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In this seminar part of the Gender & Sexuality in European (Geo)politics, Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick), Emanuela Lombardo (Complutense University Madrid) and Elzbieta Korolczuk (Södertörn University) will discuss how neoliberal policies and politics erode the opportunity structure for feminist movements and class- and race-inclusive activism.

Event details of Neoliberalism’s fuel to anti-feminism:
Date 27 May 2021
Time 13:15 -14:30

Neoliberalism’s fuel to anti-feminism: the transformation of political opportunity structures for feminist organising

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis, we see processes of democratic backsliding in many countries across Europe driven by austerity measures, further eroding public services and the welfare state. While reductions in public spending and the transferal of state powers to non-elected state bodies, private enterprises, and financial institutions are challenging the foundations of democracy, these measures have furthermore highlighted and reinforced pre-existing gender inequalities in Europe and transformed the political opportunity structures for feminist activists. 

In this seminar

will discuss how neoliberal policies and politics erode the opportunity structure for feminist movements and class- and race-inclusive activism. How do these movements counteract these dynamics and interact within, with, and outside neoliberal institutions? What does the emergence of right-wing populism and persistence of austerity regimes mean for the future of feminist activism? And lastly, how should we understand the current Covid-19 crisis from a feminist social movements perspective?

 

The conveners  Conny Roggeband (University of Amsterdam), Naomi Lührs, Julia Palejko, and Amber Zenklusen are looking forward to having you join this after-lunch conversation and invite you to participate in a vivid and solution-oriented discussion!

About the series

This series Gender and Sexuality in European (Geo)politics brings together practitioners and scholars from different disciplines engaging both in conceptual and theoretical debates around feminist and intersectional theory, as well as discussing concrete policy debates linked to the role of gender, sexuality and intersectionality. The events will focus on topics including: projections of (racialized) femininities and masculinities in European identity, discourses and practices; gender and populism in Europe; gender and race in migration policy; gender equality in the EU, and the theory and practice of feminist foreign policy in the European context.

In Focus: A Feminist EU in the World

This ‘In Focus’ subseries zooms in on the European Union’s ambitions to become a feminist or gender actor in the world. The world faces increasing levels of poverty and inequality, rising militarism, protracted conflicts, and a pressing climate crisis. Women are affected disproportionately by these harms, while their involvement in decision-making processes to overcome these problems is marginalized at best. In fact, recent years have seen a massive encroachment on the rights of women, and marginalized groups, as well as backlash against feminist, human rights and climate justice activism. Feminist activists, scholars and policy-makers have long argued that there can be no peace and that these challenges cannot and should not be tackled without an intersectional feminist approach. In this series, we discuss such a feminist approach in relation to the EU’s external action.    

Series coordinators:

Pola Cebulak: Humanities Faculty, Department of European Studies and Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies

Hanna L. Muehlenhoff: Humanities Faculty, Department of European Studies and Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies

Lara Talsma: Law Faculty, Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)