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GRaSe in Rome: we are unstoppable!

No, it is not about the Vatican, but there was some grace in Rome last Saturday. For the 20th Rome LGBTQ Pride, members of the Gender, Race and Sexuality Working-Group send a small delegation and its slogan. Claiming equal rights « fuori i diritti », 200 000 people marched together in a cheerful atmosphere the streets of […]

[CFP] GENDER FEST. A conference by GRaSe and COSMOS at the EUI

Since the 1970’s, feminist research has struggled to make its way into mainstream academia by showing the relevance of gender as a crucial category of analysis. Today, concerns about how gender shapes politics and society – understood in a very broad sense – are now addressed in a variety of disciplines, becoming mainstream. And yet, many feel that, due to the crisis and consequent shrinking of academic opportunities, gendered approaches risk to be dismissed once again.

With this in mind, GRaSe and COSMOS would like to invite scholars who are (or have been) based at the EUI to exchange their views on the relevance of gender for their own research. The aim is indeed to consolidate the importance of gender in academia and build a broad platform for future discussions which includes EUI professors, fellows and researchers as well as the network of alumni and alumnae.

[CFP] Women, Work and Value: Europe 1945-2015

Women and men attach all kinds of values to the range of activities which they refer to as work. Such subjective evaluations of work are shaped by and exist in tension with cultural representations of work, and the value of work as defined in economic terms and academic and public debate. This workshop focuses on the tensions between individual and public valuations of work, and explores the ways in which the gendered construction of work sheds light on these tensions.

‘Trafficking’, ‘Slavery’ and ‘Forced Labour’ – Liberal Capitalism’s (Un)Holy Trinity?

Although talk is always of their abolition, in this article I reflect on whether the dark triumvirate of trafficking, slavery and forced labour are actually necessary for the political and conceptual maintenance of liberal capitalism itself.

Slavery, trafficking and forced labour are crimes which sit at the far end of the labour exploitation spectrum. As Bridget Anderson observes, they are to “badness” what Apple Pie and Motherhood are to “goodness” – that is, just as we all know that apple pie and motherhood are “good”, so everybody knows that these three are “bad”. […]

The impact of gender at the EUI

In the context of the workshop organized on the 12th of March by our group in order to celebrate the International Women’s Day, we have launched a short anonymous survey on gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment. This survey did not aim to be a ‘scientific’ representation of what happens inside the institute, but rather a starting point to raise awareness and discuss about concrete proposals for improvement. […]