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2018 Women’s History Month Symposium

Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex
805 Columbus Avenue, Boston
Friday, March 23, 2018
10:00 am – 4:15 pm

View the full schedule for the day, including panel abstracts and panelist bios.

Presented by the WGSS program and the Northeastern Humanities Center
Co-Sponsored by: the College of Social Sciences and Humanities; t
he School of Law; the Ethics Institute; the Departments of Cultures, Societies, & Global Studies, Political Science, and Sociology & Anthropology; and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society

The rise of right-wing movements across the world has significant impact on gender and sexual identities. The appeal of right-wing, authoritarian, and nationalist movements to “tradition” and “shared values” often resuscitates patriarchal social formations and ideologies oppressive of women and sexual minorities.  Such movements also foment fear of and hostility toward racial, national, ethnic, or sexual “others.”  In presentations and conversations through the day, twelve speakers will bring the lenses of feminist theory and practice to bear on areas of the world including Colombia, El Salvador, the Philippines, Russia, and Turkey, among others; repressive political rhetorics including neoliberalist rhetoric in India and anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States; gendered violence; European anti-gender movements; and displaced and refugee subjects.

The day-long event will feature a mix of local and international academics, attorneys, political researchers, and community organizers, including: Fatema Ahmad (Muslim Justice League), Susan B. Church (Demissie and Church), Josen Masangkay Diaz (University of San Diego), Betul Eksi (Northeastern University) and Elizabeth Wood (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Helena Alviar Garcia (Universidad de los Andes, Harvard Law), Kevin Moss (Middlebury College), Rupal Oza (Hunter College, CUNY),Serena Parekh (Northeastern University), L. Cole Parke (Political Research Associates), Elizabeth Swanson (Babson College), and Mieke Verloo (Raboud University). Panels include: “Authoritarianism & Gender,” “Gendered Violence & Displacement,” and “Governmentality & Gender.” The day will conclude with a reception following all the panels.