Theme Panel: Gender Transformations
Fri, September 2, 8:00 to 9:30am
The last century witnessed great gender transformations, that is, fundamental changes in gender roles, relations, and identities. Such trends include women’s increased presence in the formal labor force, the spread of modern birth control methods, changing norms about gender roles in the family, reduced acceptance of gender violence, legalization of same sex marriage, greater awareness of the intersection of gender with other social identities, and the increased prominence of transgender and queer identities, among other trends. Women have increasingly been organized across borders and have physically moved across borders (migrants, refugees and domestic workers) at the same time as global social and economic forces have played a greater role in shaping gender relations domestically. This panel invites experts to assess transformation and continuity in the institutions of gender different across issue areas and regions, considering both the impact of politics on these gender transformations and the political impact of changing gender structures.
Panel participants will outline (in broad strokes) the degree and nature of any gender transformation (or continuity) in their chosen issue or region, and identify areas of continuity, resistance to change, and incomplete revolutions. Participants will also trace the impact of these transformations on the traditional subject matter of political science, such as political parties, democracy, and the welfare state at the same time as they consider the political sources of gender transformations.
Mala Htun, University of New Mexico
S. Laurel Weldon, Purdue University
Valentine M. Moghadam, Northeastern University
Peace A. Medie
Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd, Rutgers University
Elisabeth Jay Friedman, University of San Francisco
Lisa Garcia Bedolla, University of California, Berkeley
Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, University of Connecticut-Storrs