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The established agenda of diversity and inclusion with its concomitant discussions of means and ends has been sustained
over the past year, as the Covid-19 pandemic, the resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests and the second wave of #MeToo
have all continued to alert us to persistent structural inequalities and discrimination, particularly foregrounding the intersectionalities
of gender, race, and class. Current movements, then, question the assumed progress of mainstream diversity and inclusion initiatives.
While such initiatives are, undoubtedly relevant, necessary and needed, they also carry with them problems, complications
and backlash. The narrative of success and the sole emphasis on individual performances, in particular, enables backlash to
current movements as marked by, for example, #NotAllMen and #AllLivesMatter and complicates the struggle for recognition and
Critique, therefore, continues to be a condition of possibility for feminist progress, as we must reflect upon the pervasive injustices of society as well as the inadequacies of our own response. Upholding a critical stance, however, can be tough and draining, and we need spaces for hope and care, spaces of feminist repair, that may fortify the continued push forward. At the EGOS Colloquium 2022, we hope to continue the development of such a space, which was initiated at the 2022 Colloquium by inviting to continuous discussion of our definitions of and desires for the EGOS Women’s Network Meeting:
Who do we include and who do we privilege in the current organization?
Who is a woman, and what is a network?
How can we do things differently as women to initiate change?
Might these terms risk reproducing problematic ideas of neoliberal empowerment?
(How) might we envision alternatives?
What are our hopes for the future?
And how do we plan to get there?
This year’s EGOS Women’s Network Meeting seeks to put inclusivity and its potential backlashes at the forefront of our agenda through two rounds of discussions:
First, we hope to provide a space for repair, for sharing stories and experiences from the last year, and for consideration of how these experiences have influenced our community.
- Second, we invite discussion
of what a (post-) Covid-19, BLM, #MeToo EGOS Women’s Network might look like. How do we connect, network and collaborate with
each other to tackle what urgent issues? Who do we include for forging strength and making changes for sustainable development?
How do we equip ourselves (theoretically and practically) to confront new challenges?