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Attacks on Gender Studies and Populism in Europe

Panel Discussion | February 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Laura Fantone, Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley; John Connelly, Institute for East European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies, UC Berkeley; Pawel Koscielny, History Department, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Gender and Women's Studies


Join Laura Fantone, John Connelly and Pawel Koscielny exploring the roots of recent anti-gender populist discourses and measures in Europe, with a comparative focus on Italy and Poland.
Starting from summer 2018, when the Hungarian universities' gender studies programs were defunded and terminated, the panel will discuss how and why gender equality and identity became key threats.

Italian Interior Ministry Matteo Salvini has rooted connections with Viktor Orban and has recently developed a coalition project with Jarosław Kaczyński, in sight of the 2019 European Parliament elections. These populist leaders have been building electoral support criticizing harshly the European Union, immigrants, Islam, and infusing Catholic elements in their ethno-nationalism. Now they claim a need to counter EU progressives and globalism, by turning to traditional families, strict gender norms, and illiberal institutional reforms.

John Connelly is Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the Institute for East European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies

Laura Fantone is a Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley and Adjunct Professor of Politics at St.Mary's College.

Pawel Koscielny is a Ph.D. candidate at the History Department of UC Berkeley


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