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School of Social Sciences – The Quest for a Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy

  • Monash University, Clayton Campus Ancora Imparo Way Clayton, VIC, 3168 Australia (map)

Keynote Speaker: Karin Aggestam

Politics and International Relations Seminar Series

In 2014, the world’s first self-defined feminist government was formed in Sweden with the
explicit ambition to pursue a feminist foreign policy. Its conduct is still in the making and
focused on international agenda-setting and normative entrepreneurship. Yet, this talk underlines that this reorientation is distinct for two reasons. First, by adopting feminist terminology it elevates politics from a broadly consensual orientation of gender mainstreaming toward more controversial politics that challenges power hierarchies and gendered institutions. Second, it reorients foreign policy towards an ethically informed framework based on norms of global justice and peace.


Karin Aggestam is Pufendorf chair and professor of Political Science at Lund University and a visiting research professor at Monash University. Karin’s interdisciplinary research interests include peacebuilding, diplomacy,
gender, negotiation/mediation, hydropolitics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is presently book series co-editor on Law, Conflict and International Relations (Routledge) and lead author for the International Panel on Social Progress. Some of her most recent publications are Gendering diplomacy and international negotiation (forthcoming, 2017, Routledge); and Swedish feminist foreign policy in the making: Ethics, politics and gender (2016, Ethics and International Affairs).


For further information, please contact: Paul Muldoon, 99052972

Earlier Event: November 5
Cherchez la Femme: The Finale