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The panel seeks to explore cooperation across and beyond identity politics and inquire into the actual (im)possibilities of creating various types of solidarities in the field of feminist and queer projects in and out of Europe.
In the recent decades, identity politics initiatives related to precisely defined social groups have been increasingly criticized both within political and academic settings. In this context, feminist and queer movements have been among those particularly targeted as single-issue undertakings concerned mostly with their own particular agendas. Their activities have been seen as raising social and political cleavages instead of contributing to the broader left struggle against social inequalities and exclusions. As a consequence, they have been accused of strengthening right wing populist movements. But, these criticisms risk to create a set of false oppositions as if identity politics always already exclude solidarities in the field of the political (Mouffe 2005). Alternatively, both critical scholars and activists have argued for more inclusive projects and differentiated perspectives emphasizing intersectionality, complicity and assembly.
Drawing on the assumption that both identity politics and strategic solidarities are usually deeply agonistic in their character, the panel seeks to explore when and how solidarity is practiced transgressing supposedly distinct categories, such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, class, age or common experiences in and out of Europe. By means of ethnographically and theoretically informed case studies, it aims to discuss cooperation across and beyond identity territories and inquire into the actual (im)possibilities of creating "solidarity despite differences" (Mecheril 2014).