It is usually exciting to start a new academic year but, as we can all feel, 2020 brings additional emotions and challenges. To support you with engaging with your gender, sexuality, intersectionality and politics studies, as editors of the European Journal of Politics and Gender, we have curated a list of recent articles. We hope that this collection will give you strength, energy and motivation.
Now that physical access to your university libraries may not be easy, free access to these timely articles – we hope – will be especially useful.
Since we launched the European Journal of Politics and Gender (EJPG), editing a scholarly production that is attractive and informative for students has been a top priority for us. You are the future of gender, sexuality and intersectionality research.
For this collection we have selected four themes:
- The urgent need for decolonialising the curriculum and working towards achieving the good profession;
- Setting the agenda, moving research forward;
- Gender, elections and power; and
- Dynamics of intersectional inequalities and opposition to the equality project.
As you will see when you click through, every article includes an introduction to explain why we have selected it. A number of these are reproduced from EJPG editorials published in issue 1:1-2 and issue 1:3.
1. The urgent need for decolonising the curriculum and working towards achieving the good profession
It is crucial to be up front with you – politics and gender research is not perfect; the discipline of political science is not perfect either. There are important flaws that hinder research from reaching its full potential. Our first set of articles address barriers that severely marginalise women scholars including women from racialised minorities. The Western bias and the invisibilisation of scholars from racialised minorities and underrepresented scholars are two of them. The field of politics and gender is not exempt from these flaws. We hope you will critically engage with the curated articles and assess their merit but also their weaknesses – this engagement is pivotal to good research. Question any research you read. Make research accountable for its silences. Challenge research for its gaps and misconceptions.
2. Setting the agenda, moving research forward
Our second set of articles highlights new avenues for research on gender, sexuality, intersectionality and politics. The topics are not necessarily new. The gender dimension of welfare regimes has been a topic of debate for at least 30 years. Identifying the recipe for successful gender equality policy has been elusive for decades too. The articles revisit these classic topics in the field to address recent crises and challenges to the promotion of gender+ equality. Conversely, research on LGBT+ and intersectionality in political science is very recent. We have two articles in our selection that we consider as pioneering for making the field think more profoundly and alternatively about sexuality and intersectionality research.
3. Gender, elections and power
2020 is a big election year. It has also been, so far, a very violent political year. In Belarus, women political opponents to the regime have been harassed. At the time of writing this introduction, the fate of Maria Kolesnikova is unknown. Violence against progressive politicians is on the rise. Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk and LGBT+ advocate, was stabbed to death last year as was Jo Cox in 2016. In the United States, the current president has not only ignored abuse against Black people, including police abuse, but has denigrated, if not worse, far-reaching movements for racial and sexual justice, such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo. Informal barriers also remain to discourage women candidates from running or even hindering their capacity to win elections in some extreme circumstances. Our third set of articles sheds light on the gender dynamics of elections. We invite you to travel with articles on Brazil, the United States, and Uruguay.
4. Dynamics of intersectional inequalities and opposition to the equality project
Our last set of articles tackles the topic of inequality from two angles: how inequalities intersect and how the growing opposition to the equality project mobilises. The selection of articles we offer allows thinking of inequality in a broader way than an economic focus only. The articles look into gender, racial, migration status and sexual orientation-based inequality. Taken together, the articles raise important societal and policy relevant questions: how all these potential sources of inequality might intersect and interact, how different societal groups might take opposing positions on issues pertaining to inequality, how groups come to even oppose measures to reduce inequality, even supporting measures to deny groups fundamental rights.
EJPG is committed to publishing agenda-setting research on politics and gender that reflects the theoretical, methodological and epistemological diversity of the discipline. It provides a space for dialogue across the broad spectrum of politics and gender research. We are indebted to the pioneering work of political scientists in Europe and elsewhere whose rigorous research and collective organising made sure that the study of politics and gender is no longer a sideshow in European political science.
Politics is about power and power is gendered.
Editors of the European Journal of Politics and Gender:
Jessica Fortin-Rittberger, University of Salzburg, Austria
Khursheed Wadia, University of Warwick, UK
Phillip M. Ayoub, Occidental College, USA
Althea-Maria Rivas, SOAS, University of London, UK
Emily St Denny, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Isabelle Engeli, University of Exeter, UK
Liza Mügge, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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