COSMOPOLITAN GENDER JUSTICE: Gendering (in)equalities in theory & praxis

The emancipatory struggle for just gender relations worldwide persists. It contests gender inequity, coloniality, patriarchy, racism, and classism, and aspires to create cross-boundary dialogue and transnational solidarities. Yet progressive movements have also seen tremendous backlash over the last decades. Not least in academia, in which visible and invisible gender inequities endure and intersectional advocacies for equality sadly remain relevant as ever. By alerting us to the challenges of overcoming material, ideational and racialized gender inequalities, or the persistent problem of Eurocentrism in scholarly research, feminist, queer, and Global South theorising plays an indispensable role in analysing the manifold obstacles to gender justice that are confronting us today. 

Thus, on this year’s International Women’s Day 2023, we cordially invite feminist scholars and activists from various disciplines and institutions to participate in an interdisciplinary roundtable, to engage and reflect with us about scholarly and political discourses on cosmopolitan gender justice in academia and beyond. The roundtable discussion aims at having an engaging conversation about addressing challenges in devising and implementing gender equality policies, in integrating marginalized perspectives and various progressive approaches equally, and in resisting reactionary, illiberal, and heteronormative backlashes in scholarly environments. 

Our fellow travelers are:

Involving a broad audience, encompassing students, researchers and faculty, and participants from the general public, our roundtable proposes to diagnose backslides to gender-just politics and shed light on ways forward in terms of recommendations for individual practices, policy proposals, or strategies for systemic change. 

This event is part of a series on ‘Cosmopolitan Gender Justice‘ at Central European University. It is jointly organized by the Political, Legal, and Moral Philosophy research group (POLEMO) and South/South Movement. We are grateful to our co-organizer Sophie Raehme for taking the lead on this cooperation. Note: this page will be frequently updated with more information about the roundtable.