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Feminist alliances: the discourses, practices and politics of solidarity among inequalities


Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore
Rossella Ciccia, Scuola Normale Superiore
Elena Pavan, University of Trento, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Keynote Speakers

Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore
Isabelle Engeli, University of Exeter
Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marta Rawłuszko, University of Warsaw
Chiara Saraceno, Collegio Carlo Alberto
Mieke Verloo, Radboud University


Wednesday, March 6, 13.30-17.00

Preconference Panel: “Building Feminist Alliances”, room Altana

Contemporary Sex Worker Activism in Europe and the Continued Challenge of Political Alliances Around the Issue of Prostitution, Joana Lilli Hofstetter (Scuola Normale Superiore)

To live like a dissent: embodied politics, visibility regimes, and repertoires for action towards a transfeminist praxis, Gustavo Santos Elpes (University of Coimbra)

Framing Violence Against Women in a period of Backlash:Cases of Czechia and Slovakia, Alexandria Wilson (University of Florida)

Inclusions and Exclusions in Women’s Rights Activism in Saudi Arabia, Nora Jaber (King’s College London)

Building Safe Spaces Through Feminist Alliances in Times of Inequalities: the Italian Case, Giada Bonu (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Polarizing feminist alliances: the role of national politics in Turkey and Tunisia, Gizem Turkarslan (Koc University)

Chairs: Elena Pavan (University of Trento) and Rossella Ciccia (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Discussants: Arianna Mainardi (University of Milano Bicocca) and Stefania Voli (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Thursday, March 7, 10-18.30

10.00-13.00, Room Altana:

10:00-11:00 Keynote: “Solidarity in movements: challenges and opportunities in times of crisis”, Donatella Della Porta

11.15-13:00 Roundtable: “The discourses, practices and politics of feminist alliances”,

Money, expertise and power – should we break this alliance first? Marta Rawłuszko (University of Warsaw)
Unexpected gender equality champions and nationalistic divisions. Chiara Saraceno (Collegio Carlo Alberto)
An exploration of social and political conditions for feminist successful feminist alliances. Mieke Verloo (Radboud University)
The politics of making allies: the trajectory and implication of feminist alliances with the “outside”, Isabelle Engeli (University of Exeter)

Chairs: Elena Pavan (University of Trento) and Rossella Ciccia (Scuola Normale Superiore)

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:30 Parallel Panels:

Panel 1 (Room Altana)

Understanding the determinants and outcomes of feminist intersectional alliances. Rossella Ciccia (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Conny Roggeband (University of Amsterdam)

(Im)possible Alliances? Sex worker organisations in the European Union. Lucrecia Rubio Grundell (European University Institute)

Domestic workers’ organizing and the question of (dis)alliances between movements in a feminist and intersectional perspective. Sabrina Marchetti, Giulia Garofalo Geymonat and Daniela Cherubini (Ca Foscari University of Venice)

“Together we stand, divided we fall:” Alliances in the Italian and Spanish feminist movements. Daniela Chironi e Martin Portos (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Beyond Categorical Pairs: lessons from the alliance of feminist groups with trans* and intersex people. Angelika von Wahl (Lafayette College)

Tabled paper

Exploring coalitions across inequalities: four Strategies for feminist solidarities in scholarly knowledge production. Elaine Coburn (York University)

Chair: Alice Mattoni (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Discussant: Alison Woodward (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Panel 2 (Room Simone del Pollaiolo)

Eco-feminists as allies in resistance to the repressions of nature and women. Nigar Degirmenci (Pamukkale University)

Abortion politics, pro-choice coalitions and the Catholic Church in Ireland and Poland. Dorota Szelewa (University College Dublin)

Feminist and leftist responses to Permanent Austerity in Ireland: coalition, contest and co-optation. Pauline Cullen and Mary Murphy (Maynooth University)

Romani Feminism(s): knowledge, consciousness and politics of solidarity. Angéla Kóczé (Central European University)

Tabled papers

Alliances and divides of the Tunisian women’s movement during the democratization process 2011-2014. Eva Schmidt (Freie Universität Berlin)

Troubled alliances and neglected inequalities–the religious others. Alberta Giorgi (University of Bergamo)

Chair: Elena Pavan (University of Trento)
Discussant: Marta Fraile (Permanent Research Fellow at CSIC, IPP-Madrid and visiting fellow at European University Institute, SPS)

16:30 -17:00 Coffee break

17.00-18.30, Room Altana

17.00-18.00 Keynote: “Gender as a glue: the crisis of masculinity and the defence of democracy”. Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

18.00- 18.30 Closing remarks


Attendance at this conference is free. Keynotes and roundtable will be streamed live, details to follow.