M8: SpezialVO Geschlecht und Politik

Gender, Illiberalism, Neoliberalism (engl.)

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Dienstag, 25.06.2024 09:45-11:15 Hörsaal II NIG Erdgeschoß


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“Gender, Illiberalism, Neoliberalism,” interrogates how feminist and queer theory make sense of our current political moment. Within a vast literature on neoliberal transformations since the 1980s, Part I of the course aims to uncover how neoliberal ideology and state transformations have changed feminist and queer activism; and, in turn, how a gender-sensitive analysis sharpen insights into neoliberal transformations.

Part II moves to even more recent developments, focusing on “Illiberalism” as a new set of challenges and transformations for women’s and LGBTQ+ equality. It aims to identify the contours of “illiberalism,” while also showing the points of distinction and convergence between illiberalism and neoliberalism. Part III also considers whether we have we entered a “post-neoliberal” moment, moving neoliberalism into a new stage, and therefore with new implications for gender equality and inequality.

Part III asks: Is there hope to be uncovered in the midst of the double challenges to gender equality imposed by illiberal and neoliberal politics?

Presentation, PPTs, Discussion


Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

As part of a written examination, three knowledge questions (approx. ½ page) on the contents of the lecture have to be answered aswell as one discussion question (approx. 1 page) - an independent reflection on a topic complex of the lecture.

One can reach 100 points.




1. March 19: Course introduction. Introducing basic concepts:
Suggested reading (lecture will be based on it):
Brown, Wendy. “Undoing Democracy: Neoliberalism’s Remaking of State and Subject.” In Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, 17–46. Zone Books, 2015

2. April 9: Neoliberalization of Feminist and Queer Politics
Mandatory reading:
Rottenberg, Catherine, 'The Neoliberal Feminist', The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism, Heretical Thought (New York, 2018; online edn, Oxford Academic, 23 Aug. 2018), https://doi-org.uaccess.univie.ac.at/10.1093/oso/9780190901226.003.0003

3. April 16: Remaking State-Citizen Relations: Welfare Reform and the New Neoliberal Subject
Mandatory reading:
Anna C. Korteweg, The Construction of Gendered Citizenship at the Welfare Office: An Ethnographic Comparison of Welfare-to-Work Workshops in the United States and the Netherlands, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, Volume 13, Issue 3, Fall 2006, Pages 314–340, https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxl005

4. April 23: Neoliberalism and the Care Crisis, from an Intersectional Perspective
Mandatory Reading:
Fraser, Nancy. 2017. “Crisis of Care? On the Social-Reproductive Contradictions of Contemporary Capitalism.” In: Battacharya, Tithi (Hg.): Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression. London, 21-36.

5. April 30: Neoliberal Crisis of Social Reproduction: Femonationalism Comes to the Rescue
Mandatory Reading: Farris, Sara. 2012. “Femonationalism and the “Regular” Army of Labor Called Migrant Women.” History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History 2, no. 2. (Fall 2012): 184-199.


6. MAY 7: What is Illiberalism? How has it pushed against women’s and LGBTQ+ rights?
Mandatory Reading:
Guasti, Petra, and Lenka Bustikova. “Varieties of Illiberal Backlash in Central Europe.” Problems of Post-Communism 70, no. 2 (March 4, 2023): 130–42. https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2022.2156889.

7. May 14: Illiberalism, Authoritarianism, and Social Citizenship Rights:
Mandatory Reading:
Szikra, D., & Öktem, K. G. (2023). An illiberal welfare state emerging? Welfare efforts and trajectories under democratic backsliding in Hungary and Turkey. Journal of European Social Policy, 33(2), 201-215. https://doi.org/10.1177/09589287221141365

8. May 21: Has illiberalism moved neoliberalism to a new stage of “post-neoliberalism”?
Mandatory Reading:
Geva, Dorit. “Orbán’s Ordonationalism as Post-Neoliberal Hegemony.” Theory, Culture & Society 38, no. 6 (November 2021): 71–93. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276421999435.

Fodor, Eva. “Chapter 2: A Carefare Regime,” in The Gender Regime of Anti-Liberal Hungary. Palgrave, 2022, pp. 29–64.


9. May 28: Feminist Struggles in a New Political Reality
Mandatory Reading:
Elomäki, Anna, and Johanna Kantola. “Theorizing Feminist Struggles in the Triangle of Neoliberalism, Conservatism, and Nationalism.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 25, no. 3 (September 1, 2018): 337–60. https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxy013.

10. June 4: New Modes of Organizing, New Modes of Emancipation?
Mandatory Reading:
Eschle, C., & Maiguashca, B. (2018). Theorising feminist organising in and against neoliberalism: beyond co-optation and resistance?. European Journal of Politics and Gender, 1(1-2), 223-239. https://doi.org/10.1332/251510818X15272520831120

pp. 10-12, in Scooner, Ian, Marc Edelman, Saturnino Borras, Ruth Hall, Wendy Wolford, and Ben White. “Emancipatory Rural Politics: Confronting Authoritarian Populism.” Publications and Research, January 1, 2017. https://academicworks.cuny.edu/gc_pubs/347.



Presentations, PPTs,Mandatory Literature (to be found on Moodle for each unit).