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Confronting Institutional Racism in Feminist Political Science in Europe

Gender
Knowledge
Feminism
Education
Activism
RT03
Toni Haastrup
University of Stirling

Building: Faculty of Social Science, Floor: Ground Floor, Room: FDV-14

Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30 CEST (06/07/2022)

Abstract

This roundtable will explore the central theme of this section. It aims to move the practices and conversations around race and racism in the ECPG community forward, so that we problematise Whiteness and racism in academic research, and at all levels of the academy and political science, spanning EU-wide levels, organisations like the ECPR, and the ECPG, down to day to day practice in individual universities. As with the section itself, the roundtable proposal starts from an observation that white academics often look to minoritized scholars to challenge racism (Doharty et al 2020). This overlooks the resource constraints experienced by minoritized researchers, the personal costs of repeatedly challenging racism from a minoritized position, and the resources available to white academics to challenge racism (Bhopal and Pitkin 2020; Carby 1997; Eddo-Lodge 2017; Wright, Haastrup, and Guerrina 2020). Secondly, we note the negative impacts of restrictive understandings of ‘politics’ in feminist political science (Begum and Saini 2019; Emejulu and Bassel 2017). We believe a wider disciplinary engagement greatly contributes to problematizing and challenging racism, methodological whiteness and justifications of colonialism in our disciplinary community (Kocze 2018; Bhambra 2017; Wekker 2016; Topolski 2018). In this roundtable, we speak to the provision of a space that focuses on and aims tackle these shortcomings, acknowledge and witness associated harms and fosters the development of an anti-racist feminist political science in Europe.

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