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 (EET)

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 (EET)

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 (EET)

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 (EET)

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 (EET)

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 (EET)

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 (EET)


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).


More details coming soon!


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