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POSTPONED: SPAN Postdoc Talk: Annie Wilkinson

When: Sunday, September 1, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: SPAN Program Assistant   (847) 467-4957

Group: The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)

Category: Academic


"The End of Gender: Project 2025 and the Authoritarian Threat to Gender Justice"

Are you wondering what will happen to reproductive rights, queer people, and trans folks if Republicans win the 2024 presidential election? There's a plan for that. It's called Project 2025, and its revanchist vision for "saving America" includes 'making gender sex again.' For starters. This talk explores the centrality of gender politics for authoritarian movements through an in-depth examination of Project 2025, the 900+ page plan designed by a broad coalition of right-wing organizations to ensure the consolidation of American authoritarianism and Christian nationalism in United States. Through an examination of what it seeks to accomplish and how, Wilkinson analyzes the centrality of gendered hierarchy to authoritarian movements like those behind Project 2025 and how authoritarian movements around the world are strategically deploying anti-gender rhetoric to build power by threatening to obliterate the very concept of “gender” itself.

Annie Wilkinson is a feminist and political anthropologist whose research ethnographically examines the transnational politics of anti-gender movements in the Americas and their imbrications with rising authoritarianisms around the world. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Feminist Politics, Feminist Anthropology, Social Anthropology, and North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and has been supported by the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly Woodrow Wilson Foundation), and the US-Mexican Studies Center at the University of California San Diego.

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