This panel focuses on the relationship between radical right and ideologies of gender and sexuality as well as on the role of anthropology in understanding this relationship. We seek papers addressing the intersections between politics, gender, and sexual identities in multiple local contexts.
While recent years have seen the rise of new far-right parties and movements and a growing audibility of voices promoting illiberal and undemocratic politics, anthropologists have been largely absent from the debates on the causes of these changes. The "radical right" and "far-right" manifest themselves in different ways worldwide, which makes all the more necessary a contribution by anthropologists in offering some comparative and explanatory tools.
In putting forward such an approach, in our panel we aim to reflect on the relation between gender, sexuality and the far right. Although the radical right varies locally, ideologies of gender and sexuality appear to be central to these radical political movements: issues such as homophobia, abortion, proper family and "traditional" gender roles mobilize rightwing activism and the global flow of radical ideas. Therefore, we ask: What kind of gender and sexual ideology does the far right promote? Why has gender and sexuality become a central category for the radical right? How do gender and sexual identities relate to the support for the far right? In asking such questions, we hope to problematize certain taken-for-granted ideas on far-right gender imaginary and to offer a historical perspective on this problem, demonstrating ruptures and continuities within far-right thought.
We invite ethnographically and/or historically grounded papers focused on:
- ideas of gender and political ideology
- religious, gender and political identities
- sexuality and the radical right
- ideologies of gender and sexuality within the current "refugee crisis"