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Revival, restoration, reaction: gender and politics in the European context 
Begonya Enguix Grau (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC)
Alexandre Pichel-Vázquez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
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Room H-209
Tuesday 14 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The current rise of the far-right has made of ‘Gender Ideology’ the enemy and ‘symbolic glue’. This panel aims to explore the assemblage between gender and politics (anti-feminism, feminism, masculinism) in the current European context and its discursive, material and affective strategies.

Long Abstract:

Gender is a complex relational and classificatory category and an embodied trigger of emotions. Stuck to bodies and emotions, gender is constantly negotiated and pivotal in today’s social and political configurations. From the far-right to the radical-left, gender and (anti)feminism are part of the political spectrum as cornerstones and as the glue that sticks together disparate meanings and policies also related to racism, migration, sexuality, diversity and alterity.

Far-right world leaders affectively present themselves as the restorers of a lost civilization. They use gender relations, hegemonic masculinity and antifeminism in their nationalist, populist, xenophobe, and LGBT*phobic discourses. This process is often presented as a backlash and/or revival because feminism and equality have long been a condition of democracy (historically linked to the left and the radical-left organizations).

The aim of this panel is to discuss social dynamics critically and to explore the assemblage of gender and politics in contemporary Europe through the discursive, material and affective strategies deployed to establish, weaken or strengthen that assemblage. We consider gender relations as entangled, embedded and embodied within the political and the affective with strong resonances for the configurations of power and resistance.

We welcome contributions related (but not limited) to:

- The connections of gender, affects and the polarization of politics

- Gender related activisms and New Social Movements

- The (anti)feminist strategies in politics (right and left)

- The revival of masculinist politics in relation to nationalism and politics.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 14 June, 2022, -