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Prof. Sarah de Lange @SLdeLange
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I have been working on radicalism, populism and extremism for 15 years, having published my first (co-authored) article in 2003. Time to take stock and reflect on the field and its gender unbalance #Thread
When I first started doing research on radical right-wing populist parties, I didn’t notice there was a strong overrepresentation of men. The other PhD students of my supervisor @CasMudde were mostly female and I met plenty of talented women scholars at conferences.
Moreover, influential books on radical right-wing populism were published in 2005-2006 by Elisabeth Carter, Michelle Hale Williams @PippaNorris and @TerriGivens by university presses and Elisabeth Iversflaten was publishing groundbreaking work in highly ranked journals.
However, over the course of the years most of these leading scholars left the field. As a consequence, the field has few senior women scholars (e.g full professors). Yes, there are @PippaNorris @milleridriss and @AndreaPeto.
And there are leading ladies such Nonna Mayer and Ruth Wodak, although they are officially retired. But there are too few.
Luckily there is a group of talented mid-carreer female researchers ready to break the glass ceiling, such as @Vasilopoulou_S @halikiopoulou @CaterinaFroio or Manuala Caiani
Nevertheless, it seems to me that the underrepresentation of women in my field is an issue. At the recent @ECPR General Conference, the section of extremism, populism and radicalism counted 61 male and 34 female chairs, discussants and presenters.
In leading publications the gender unbalance is even greater. The Oxford Handbook of Radical Right-Wing Populism counts 30 male and 10 female contributors. For the Oxford Handbook of Populism the figures are 31 male and 6 female contributors.
The flagship of our field, the Routledge series on Extremism and Democracy, has since the mid-2000s published 63 monographs and edited volumes. The monographs were (co)authored by 47 male and 5 female scholars, the volumes were edited by 37 male and 8 female colleagues.
It is time to take action and actively mentor, sponsor and seek out female colleagues for joint publications and projects in our field. Promote women wherever you can and suggest female colleagues when you are invited to a manel.
I am longing for the day when there is more than a token woman on a high profile panel in our field. And where all collaborations (e.g. teams of editors of volumes and special issues, teams applying for grants) include women.
Lets make this happen before I celebrate my next jubilee in the field.
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