ECPR Standing Groups
University of Lausanne, ECPG Conference
8 - 10 June 2017

Plenary Lecture and Roundtables


Plenary Lecture



Plenary Lecture

Date: Thursday 8 June

Time: 17:45-18:45

Location: Anthropole Amphitheatre, 1031


Professor Shirin M. Rai

The Good Life and the Bad: Changing Landscapes of Gender Inequality

We are in need of assessing the good, the bad and the ugly in our everyday and institutional political life as never before. As we face new challenges in uncertain times, we need solidarity among ourselves as never before. And yet, what divides us continues to haunt our footsteps, even as we attempt to reach across national and political boundaries to generate a different politics. I reflect on these challenges and argue that we, as feminist intellectuals and educators can participate in developing new, self-aware and much needed solidarities – we can do this through reflecting on our curricula, our pedagogy, our writing and the spaces we are ready to occupy to help bridge the private and public, the individual and the collective, as well as challenge the dichotomies of knowledge/power. 

Shirin M. Rai is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and development in journals such as Signs, Hypatia, New Political Economy, International Feminist Journal of Politics and Political Studies. She has consulted with the United Nations’ Division for the Advancement of Women and UNDP. She is a founder member of the South Asia Research Network on Gender, Law and Governance, and she was Director of the Leverhulme Trust programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2007-2011). She serves on the Editorial Boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Politics and Gender, Global Ethics and Indian Journal of Gender Studies and Political Studies Quarterly and on the International Studies Association Publications Committee.

Her current work has three strands: feminist international political economy, gender and political institutions and politics and performance. She has recently published on depletion through social reproduction (IfJP, 2014) where she analyses the costs of doing social reproductive work, how this might be measured and transformed. She has also published two edited collections on performance and/or politics where she explores how performance in and of institutional and informal politics are co-constitutive (Routledge, 2015; Palgrave 2014).

Her latest books include New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy (with Georgina Waylen), Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (ed. Palgrave, 2014) and The Grammar of Politics and Performance (eds. with Janelle Reinelt, Routledge, 2015)

Prof Rai is the co-Lead of the University of Warwick's Global Research Priority Programme on Interntional Development

In 2010 she was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was also a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics (2012 -2015),

Honorary Adjunct Professor, Department of International Studies, Monash University (2014-) and the Ford Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.



Maximising Impact for Gender and Politics Research

Panel Code: RT114

Date: Friday 9 June

Time: 12:45-13:45

Location: Anthropole, 1129

How, when, and under what conditions does Gender & Politics Research matters in policy making ?

How to maximize the impact of Gender & Politics research?

What are the barriers and obstacles to making Gender & Politics research matters?

What are the implications of evidence-based policy-making and the Big Data Analytics for Gender & Politics Research?


  • Isabelle Engeli; University of Bath


  • Amy Kordiak; Chwarae Teg
  • Sarah Childs; University of Bristol and Birkbeck, University of London
  • Zeina Hilal; Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Kareen Jabre; Inter-Parliamentary Union



Who is the Subject of Gender and Politics?

Panel Code: RT084

Date: Friday 9 June

Time: 14:00-15:45

Location: Anthropole, 1031

Debates in feminist and gender studies have long been asking who is the subject of feminism and who is speaking on behalf of whom? This is a normative question as much as an empirical one. This roundtable wishes to continue these discussions, connecting them to the Gender & Politics research community.
What should we (researchers) study under the topic Gender & Politics? Who does it and who speaks for whom? What is the importance of identity and experience? How diverse is our community? This roundtable interrogates the subject of Gender & Politics in two complementary ways and raises a fundamental question: who studies what?


  • Mieke Verloo; Radboud Universitet Nijmegen


  • Akwugo Emejulu; University of Warwick
  • David Paternotte; Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Elzbieta Korolczuk; Södertörn University
  • Iman Lechkar; Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Sébastian Chauvin; Université de Lausanne
  • Sylvia Walby; University of Lancaster



The Critical Study of Male Overrepresentation

Panel Code: RT083

Date: Saturday 10 June

Time: 12:45-14:30

Location: Anthropole, 1031

The purpose of this roundtable is to consider and discuss gender gaps in politics with a specific focus on men, as opposed to the traditional focus on women. In the field of gender and politics, there is a growing interest in critically studying men and masculinity. Such a critical focus on men is necessary in order to understand the nature of male dominance, the way that male power is wielded and perpetuated, and the negative effects that this has for politicians and citizens of both sexes. Reframing the question of gender and representation permits the identification of new research agendas focusing explicitly on men’s dominance in politics rather than women’s marginalization or underrepresentation.

The presentations on this roundtable demonstrate some of the ways in which a focus on men as men can take concepts developed within the literature on women and politics and offer new and important insights that have not yet been explored. New questions and research areas within the field of gender and politics are invoked, and this roundtable will demonstrate that the study of men, masculinities, and politics is fertile ground for research, requiring much greater exploration. Alongside illustrations of the theoretical contributions that a focus on men can offer in all these areas, we will discuss distinctive methodological challenges presented by critically studying men and masculinities, especially for women. Collectively, these presentations illuminate a burgeoning new research agenda on men and masculinities in politics, illustrating some of the many ways in which the current emphasis on women within gender and politics research could be expanded fruitfully to include critical research on men.

Themes that we explore include feminist institutionalism; political recruitment; descriptive, substantive, and symbolic representation; and intersectionality.


  • Elin Bjarnegård; Uppsala Universitet


  • Rainbow Murray;  Queen Mary, University of London


  • Barbara Gaweda; University of Edinburgh
  • Sarah Childs; University of Bristol
  • Michal Smrek; Uppsala Universitet and Melinda Adams; James Madison University
  • Rainbow Murray; Queen Mary, University of London



Gender at the Border: the Refugee Crisis in Europe

Panel Code: RT113

Date: Saturday 10 June

Time: 14:30-16:00

Location: Anthropole, 1129

The ‘refugee’ crisis in Europe fuels an emotional public and political debate. Recent events, such as the Cologne attacks, the drowning of the 3-year old Syrian boy in Turkey as well as terrorist attacks in several Europe cities trigger extremism, but they also prompt citizens to organize in solidarity.

This roundtable sheds light on the intersectional mechanisms that influence political responses to the crisis and reflects on their consequences. Spanning the subfields of international politics and gender- and queer studies speakers ask: how are refugees selected at the border? What kind of ethical, methodological and theoretical challenges do gender and sexuality scholars face in their research on refugees today? Should scholars, and if so how, take a pro-active role in public debate?


  • Rahel Kunz; University of Lausanne
  • Liza Mügge; University of Amsterdam


  • Anne Arvy; Asile LGBT Genève
  • Anika Bergman Rosamond; Lund University
  • Ahmed Hamila; Université de Montréal and Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Sabine Lang; University of Washington
  • Noémi Michel; Université de Genève

"The less the power, the greater the desire to exercise it" - Bernard Levin

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