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Developing Feminist Decolonial Perspectives on the EU

Gender
Climate Change
Peace
P013
Rahime Suleymanoğlu Kurum
Bahçeşehir University

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

Wednesday 09:00 - 10:30 (06/07/2022)


Abstract

EU studies so far has remained Andro and Eurocentric, with masculinist assumptions and Anglo-American knowledge production patterns dominating our understanding of Europe and European integration theories widely applied to both European, and non-European contexts. Feminist scholarship sought to challenge each of these biases, particularly andro-centricism, since the early 1990s. More recently Feminist EU studies moved towards unpacking the gendered power relations between the EU and third countries, the EU's identity as a superior 'moderninsing' influence and its narrow interpretations of the so-called EU norms and values such as gender equality among others. This panel builds on these studies and attempts to advance them with decolonial approaches that problematise the narrative of exporting so-called European values beyond the EU's borders. Papers focus on some of the increasingly high-profile global policy agendas such peace and security, and climate break down which push us to engage with the full historical, spatial and epistemic dynamics of coloniality, ongoing neo-colonial processes of extraction and neo-colonial political relationships which maintain them. The papers examine questions such as how the EU remains oblivious to its own colonial legacies and positionality, how Eurocentric feminist theories are manifested in EU gender equality policies and how the EU perpetuates (neo)colonial relationships through agendas such as Women Peace and Security, Neighbourhood policy and its Green New Deal. How have these processes perpetuated or displaced neo-colonial dynamics? What are the specifically gendered aspects of these relationships?

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