Featured Roundtable

Promoting gender & sexuality studies in times of hostility

In recent months, attacks on gender and sexuality studies have increased in Europe. These attacks take diverse forms: pressuring scholars to avoid research onto sensitive issues; suspending teaching programmes or defunding research institutions; actively persecuting and incarcerating scholars engaging in critical research; or threatening the integrity of critical scholars.

Such threats raise crucial concerns for academic freedom and researchers’ personal safety in the region. They also constitute a major challenge to the existence of gender and sexuality studies in Europe today.

This roundtable pursues two main goals. First, how do we keep promoting gender and sexuality studies in times of increasing hostility? Second, how do we react, at personal and institutional levels, to these attacks?

The panellists, who come from different parts of Europe, have all been involved in gender and sexuality studies programmes and organisations nationally and internationally. They have also been recently active in the study of opposition to gender in the region.


David Paternotte


Isabelle Engeli, University of Exeter

Anikó Gregor, Eötvös Loránd University

Weronika Grzebalska, Polish Academy of Science

Ov Cristian Norocel, University Libre de Bruxelles

Massimo Prearo, University of Verona

Mieke Verloo, Radboud University