The 2015 congress of the Italian Political Science Society (SISP) hosted a temporary section, titled Gender, politics, and policies. This was organized to mark the 20th anniversary since the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.
Gender and politics has become a vibrant subdiscipline of political science over the past twenty years. To reflect this, political science associations organise conferences and panels on gender and politics, books, journals, specialized book series and journal special issues are published, and courses are taught at universities.
Thinking and writing about gender in political science conjures up two affective states. On the one hand, there is the joy coming from the tangible vibrancy that is often generated when feminist political scholars meet.
In this paper I present some of the arguments put forward with my colleague, Laure Bereni, in the introduction of the dictionary we edited, Dictionnaire Genre et science politique: Concepts, objets, problèmes, concerning the links between gender and political science.
Networking and Partnership as Strategic Practices for Gender Studies in Academia: the Case of the University of Trento
Gender as a concept entered the Italian political debate in the late 1970s. As in many other European countries and the United States, theoretical reflections on gender first emerged outside academia and were closely linked to political activism by women on issues such as abortion and divorce.
Gender Policies, the subject I teach at the University of Padua, is not a very common topic in Italian Academia for at least three reasons. The first is that in our country there is little recognition of the category of ‘gender’ from the perspectives of both political science and political history.
The generations of young women raised between the last decade of last century and this century inherited from second wave feminism, the expression of subjectivity as a taken for granted right.
The Società Italiana delle Storiche (SIS, Italian Association of Women Historians) was founded in 1989. Its aim was to promote women’s and gender history through research, teaching and the conservation of documents and source materials.
The situation of gender studies in Italy is still quite troubling for a number of reasons, but in this brief commentary I will touch on only one from the standpoint of a political philosopher who also teaches gender studies.