Third series of EUGenDem virtual workshops in 2022-23

In the last year of our ERC-funded research project, we are returning with the final round of virtual workshops to continue our academic discussions and present the finalized academic work of EUGenDem.

We have been organizing our virtual workshops since 2020 to substitute for the missing opportunities of academic interactions and debates due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are keen on continuing the conversations and allowing for maximal participation and inclusion. For these reasons, we will continue holding virtual sessions on topics focusing around our project outputs: democracy, EU policies, party politics, parliaments, and gender. Many sessions will be devoted to presenting EUGenDem project research and findings.

Session 1: Contestations of gender equality in contemporary Europe: Anti-equality politics and East-West tensions

6 September 2022, 10.15 – 12.30 (EEST)


Izabela Desperak (University of Łódź, Poland): From Poland with love… Anti-abortion and anti-LGBT+ movement and policies in CEE countries

Barbara Gaweda and Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland): Political dynamics in the European Parliament around precarity of gender equality


Session 2: The politics of EU social policy in the European Commission and in the European Parliament

13 September 2022, 13.00 – 14.30 (EEST)

Chair: Barbara Gaweda (Tampere Universtiy, Finland)


Paul Copeland (Queen Mary University of London, UK): The Juncker Commission as a Politicising Bricoleur and the Renewed Momentum in Social Europe

Anna Elomäki (Tampere University, Finland): Politics of EU social politics in the European Parliament: work-life balance, minimum pay, and pay transparency (paper co-authored with Paul Copeland and Barbara Gaweda)

Discussant: Beryl Philine ter Haar (University of Warsaw, Poland)


Session 3: Book launch of ‘European Parliament’s Political Groups in Turbulent Times’

13 September 2022, 15.00 – 16.30 (EEST)


Petra Ahrens, Anna Elomäki, and Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland): Introduction: European Parliament’s Political Groups in Turbulent Times

Edoardo Bressanelli (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy): The Political Groups as Organisations: The Institutionalisation of Transnational Party Politics

Ariadna Ripoll Servent (University of Salzburg, Austria): Party Competition between Centre-Right and Eurosceptic Radical-Right Parties in the European Parliament


Session 4: Equality and Democracy in Europe: Gendering the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE)

14 October 2022, 10.00-16.00 (CEST)

Hybrid Workshop at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy


Gabriele Abels, Johanna Kantola, Emanuela Lombardo, Ulrike Liebert, Alvaro Oleart, and Ruth Rubio.


More events and details coming soon!

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