This lecture gives an overview of feminist economists’ critique of mainstream economics, macroeconomic policies and austerity and discusses how feminist policy studies can add to the study of crisis and economic policymaking.
Feminist economists have produced a wide range of knowledge on deep-seated gender biases in mainstream economics and macroeconomic policies. They have particularly criticized austerity politics in the context of the so-called Structural Adjustment Programs during the 1980s and 1990s and used their gender expertise in various institutional contexts to push for gender equitable macroeconomic policies. Why, if feminist economics has made such great and fundamental strides, has feminist theorizing not been reproduced in the economic mainstream, especially considering the blatant gendered effects of the economic crisis in 2008 and the subsequent drastic austerity measures?
Gülay Çağlar is Professor for Gender and Diversity at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin. Caglar studied political science and economics at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt and at the University of Swansea. She received her PhD in political science in 2007 from the University of Kassel, where she also worked as a research associate. From 2007-2016 she held a postdoc-position at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and was project leader of two gender-related subprojects within the international research consortium “HORTINELA – Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa” from 2013-2016. Her research interests include Critical Food Studies, Feminist International Political Economy, Transnational Feminisms and International Governance. In her current research she investigates how shifts in gendered food practices (production, consumption, food preparation) and food activism affect policy priorities in international food governance. She co-edited the book Feminist Strategies in International Governance with Elisabeth Prügl and Susanne Zwingel (Routledge 2013).
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.