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While studies of social movements have overwhelmingly focused on contention and protest, I focus on the other end of the tactical spectrum, consensus. I conceptualize a repertoire of consensus and argue that through deploying a repertoire of consensus, movement actors might be able to establish relations with government actors characterized by cooperation and/or collaboration.

Event details of From the closet to the cabinet: creating movement-government consensus in Dutch LGBTI politics
Date 13 May 2022
Time 15:30 -17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room REC A2.10

Over the course of its history, the central social movement organization of the Dutch LGBTI movement, Federatie COC Nederland, experienced an enormous transition from its beginnings in 1946 as a closeted organization excluded from political institutions to becoming a government partner in the 2000s. In the lecture I present analysis of the advocacy undertaken by Federatie COC Nederland and the relations it established with Dutch government actors from 2000-2019. Drawing on insights gained from the case study, I then theorize how collaborative movement-government relations might be established and affect both advocacy and the actors involved.

Davidson will be in conversation with Conny Roggeband (University of Amsterdam) and Imrat Verhoeven (University of Amsterdam).


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About the Speakers

Robert (Robby) J. Davidson defended the PhD thesis, Consensus Social Movements: Strategic Interaction in Dutch LGBTI Politics, at the University of Amsterdam in May 2021. Davidson’s research interests include LGBTI studies, institutionalization of social movements, processes of intersexualization, masculinity, queer theory, and the Netherlands. Davidson has written reports on LGBTI+ rights for the Council of Europe, served as an editor of the Tijdschrift voor genderstudies (Dutch Journal for Gender Studies), and has published in journals such as the Journal of Homosexuality, Mobilization, Social Movement Studies, and Acta Politica. Davidson is a visiting scholar at ARC-GS for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Conny Roggeband is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and a board member of ARC-GS. Her current research focuses on the implications of democratic backsliding for gender equality policies in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. Her latest book is Politicizing Gender and Democracy in the Context of the Istanbul Convention (co-authored with Andrea Krizsán).

Imrat Verhoeven is Senior Lecturer of Public Policy at the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are in processes of contentious governance, the ways in which emotions shape policy conflicts, and issues of energy justice in underprivileged neighbourhoods.

Sarah Bracke (moderator) is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam, and Director of ARC-GS.

Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room REC A2.10

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam