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Uncertain gender? Affects and gender politics in current social movements 
Miriam Gutekunst (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
Alexandra Rau (LMU Munich)
Begonya Enguix Grau (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC)
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Friday 9 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

Gender as a social category has become increasingly uncertain. This gender uncertainty is the result of and produces different affects. In this panel we aim to explore how different social movements negotiate these entanglements of gender and affects and how they shape their political action.

Long Abstract:

Gender as a classificatory social category has become increasingly uncertain during the last years. At the same time gender is a key category in almost all social movements; for Ahmed (2021) it is the map of the moment. However, it is stuck to different political and affective strategies.

Presumed certainties - like the gender binary, fixed ideas about masculinity and femininity, traditional gender roles and gendered labour and reproductive division - are challenged and contested, on a normative level as well as on the level of lived experience. This gender uncertainty is the result of and produces different affects: anger, anxiety, shame, guilt, inferiority but also joy and confidence are some of the affects mobilized. The entanglement of gender and affects leads to very different partly contradictory politics or even hinders the formation of a political subject. While for some political actors - like the far right - this uncertainty calls for a return to old gender concepts, values and orders, for others - like queer, feminist and LGBTIQ+ movements - this uncertainty stands for progress, empowerment and justice.

We welcome contributions related to the following questions:

How does uncertainty shape the different configurations of gender in current social movements from the far right to the radical left?

Which affects appear related to gender uncertainty, how do they affect mobilization for political action or even lead to silence?

What kind of connections and alliances, but also conflicts and frictions between social movements do we find along such gendered affects?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 9 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 9 June, 2023, -