Panel 'Gender+ Equality, Politics, and Institutions: Contemporary changes and challenges in Europe’ at the Gender Studies Conference 2020

EUGenDem researchers will be participating and presenting in the Finnish Gender Studies Conference 2020 ‘Reclaiming Futures’, Tampere 12-13 November 2020.

Our panel on ‘Gender+ Equality, Politics, and Institutions’ (chaired by Petra Ahrens and Barbara Gaweda) engages with contemporary changes and challenges in gender equality+ across Europe, focusing on different levels of governance as well as different political, institutional, and societal actors. The core questions are: What are the current changes in European gender equality+ politics? When, how, and by whom are gender and sexuality rights challenged or promoted? What strategies do feminist and equality activists employ in dealing with threats to democracy and opposition to gender equality policies? How and to what extent do changes in the political context influence gendered norms and practices in politics and society?

Session 1.3: Thursday, November 12, 9.30-11.00: Contemporary policy struggles around gender-based violence

  • Büke Boşnak (Istanbul Bilgi University): Feminist Responses to the Backlash against Istanbul Convention in Turkey: Insights and Challenges
  • Valentine Berthet (Tampere University): Norms under construction and contestation: between support and opposition to the EU’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention in the European Parliament
  • Chara Chioni-Chotouman (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): Penalising revenge pornography: policymaking and legislative trends across Europe

Session 2.7: Thursday, November 12, 13.30-15.30: Challenges to gender equality in national contexts

  • Marsela Dauti & Geldona Metaj (Uppsala University): Precarious Gains: Democratic Regression and Gender Quotas in Politics
  • Laine Munir (African Leadership University): Vulnerabilities and Strategic Responses to LGBTI+ Identity Among Pakistani Refugees in Europe and Their Families Left Behind
  • Gala Naseva (Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje and Justus Liebig University Giessen): Entwining care with mistreatment: The exploitative Balkan narrative. The position of Roma women in Western Balkans’ labour market
  • Katinka Linnamäki (University of Helsinki): Performing nationhood during the Covid-19 pandemic in Hungary
  • Aneta Ostaszewska (University of Warsaw): “Fight the virus, not the women”. What is going on in Poland during COVID-19 pandemic

Session 3.3: Friday, November 13, 9.00-11.00: Changes and challenges in European gender politics

  • Eszter Kováts & Elena Zacharenko (University ELTE Budapest): The shift of meanings of gender in EU documents and the right-wing opposition
  • Johanna Kantola & Petra Ahrens (Tampere University): Four Phases of European Parliament Political Group Formation: Negotiating Power, Democracy and Gender
  • Valentine Berthet, Anna Elomäki & Barbara Gaweda (Tampere University): Political dynamics, power struggles, and intra-group policy formation in the European Parliament
  • Cherry Miller (Tampere University): “Ethno, ethno, what?” Outlining how Parliamentary Ethnography can help us to better understand Parliament’s Political Groups


For more information about the conference, check the website.


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