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Weaving the Transnational Anti-Gender Network

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Weaving the Transnational Anti-Gender Network

30 – 31 May 2022

Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Scuola Normale Superiore
Palazzo Strozzi (5th Fl.), Piazza degli Strozzi
Florence, Italy

Keynote lectures: Olivier Fillieule (University of Lausanne), Mieke Verloo (Radboud University), David Paternotte (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Organizers: Manuela Caiani, Ivan Tranfić (SNS)

Scientific Committee: Agnieszka Graff (University of Warsaw), Elżbieta Korolczuk (Södertörn University), Roman Kuhar (University of Ljubljana), Eva Anduiza Perea (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Bice Maiguashca (University of Exeter), Francesca Feo, Anna Lavizzari, Giada Bonu (SNS)

In the summer of 2021, WikiLeaks published the ‘Intolerance Network’ – 17.000 internal documents of two Spanish organizations important in the transnational anti-gender mobilizing efforts. The documents provide further solid evidence of a vast network of global financial, ideological, and strategic ties between far-right parties and ultra-conservative religious groups tied to various Christian denominations. This conference aims to create a forum for scholars working on the transnationalization and coordination efforts of radical right and conservative actors promoting heteronormative family values and mobilizing against ‘gender ideology’ and abortion. We investigate the development of anti-gender movements, focusing on collective identities, frames, repertoires of action, networks, and factors that help with their transnationalization.

A network of anti-feminist and anti-LGBT organizations has been weaved against the backdrop of rising populism and illiberalism. Rallying around the outcry to protect family values and children gave new wind to the sails of both national and transnational far-right actors. Appealing to the common-sense politics of essentializing differences between women and men and extolling the nuclear family arguably helps far-right actors to circumvent uneasy (geo)political tensions on issues of history, ethnic and religious difference when collaborating transnationally.

On the one hand, national actors disseminate their strategies, share best practices and help spread know-how and resources to develop new transnational anti-gender fora. On the other hand, regional and global anti-gender actors help support the creation of new local initiatives or chapters of existing anti-abortion and anti-gender organizations. While scholars have mostly focused on national actors and discourses, the relational and transnational aspects of anti- gender campaigning, including movement-party interactions and transnational movement- building, have been neglected until recently.

Drawing on these developments, we are particularly interested in the following themes:

●  The role of the radical right in anti-gender movements

●  Development of transnational anti-gender actors and fora/spaces (conferences,

summits, meetings)

●  Diffusion of anti-gender networks, campaigns, discourses, and repertoires across

country-cases

●  The role of churches and religion in (transnational) anti-gender mobilization

●  Movement-party interactions and formation of anti-gender movement-parties

●  Conflict, tensions, and internal heterogeneity of the anti-gender movement

●  Movement-countermovement interactions with feminist and progressive actors

●  The role of emotions, identities/frames, and affect in (transnational) anti-gender

mobilizing

●  Comparative analyses of anti-gender, anti-abortion and religious mobilization

●  Bridging issues (and networks): anti-gender, radical right, and COVID protests

●  Theoretical and conceptual grounding of transnational anti-gender politics

The conference invites theoretical and empirical contributions from all related academic fields. We welcome papers with different regional foci and aim for methodological pluralism.

Allegati

SNS Anti-Gender Conference Program

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Publications

Journal Article - 2023

Resisting right-wing populism in power: a comparative analysis of the Facebook activities of social movements in Italy and the UK

Niccolò Pennucci
This paper aims to present a comparative study of the civil society reaction to right-wing populism in power through social media, by looking at cases in Italy and the United Kingdom.

Journal Article - 2023

Emotions in Action: the Role of Emotions in Refugee Solidarity Activism

Chiara Milan
This article investigates the different types of emotions that result from participation in refugee solidarity activism, investigating how they change over time and to what extent they explain why individuals remain involved in action in spite of unfavorable circumstances.

Journal Article - 2023

‘Love is over, this is going to be Turkey!’: cathartic resonance between the June 2013 protests in Turkey and Brazil

Batuhan Eren
This study addresses the question of why and how a protest can inspire individuals in distant countries. Taking the June 2013 protests in Turkey and Brazil as cases, it investigates the reasons why the Turkish protests were framed as one of the inspirational benchmarks by some Brazilian protesters.

Journal Article - 2023

Mutual aid and solidarity politics in times of emergency: direct social action and temporality in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lorenzo Zamponi
From the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures introduced created a series of social problems and needs that were partially addressed in Italy as well as in other countries by grassroots mutual aid initiatives. While many of these initiatives were strongly rooted in the Italian social movement and civil society landscape and the choice to engage in mutual aid activities was the result of long years of reflection and planning, the article shows how strongly the temporality of emergency affected the nature of these initiatives, their development and their outcomes, in particular with regard to the extraordinary number of people who volunteered and their relationship with politicisation processes.

Monograph - 2023

Populism and (Pop) Music

Manuela Caiani, Enrico Padoan
The book provides a detailed account of the links between production of popular culture to the rise of populism and contributes to studies on populism and popular culture in Italy, using a comparative approach and a cultural sociology perspective

Monograph - 2022

Labour conflicts in the digital age

Donatella della Porta, Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Lorenzo Cini
From Deliveroo to Amazon, digital platforms have drastically transformed the way we work. But how are these transformations being received and challenged by workers? This book provides a radical interpretation of the changing nature of worker movements in the digital age, developing an invaluable approach that combines social movement studies and industrial relations. Using case studies taken from Europe and North America, it offers a comparative perspective on the mobilizing trajectories of different platform workers and their distinct organizational forms and action repertoires.

Monograph - 2022

Resisting the Backlash: Street Protest in Italy

Donatella della Porta, Niccolò Bertuzzi, Daniela Chironi, Chiara Milan, Martín Portos & Lorenzo Zamponi
Drawing interview material, together with extensive data from the authors’ original social movement database, this book examines the development of social movements in resistance to perceived political "regression" and a growing right-wing backlash.

Journal Article - 2021

Learning from Democratic Practices: New Perspectives in Institutional Design

Andrea Felicetti
Drawing from literature on democratic practices in social movements and democratic innovations, the article illustrates three ways to advance institutional design in the wake of the systemic turn.

Monograph - 2021

Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper
This book explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization.

Journal Article - 2021

Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

Andrea Pirro & Martín Portos
The article focuses on a neglected aspect of populist mobilisation, i.e. non-electoral participation (NEP), and elaborates on the extent to which populist party voters engage politically outside the polling station. While challenging common understandings of populism as inherently distrustful and apathetic, and protest as an exclusive practice of the left, the study critically places NEP at the heart of populism in general, and populist right politics in particular.