About the Event
In recent years, social movements and political campaigns challenging women’s rights and LGBTQ+ equality have mobilized publics across the globe, from West Africa to Central and Eastern Europe, South Asia to North America. Even as some countries have witnessed an expansion of reproductive rights, marriage equality, and the legal recognition of transgender people, in many others these rights have been substantially weakened, diminished, or outright withdrawn. As commentators and academics have explored, “anti-gender” and “anti-LGBTQ+” movements often reach beyond national borders and draw upon shared strategic and material resources. Rather than consider such movements as independent national(ist) “backlashes,” this series of workshops seeks to explore their connections historically and geographically, as regional expressions of a well-connected and well-funded conservative coalition. And yet, these campaigns are not monolithic; while their actors may share similar goals, considerable differences can be observed in their political, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
Bringing together leading academics from across the humanities and social sciences, this conference asks: how did these movements come together, why, and to what extent are they in fact unified? Who are their central actors? Do they share a vision of the past, present, and future? What is their global appeal and why do they seem to be succeeding?
Camille Robcis, Columbia University
PresentersPatrick Awondo, University of YaoundéSrimati Basu, University of KentuckyRodrigo Borba, Federal University of Rio de JaneiroLorna Bracewell, Flagler CollegeMary Anne Case, University of Chicago Agnieszka Graff, University of WarsawBenjamin Moffitt, Australian Catholic UniversitySharmila Parmanand, London School of EconomicsMyungji Yang, University of Hawai’i Mānoa