Join our #KAPTalks live with Emeritus professor of gender and development studies, Deniz Kandiyoti, to explore the impact of gender politics on debates over governance and belonging.
The event takes place on Tuesday, 15 February at 16.00 CET / 15.00 GMT.
How did gender move to the centre of democratic struggles?
The politics of gender have come to occupy a central place in debates over citizenship, national belonging and the future of democratic governance. These debates diverge widely from challenges to the most basic rights, to freedom of movement and education for women in countries like Afghanistan, to demanding full recognition of LGBTQI rights in the European Union.
Is there any hope of finding a mutually intelligible language in a world where most women (and men) continue to be locked into coerced identities, while feminists in the North are engaged in sometimes acrimonious debates over identities, bodies and sexualities? The answer to this question resides in understanding the influences that have led us to the ‘anti-gender ideology’ moment which has gained momentum with the spread of authoritarian populisms across the globe.
Academic Deniz Kandiyoti argues a combination of both external onslaughts in the form of different types of backlash, and the contradictions and dysfunctions internal to platforms claiming to have a feminist agenda have led us to this perilous moment. The challenge before us is to find the imagination and wisdom to forge a new politics of solidarity that resonates across the globe.
The Kapuscinski Development Lectures are an initiative funded by the European Commission.
About Deniz Kandiyoti
Deniz Kandiyoti is an Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
She holds degrees from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has written widely on gender, women’s rights, Islam, development and state policies. She has also acted as consultant for UN Women, UNDP, UNESCO, OSCE and UNIFEM and monitored the gender effects of the Arab uprisings from 2011 as guest editor for 50.50 Open Democracy.
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