Title: Feminist Gender Wars: how did “gender” become popular?
Event Type: Seminar
Event Category: Funded Projects
Organisor: Mecila/ IAI
Inclusion and diversity have marked the demands of social movements in the 21st century. With the concept intersectionality, inspired by feminist movements in the US, the academic field aims to understand how various interdependent conditions of oppression and inequality–class, gender, religion, ethnicity, skin colour, citizenship, migration, geography, and language–are reflected in exclusion, but also in the articulation of differentiated demands and struggles. Much less visible have been the voices of academics and activists from Latin America, who have both made perceivable and conceptualized social and political exclusion from the peripheries. This series of public lectures focuses on these voices from the margins, their long-term conceptual and epistemological frameworks, and their forms and media of circulation and entanglements. With the first focus on feminist and LGTBIQ movements and ideas we invite experts and activists analysing South-North interconnections in the struggles for the rights of women and LGTBIQ groups in Latin America.
Programme 15, September 2021 – Virtual via Webex Dr. Marília Moschkovich (USP): Feminist Gender Wars: how did “gender” become popular? How and when was the idea of “gender” created? How did it become key to public policy and international politics? Why is it rejected with such violence by some groups? Based on a PhD thesis from 2018, the conference will approach the history of concept of “gender” and its travels to Latin America. The first part will discuss how dialogues between feminist theories from France and the United States allowed for this concept to be created. The second part will briefly present the concept and its polysemy, discussing how the variety of interpretations can be understood as a sign of its dominant position. The third part will focus on the arrival of this concept in Latin America and the strategies of feminist researchers living and working in countries which are peripherical in the global knowledge production system, reinforcing the importance of legitimacy in the periphery for the guarantee of success in the center, and questioning the basis of the anti-gender movements.