Anti-Racist Feminism - Is Anything New Happening?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 31 (Main Building)
RC05 Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations (host committee)

Language: English

The role of women within the network of relations that constitute families, minority communities and nation is complex and comes up against the state in deeply personal ways: for example, the veil, the burqa and the head scarf have become signifiers for the level of cultural difference that is deemed appropriate. This complexity is exacerbated by new debates about migration, Islamophobia, multiculturalism and nationhood in which the representation of minority groups’ femininity and masculinity is at stake. 
This session will explore the relationship between feminism, anti-racism and multiculturalism. Traditionally, feminism has reflected intellectual and political shifts around issues of difference and power. Papers will explore feminism’s contributions to debates about citizenship and belonging.
How have theoretical shifts away from identity politics informed our understanding of political movement at a time when racism is such a preeminent issue? How have gender relations been used to justify exclusionary policies and practices? Has the presumed incompatibility of multiculturalism and gender equality remained an issue and if so, what does this tell us about how these concepts are understood and enacted? What are new ways of constituting anti-racist feminism?
Session Organizer:
Georgina TSOLIDIS, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Australia
Is Gender Division of Labor Unequal? Children's Experiences in the Puyuma Tribe
Juhui CHANG, National Taitung University, Taiwan; Chien-Lung WANG, Department of Education, National Taitung University, Taiwan
Constituting Anti-Racist Feminism for Today's World.
Bandana PURKAYASTHA, University of Connecticut, USA; Vrushali PATIL, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Paradox of Visibility
Hengameh ASHRAF EMAMI, Northumbria uNiversity, United Kingdom