International workshop: The governance of gender equality policy in EU institutions

What is the political leadership of the vdL Commission? What are the governance structures and power dynamics inside the Commission and in relation to inter-institutional politics? How does the von der Leyen Commission perform in relation to gender equality? How does the Commission unfold leadership with regard to the vision (Leitbild) of a “Union of Equality”? What has been achieved in terms of policy and politics with respect to the six priorities of the Commission? How do the multiple crises affect the gender equality performance?

Given the dynamic nature of the EU political system, studying the development and performance of EU institutions is at the heart of EU studies; with a focus on the three institutions forming the so-called legislative triangle, i.e. European Commission, Council and European Parliament. The key aim of this international workshop is to assess these dynamics through a gender lens during the von der Leyen Commission.

This is an author workshop with an aim to publish an edited volume on the topic. The workshop brings together outstanding scholars from distinct sub-disciplines – EU studies in general, gender and politics scholarship, leadership studies, and from studies on the European Commission in particular. In addition to the international scholars, also Master and PhD students from the University of Tübingen have been invited to attend the workshop from the seminars taught in summer term 2023 by Prof. Abels (“The European Commission put to the test”) and by Prof. Kantola (from 2022-2025 distinguished visiting professor at the University of Tübingen, and the course “Gendering EU institutions and policy-making”).


Thursday, 6th of June

Session 1: Introducing the von der Leyen Commission and setting the scene for equality policies

Chair: Gabriele Abels (Discussant)

  • Joyce M. Mushaben, Georgetown University Washington D.C. (Felix Gminder) “Through the Side Door”: Ursula von der Leyen’s Unconventional Path to Power

  • Henriette Müller, New York University Abu Dhabi: The Political Leadership of Ursula von der Leyen in Times of Crisis

  • Sophie Jaquot, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles & Agnès Hubert, Gender 5+, Brussels (Alba Maria Kugelmeier López): Union of Equality – a new doctrine for the EU

  • Emanuela Lombardo & Lucrecia Rubio, Complutense University Madrid: (Alba Maria Kugelmeier López): Dealing with opposition against gender equality and LGBT rights in the EU: The defence of equality as a fundamental EU value 

Session 2: Internal organizational change & inter-institutional dynamics

Chair: Emanuela Lombardo (Discussant)

  • Hussein Kassim & Sara Connolly, University of East Anglia (online) The Long March to Gender Balance in the European Commission: The von der Leyen Commission in Historical Perspective

  • John Scherpereel, James Madison University, Virginia (Nico Timpe): Von der Leyen’s Gender-balanced Team: A New Way of Operating in the College of Commissioners?

  • Gabriele Abels, University of Tübingen & Johanna Kantola, University of Helsinki: Gendering the EU institutional landscape – von der Leyen Commission’s relations to the European Parliament and the Council

Friday, 7th of June

Session 3: Gendering crises and responses in turbulent times

Chair: Johanna Kantola (Discussant)

  • John Morijn, University of Groningen (online) The von der Leyen Commission and its rule of law protection priority: “big on big and small on small”, or just small on big?

  • Maryna Shevtsova, University of Ljubljana and KU Leuven (Thomas Klöckner): The von der Leyen Commission and LGBTQI policy

  • Amandine Le Bellec, Sciences Po Paris & Jane Freedman, CNRS – Paris: Towards a more gender equal EU migration policy?

  • Stefanie Wöhl, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna (Natalie Arndt) Gendering the Covid-19 pandemic

Session 4: Policies and Politics under a gender lens: Investigating the Commission’s six priorities

Chairs: Henriette Müller & Gabriele Abels (Discussant)

  • Annica Kronsell, University of Gothenburg (online): A European Green Deal through an equalities lens

  • Kim Barker & Olga Jurasz, The Open University Milton Keynes: Von der Leyen’s digital Europe: prioritising online equality?

  • Anna Elomäki, University of Tampere: An economy that works for the people: employment and social policy

  • Hanna Muehlenhoff, University of Amsterdam: A stronger Europe in the world?

  • Valentine Berthet, University of Helsinki: Promoting our European way of life – moral politics

  • Alvaro Oleart, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Daniel Kemmler): The Conference on the Future of Europe and the EU Commission citizens’ panels: Technocratic wine in deliberative bottles

Wrap up and outlook

  • Michael Bauer, European University Institute, Florence & Henriette Müller, New York University Abu Dhabi: Equality and Multi-Level Governance in the European Union: Conclusions from the von der Leyen Commission

Our visiting researcher Mariia Tepliakova speaks about working with EUGenDem

Mariia Tepliakova visited EUGenDem and the University of Helsinki from April to May 2023. We had the pleasure to interview her.

Mariia Tepliakova is a PhD candidate from the Center for European Union Studies (SCEUS) at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in Austria. She is part of the “Challenges to European Integration”, a project co-funded by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF).

For more information on Mariia, follow this link.

Mariia, thank you for taking part in this interview. What is your favourite activity in Helsinki?

Thank you for having me! My favourite activity in Helsinki is the sauna: I love how accessible it is. There is one in my dorm, at the office and in every city district.

What are your thoughts on the EUGenDem project and our study of the European Parliament’s political groups?

The European Parliament is so well-researched now that even finding gaps for further research projects has become hard. Thanks to the EUGenDem project, we know so much about gender and how it affects policymaking in the Parliament. The team’s research output has been super extensive, or as other scholars have put it: EUGenDem ate and left no crumbs.

I also admire the work-life balance of the EUGenDem team. I think it contributes to the fantastic quality and amount of the research output. It is incredible how, despite lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the international team has come up with this many publications.

What are your research plans for your research visit here in Helsinki?

My visit to the University of Helsinki consists of working on a paper dealing with the development of European care strategy in childcare and the healthcare provision of the EU. EUGenDem’s expertise in gendered policymaking has been very helpful as I developed my future paper’s first draft. I came with the help of expert opinions. In a way, the visit for me is a writing retreat.

How does EUGenDem relate to your research?

The unique yet interdisciplinary expertise of the EUGenDem was the inspiration behind my visit. I am very interested in the development of gender equality policies in the EU ad how the approaches and narratives around them have changed over time. However, I found researching the policy or law-making and the dynamic of the Union’s institutions a bit intimidating. As the EUGenDem team made working on this level of EU politics more accessible for qualitative research, I was very interested in their opinion and perspective on my project.

We also have specialists at home who work with gender policies, as well as fantastic EU scholars, but their research interests rarely overlap. My supervisor, Jessica Fortin-Rittberger, recommended EUGenDem to help me bridge the gap between these two fields, and so far, the visit has been incredibly helpful to my dissertation work.

How do you like it so far?

It’s great! The team members are very involved and nice. The team’s work-life structure is something to look up to and apply back home. I was pleasantly surprised to receive working tools such as a laptop from the University for my short stay in Helsinki. Overall, the conditions are impressive.

What have been the highlights of your research visit? 

The Eurovision party hosted by the Center of European Studies last Friday is definitely one!

Many EU studies departments in Europe have serious topics such as research on taxation, extreme right-wing actors, or populism. We are conditioned to think that this matters for social scientists, and it does, but there are also aspects of society that are ignored in research because they are not deemed essential but impact how we function and live.

The panel discussion at the party relating to Eurovision and its political ramifications was one of the highlights of my stay. I have a background in media studies which made it even more enjoyable to hear the panelists discuss the broadcasting union and the case of Australia participating. I think it’s important to broaden the research horizon from time to time.

Another highlight has been the research seminars. It was my first time attending a seminar where the presenters did not have slides. Instead, they got their feedback based on the reading by the commentators, which is very helpful at later stages, right before journal submissions.

What are you looking forward to?

The Conference on European Politics, Equality, and Democracy on 25-26 May 2023, 

It’s a huge opportunity to participate in the Conference with fantastic gender scholars. I will be starstruck by how many unique wonderful people will be here. I’m also looking forward to the atmosphere and discussions. Gender scholars give the best kind of constructive sandwich-style feedback.

Who is going to win the Eurovision 2023?

The Czech submission is my favourite so far. Feminist submissions are not usually the public’s favourite. The mix of Eastern European women creates a sisterhood where I feel represented, and I also like how they have added Slavic folklore into the show. We are witnessing a change where it is becoming cool to perform in a native language, making Eurovision songs more authentic and unique.

Any final words?

I wish I could stay longer to learn some Finnish. It seems like a very unique language. Johanna Kantola taught me “Kiitos” on my first day, but I would like to learn more.

The interview took place on the 10th of May at the University of Helsinki.

EU-Ukraine Relations and Gender Equality

By: Liliia Antoniuk, Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

On 25-26 May 2023, the European Politics, Equality, and Democracy” conference organized by the EUGenDem project will take place in Helsinki, Finland. One of its panel discussions addresses the issue of gender equality in Ukraine in the context of European integration. Thus, this blog aims to provide a broader perspective on the issue and to explain the contextual background.


Read the full text by Liliia Antoniuk here

Seminar on Researching the European Union:  Regulating the digital economy in the EU 

Centre for European Studies (CES) and Erik Castrén Institute (ECI), University of Helsinki

When? 11 May 2023, 10.00-11.30 

Where? Location: Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room: 247 

Regulating the digital economy in the EU 

We are delighted to welcome you to the fourth Seminar on Researching the European Union. The two talks focus on regulating the digital economy in the European Union. The aim of the seminar series is to present and debate recent research on the EU coming from the University of Helsinki and beyond. The seminar series continues in the autumn of 2023, stay tuned!

Chair: Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki)


Sam Wrigley, Miikka Hiltunen, and Päivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki): “My name is and I approve this message”: Regulating automated and targeted political adverting in EU law  

Matti Ylönenand Maija Mattila (University of Helsinki): “Big tech and the EU: Mapping the advocacy strategies of gatekeeper companies in Brussels

Dr. Valentine Berthet publishes a Policy Study in collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies

EUGenDem postdoctoral researcher Dr. Valentine Berthet recently published a Policy Study translating the findings of her doctoral dissertation into policy recommendations. This work was done in collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the Fondation Jean Jaurès. 

The aim of this policy study is to provide an account on the most advanced and recent developments of policies about gendered violence in the European Parliament (EP). Today’s context is shaped by the backlash of anti-gender movements and the rise of right-wing populist actors in the EU and the EP, affecting the legitimacy of these institutions altogether. As a result, gender equality is now a highly contested policy field in the EP, and it matters to understand the reasons for these contestations and to develop better strategies to tackle the backlash. This policy study offers an extensive overview of the latest policy developments related to gendered violence, not only in terms of policy outcomes but also in terms of how gender equality as a norm is debated. It focuses on the EU’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the development of a supranational right to abortion in the EU and sexual harassment issues within the EP. Taken together, they showcase the necessity to prioritise the field in decision-making but also the importance of remaining attentive to both everyday practices in the Parliament and to dynamics within and between its political groups in relation to gender equality issues. 

Analysing discourses around these three issues shows the forms of resistance and stresses the counterstrategies needed to advance gender equality objectives. The effort of analysing the ins and outs of different discourses is important to better understand what is at stake when gender equality advances, stagnates or declines in Europe. Via discourses, political actors attribute meanings and solutions to social problems – in other words, they set their political agendas. Thus, politics is the exercise of defining and defending one’s own account in discursive battles with political opponents.  Against this background, it is possible to assess the knowledge produced by political actors and expose their contradictions, nuances, and silences vis-à-vis an issue. In relation to gender equality, the analysis of discourses shed lights on the processes that either maintain, challenge, or transform all sorts of inequalities.  

The Policy Study shows that the EP is still not supporting gender equality unanimously. Rather, it is composed of different political groups that hold different political views on if and how gender equality should be achieved in the EU. The groups are themselves heterogeneous as they present internal contradictions, mostly between different national party delegations. While the European Parliament projects itself as a defender of equality norms, it must remain attentive to its own unequal institutional practices (e.g., in relation to gender equality and anti-racism) and must tackle the oppositions to equality measures, including subtle ones. Eventually, the achievement of gender equality in the European Parliament and its political groups requires coordinated efforts, which include decision-making strategies and a review of their own internal measures. 

Key recommendations include: 

  • Adopting both the ratification of the Istanbul Convention and the 2022 Directive proposal on violence against women and domestic violence as the two texts complement each other. 
  • Adopting measures safeguarding abortion rights in the EU are part of the EP’s democratic role. Even if non-binding, their symbolic role is important as they set broad guiding principles and are then referred to as grounds for future binding and non-binding policies. 
  • The European Parliament and its political groups must establish a comprehensive legal framework with a clear message that violence is unacceptable and that provides adequate support on how to report such violence. Active and informed leadership is key to combat a culture of impunity and foster a good and healthy working environment.  
  • Tackling the opposition to gender equality in policymaking requires a coordinated effort, such as fostering formal alliances across political groups and committees. Political groups are encouraged to self-identify and self-assess which forms of opposition prevail internally and to develop formal measures that work accordingly.  
  • Finally, equality must be upheld as a non-negotiable democratic value in the EU wherever possible, even if only in debates and non-binding measures because they create an environment in which gender equality is protected.   

For the English version see this link

For the French version see this link

Liliia Antoniuk received the Honorary Diploma from the Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine

Warm congratulations to Liliia for an important recognition of her voluntary work in Ukraine with empowerment of girls and young women! Read more about Liliia’s inspiring work in this blog post. 

On 31 January 2023, Liliia Antoniuk, the Doctoral Researcher from Ukraine who joined our project in August 2022, received the Honorary Diploma from the Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine for her contribution to the development of the volunteer movement, popularization of the culture of volunteering among young people, implementation of youth volunteer initiatives, professionalism and dedication to work. 

Liliia is a researcher and a project manager with 7+ years of experience working on youth and women empowerment, gender equality, non-formal education and European integration. She has been working as an executive director of the NGO ‘Women’s League’ since 2019 and a national coordinator of the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative in Ukraine since 2020. 

The NGO ‘Women’s Legaue’ is a Ukrainian non-profit organization registered in 2017. It aims to support women, youth and children, protect and promote their rights and freedoms. The organization has experience in organizing lectures, workshops, webinars, seminars, and training courses on different topics related to gender equality and youth empowerment for groups of 15-100 people.  

In 2020, in her capacity as an executive director of the NGO ‘Women’s League’ and a EU4Youth Alumna, Liliia founded the ‘Girls Leadership Academy’ project to help girls 14-16 years old from the regions of Ukraine (including rural areas) learn the multifaceted nature of leadership and develop leadership skills. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, it was successfully implemented in 2021 and 2022. In 2023, the project is carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine. 

In 2022, Liliia launched the ‘Girls Diplomatic Academy’ project to help girls 17-21 years old to get an understanding of what is going on in the international arena and develop relevant competencies and soft skills. It is peculiar as it is developed for girls who do not study international relations within the formal education system. In 2023, the project is delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Besides, in her capacity as an executive director of the NGO ‘Women’s League’, she was/is in charge of implementing the following projects: 

  • A ‘Business of the New Millennium: From a Small Idea to a Big Solution’ project (2019) 
  • A ‘Social Entrepreneurship in Ukraine in Times of COVID-19 Crisis through Gender Lenses’ research project (2020) 
  • A series of educational and awareness-raising events to overcome stereotypes about women and girls in society: ‘STEM: Destroy Stereotypes, Not Your Life’ discussion (September 2022), ‘Women at War: Fighting for the Right to Live’ discussion (October 2022), ‘A Men’s Club, or Is There a Place for Women in Diplomacy’ lecture (December 2022), and others (2022) 
  • A ‘Sincere Conversation about Relationships and Self-Love 1.0’ project (2022) 
  • A platform for young authors interested in gender equality and women’s rights to publish their materials (2022 and 2023) 
  • A Telegram channel ‘A Space of Your Development’ (2022) 
  • A ‘Sincere Conversation about Relationships and Self-Love 2.0’ project (2023) 

Among the organization’s key partners in 2023 are the EU4Youth Alumni Network, the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative (EU NEIGHBOURS east), the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Association of Youth Councils, the Styi city youth council, the Fastiv city youth council, the NGO ‘Teenergizer’, the NGO ‘Razom’, the ‘EDican’ youth initiative, etc. 

More information about the work of the NGO ‘Women’s League’ can be found on its website (available only in Ukrainian). 

Seminar on Researching the European Union: Professor Anu Bradford

blue and yellow flag on pole

Welcome to the second Seminar on Researching the European Union – online!

We are excited to welcome Professor Anu Bradford (Columbia Law School) to give a talk on Europe’s Digital Constitution in the seminar.

Anu Bradford is the author of the The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World (Oxford University Press, 2020), named one of the best books of 2020 by Foreign Affairs. Her forthcoming book is titled “Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology” (Oxford University Press) and her talk in our seminar will focus on EU’s regulatory power in the field.

15thMarch 2023

16.00-17.00 EET in Helsinki (which is 15.00-16.00 CET in Brussels)



Johanna Kantola and Päivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki): Welcome and introductions

Anu Bradford (Columbia Law School): “Europe’s Digital Constitution”

Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki): Discussant’s comments

Please register through this link. Zoom link will be provided to all participants by Research Assistant Säde Kunnas closer to the event. In case of questions, please contact

International Workshop: Gendering Multi-Level Parliamentary Democracy

Parliaments are gendered spaces but what does this mean? Feminist academics have explored parliaments at multiple geographic levels as gendered workplaces and policy making spaces and how privileges and exclusions in formal and informal rules of the game affect key democratic and parliamentary functions, such as representation, oversight and deliberation.

The Scottish Parliament and European Parliament have much in common: they are both ‘new’ parliaments; parliaments where committees play a significant role in parliamentary life; both are sites of constitutional feminist activism and share normative ends of ‘new politics’ – notably in the Scottish Parliament in the form of consensus-building and ‘power-sharing’ with citizens and similar concerns in the European Parliament. At the same time, both are largely white, ableist and heteronormative institutions, are gendered workplaces, sites of violence, have uneven opportunities for advancing feminist politics and differing policy outcomes for women. Moreover, one is a supra-national institution, one a devolved parliament with concomitant challenges and opportunities.

This multi-disciplinary workshop investigates parliaments at multiple levels as gendered workplaces and gendered sites of policymaking. Topics discussed include the process of conducting a gender audit in the Scottish Parliament; parliamentary leadership in the Scottish Parliament; feminist politics and institutional racism and normative whiteness in the European Parliament.

The workshop ends with a high-level roundtable of parliamentarians who will discuss gender+ in relation to their parliamentary duties.

Participants will convene around questions such as: how might the parliaments still be gendered workplaces and policy-making spaces; what are the unique possibilities and challenges for advancing feminist politics through parliaments at multiple levels; what are the policy-making relationships with executive institutions? How do relations of formality and informality affect gender relations in the parliament? Finally, what is the broader legal and policy context regarding women and decision-making that parliaments operate within and reproduce?

The outcome of this workshop is to open research avenues and forge collaborations and dialogue between (inter)national researchers and practitioners about the potentials and challenges of parliamentary fora at multiple levels for advancing and embodying gender equality.


Opening: Dr Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow) 09.00-09.15

Panel 1: The Scottish Parliament 09.15 – 10.45

Dr Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh): Presentation on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments

Dr Fiona McKay (University of Strathclyde): ‘Engendering institutional equality: a gender sensitive audit of the Scottish Parliament’

Dr Jenny Morrison (University of Glasgow): ‘Assessing Feminist Institutionalism in Devolution Era Scotland’

Laura Shaw (Doctoral Researcher, University of Glasgow ): ‘Care as Leadership Capital: Gender and Political Leadership in the Scottish Parliament’

Coffee Break 10.45-11.15

Panel 2: European Parliament 11.15-12.45

Dr Valentine Berthet (University of Helsinki) ‘Feminist Politics in the European Parliament’s Political Groups’. Co-authored with Petra Ahrens (Tampere University), Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki), Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow).

Dr Barbara Gaweda (University of Helsinki): ‘It’s like shouting to a brick wall: Normative whiteness and racism in the European Parliament’ . Co-authored with Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki); Anna Elomäki (Tampere University), Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow), Valentine Berthet (University of Helsinki); Petra Ahrens (Tampere University).

Professor Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki): ‘Feminist institutional responses to anti-gender politics in parliamentary contexts. Co-authored with Emanuela Lombardo (Complutense University of Madrid)

Lunch 12.45- 14.00

Panel 3: High-Level Parliamentarian Roundtable 14.00- 15.30

Elspeth Attwooll (MEP, Lib Dem, Scotland 1999-2009)

Pam Duncan-Glancy (MSP, Lab, Glasgow region, 2021-)

Kaukab Stewart (MSP, SNP, Glasgow Kelvin, 2021-)

Julie Ward (MEP, Lab, North West, 2014-2020)


This is a hybrid event. To attend in person at the University of Glasgow Advanced Research Centre register via the Eventbrite link: ‘Reserve a Spot’ – General Admission

To attend online, please register here:

University of Glasgow website

EUGenDem final event in the European Parliament

In the final year of our project, we will be organizing an event presenting our project findings to policymakers and stakeholders in Brussels.

‘Gender equality in the political groups: Pushing the agenda forward’

7 February 2023, 9.30-11.00
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Organized by the EUGenDem research project , University of Helsinki, Finland and Maria Noichl, MEP

EUGenDem is a major European Research Council funded research project which provides a systematic analysis of the gendered policies and practices of the political groups in the European Parliament. It addresses crucial questions about the gender and democracy in European party politics. The research and analysis conducted led to over 70 scientific publications so far.

9.30-9.40  Opening

Professor Johanna Kantola, University of Helsinki
Maria Noichl, MEP, S&D

9.40-10.20 Presentations: Key findings on gender equality in the political groups

Professor Johanna Kantola: Where do we stand now on gender equality in political groups?
Dr Anna Elomäki: Making room for gender equality in political group policymaking
Dr Valentine Berthet: Tackling the oppositions to gender equality
Dr Barbara Gaweda: Putting anti-racism and intersectionality on the

10.20-11.00 High-level Roundtable: Debating gender equality in the political groups

Moderators: Dr Petra Ahrens and Dr Cherry Miller

Maria Noichl, MEP, S&D
Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, MEP, Greens/EFA
Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, EPP
Samira Rafaela, MEP, Renew
Dr Costanza Hermanin, European University Institute (EUI), Italy

If you would like to join us, please register by contacting by January 30th.



EUGenDem moves to the University of Helsinki in 2023

EUGenDem and its project team move to the University of Helsinki as of January 2023.

We will be continuing our academic work at the University of Helsinki in the final year of the project at the Centre for European Studies. We are looking forward to great new opportunities for research and networking.

In 2023, we will be organizing two final events.

First, we organise the event ‘Gender equality in the political groups: Pushing the agenda forwardin the European Parliament in Brussels 7 February 2023 in co-operation with MEP Maria Noichl (S&D). The event is targeted for policy-makers and political stakeholders. In addition to EUGenDem project finding presentations, it includes a roundtable with participation from Maria Noichl, MEP, S&D; Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, MEP, Greens/EFA; Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, EPP; Samira Rafaela, MEP, Renew; and Dr Costanza Hermanin, European University Institute (EUI), Italy.

Second, we organise a final EUGenDem conference ‘European Politics, Equality, and Democracy on 25-26 May 2023 in Helsinki.

The conference will feature two keynote sessions: Challenges to European democracy and integration with Natasha Wunsch (Sciences Po, CEE & ETH Zurich) and Elżbieta Korolczuk (Södertörn University and University of Warsaw) and European Parliament in turbulent times with Nathalie Brack (UL Brussels) and Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki).

We will also have four plenary panels with: Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College), Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick), Georgina Waylen (University of Manchester), Laura Landorff (Lund University), Ben Crum (VU Amsterdam), Stefanie Wöhl (University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna), Paul Copeland (Queen Mary University of London), Anna Elomäki (Tampere University), Iyiola Solanke (University of Leeds), Petra Ahrens (Tampere University), Amandine Le Bellec (Sciences Po Paris), Serena D’Agostino (VU Brussels), Nadia Brown (Georgetown University), Jonathan Chibois (Laboratory of Political Anthropology, EHESS, CNRS), Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow), Sandrine Roginsky (Catholic University Louvain).

We will also organize a number of parallel panel sessions and would like to invite everyone interested to apply.

The CfP is now open! For more details, please follow the conference website.

For our past activities, please visit our Tampere University website here.