Weaving the Transnational Anti-Gender Network  Identities, Practices, Relations

Weaving the Transnational Anti-Gender Network

Identities, Practices, Relations

Photo: CC Wikimedia Commons

30th of May  2022 (9.20-18.30)
Link Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/ete-jnrm-ttg

31st of May 2022 (9-18.30) 
Link Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/jzh-tgiq-bov

Local organizers: 

  • Manuela Caiani, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Ivan Tranfić, Scuola Normale Superiore

Scientific Committee:

  • Agnieszka Graff, University of Warsaw
  • Roman Kuhar, University of Ljubljana
  • Bice Maiguashca, University of Exeter
  • Francesca Feo, Anna Lavizzari, Giada Bonu, Deniz Aktan, Scuola Normale Superiore


  • Kristina Stoeckl, University of Innsbruck 
  • Mieke Verloo, Radboud University  
  • David Paternotte, Université libre de Bruxelles 


  • Manuela Caiani, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Ivan Tranfić, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Susi Meret, Aalborg University
  • Marco Deseriis, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Angela Adami, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Enrico Padoan, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Francesca Feo, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Giada Bonu, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Anastasia Barone, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Anna Lavizzari, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Tanja Vučković Juroš, University of Zagreb 
  • Inés Campillo Poza, Universidad Complutense de Madrid


  • Donatella Della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Kristopher Velasco, Princeton University 
  • Kristina Stoeckl, University of Innsbruck
  • Phillip Ayoub, Occidental College 
  • Cristina Chiva, University of Salford 
  • Maja Gergorić, University of Zagreb
  • Timo Koch, University of London 
  • Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen 
  • Maria Brock, University of London 
  • Dominika Tronina, Humboldt University 
  • Alexandra Ana, Sciences Po Paris 
  • Isabel Hernandez Pepe, Luiss University 
  • Danielle Coenga-Oliveira, Université du Québec à Montréal 
  • Valentina Gueorguieva, Sofia University
  • Velislava Petrova, Sofia University 
  • Eglė Aleknaitė, Vytautas Magnus University 
  • Ipek Demirsu Di Biase, University of Padova 
  • Fabio Bolzonar, Université libre de Bruxelles 
  • Katja Kahlina, University of Helsinki
  • Daniel Lehnert, University of Tuebingen 
  • Eva Svatoňová, Aarhus University 
  • Giulia Mariani, Uppsala University 
  • Martijn Mos, Leiden University 
  • Anja Hennig, University Viadrina
  • Eszter Kováts, ELTE University
  • Lynda Gilby, Tampere University
  • Leandra Bias, University of Basel 
  • Shaban Darakchi, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 
  • Maryna Shevtsova, University of Ljubljana 
  • Chiara Migliori, Freie Universität Berlin 

In the summer of 2021, WikiLeaks published the 'Intolerance Network' – 17.000 internal documents of two Spanish organizations important in the transnational anti-gender mobilizing efforts. The documents provide further solid evidence of a vast network of global financial, ideological, and strategic ties between far-right parties and ultra-conservative religious groups tied to various Christian denominations. This conference aims to create a forum for scholars working on the transnationalization and coordination efforts of radical right and conservative actors promoting heteronormative family values and mobilizing against 'gender ideology' and abortion. We investigate the development of anti-gender movements, focusing on collective identities, frames, repertoires of action, networks, and factors that help with their transnationalization. 

A network of anti-feminist and anti-LGBT organizations has been weaved against the backdrop of rising populism and illiberalism. Rallying around the outcry to protect family values and children gave new wind to the sails of both national and transnational far-right actors. Appealing to the common-sense politics of essentializing differences between women and men and extolling the nuclear family arguably helps far-right actors to circumvent uneasy (geo)political tensions on issues of history, ethnic and religious difference when collaborating transnationally. 

On the one hand, national actors disseminate their strategies, share best practices and help spread know-how and resources to develop new transnational anti-gender fora. On the other hand, regional and global anti-gender actors help support the creation of new local initiatives or chapters of existing anti-abortion and anti-gender organizations. While scholars have mostly focused on national actors and discourses, the relational and transnational aspects of antigender campaigning, including movement-party interactions and transnational movement building, have been neglected until recently.

Entrance will be allowed up to the maximum capacity of the room and the use of an FFP2 mask is recommended during the conference.

External guests are requested to fill in the reservation form