Hegemonic Feminism, Neoliberalism, and Endless War.

Hester Eisenstein, a native New Yorker, is a professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her previous books include Contemporary Feminist Thought (1983) and Inside Agitators: Australian Femocrats and the State (1996). Her most recent book Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World (Paradigm Publishers, 2009) came out in paperback in 2010.
After getting her Ph.D. in French history from Yale University, she taught at Yale, Barnard College (Columbia University), and the State University of New York at Buffalo, and served as a “femocrat” in the state government of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She was the Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Queens from 1996 to 2000, and is vice-chair of the Queens College chapter of the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, the faculty and staff union for the City University of New York.

I will explore the relationship between what I have called “hegemonic” or mainstream feminism, particularly in its United States incarnation, but not unrelated to certain forms of state feminism in Europe, to the neoliberal regime of international capital, and the prosecution of a seemingly endless war on terrorism from Afghanistan and Libya to Syria and beyond. In what ways does the use of a certain kind of official or state feminism aid and abet the goals of international capital? In recent years international financial institutions have championed the idea of « developing » women as the key to ending poverty. But I argue that this concept of “developing” women is a kind of Trojan horse for the project of ensuring the opening of capitalist market places, and of destabilizing governments that impede this project.

Vendredi 26 octobre
9h00 – 10h45
Amphimax, Anthropos Café
Panel – Quel agenda féministe ?: Le féminisme au défi de l’oppression néocoloniale.

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