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Workshop-Panel: Gender, BRICS and G20 – Contested Norms and Categories in Global Governance

In February 2024, the ICAS:MP workshop "The Lens of Gender: Refiguration of Categories" took place at India International Centre in New Delhi. In this framework, Dr. Philipp Gieg from IPS and Prof. Ummu Salma Bava from JNU New Delhi convened a panel on "Gender, BRICS and G20 – Contested Norms and Categories in Global Governance" on 27 February 2024. The Institute of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Würzburg has been a part of the International Centre of Advanced Studies Metamorphoses of the Political (ICAS:MP) for several years.

The panel investigated the gender dynamics and contestations within international organizations like BRICS and G20, particularly through a Global South lens with the aim to dissect the implicit or explicit gender categories, norms and definitions that guide policy and decision-making in these entities, focusing on development financing. 

By critically examining how these organizations with dominant or significant Global South representation address and conceptualize gender in their agendas, the panel explored the contested categories, narratives and policies shaping global (development) governance from a gender perspective. This discussion delved into the impact of gender considerations on the priorities and outcomes of development financing driven inter alia by BRICS and G20, for example in the context of the NDB or other multilateral development banks. 

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Panel Program

  • Introduction: Gender, BRICS and G20 – Contested Norms and  Categories in Global Governance
    Ummu Salma Bava and Philipp Gieg
  • Yellow BRICS Road? Feminist Perspectives on the Path Taken
    Shubha Chacko
  • G20, Feminist Foreign Policy and Smart Power
    Neha Khetrapal
  • The Multilateral Development Banks: Conceptualizing and Operationalizing Gender
    Adrian Robert Bazbauers
  • Concluding Discussion

Conveners & Speakers

Ummu Salma Bava · Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India)
Ummu Salma Bava is Chairperson and Jean Monnet Professor at the Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, and was member of the Research Advisory Council of Germany’s leading think tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).

Adrian Robert Bazbauers · UNSW Canberra (Australia)
Adrian Robert Bazbauers is a Senior Lecturer in International Public Sector Management in the School of Business, UNSW Canberra. His research focuses on organizational and institutional analyses of international organizations. He is particularly interested in development finance organizations, such as the multilateral development banks. Adrian has published on epistemic communities, knowledge building and sharing, policy transfer and policy mobilities, institutional isomorphism, political economy and neoliberal policy models, gender-based analyses of organisations, and climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience.

Shubha Chacko · Solidarity Foundation, Bengaluru (India)
Shubha Chacko is Executive Director at Solidarity Foundation. She has over 25 years of experience on a range of social concerns from gender and sexuality to macro-economics and NGO management. Shubha has published papers in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books as well as NGO reports and has spoken at a range of conferences at the international and national level.

Philipp Gieg · Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany)
Philipp Gieg is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of International Relations and European Studies, Institute of Political Science and Sociology, University of Würzburg, Germany. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Würzburg. His research and teaching focus on contestation in global governance by actors of the Global South, Africa’s and India’s international relations as well as EU foreign policy.

Neha Khetrapal · Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Sonipat (India)
Neha Khetrapal is an Associate Professor at the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), a research Institute of the O.P. Jindal Global University in India. Neha earned her PhD at Macquarie University (Australia) in 2016.


The panel took place at IIC – India International Centre in New Delhi.