Summer Feminist Politics Book Club
This free virtual webinar series, organized by Farida Jalalzai, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and Jessica C. Smith, University of Southampton, UK, provides forum to discuss some of the latest books on feminist and gendered politics. Kicking off with a 30 minute 'in conversation' with the author and the host, a discussion of approximately 45 minutes with audience members follows. Attendees need to register in advance and must be logged into a zoom account to access the webinar. Questions about the webinar series can be addressed to Farida Jalalzai, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jessica C. Smith, email@example.com.
Friday 16th July - 10:00 am-11:15am ET, PST; 3-4:15pm, GMT; 4-5:15 pm
Book: Feminist Democratic Representation (Oxford University Press)
Authors: Karen Celis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Sarah Childs, Royal Holloway University of London
Host: Jessica C. Smith, University of Southampton
Book Description: Popular consensus has long been that if "enough women" are present in political institutions they will represent "women's interests." Yet many believe that differences among women--women disagreeing about what is in "their interest"--fatally undermine both the principle and the practice of women's group representation. In this book, Karen Celis and Sarah Childs redress women's poverty of political representation with a new feminist account of democratic representation. Rather than giving up on women's group representation, Celis and Childs re-think and re-design representative institutions, taking women's differences--both ideological and intersectional--as their starting point.
Monday 16th August - 8:00-9:15 am, PST; 3-4:15pm, GMT; 4-5:15 pm
Book: Seeing Women, Strengthening Democracy: How Women in Politics Foster Connected Citizens (Oxford University Press)
Authors: Magda Hinojosa, Arizona State University, and Miki Caul Kittilson, Arizona State University
Zoom Webinar Registration Link: TBA
Book Description: This book asks how contexts promote women's interest and connection to democracy, and it looks to Latin America for answers. Magda Hinojosa and Miki Caul Kittilson find that the election of women to political office--particularly where women's presence is highly visible to the public--strengthens the connections between women and the democratic process. For women, seeing more "people like me" in politics changes attitudes and orientations toward government and politics. The authors therefore argue that far-reaching gender gaps can be overcome by more equitable representation in our political institutions.
Friday 17th September - 10-11:15am ET, PST; 3-4:15pm, GMT; 4-5:15 pm
Book: Violence Against Women in Politics (Oxford University Press)
Author Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University
Host: Farida Jalalzai, CLAHS
Zoom Webinar Registration Link: TBA
Books Description: Women have made significant inroads into politics in recent years, but in many parts of the world, their increased engagement has spurred attacks, intimidation, and harassment intended to deter their participation. This book provides the first comprehensive account of this phenomenon, exploring how women came to give these experiences a name-violence against women in politics-and lobby for its increased recognition by citizens, states, and international organizations. Drawing on research in multiple disciplines, Krook argues that violence against women in politics is not simply a gendered extension of existing definitions of political violence privileging physical aggressions against rivals. Rather, it is a distinct phenomenon involving a broad range of harms to attack and undermine women as political actors.