Feminist Intersectionality and Political Discourse
The CEU Summer University and the Center for Policy Studies convened a one-week summer course on feminist intersectionality between July 5-9, 2010 in Budapest.
Myra Marx Ferree, Department of Women Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Borbala Varga, Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Hungary
The concept of intersectionality has been attracting growing attention in recent years for its theoretical, methodological, and practical value in understanding multiple inequalities. Increasingly, debates on intersectionality are present beyond feminist theorizing. They have emerged in critical policy studies, social movement research, analyses of political discourse and policy framing, research on institutions, and in legal research. The notion of multiple inequalities is also used, to an ever-growing extent, to inform policy and legal practice. This course aimed not only to unpack pertinent theoretical and conceptual debates, but also to link theoretical thinking to doing intersectional research in an increasingly intersectionalized policy environment. The course explored intersectionality and: comparative approaches, developing standards of measurement, understanding institutional change, and discursive shifts from a homogenous gender category to one that is embedded in a complex web of multiple inequalities.
The course was aimed at advanced PhD students or postdoctoral researchers working in the fields of Gender Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Policy Studies, Law, or related subjects. Ideal applicants have had some previous engagement with the topic of intersectionality. Accepted participants were required to submit a piece of written work for discussion during the course.
Course poster (Download)