Call for Papers: 13de Politicologenetmaal – Workshop 9 ‘Ongelijkheden’

Universiteit Maastricht 12 Juni – 13 Juni 2014

Papervoorstel van maximaal één pagina te sturen voor 1 maart 2014, naar:
Marleen van der Haar en Eline Severs (;
Voor 15 maart krijgt u bericht of uw paper is aanvaard.

Het is ook mogelijk om aan het Etmaal deel te nemen zonder een paper te presenteren. In dat geval contacteer de personen hierboven.

Meer info over het Etmaal vindt u in de PDF.

Workshop 9

Power, Privilege and Disadvantage: Intersecting Gender and Diversity Studies in the Politics of (in)Equality

Eline Severs – Vrije Universiteit Brussel –
Marleen van der Haar – Radboud University Nijmegen –

The intersectionality paradigm has been crucial in bringing together research on ‘gender’ and ‘diversity’. The understanding that social world privileges and disadvantages – such as those based on gender, ethnicity/‘race’ and class – do not exist independently of each other but are intertwined and mutually reinforcing has indicated the shortcomings of studying single markers of inequality (cf. Crenshaw 1989; Collins 1990). The notion of ‘complex inequality’ (cf. Jordan-Zachery 2007) has resulted in a variety of studies based on multiple research traditions: While large N studies have mainly set out to research how intersectional systems of power – such as, for instance, patriarchy, racism, heteronormativity, and ‘able-ism’ – affect the lives of sets of people differently (cf. McCall 2005; Choo and Ferree 2010), case studies have researched individuals’ intersectional self-identifications and complex resistance-building strategies (cf. Prins 2005; Severs et al. 2013).

Building from these studies, this panel aims to further critical exchanges between ‘gender’ and ‘diversity’ scholars. By investigating the complexities of social relations of power, privilege, and subordination, we aim to further our understanding of social inequalities, and the processes and institutions through which these are maintained, challenged or otherwise affected. We welcome studies that investigate processes of differentiation (such as, ‘gendering’), systems of domination (such as patriarchy, heteronormativity, racism), or individuals’ reactions against such processes and systems (such as, ‘resistance-building’ strategies). We equally welcome papers that research the politics of (in)equality, for example via investigating its framing in policies and politics. In addition, we aim to stimulate methodological reflections (e.g.: ‘how can intersectional inequalities be studied?’; ‘how to generalise on the basis of individuals’ experiences?’; etc.), and innovative theorising (e.g., on the relation between systems of domination).

This panel welcomes paper contributions that 1) present empirical findings on inequality, 2) theorise on inequalities and their relation to power and politics at large, or 3) address analytic concerns related to studying social positionings and their implications for in- and exclusion. The working language of the panel is English. Papers may be written in Dutch or English.

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