Transforming Gender Relations in the World? Gender and Intersectionality in the European Union’s External Relations
Organized by ARC-GS and ACCESS EUROPE
Our workshop aims at strengthening feminist approaches to the EU’s external relations and bringing together scholars interested in studying the EU’s international policies focusing on gender and intersectionality.
With a keynote by Prof. Dr. Anna van der Vleuten, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen
Following its introduction at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, Gender Mainstreaming has become a central policy instrument for gender equality in the European Union (EU). Scholars have analyzed differences, opportunities and challenges of Gender Mainstreaming in different policy fields inside the EU. Despite an increasing attention to gender in some external policy fields of the EU such as in security, feminist research on the EU’s foreign policies is rare. We know little about the substance and transformative potential of gender policy in the EU’s external relations. Feminist studies of the EU’s international policies will help us understand how the EU affects women, men, LGBTQIs and their societies. Such research could draw on and contribute to the existing feminist literature in International Relations, which has shown that gender policies often serve as an instrument for other goals and reproduce gender constructions and inequalities. Moreover, a feminist analysis of the EU’s role in the world will make an important intervention in the debate on Normative Power Europe.
Our workshop aims at strengthening feminist approaches to the EU’s external relations and bringing together scholars interested in studying the EU’s international policies focusing on gender and intersectionality. We are looking for papers that:
-interrogate the construction of gender in different fields of EU external relations and scrutinize the EU’s external relations from an intersectional viewpoint that allows to address complex inequalities;
-analyze the consequences of EU foreign policies focusing on gender;
-suggest theoretical frameworks for analyzing gender and intersectionality in the EU’s external relations and discuss what we can learn from existing feminist work in International Relations for the case of the EU;
-contribute to the debate on the role of the EU in the world, especially considering its decreasing credibility in times of rising right‐wing parties in Europe.
The workshop will also serve as an opportunity to plan a special issue.
Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 February 2017.
Travel and accommodation up to a maximum of € 300 (in exceptional cases a higher reimbursement is possible) will be covered by ACCESS EUROPE.
Notifications of accepted papers will be sent out around 27 February 2017.