Feminist Resistance to the Rise of Nationalism and Populism

Deadline: 31/05/2017

RINGS, the International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies is a global association of centres of advanced gender studies. The participating centres span Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe and North America. Two national assembly meetings and conferences have been held since the inauguration of RINGS in October 2014 at Örebro University: the first one in Prague in 2015 and the second in Cape Town in 2016. In 2017, the RINGS annual meeting and conference will be hosted by the EDDA Research Center at the University of Iceland in collaboration with the United Nations Gender Equality and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) and RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference.

About the conference theme: The recent revival of nationalist, populist right-wing politics poses a challenge to human rights, multicultural agendas, and the functioning of democratic systems. The electoral successes of populist parties and politicians owe much to their radical nationalist and anti-immigration stance, in particular, and political discontent, in general. Their varying degrees of xenophobia, misogyny, Islamophobia, and anti-establishment positions have not only set them apart from other rivals on the political Left and Right but also entered into the mainstream. This political condition raises questions about feminist resistance to new forms of political, cultural, social, and economic exclusion.

Goals of the 2017 conference:

1) To share feminist research and criticism of the rise of nationalism and populism from transnational perspectives;
2) To share research within RINGS through the framework of thinking about the gender dimensions of new political, social and cultural trends;
3) To critically assess the limitations to scholarly collaboration due to geopolitical location and related inequalities.

Important notice: This is a closed call for RINGS members only. However, member organizations are encouraged to invite others to become new RINGS members, with particular emphasis on strengthening the participation of those from countries in the global South.

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