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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.