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The Persistence of Global Masculinism – Lucy Nicholas, Swinburne University, Australia

A seminar co-hosted by the Florence Intersectionality and Gender (FIG) Working Group at the Scuola Normale Superiore and the LGBTQI+ Caucus at the European University Institute – 14th of November from 2pm to 4pm in Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

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Today, feminism faces seemingly contradictory challenges. While gender equality gained widespread recognition through the adoption of gender mainstreaming policies at different level of governance, and many efforts have been made to improve gender representation in public office, in recent years there has been a notable backlash against feminism. The rise of right-wing populism in Hungary, Poland, Turkey, and indeed the USA, and the revival of conservative values has threatened women’s rights. In response, ‘feminist spring’ has emerged. In 2016, mass protest against the Polish government’s proposal to ban abortion took place; in 2017, millions worldwide participated in women’s rallies in response to the election and inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the USA, in a show of solidarity and defence of feminist gains and norms; in 2018, the decision taken by the Argentinian senate to reject progressive revisions of the abortion law initiated a strong popular mobilization that grew internationally. Why are we witnessing the resilience, persistence and adaptation of masculinist discourses and practices at both domestic and international levels in the contemporary global context? How can we understand the raising of these challenges to feminism? Which concepts can we use to make sense of this revival of masculinity ethos, its foundations and potentially detrimental outcomes?

We will explore these questions in a seminar co-hosted by the Florence Intersectionality and Gender (FIG) Working Group at SNS and the LGBTQI+ Caucus at the EUI, featuring presentations from Dr. Lucy Nicholas, co-author of the book ‘The Persistence of Global Masculinism’ (Palgrave 2018) and Prof. Donatella della Porta, Dean of the Department of Political and Social science and Director of Centre of Social Movements Studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

News

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.