Feminism after Hillary. With Nancy Fraser and Hannah Helseth
The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, 4,5 million people took to the streets in Women’s Marches all over the world, in one of the largest civil rights demonstrations in history. Hannah Helseth and Nancy Fraser will discuss the road ahead for feminism.
The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, 4,5 million people took to the streets in Women’s Marches all over the world, in one of the largest civil rights demonstrations in history. Many fear that the rise of populism will cause a backlash in hard-won rights for women and minorities. At the same time, within the Women’s March movement, there are different views as to the road ahead, whether to continue down Hillary Clinton’s path, or if there is a need for a new feminist strategy.
Nancy Fraser is a prominent American feminist and critical theorist, and Professor at the New School of Social Research in New York. For the last three years, she has also been Professor II at Center for Gender Research at the University of Oslo. Fraser has long problematized feminism’s turn to identity politics, and emphasized how this individualist feminism goes hand in hand with neoliberalism, without confronting skewed power structures and growing inequality.
Has feminism become too individualist, shying away from systemic criticism? The debate exploded after Hillary Clinton lost, and it has reached Scandinavia. What is the potential, and the road ahead, for the Women’s March movement? Do we see signs of a new kind of feminism after Hillary?
Hannah Helseth is a sociologist, writer and PhD candidate at the Center for Gender Research at the University of Oslo. She will meet Nancy Fraser for a conversation about the future for feminism.
The conversation will be in English.