New book is out: Mulholland, J., Montagna, N. and Sanders-McDonagh, E., eds. (2018) Gendering nationalism: Intersections of nation, gender and sexuality. 1st. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319766980 Available from:


This volume offers an empirically rich, theoretically informed study of the shifting intersections of nation/alism, gender and sexuality. Challenging a scholarly legacy that has overly focused on the masculinist character of nationalism, it pays particular attention to the people and issues less commonly considered in the context of nationalist projects, namely women and sexual minorities. Bringing together both established and emerging researchers from across the globe, this multidisciplinary and comparison-rich volume provides a multi-sited exploration of the shifting contours of belonging and Otherness generated by multifarious nationalisms. The diverse, and context specific positionings of men and women, masculinities and femininities, and hegemonic and non-normative sexualities, vis-à-vis nation/alism, are illuminated through a vibrant array of contemporary theoretical lenses. These include historical and feminist institutionalism, post-colonial theory, critical race approaches, transnational and migration theory and semiotics.




Call for papers: The mobilisation of gender by radical right and far right populist organisations

AFSP (Association Française de Science Politique) conference
Sciences Po Bordeaux, 2-4 July 2019

Co-convenors of the panel:
Christèle LAGIER, Maîtresse de conférence de science politique (Université d’Avignon, France) :
Francesca SCRINZI, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Glasgow, UK:

Keywords: Far right ; radical right ; Gender ; Leadership; Activism ; Social movements ; Populism

The papers will use different methodological approaches and will focus on one of the two broad areas of research below.
1. First, we intend to assess the role of gender in the trajectories and practices of the members of these organizations. On the one hand, gender shapes the motives for affiliation, the activists ‘careers’ and the division of work within these organizations. On the other, political engagement and activism can redefine the public/private divide and affect gender relations in other spheres such as the family and work (Fillieule and Roux 2009). Populist radical right and far right organizations construct, reproduce and transform gender at the interplay with other unequal social relations, shaping differential symbolic and material opportunities for men and women of different classes, sexualities and ages, to join and use their ideologies to make sense of their lives (Bacchetta and Power 2002, Blee 2002). How does gender shape the experiences and motives of activists, and how is it transformed or reproduced within these organizations? How does the instrumental mobilization of gender issues by these organizations interplay with the recruitment of new generations of members? To what extent do female leaders in these organizations challenge charismatic masculine models of leadership which have traditionally been associated with these organizations (Meret et alii, 2016)?

2. Secondly, the papers will focus on the strategic uses of gender in the field of political communication. Gender is a distinctive feature in the political field, increasing or decreasing the value of candidacies (Achin and Béréni, 2009). It is at the core of struggles for political positions for attracting voters/activists. By a strange turnaround – and more probably misappropriation – of stigma (Goffman, 1975), gender become a ‘contingent attribute’ (Dulong and Lévêque, 2002) in media-friendly ultra-male political landscape (Boudillon, 2005). To what extent can the claim of representing women support a process of “modernization” of the public image of these organizations, which historically champion traditional models of gender and the family, or even express antifeminist positions? To what extent does this mobilization of the themes of gender equality and women’s rights contribute to obscure political issues or to racialise social relations ? Is this new gendered discourse effective in securing new constituencies and memberships for these organizations (Givens 2004; Sineau, 2014; Amengay Abdelkarim et al., 2017)? Or does it simply expand their traditional support in conservative audiences (Blee, MacGee Deutsch, 2012)? What is the role of gender issues in their propaganda and political programs, and how are these related to other issues and claims in their discourses? Have their discourses and programmes on gender evolved over time?

All methodological approaches are welcome. The analysis of a digital corpus will be valued (analysis of discourses, messages or public relations, images, tweets, press releases, blogs, websites…). Web 2.0 is now a primary stage where these strategic identities are spread (Bouron, 2017; Dezé 2015; 2011). Qualitative and ethnographic approaches exploring gender social relationships hinge on others social relationships (class, age, ethnicity, sexuality) (Fillieule and Roux 2009) will be particularly welcome.

The deadline for submitting the abstracts is 12th December 2018.
These should be sent to both co-convenors:

New article has been published by Francesca Scrinzi titled ‘Caring for the elderly in the family or in the nation? Gender, women and migrant care labour in the Lega Nord’ in West European Politics. The article is available here:

CfP for undergrad students (with short notice, but still…)

Call for papers

Populism, Nationalism and Deglobalization

Undergraduate conference

August 31 – September 1, 2017

Organized by the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Late application deadline for proposals: April 23 (to be sent to

In the past decade, populist parties throughout the world have become major political players. New populist political parties emerged and, at the same time, different variations of nativism and nationalist populist rhetoric have become common among mainstream left- and right-wing parties.
The focus of the undergraduate summer conference “Populism, Nationalism and Deglobalization” will be nationalist populism – past and present. Special attention will be given to themes discussing the relationship between mass population movements, economic crises and nationalist politics.
The Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University invites proposals devoted to comparative perspectives on nationalism-related contemporary and historical case studies as well as papers on theoretical approaches that need not be grounded in any particular geographic region. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, international relations, legal studies, history, anthropology, economics, philosophy, political geography, sociolinguistics, literature, and related fields.

Topics covered in the conference will include:

  • “Nationalisms and Crises,” on the impact of economic and social crises on nationalist politics and discourses;
    • “Populism and the Radical Right”, on the rise of nativist populist rhetoric in economic and political crises;
    • “Crises and Minorities,” on the securitization of ethnic and national minority issues;
    • “Migration and Globalization,” on the social and political challenges related to migration and the integration of immigrant communities in modern societies;
    • “The Mainstreaming of Radical Rhetoric,” on the radicalization of mainstream parties;
    • “Nation-building and Empire,” on the politics of nation-building under and after empires and supra-national political entities;
    • “Borders and Boundaries,” on nationalist challenges to the territorial and political order;
    • “History, Politics and Memory,” on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in particular sites, political discourses and historical research;
    • “Ethnicity and Violence,” on the construction of personal and group identity and its potential mobilization in violence perpetrated against culturally-defined groups;
    • “Long-distance Nationalism,” on diaspora nationalism and transborder nation-building;
    • “Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism,” on the normative disputes over the scope of solidarity and obligations.
    A limited number of grants (covering travel expenses and free accommodation in the CEU dormitory) offered by the Nationalism Studies Program at CEU. Applicants for the travel grant should indicate the requested amount in theFact Sheet.

Late application deadline for proposals: April 23 (to be sent to

Paper proposals must include five items:
o contact information: the name, email, postal address and academic affiliation of the applicant.
o a 300- to 500-word abstract (shorter abstracts will not be considered) that includes the title of the paper.
o a 100-word biographical statement, in narrative form (a text with the length of one paragraph). Standard CVs will be rejected.
o a Fact Sheet.
o a writing sample in English (any essay or seminar paper written in English).

The language of the conference and the papers is English.
All proposals must be sent in a single email message, with an attached proposal in a Word document (PDFs will not be accepted) containing contact information, an abstract, a biographical statement and the Fact Sheet. The writing sample can be submitted as a separate file.
Proposals must be sent to
The receipt of all proposals will be promptly acknowledged electronically, with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of proposals. Only current undergraduate students will be considered.
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the faculty of the Nationalism Studies Program. Applicants will be notified by May 10, 2017, at the latest.

Late application deadline for proposals: April 23 (to be sent to

Conference participants must register for the conference by Tuesday, May 24, 2017 by paying the conference fee (payment instructions will be announced soon). The conference fee is 75 EUR and includes:
– three nights’ accommodation in single rooms in the CEU Residence Center (optional)
– breakfast
– coffee breaks
– conference dinner
– free Wi-Fi

The Conference Organizing Committee:
Michael Miller
Szabolcs Pogonyi

For inquiries, please e-mail us at



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Deadline for submissions: 10 February, 2017


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Deadline for submission: 15 February, 2017

‘Gender and Far Right in Europe’ can be pre-ordered at Amazon

After 4 years of the conference, finally the book is on its way now! Gender and Far Right Politics in Europe, edited by Michaela Köttig, Renate Bitzan and Andrea Pető and published by Palgrave.

Amazon made the pre-order available for those who would like to be 100% sure to get the book immediately when it comes out from the press. Click here for the table of contents.

Articles to read

It has been a long time since we updated our posts thus we decided to collect some recently published article in order to call your attention to them. If we miss any recent and relevant, please, add it by using the comment section. Thank you!

Tim Immerzeel, Hilde Coffé, Tanja van der Lippe: Explaining the gender gap in radical right voting: A cross-national investigation in 12 Western European countries.

Nonna Mayer: The closing of the radical right gender gap in France?

Kathleen M. Blee: Personal effects from far-right activism


CFP: Rethinking Gender and the Radical Right

We would like to call your attention for that call of Gender and Education special issue ‘Rethinking Gender and the Radical Right‘.

Extended abstracts (approx. 700 words) should be emailed to Hilary Pilkington and Cynthia Miller-Idriss by 12 October, 2015.

More information here:

Gender as symbolic glue – The position and role of conservative and far right parties in the anti-gender mobilization in Europe

We are proudly spreading the word about a brand new case-study collection (including France, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Hungary, last written by Anikó Félix) edited by Eszter Kováts and Maari Põim in a cooperation of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Foundation for European Progressive Studies.

Click to access feps-gender-as-symbolic-glue-wwwpdf.pdf

Please, circulate it widely!

New Issue of Patterns of Prejudice was recently published dedicated to the topic ‘gender and populist radical right’

We have already informed you about two articles of this volume, now the whole issue is available here:

Studies of this volume are dealing with the gender aspect of radical right, both on the demand and the supply side, answering the question whether what role gender plays in the platforms of PRR parties. Comparative and one -case studies are also included.

Brand new journal Intersections with Anikó Félix’s article is now out

We are happily spreading the word about a new Hungarian scientific journal called Intersections which is published in English and it’s goal is to promote “multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central European societies in a global context”.

The first issue of it just has come out that has a special focus on far-right. We proudly call your attention to a comparative article of Anikó Félix (co-editor of this blog) published in this issue and entitled The other side of the coin: Women’s participation in far right parties and movements in Greece and Hungary.

New articles on populism and gender are now out

We would like to call your attention to two recently published articles.

One was written by Cas Mudde and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and entitled ‘Vox populi or vox masculini? Populism and gender in Northern Europe and South America‘.

The other one was written by Sarah L. de Lange and Liza M. Mügge: ‘Gender and right-wing populism in the Low Countries: ideological variations across parties and time‘.

Both articles were published in Patterns of Prejudice.

Comparative perspectives: analysis of Northern League and National Front

Research report entitled ‘Gendering activism in populist radical right parties. A comparative study of women’s and men’s participation in the Northern League (Italy) and the National Front (France)’ written by Francesca Scrinzi is available through the site of University of Glasgow.

(The report is available also in Italian and French.)

Caring for the nation. Men and women activists in radical right populist parties by Francesca Scrinzi

The final research report is now available. You can download it via this link:

Special issue of NORA has been published recently

We would like to inform our followers that NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research has been published a special issue on nationalism, gender equality and welfare. Can be accessed via the following link:

Recently published ” Not all Nazis are men: Women’s underestimated potential for violence in German Neo-Nazism. Continuation of the past or novel phenomenon?” by Andrea S. Dauber

We would like to recommend you this article by Andrea S. Dauber about women in Nazi and Neo-Nazi movements in Germany.


Criminological, historical, and sociological research has continually underestimated women’s violent potential in the German Neo-Nazism movement. Contemplating this leads to questions about female agency in the Third Reich, a link that has not been established yet. This chapter seeks to expose this link, arguing that regardless of social environment, changing gender roles or political situation, Neo-Nazi women and women, in general, have a potential for violence in the public sphere.
Design/methodology/approachThe chapter looks at female perpetrators in both the Third Reich and the contemporary Neo-Nazi period and examines their involvement from the overarching theoretical viewpoint that women are not any less capable of violent crimes than men.

The scope of Neo-Nazi women’s aggression and violence is not a modern phenomenon or an exception. Their invisibility is not a result of their suggested passive involvement; it stems from the public’s and institutions’ inability to perceive them as agents of violence. Bourdieu developed the concept of symbolic violence to characterize the violence experienced by victims who accept their societal subordination. It is shown that because researchers, officials, and the public reified the concept; they overlooked the reality that women can exercise their agency beyond the limits of their roles as wife and mother and commit violent acts

Research limitations/implications

Reliable data are not available on the number of violent female Neo-Nazis. It is likely, however, that the numbers given are an underestimation.

Social implication

Law enforcement agencies have long overlooked women as potential offenders. A basic change in perspective is needed to better identify female perpetrators.

Originality/value of paper
The chapter is based on the murders of ten immigrants between 2000 and 2006, which puzzled investigators over a decade. Nobody suspected a woman was a key member of the group thought to be responsible for these murders.

You can find the article: 

Andrea S. Dauber (2014), Not all Nazis are men: Women’s underestimated potential for violence in German Neo-Nazism. Continuation of the past or novel phenomenon?, in Marcia Texler Segal , Vasilikie Demos (ed.)Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence: Part B (Advances in Gender Research, Volume 18B) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.171 – 194

More details about the edition and access:

Call for papers: “Mainstreaming the extreme”: political factors, social conditions and cultural perceptions propelling the far-right and neo-nationalism in Europe

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics is now looking for papers in the topic of far-right and neo-nationalism in Europe

“We are inviting scholars to participate in this special issue with papers analysing political factors, social conditions, public discourses and cultural perceptions generating far-right phenomena considering the framework we propose above. Papers should be submitted by 15 November 2014, but a proposal is also required by 15 of September (to be answered within one week). The journal is committed to publish the issue after a double blind peer review process in the first quarter of 2015.

The abstract should not be longer than 2000 characters (600 words) including a short biography, a description of the empirical investigation, main questions and statements of the proposed paper. The details concerning the style and format of the manuscript can be found at the following website:, where one can find important information on the journal too.”

Further details:

Special issue of Hungarian Studies Review on gender and nation (in English)

The special issue of Hungarian Studies Review edited by Judith Szapor and Agatha Schwartz has been published recently. Full publications can be accessed via this link:



Recently published “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields”

We would like to call your attention to this book written by Wendy Lower.

Wendy Lower’s stunning account of the role of German women on the World War II Nazi eastern front powerfully revises history, proving that we have ignored the reality of women’s participation in the Holocaust, including as brutal killers. The long-held picture of German women holding down the home front during the war, as loyal wives and cheerleaders for the Führer, pales in comparison to Lower’s incisive case for the massive complicity, and worse, of the 500,000 young German women she places, for the first time, directly in the killing fields of the expanding Reich.

It was published at  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in October, 2013.

More information available at: