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From Anti-gender Wars to Black Protests: Recent Gendered Political Mobilizations in Poland

Speakers Series open lecture by Dr Barbara Gaweda, Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) of Tampere university


In recent years, Polish politics has witnessed unprecedented levels of gendered political mobilizations, albeit from seemingly opposite normative stances. Between 2012 and 2014, Poland experienced the discursive and institutional campaign against ‘gender ideology’. The clash took the form of virulent attacks against gender equality+ policies travelling from the catholic establishment and right-wing media to the local and national levels of administration and parliament. On the other hand, between 2016 and 2018, there was a new wave of mass women’s protests against the planned criminalization of abortion and ‘against the violence of the government’. Both the ‘war on gender’ and the ‘black protests’ were unexpected political mobilizations along gendered categories. What was the significance of these mobilizations in contemporary Polish politics? What work was done by the deployment of gender in these political mobilizations? Moving between the domestic and the international levels, I explore the political connections between gender, nation, religion, and the state on the Polish example.



Speakers Series Spring 2019 ends.

The Speakers Series is a series of Studia Generalia Lectures in the Study of Society organized weekly by Tampere University Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR). The lectures are given by the Research Fellows as well as the distinguished guests of the IASR and the NSR.

For the programme, please check the IASR website. Most doctoral students can also get 2 ECTS for attending a minimum of six IASR Lectures, altogether 6 ECTS at the maximum. These 2 ECTS for attending 6 lectures can be earned during two successive terms.