Today I attended an event at the #genderstudies center of University Hildesheim about Feminist knowledge production vs right-wing populism. Agnieszka Graff and I gave inputs on how we understand the #antigender phenomenon. Thread /1
2. We talked about pertaining East-West inequalities in Europe and how these can fuel the demand for right-wing options concerning gender. Economic, cultural and epistemic inequalities prevail - as addressed by plenty of critical scholars in the last 30 years. /2
3. Inequalities adressed by scholars hardly read by mainstream academia incl. gender studies. The economic ones clearly exposed by the pandemic: agriculture, meat industry and care are not functioning in the West without the exploited East. /3
4. Cultural/symbolic inequalities between East and West are expressed in the racism experienced by Eastern Europeans in the West, and in the civilisatory mission and discourse of "not being European enough yet". /4
5. Epistemic inequalities between East and West can be exemplified by #socialsciences: who provides the theory and who the data; how is the access of CEE scholars to journals and textbooks of the #socialsciencepowers (Alatas). /5
6. Speakers and audience we agreed: these real inequalities that are acknowledged by scholars, might account, at least partially, for the popularity of the right-wing messages of #ideologicalcolonization. Excellent conference, real East-West dialogue!

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The study soon online, we've had a nice launch/discussion. I have tried to highlight 4 points related to the study: 1) we need to address the demand side: better understand what possible blindalleys of the progressive agenda drive the support for anti-gender actors. /1
2) We need to address poor labour conditions and tensions between care and paid labour, and the related class and EU-internal inequalities. These are one of the main drivers that make the right's messages relatable. /2
3) The term gender: The definition of the Istanbul Convention doesn't question the sex binary (humans are born male or female, except the few intersex), but another definition (felt sense of identity) is also gaining traction in the EU - an ambiguity the right instrumentalizes./3
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