Launch of the Social Politics special issue “De-Democratization and Opposition to Gender Equality Politics in Europe”

Launch of the Social Politics special issue:
“De-Democratization and Opposition to Gender Equality Politics in Europe”

Webinar: 10 December 2021, at 14:00 pm CET

Welcome to the webinar organised by the Social Politics journal and Oxford University Press together with the Special Issue editors!

We present the most topical research on the challenge of democratic backsliding and gender equality across Europe. The presentations – based on recently published journal articles – explore the relations of de-democratization processes with gender equality in intersection with other inequalities.

Through innovative theoretical and empirical analyses, authors of this special issue discuss how democracy and gender equality are under threat in different parts of Europe, from Central and Eastern Europe, to Germany, Spain, and the European Parliament, contributing to improve the understanding of democratic backsliding and opposition to gender politics in Europe.

Chairs: Emanuela Lombardo (Madrid Complutense University), Johanna Kantola (Tampere University), Ruth Rubio (University of Sevilla, European University Institute, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía)[1]


Myra Marx Ferree (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Democracy and Demography: Intersectional Dimensions of German Politics

David Paternotte (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Mieke Verloo (Radboud University): De-democratization and the Politics of Knowledge: Unpacking the Cultural Marxism Narrative

Johanna Kantola and Emanuela Lombardo: Challenges to Democratic Practices and Discourses in the European Parliament: Feminist Perspectives on the Politics of Political Groups

Andrea Krizsán (Central European University) and Conny Roggeband (University of Amsterdam) Reconfiguring State–Movement Relations in the Context of De-democratization

Barbara Gaweda (Tampere University): Europeanization, Democratization, and Backsliding: Trajectories and Framings of Gender Equality Institutions in Poland

Alba Alonso (Santiago de Compostela University) and Julia Espinosa-Fajardo (University of Sevilla): Blitzkrieg Against Democracy: Gender Equality and the Rise of the Populist Radical Right in Spain

Discussant: Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrčela (Social Politics Editor)

Registration is required for this webinar.

To register and receive the link to join please send an email with your name, surname, institution/organization, and email by December 8th to:


[1] The editors acknowledge the funding received by the European Commission for the workshop “De-democratisation, Gender and the Politics of Exclusion in the European Union,” October 6–8 2019 at the International University of Andalusia, Baeza, Spain, through the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet fund (grant reference: 611103-EPP-1-2019-1-ES-EPPJMO-Project) where contributions to the special issue originated.