legislation in the Arab countries will be appreciated. Selected peer-reviewed papers will be published in order to divulgate legal research within the global scientific community. The main objective is to gather together law scholars from various backgrounds who can contribute to enhance scientific research outcomes mainly, but not limited, to the following fields:

  • Family Law and Family rights
  • Divorce
  • Succession and Inheritance
  • Women-oriented business legislation
  • Criminal Law
  • Legislative measures on violence against women
  • Private International Law
  • CEDAW and women’s rights
  • Women and public administration
  • International Human Rights Law

Parallel Session III: Women, Innovation and Technology

Today, computing remains a heavily male-dominated field even after twenty-five years of extensive efforts to promote female participation. Global concerns about current and future roles of women in computing occupations have gained more importance with the emerging information age. Women’s participation in the creation of technology in the IT field will strengthen the workforce, raise the standard of living for many women, and help to assure that technology addresses women’s needs and expands the possibilities for their lives.

The conference sub theme “Women, Innovation and Technology” aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Women in Information Technology. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Women in Information Technology.

High quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Women in Information Technology are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. We invite Individual papers, Panels and Workshops that engage with the conference theme “Women, Innovation and Technology” from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovation and Technology
  • Gender Issues: Gender and Information Technology
  • Information and Knowledge Systems Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Mobile Innovation and Mobile Security
  • Scientific Research and Development
  • Women in IT Resources Management
  • Women in IT Resources, Logistics, and Supply Chain
  • Women, Technology, and the Law
  • Attracting, Developing and Retaining Women IT Engineers and Scientists
  • Equality Best Practice Models
  • Pathways into the IT workforce

Parallel Session IV: Women across Cultures

Traditionally, the liberal arts approach includes the arts and humanities, the social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences as they affect the human condition and their potential for contributing meaningfully to society and its development. The liberal arts also emphasise inter- and multidisciplinary connections that explore the moral, cultural and social implications of developments in the social sciences, natural sciences and technology, focused on experiential and valuational dimensions. Among the topics and issues included in the liberal arts for women particularly are their roles in social responsibility and development, styles and forms of communication and social action in professional and leadership roles, the problems of modernity and globalisation, multicultural and cross-cultural relations through inclusion and respect for diversity, the preservation of cultural traditions, and identity formation. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following for submission of a paper proposal:

  • Education and Women’s Empowerment
  • Women’s Education and Global Citizenship
  • Bahraini Women in Education
  • Women and Globalisation
  • Women’s Leadership Identity Formation
  • Women’s Status, Authority and Power
  • Women and Development
  • Women and the Changing Nature of Family Life
  • Women across Cultures
  • The Depiction of Women in Literature and Popular Culture
  • Women and/in Film
  • Women in the Media
  • Women and/in Art
  • Women and/in Fashion
  • Women’s Achievements in the Sciences
  • Women’s Changing Roles in the Workplace
  • Women in Atypical Professions
  • Women’s Changing Roles in Society
  • Women's Health Consciousness
  • Women in the Second Language Classroom
  • Engaging Female English Language Learners
  • Sociolinguistics and Women’s Discourse
  • Feminism versus Femininity

Parallel Session V: Women in Art and Design

Throughout the centuries, women have been involved in making art, whether as creators and innovators of new forms of artistic expression, patrons, collectors, designers, sources of inspiration, or significant contributors as art historians and critics. Women have reached unprecedented positions of influence within the design world. Following a worldwide feminist movement in the later 20th century, women became a renewed topic for art and design. Over the years women have been and continue to be integral to the institution of art and design. But despite being engaged with the design world in every way, many women face challenges due to gender biases, from finding difficulty in training to selling their work and gaining recognition. So, women have walked a long way to come forward with strong expressions and voices in various fields of art and design. To celebrate and encourage the success and leadership of women in the design community. The College of Art and Design at the Royal University for women hosts its first international conference on women in Art and Design.

The call for papers is addressed to the scholars, researchers, professionals and practitioners interested in issues related to women in art and design and share their findings in the following sub- themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender Issues for Women in Design
  • Women’s Role in Society and Art
  • Design Theory and its Application
  • Design Creativity and Innovation
  • Inspiring and Empowering Women in Design
  • Design for Women Leadership and Development
  • Women in Art, Architecture, and Design in Middle East.
  • Professional Women in Architecture
  • Leading Women in the Design profession
  • Design, Femininity, and Identity