The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) presents:
Feminist Emergency – International Conference
Gender, Brexit and Trump: Panel two: Elections and Populism
The year 2016 saw a rise in populism, exemplified by the election of Donald Trump as US President, and ‘Brexit’, the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. This rise has changed the political map and thrown political strategy on both the left and right into disarray. Explanations of these phenomena have cited the failures of globalization to include the working classes, the growth of social media and its susceptibility to ‘fake news’, the weaknesses of technocratic governance, and the dominance of identity politics. Gender has featured in these analyses, particularly in response to the misogynist rhetoric of the Trump campaign and, for the first time, the presence of a woman candidate in the US Presidential election. However, the prominence of discourses of an alienated working class, nationalism, and a whitelash, has meant that gendered complexities, and the intersection of gender with these categories, tend to be overshadowed in mainstream and scholarly accounts.
The gendered causes and consequences of the 2016 rise in populism pose questions for feminist understandings of representation, identity, resistance and political economy.
Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck, University of London)
Erin Sanders McDonagh (University of Kent)
Tony Perucci (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Fintan Walsh (Birkbeck, University of London)
Chair: Louise Owen (Birkbeck, University of London)