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Political bodies can break the rules: gender, (anti)feminism and affects [SIEF Working Group on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions (BASE)] 
Begonya Enguix (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC)
Alexandre Pichel-Vázquez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Alexandra Deem (Freie Universität Berlin)
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Bodies, Affects, Senses, Emotions
Thursday 24 June, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

The current rise of the far-right has made of 'Gender Ideology' the enemy to be fought and a 'symbolic glue'. This panel aims to explore the assemblage among bodies, gender, affects, and politics attending to the political possibilities of gendered bodies and their agency for breaking the rules.

Long Abstract

Gender is a complex relational and classificatory category and an embodied activator of emotions. Emotions play an enormous role in politics, political action, and mobilization. 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 now present in the political spectrum as cornerstones and as the glue that sticks together disparate meanings and policies related to racism, migration, sexuality, diversity and alterity.

Far-right world leaders affectively present themselves as rule-breakers to save 'the people' from the oppression of the 'political correctness'. They use gender relations, hegemonic masculinity and antifeminism in their nationalist, populist, xenophobe, and LGTBphobe discourses. Gender relations and feminism have also historically been linked to the left and the radical-left organizations as the way of doing politics.

The aim of this panel is to explore the assemblage among bodies, gender, power and affects/emotions in the current political configurations and its potentiality to break and/or strengthen the rules. We consider gender relations as entangled, embedded and embodied with 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

- The political possibilities of gendered bodies (gender related activisms and New Social Movements)

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

- Hegemonic/alternative practices in masculine politics

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