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CANCELLED: Towards a Feminist Global Trade Politics

March 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This event has been cancelled.

Socially progressive globalisation in a post-neoliberal era must recognise the centrality of gendered and other social hierarchies to the deeper workings of the global political economy and actively seek to dismantle them. In practice, this involves (1) redefining the purpose of global trade in ways that value, prioritise and support progressive forms of social reproduction; (2) centering trade policy on a holistic understanding of the economy and; (3) democratising global trade relations. In this talk, Erin Hannah will outline a feminist International Political Economy (IPE) theoretical perspective for understanding global trade, take stock of a range of gender and trade initiatives pursued by various trade actors and organisations to show where progressive reforms have already been taken and where these fall short, and make concrete suggestions on how to formulate trade policies in line with globalist, feminist prerogatives.

About the speaker

Erin Hannah is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include innovative pedagogy, gender and trade, development, global governance, global civil society, and the role of expert knowledge in global trade. She has published extensively on these topics in Review of International Political Economy, Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of World Trade, World Trade Review, World Economy, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Civil Society, Politics, and Global Policy. She is co-editor (with James Scott and Silke Trommer) of Expert Knowledge in Global Trade (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015) and author of NGOs and Global Trade: non-state voices in EU trade policymaking (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016). Erin is engaged in two collaborative projects with Silke Trommer and Adrienne Roberts from the University of Manchester, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the UK and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): “Gendering Global Trade through Canada-UK Trade Relationships” and “She Trades: Gendering Global Trade Governance”. Erin is a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo.


March 16, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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