Eléonore Lépinard

Feminist whiteness, feminist ethical responsibility and femoresistance

Eléonore Lépinard, University of Lausanne
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This presentation draws on Eléonore Lépinard's book Feminist Trouble. Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times which investigates moral and political attachments to feminism in France and Québec in the context of rising femonationalism and islamophobia.

In this presentation Eléonore Lépinard delineates the contours of what she calls feminist whiteness and the ways in which it contributes to consolidate femonationalism in both contexts. Reflecting on the ways in which feminist whiteness undermines the promises of feminism, she argues that we must redefine feminism, not around a common identity but around a shared ethics of responsibility.


About the speaker

Eléonore Lépinard is Associate Professor in gender studies at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne. Her main areas of research are in the fields of feminist movements and theory, gender and law, intersectionality, and gender and political representation. Her new monograph, Feminist Trouble: Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times has just been released by Oxford University Press (2020). She is also the author of a book on the French parity reform (L'égalité introuvable: les féministes, la parité et la République, Presses de Sciences po, 2007), and of an introduction to feminist theories (Les théories en études de genre, with Marylène Lieber, La Découverte 2020). She is also the co-editor of several volumes: L’intersectionalité: enjeux théoriques et pratiques (Paris La Dispute 2016 with Farinaz Fassa and Marta Roca), a comparative volume on gender quotas in Europe, Transforming Gender Citizenship. The irresistible rise of gender quotas in Europe (with Ruth Rubio-Marin, Cambridge University Press, 2018), and Intersectionality in feminist and queer movements: challenging privileges (with Elizabeth Evans, Routledge 2020).