In recent years, the resurgence of populist leaders across the Americas has sparked a renewed interest in the concept. Many scholars, however, have paid scant attention to the relationship between populism and gender, perhaps due to the fact that these leaders have historically been men. A masculinized political logic and language pervades and has been normalized within populist movements and among those who analyze them. This symposium will draw lessons from Latin America and beyond seeking to understand populism's contemporary resurgence from a gendered perspective to. It will do so by examining the role women have played in populist political movements, ways leaders have mobilized ethnoracialized visions and languages of masculinity and femininity in party and movement building, and the complicated relationship between populist rhetoric and feminism. Through the lens of gender and an understanding of language as a resource and legitimation tool, we seek to gain a more complex and nuanced understanding of the diverse movements under the expansive umbrella of populism and assess its effects in our daily lives.
Federico Finchelstein (The New School)
Sara R. Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Carlos de la Torre (University of Kentucky)
Sahar Abi-Hassan (Boston University)