Special Issue "Radical Right Populism, Religion and Women’s Rights"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The well-known phenomenon of radical right-wing populism has been both theoretically and empirically studied, especially within Europe.

Different scholars have pointed out how right-wing populism seeks to mobilize religion for its own ends; however, the relationship between radical right-wing populism and religion remain deeply understudied.

On the one hand, these movements, relying on identity politics, insist on the Christian origins of Europe, capitalizing on Islamophobic attitudes.

In this vein, Farris (2017) proposes the term femonationalism, referring to a combination of the terms of feminism and femocratic nationalism, focusing on how these movements have started to adopt the language of women’s rights—central to European and Western civilization—as an opportunistic way in which to strengthen their exclusionary messages, especially against Islam and Muslim immigrants.

Accordingly, the queer scholar Jasbir Puar (2007) talks about homonationalism to describe the new way in which gay rights have strategically been used to mobilize against Muslims and to racialize non-Western others.

On the other hand, religion has been used to openly fight feminism (see, for example, “anti-gender” movements). Saresma (2018) defines “gender populism” as a system that formally acknowledges equality between men and women, while at the same time ascribing masculinities and femininities with essentialist biological traits that aim to consolidate the legitimacy of the heteronormative nuclear family.

In this Special Issue, we will examine the religious dimension of populism and its relation to gender—especially women’s rights. To do so, we will bring together scholars of religion, politics and gender studies. To that effect, we are inviting contributions from different disciplines, addressing specific case studies, as well as comparative analyses.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for consideration in this Special Issue, please email the guest editor by November 15, 2020 with a title and abstract (email: [email protected], subject: Religions abstract). Full papers are due by March 1, 2020.

Dr. Laura Cervi
Guest Editor

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  • right wing
  • populism
  • religion
  • feminism
  • women’s rights

Published Papers

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