Esitelmät ja keskustelutilaisuudet

Sexuality and Democracy: Exploring the links – Roundtable discussion online with Eric Fassin, Jenny Gunnarsson Payne, Ilana Eloit and Eszter Kováts

Join us for the online roundtable discussion on December 15, 2020, 14-16 (CET) / 15-17 (EET) (pre-registration by Dec 14)

This roundtable aims to kick off a discussion on the complicated interplay between sexuality and democracy. It is motivated by current political circumstances marked by the political struggles around gender and sexuality and the challenges right-wing populism poses to progressive gender and sexual politics and the dominant regimes of liberal democracy.

What are the links between sexuality and democracy? What is the role of democracy in establishing, maintaining, or challenging regulations in forming close and intimate relations? Does democracy inevitably lead to the loosening of sexual norms and increasing sexual emancipation? What kind of challenges does the contemporary populist moment pose to both democracy and sexual politics?

We hope to address and discuss some of these questions with everyone present, after short preliminary speeches and comments from our guests and a brief presentation of the SEXDEM project.

Our invited speakers and commentators:

Éric Fassin, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, University Paris 8, France.

Jenny Gunnarsson Payne, Professor of European Ethnology, Department for Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden

Ilana Eloit, Postdoctoral Researcher at C.N.R.S. (LEGS), France

Eszter Kováts, PhD student, Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Law, University ELTE, Budapest, Hungary


SEXDEM, Sexuality and Democracy project funded by Kone Foundation (Finland)

Katja Kahlina (University of Helsinki), Heta Rundgren (LEGS), and Riikka Taavetti (University of Helsinki)

You’re welcome to us in the discussion, you can register for the event by filling out this short form:

We will share the zoom link with those who register before December 14, 2020.