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    Sexuality, Masculinity, and Populist Radical Right Leadership

Sexuality, Masculinity, and Populist Radical Right Leadership

by Nik Linders

Populist radical right parties (PRR) are often classified as gender-conservative. But the role of gender and sexuality in their discourse is actually complex and varied. In our recently published research article, we compare the discourse of three relatively successful Dutch populist radical right leaders (Pim Fortuyn, Geert Wilders, and Thierry Baudet). We focus particularly on masculinity and sexuality. […]

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    Time and Space for Embodied Feminist Pedagogies in the Classroom?

Time and Space for Embodied Feminist Pedagogies in the Classroom?

by Aisling Walsh

For the Spanish language version of this text, please go to page 2 (navigation below “Related” articles)

Late one afternoon in the final semester of my undergraduate degree in Sociology & Politics, I was sitting in an almost full lecture hall, transfixed by lecturer’s explanation of Susan Moller Okin’s thesis from ‘Justice, Gender and the Family’. Instead of my […]

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    Reconsidering the relationship between domestic workplaces and ‘homes’ in Chile during COVID-19

Reconsidering the relationship between domestic workplaces and ‘homes’ in Chile during COVID-19

by Carol Chan

The COVID-19 pandemic gave rise to the ‘shadow pandemic’ of domestic violence, where, due to the fears of contagion and mobility restrictions in many cities the world over, persons experiencing intimate partner or familial violence had fewer alternatives to seek respite from abuse. The pandemic revealed how the ‘home as dwelling’ is a complex space: at times […]

Neglecting women’s needs: A recipe for disaster

by Simona Camillini 

In the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010, the Haiti Gender Shadow Report highlighted the failure to involve women in the disaster management process. I investigated what hindered women’s engagement in the post-earthquake response planning and implementation, what this entailed and how women nevertheless contributed to the relief and reconstruction efforts. […]

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    What anti-gender and anti-vaccines politics have in common – the construction of gender and the Covid-19 pandemic in right-wing discourses

What anti-gender and anti-vaccines politics have in common – the construction of gender and the Covid-19 pandemic in right-wing discourses

By Ann-Kathrin Rothermel

In the first week of 2022, I was invited to give a guest lecture about anti-gender activism and the role of the university in and for right-wing discourses and mobilization strategies[i]. To prepare for the talk, I went back to the literature on the anti-gender movements, which mobilized around the concept of ‘gender ideology’ in Europe and […]

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    Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

By Rosa dos Ventos Lopes Heimer, Marcela Terán and Tatiana Garavito

*Illustrations by Marcela Terán

In early 2020 as the pandemic broke out, we witnessed first hand the various ways in which our own lives and those of our communities have been deeply affected. As Latin American migrants living in London already separated from our families of origin, we were […]

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    Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

By Ilaria Michelis

Self-proclaimed ‘gender critical’ feminists have grown increasingly loud within the UK political space over recent years. The last few months alone have provided ample evidence of their expanding influence within governmental circles, non-profit and corporate environments. The impact of their rhetoric and political action has been and will continue to be devastating for trans people, from the […]

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    A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

by Senel Wanniarachchi

At a meeting held on 21 September 2021, the Sri Lankan Cabinet granted the nod to a new bill which, according to media reports, is being drafted to “prohibit any form of obscene publications, produced through information technology and other media.” Subsequently, clearance from the Attorney General’s Department appears to have been received for the Bill which is […]

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    Difficult Encounters, Fragmented Positionalities: gender, caste, and Hindutva in the field

Difficult Encounters, Fragmented Positionalities: gender, caste, and Hindutva in the field

by Sneha Annavarapu

I came to my dissertation by accident.

In 2017, I was taking a walk to clear my head and come up with a dissertation idea. My prior research – on examining the figure of the “kissing couple” in public spaces in Mumbai – had come to a dead end, and due to personal reasons, I decided to […]

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    The perks and perils of geopolitical framings of LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia

The perks and perils of geopolitical framings of LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia

By Laura Luciani

In a context of growing antagonism between the EU and Russia over their ‘shared neighbourhood’, LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia have increasingly been framed in geopolitical terms. While the ‘European values’ rhetoric may help holding governments accountable, it can also obscure fundamental critiques of the Western liberal human rights agenda.

On July 5, 2021, Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi was shaken […]

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