Journal GENDER // Call for Papers – “Crossing Borders in Europe: Democracy and Gender in Transformation?” – extended until 14 February
In recent years, the European Union has encountered various developments that have repeatedly been discussed as crises – the economic and financial crisis and the subsequent EU austerity policy, the “long summer of migration” (Hess et al. 2015) and the ensuing controversies about migration and refugee policies, Brexit and the questions it raises for the stability of the EU, right-wing populist governments and corrupt politicians who undermine principles of the constitutional state and representative democracy in several member states, and finally geostrategic, economic and political global competitors and threats (China, Russia, USA). Despite these crisis phenomena, the European Union is currently marked by a higher level of women´s representation in its institutions. Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to head the European Commission in the history of the EU. While men were over-represented by two thirds in the last EU Commission, the new EU Commission is likely to have almost equal representation.
Against this background, the focus of this issue will be on the situation of women and gender equality politics in the EU highlighting the explicitly positive development. This raises the following questions, without restricting the discussion to them:
Possible questions/research topics in detail
- How do the multifaceted changes within the EU affect gender relations? Which old and new variants of gender relations are being constructed?
- How can the contradicting developments be grasped – a stronger representation of women in EU institutions on the one hand and the reduction of gender equality in member states such as Poland and Hungary on the other hand?
- How are EU goals such as “United in Diversity”, diversity, gender mainstreaming and gender democracy to be assessed? Which strategies have proved successful? Where and why have some goals failed?
- How can we grasp, analyse and/or theorise (apparently) contradictory developments in the EU as a whole? Do they really contradict each other, or do they complement each other?
- What possibilities does the current situation of the EU offer for democratisation processes? What potentials exist for promoting democracy, justice and gender equality?