Panel discussion "Anti-Gender: the Denial of Gender in Academic and Political Arenas"

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
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A special issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society from 2019 points to a growing global anti-feminist trend alongside right-wing populism, xenophobic demagogic conservatism, and religious fundamentalism. This global phenomenon is born from a confluence ‘of various strands of the Right’ and mobilizes ‘fears and anxieties produced by neoliberal reforms’ (Graff et all 2019, 543). There are local versions as well, but common patterns include attacking gender theories as potentially dangerous ideologies, challenging LGBTQ and abortion rights, and even pushing for decriminalization of family violence.

At this panel session, two distinguished scholars will discuss developments and impacts of anti-gender ideology in national and international academic and political arenas. Examples from Bulgaria, Russia and other post-socialist states will be presented to compare local developments and situate them within global tendencies. Strategic alliances among state agencies and political factions and mobilization of discourses such as ‘traditional family values’ in international arenas will be analysed.


Graff, A., R. Kuper and S. D. Walters 2019. Introduction: Gender and the Rise of the Global Right. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 44(3):541-560.

Miladina Monova is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a doctoral degree in Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Her research focuses on economic anthropology, household studies, urban anthropology, gender and generation inequalities, refugees’ studies (Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria).

Emil Edenborg is a Research Fellow in the Global Politics and Security Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm. His research concerns political homophobia and transnational sexuality politics. He examines the notion of “traditional values” as a global political idea, with specific focus on international dimensions of Russian anti-LGBTQ politics.