033 Intersectional Struggles in Europe and Beyond: Race, Religion, Migration and Gender in Public Debates and Social Movements

Tuesday, June 25, 2013: 11:00 AM-12:45 PM
C3.17 (Oudemanhuispoort)
Political debates about Islamic veiling, Sharia tribunals, migrant women’s rights or Roma women’s forced sterilization have put issues of intersectionality of gender, race, migration and religion at the heart of the European public sphere. These intersectional conflicts are all the more salient in times of economic crisis and increased xenophobia. Born in the US context, the concept of intersectionality aims at capturing how the dynamic intersection of race and gender shapes minority women’s lives and at bringing this knowledge to bear on the theory and politics of women’s movements. The concept has traveled to Europe and to the rest of the world, but research so far has not interrogated how it should be re-interpreted and translated to address the social and political realities of other national or regional contexts. This panel aims to fill in this gap by comparing the implementation of intersectionality in Europe and Latin America with the dominant American paradigm. Papers will consider the ways in which intersections of gender, migration, religion, class and race generate different debates, policies and political practices in European and Latin American cases that require revisiting American-centered theorizations.  The panel’s combination of law, sociology, politics and policy studies will complement the interdisciplinary nature of CES and the meeting of American and European scholars at the conference will further the objectives of the panel by bringing together these different perspectives.
John Richard Bowen
Mieke Verloo
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