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A New Era of Reproductive Choices and Constraints?

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Although in many “Western” and Central European States ultra-nationalist movements seem to be on the rise, there is limited historical research on their ideological and cultural appeal. Initial explorations suggest that their reliance on conceptions of traditional family, “homelands” and “human biodiversity” are key. To better understand the implications of “ethnonationalist” movements across Europe and the US, our international and interdisciplinary workshop focuses on gender norms, women’s roles and concepts of reproductive decision-making espoused by these movements on their websites, in their media ventures, and in their publications.

We will explore the objectification of women in these otherwise predominantly male organizations, examine the complexities of women’s agency, and discuss the effects of rising ethnonationalism on gender policies at large. With this international and interdisciplinary workshop, we hope to shed new light on one of the most disturbing international phenomena of the present day. Specifically, we hope to clarify how the re-branding of nationalism might be changing gender politics all over Europe and the US. Also, we strive to find out whether alt-right nationalism challenges the arrangements of reproductive decision-making  (knowledge, family planning and contraception, legal abortion, women’s agency) still prevalent in most liberal modern societies.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

17.30 Welcome

Keynote: Gender and Ethnonationalism across the
Atlantic: From the Alt-right to Identitarianism
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Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan, Ann

Friday, June 28, 2019

Panel 1: Antisemitism and Homophobia: Exclusionary Practicesof Ethnonationalist Movements
9.00 Jewish Perversion as Strategy of Domination: A Preliminary
Look at the Anti-Semitic Component of Anti-Gender
Agnieszka Graff (Warsaw)
The Conspiracy of ‘Homosexualization‘. Antisemitism
and Homosexuality in the U.S. from the late 1960s until
the 1990s
Kristoff Kerl (Cologne)
Comment Verena Limper (Münster)
Panel 2: Reproducing the Right Race: Biologist Rhetoric of Ethnonationalist Movements
11.00 Self-Help Racism: Interrogating the Concept of ‘Race
Realism’ in Alt-Right Discourse
Simon Strick (Frankfurt)
The Logic of Volk and Family: National Socialist Legacies
and Women’s Place in the Rhetoric of the Alternative for
Isabel Heinemann (Münster)
Comment Alexandra M. Stern (Ann Arbor)
Panel 3: Staging the ‘Right’ Women or ‘Handmaidens ofPatriarchy’: Women as Actors in Ultra-Nationalist Movements
14.00 ‘Patriotism is not just a man's thing’ - Right-wing
extremist gender policies within the so-called
'Identitarian Movement
Judith Goetz (Vienna)
Female intermediaries in the
politics of oppression
Aleksandra Sygnowska (Warsaw)
Comment Heike Kahlert (Bochum)
Panel 4: Ethnonationalism and its Challenges for ReproductiveJustice
16.00 Gay Israeli Dads and International Surrogacy:
Pinkwashing surrogacy practices in the name of ethnonationalism?
Kristen Cheney (The Hague)
Caribbean Women’s Health Movement & Resistance in
the Era of Ethnocentrism
Jallicia A. Jolly (Ann Arbor)
Comment Claudia Roesch (Washington)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Panel 5: Memes and Media Strategies of EthnonationalistMovements
9.00 ‘France will not be France for long’: Paranoid Reading
and Recruitment to the Alt-Right
Jasmine Ehrhardt (Ann Arbor)
A gendered analysis of Hindutva imaginaries: Manipulation
of symbols for ethnonationalist projects
Mrinal Pande (Münster)
Comment Johannes von Moltke (Ann Arbor)
11.00 Concluding debate