SAGS Conference 2021

Women's Suffrage and Democracy Today: Critique, Memory, Visions

November 26-27, 2021, University of Zurich

Hoda Elsadda, Cairo
Andrea Maihofer, Basel
Nanjala Nyabola, Nairobi 

The occasion and backdrop of the conference in 2021 is the 50th anniversary of Swiss women’s right to vote, introduced in 1971. The conference tackles the theme of «women’s suffrage and democracy» from a democracy and gender theoretical, intersectional and postcolonial perspective with a focus on both Switzerland and the situation in other countries and contexts. First, we are interested in critical analyses of concepts of democracy, political participation, and citizenship regarding their inclusions and exclusions. A second emphasis lies on historic and current manifestations of memory cultures in relation to denied and hard-won political rights in Switzerland and worldwide. Finally, attention will be devoted to contributions focusing on envisioning gender-just societies and politics as well as conceptions of comprehensive political rights and political participation in society. We will consider submissions from all disciplines that engage with one or several key aspects of the conference theme.

Critique: Our first focus lies on critical analyses of conceptions of democracy, political participation, and citizenship with regard to systematic inclusions and exclusions in Switzerland as well as other countries and contexts.

Memory: Our second focus lies on possibilities and limitations of the remembrance of the (historic) injustice regarding the denied and hard-won right to wom*n’s suffrage.

Visions: Our third emphasis lies on normative, emancipatory and activist approaches to conceptualizing fundamental political rights and visions of a gender-just politics and society.

Call for Papers

Organizing Committee: Dominique Grisard (Universität Basel), Lea Küng (FHNW), Sabine Kradolfer (HES-SO), Andrea Maihofer (Universität Basel), Katrin Meyer (Universität Zürich), Katharina Pelzelmayer (Careum, Zürich), Yunna Skliarova (Universität Zürich)

Cooperation: The conference of the SAGS takes place in cooperation with the conference of the Swiss Institute of feminist legal studies and gender law (FRI) on the theme “women’s suffrage and democracy: the fabric of (in)justice” (September 9-11, 2021). The two conferences themes complement each other while focusing on discrete key aspects.

Conference Fees*

- Students and unemployed: at their own discretion
- SAGS members: CHF 50
- Part-time earners: CHF 60
- Full-time earners: CHF 100
- Benefactors: CHF 150


*We offer an on-site possibility of child care.

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