Pedagogies of Populism and Anti-Gender Politics in Central and Eastern Europe


Friday, May 20, 2022, 10AM-12PM, Zoom

This collaborative discussion addresses pedagogical concerns surrounding contemporary anti-gender and anti-LGBTQ+ politics. Programs in gender studies, gender history, and sex education face increasing attacks in Europe and the United States. How can we as pedagogues, drawing upon our various disciplinary backgrounds, present the topics of anti-gender and anti-LGBTQ+ politics to our students? In what ways do they require us to think anew about the history and present of Central and Eastern Europe? How do we address the plurality of movements participating in anti-gender and anti-LGBTQ+ politics (conservative Catholicism, populism, far-right ultranationalism, etc.)? What concepts, themes, topics, and skills can we teach our students through the student of anti-gender and anti-LGBTQ+ politics? And how do we overcome linguistic challenges and make documents accessible to English-speaking classrooms?



Maria Bucur, John W. Hill Chair of East European History and Professor, Indiana University

Janet Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Elżbieta Korolczuk, Associate Professor in Sociology, Södertörn University

Moderated by: Tara Zahra, Homer J. Livingston Professor of East European History and the College, University of Chicago

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This event is part of a series of events examining contemporary anti-gender and anti-LGBTQ+  politics in Central and Eastern Europe, and around the world. It approaches the topic from three perspectives -- exploring them historically, transnationally, and pedagogically -- in order to illuminate the development of anti-gender and anti-LGBTQ+ politics and to think collectively about how to teach our present moment.
Anti-Gender and Anti-LGBTQ+ Politics in Central and Eastern Europe will be held on Friday, May 13, 11AM-12:30PM over Zoom. More information here [link].
Global Dimensions of an Anti-Globalist Movement  will be held on October 28, 2022, more information is coming soon.