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



Details can be found at


Deadline for submissions: 10 February, 2017


Details can be found at

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.