Organised by project SEXDEM in collaboration with LEGS research team.
The roundtable aims to kick off a discussion on the complicated interplay between sexuality and democracy. It is motivated by current political circumstances marked by the political struggles around gender and sexuality and the challenges right-wing populism poses to progressive gender and sexual politics and the dominant regimes of liberal democracy.
What are the links between sexuality and democracy ? What is the role of democracy in establishing, maintaining, or challenging regulations in forming close and intimate relations ? Does democracy inevitably lead to the loosening of sexual norms and increasing sexual emancipation ? What kind of challenges does the contemporary populist moment pose to both democracy and sexual politics ?
We hope to address and discuss some of these questions with everyone present, after short preliminary speeches and comments from our guests and a brief presentation of the SEXDEM project.
Speakers & commentators :
Éric Fassin, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Paris 8 University, LEGS, France
Jenny Gunnarsson Payne, Professor of European Ethnology, Department for Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden
Ilana Eloit, Postdoctoral Researcher at C.N.R.S. (LEGS), France
Mahdis Sadeghipouya, PhD Student, Paris 8 University, LEGS
SEXDEM, Sexuality and Democracy project funded by Kone Foundation (Finland)
Katja Kahlina (University of Helsinki), Heta Rundgren (LEGS), and Riikka Taavetti (University of Helsinki)
In collaboration with UMR LEGS, Laboratoire d’Etudes de genre et de sexualité
Online roundtable discussion on December 15, 2020, 14-16 (CET) / 15-17 (EET)
Register by December 14, 2020 : https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/108623/lomake.html