Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

The merchant and the message: about hard conditions, soft power and empty vessels. Gender in the EU’s external relations

Lecture by Anna van der Vleuten (Professor of Contesting Europeanization, Political Science, Radboud University) sponsored by ARC-GS and ACCESS EUROPE

11May2017 13:00 - 15:00


The European Union claims to be a world leader in gender equality and is convinced that it significantly influences gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide, but such claims are greeted with skepticism by feminist researchers.

Feminist researchers contest the effectiveness and the legitimacy of EU external policies aimed at fostering gender equality worldwide. They question the reasons why the EU engages in the ‘export’ of gender equality, and how its identity as Normative Power Europe relates to its behavior as Market Power Europe. It will be argued that feminist approaches to EU external relations offer a good starting point to shed light on these issues because they unpack the gendered character of the EU and examine the ways in which the EU constructs gender in its external policies.

About the Lecturer

Anna van der Vleuten is Professor of Contesting Europeanization at the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, Nijmegen. Her research focuses on the European Union and other regional organizations in Africa and Latin America, gender equality policies, LGBT rights, and the political role of supranational courts. Her latest book is Gender Equality Norms in Regional Governance. Transnational Dynamics in Europe, South America and Southern Africa (Palgrave, 2014, with Conny Roggeband and Anouka van Eerdewijk). 

Room: Doelenzaal (C0.07)


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