EUGenDem workshop sessions 2020/21: Gender, democracy and polarized politics in Europe

We are very excited to announce the launch of the EUGenDem series of online workshops on gender and democracy in Europe.

COVID-19 restrictions have caused many of us to lose the opportunity to interact with each other and to discuss our research. To counter this, the EUGenDem team is organizing a series of workshops with both academics and practitioners to debate the polarized politics in Europe today.


Session 1: European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times: New research avenues

14 December 2020, at 15:00

Chair: Petra Ahrens (Tampere University, Finland)


Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland): Gender and democracy in European Parliament’s party group practices

Valentine Berthet, Anna Elomäki, and Barbara Gaweda (Tampere University, Finland): Political dynamics, power struggles, and intra-group policy formation in the European Parliament

Cherry Miller (Tampere University, Finland): ‘Ethno, ethno, what?’ How Parliamentary Ethnography can help us to better understand Parliament’s Political Groups


Session 2: European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times

22 January 2021, at 11:00

Chair: Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland)


Nathalie Brack and Anne-Sophie Behm (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium): How do Eurosceptics wage opposition in the European Parliament? Explaining Patterns of behavior in the 8th legislature

Ariadna Ripoll Servent (EUI, Italy and College of Europe, Belgium): When words do not follow deeds: An analysis of party competition between Eurosceptic and mainstream right-wing parties in the European Parliament.

Tapio Raunio (Tampere University, Finland): Shaping the EU’s future? Europarties, European Parliament party groups, and the Conference on the Future of Europe


Session 3: Gendering Representative Institutions: Actors, Inner Lives, and Political Struggles

12 March 2021, at 11:00

Chair: Cherry Miller (Tampere University, Finland)


Cecilia Josefsson (Uppsala University, Sweden): The toxic reality for young female MPs: On the intersection between gender and being young in the Swedish Parliament (co-authoring with Josefina Erikson, Uppsala University, Sweden)

Eva-Maria Euchner (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany) and Elena Frech (University of Konstanz, Germany): Gender Quotas in the elections to the European Parliament: design, pattern and consequences


Session 4: Democratic backsliding in Europe and the opposition to gender equality

17 March 2021, at 11:00

Chairs: Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland) and Emanuela Lombardo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)


David Paternotte (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) and Mieke Verloo (Radboud University, the Netherlands): De-democratization and the politics of knowledge: Unpacking the Cultural Marxism narrative

Andrea Krizsan (Central European University) and Conny Roggeband (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands): Reconfiguring state-movement relations in the context of de-democratization

Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland) and Emanuela Lombardo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain): Democratic practices and backsliding in the European Parliament: Feminist perspectives on the politics of political groups


Session 5: Mobilizing around gender and sexual and reproductive rights in EU institutions

29 April 2021, at 11:00

Chair: Anna Elomäki (Tampere University, Finland)


Elena Zacharenko (Tampere University, Finland): Rise in anti-SRR and anti-gender opposition at EU level – backlash on progress or opposition to the neoliberal logic?

Lynda Gilby (Tampere University, Finland): Reproductive Politics and Universal Health Coverage – The impacts of right-wing populism on SRHR in international forums 

Valentine Berthet (Tampere University, Finland): The Politics of Reproductive Rights in the European Parliament: what can we learn for European integration?


Session 6: Gender and politics in Covid-19 crisis: Including a gender perspective in responses and recovery

5 May 2021, at 18:00

Chair: Sarah Childs (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)


Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College, USA): Entry Points, Activists, and Femocrats: Gendering COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Anna Elomäki and Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland): Feminist governance in the European Parliament: The political struggle over the inclusion of gender in the EU’s Covid-19 response

Pauline Cullen (Maynooth University, Ireland): Responses to the COVID‐19 crisis in Ireland: From feminized to feminist (co-authoring with Mary P. Murphy, Maynooth University Ireland)



Session 7: Ethnography of parliaments in Europe (and beyond): A workshop and book launch

3 June 2021, at 13:00


Emma Crewe (SOAS University of London, UK): The Anthropology of Parliaments: Entanglements in Democratic Politics

Sarah Childs (Royal Holloway, UK): Building Feminist Institutions: The Making of The Good Parliament

The workshop will include the book launch of Cherry Miller’s new monograph Gendering the Everyday in the UK House of Commons: Beneath the Spectacle (Palgrave Macmillan), with comments by Marc Geddes (University of Edinburgh, UK).


All our events are held in current Helsinki time!


For inquiries about the workshop series, please contact Barbara Gaweda (