Virtual Workshop in the Framework of
ICAS:MP International Centre of Advanced Studies: Metamorphoses of the Political
Thematic Module 5 · The Challenge of Gender
December 1st and 2nd, 2021
Organised by Soumita Basu, Peace Medie, Timo Lowinger, Philipp Gieg, Anja Zürn
In spite of the diversity in the roles and backgrounds of gender advocates, global gender norms are often associated with cultures and intellectual traditions of the Global North and are thought to be written predominantly by Northern actors. This is reflected also in the discipline of International Relations; gender-related research from the Global South does not receive due attention in mainstream scholarship.
An overview of the theories and practices underpinning globally negotiated gender norms suggests that roles played by various transnational or international actors from the Global South – be it feminist networks, “femocrats”, specific state actors or interna-tional institutions – have been underestimated or sidelined, if not ignored.
The workshop seeks to spotlight the persistent marginalization of the Global South in the narratives on global gender norms and the reasons for, and implications of, the same. It also aims to recognize and evaluate efforts to address these concerns. By focusing especially on the role of the Global South, this workshop would bring to fore a dimension of the evolution of global gender norms that has not received sustained attention in IR scholarship.
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