CANCELLED: Feminist Trouble. Intersectional politics in post-secular times
**THE SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS**
Seminar title: Feminist Trouble. Intersectional politics in post-secular times
Intersectionality, in particular with respect to race and religion, has become a focal point of discussions and tensions within feminist movements in many Western countries, especially in Europe, and feminists have been actively engaged in promoting, and in resisting, intersectional claims, in particular, but not only when they concern Islamic practices. This presentation will draw on my newly released monograph, Feminist Trouble, which investigates intersectional politics in women’s organizations in France and Quebec. Giving voice to women of color and white women, the book analyzes hierarchies of privilege, in particular whiteness, in feminist politics, grappling with Islam and Islamic veiling debates to understand how these changes have transformed contemporary feminist movements, intersectional politics, and the feminist collective subject. Drawing on the analysis of empirical intersectional politics in both contexts, I propose a theoretical reformulation of feminism which argues that feminism should not be centered around an identity—women—but should instead focus on a feminist ethic of responsibility which reckons with power asymmetries and requires women to prioritize their ethical responsibility to the feminist project.
Bio: Eléonore Lépinard is Associate Professor in gender studies at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne. Her main areas of research are in the fields of feminist movements and theory, gender and law, intersectionality and gender and political representation. In recent years she has published articles in Politics, Politics, Groups & Identitie, Gender & Society, and Politics & Gender. She is the author of a book on the French parity reform (l’égalité introuvable: les féministes, la parité et la république, presses de sciences po, 2007) and the co-editor of several volumes: L’intersectionalité: enjeux théoriques et pratiques (Paris La Dispute 2016 with Farinaz Fassa and Marta Roca), a comparative volume on gender quotas in Europe, Transforming Gender Citizenship. The irresistible rise of gender quotas in Europe (with Ruth Rubio-Marin, Cambridge University Press, 2018), and Intersectionality in feminist and queer movements: challenging privileges (with Elizabeth Evans, Routledge 2019). Her new monograph, Feminist Trouble: Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times has just been released by Oxford University Press (2020).