Gender, Sexuality, and Justice: Resilience in Uncertain Times
While significant progress was made on the rights of women and sexual minorities in the past decade, there is widespread concern that the recent global resurgence of the political right has created setbacks for some of this progress. Simultaneously, fundamentalisms of religious, cultural, and social natures have emerged in various forms across different countries and regions. In such an uncertain time, how does civil society maintain the fragile progressive institutions and reimagine gender justice? How can gender justice be envisioned and achieved across various domains, such as family, education, employment, public space, and history? This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore justice on gender and sexuality, and the sources and practices of resilience, across arenas including the cultural, economic, legal, political, and religious realms.
This conference aims to examine issues of gender, sexuality, and justice as they intersect within social contexts. We ask: What are the sources of opposition against gender, sexuality and justice? What is the nature of structural and systemic injustices? In seeking justice, what are the strategies that gender and sexual minorities use? What are the implications of assimilationist and separatist politics? What, indeed, might we define gender, sexuality and justice today? Ten years after the global financial crisis in 2008, have there been long-term gendered impacts of recession, unemployment, precarious work, financial reform and welfare cuts? How, if at all, have work opportunities and environments changed for sexual and gender minorities?