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Unsettling 'gender' within research, policy and practice I 
Rebecca Gordon (University of Birmingham)
Rishita Nandagiri (Kings’s College London)
Mirna Guha (Anglia Ruskin University)
Tina Wallace
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Policy and practice
Tuesday 29 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the impact of research, policy and practice in gender and development on: Gender regimes, relations and norms, racialised inequalities and white fragility and conceptualisations of gender. It questions what it means to 'unsettle' gender and development discourses and practice.

Long Abstract:

2020 was the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, an event that was arguably a milestone for women's rights. However, many were hoping to promote a more radical agenda, particularly women's networks in the Global South. Since then, the approaches to gender and development (G&D) have evolved and shifted, but debates about what constitutes a 'radical' agenda in G&D remain. On this anniversary, it is important to critically assess the progress of the key ideas and actions, and their role in challenging/reinforcing the status quo. The pandemic and much-needed focus on systematic racism and white supremacy within the development sector has underlined the urgent need to interrogate the impact of feminist research, policy and practice, and practices of G&D organisations and groups on:

• Gender regimes, relations and norms

• Racialised inequalities and white fragility

• Conceptualisations of gender

This panel invites contributions (of 10 minutes) in any form (short presentations, posters, pecha kucha, zines, etc) which examine:

• What it means to 'unsettle' G&D discourses and practice.

• What remains 'radical' within G&D discourses, interventions and research.

• Entanglement of certain concepts within wider discourses of G&D, such as 'agency' 'empowerment' 'victimhood' 'power' and 'resistance'.

• Whether 'gender' alone is enough and/or necessary to advance the rights of marginalised groups globally.

• How G&D scholarship and practice address the intersections of 'gender' with 'race', class, caste, ability, religion, sexuality, etc., within inequalities.

• How to centre and represent marginalised voices, including in relation to Covid-19.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 29 June, 2021, -