During stage 1 we will map how ‘anti-gender’ politics are produced and expressed in contemporary Europe, paying particular attention to the national case studies examining the UK, Poland, Switzerland, and Hungary as particularly important and revealing sites of the complexity of ‘anti-gender’ politics.
In stage 2 we will create new understandings of the effects of ‘anti-gender’ politics on everyday lives and forms of resistance, by using interviews, focus groups and a survey in nine case studies: Ireland, Spain, France, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Belarus, Greece, and transnational study of people living in exile in Europe.
As part of Stage 3 we will host workshops in the case study countries, bringing together 40 queer feminist collectives and organisations to generate collaborative research about existing strategies to counter ‘anti-gender’ politics and form the basis of a coordinated strategy for a transnational, intersectional, queer feminist network.
In stage 4 we will re-evaluate the existing theories and academic models against the lived experiences and practices that we have identified at the previous three stages. Together with our partners, we will generate concepts and tools that respond to anti-democratic threats.
In order to enable RESIST to make a difference, stage 5 will see the project share the findings, toolkits and resources to support those who seek to create more democratic societies. Thus we will work with our partners to offer a robust knowledge base and useful and relevant tools for community organisations and groups, policymakers and local authorities, and those who seek to create real world change within and beyond contemporary European societies.