Working Group 4: Intersecting Marginalities

WG Leader: Hanne Østhus (Oslo, Norway)

WG Co-Leader: Natalia Jarska (Warsaw, Poland)

Contact: osthushanne@gmail.com

The working group “Intersecting Marginalities” focuses on asymmetrical power relations around difference markers such as gender, age, legal status, class, race, religion or sexual orientation.

“Intersecting Marginalities” explores the ways that acts of bigotry and persecution based on these differences interrelate to create a system of asymmetrical dependencies and discriminations. It analyses systemic injustice, social inequalities and coercive mechanisms at work in new ways, with a focus on the interrelations between power structures and individual agency.

WG 4 applies intersectional analysis, until now largely confined to feminist theory and studies of contemporary society, to the history of work. At the same time, it contributes to the full historicisation of intersectionality.

The working group is currently planning three projects with specific outcomes:

  • A Special Issue in a peer-reviewed journal with the tentative title “Intersectional Approaches on Coerced Labour”. The publication will be edited by the leaders of WG 4 Natalia Jarska (MC Member, Poland) and Hanne Østhus (MC Member, Norway). Working group members are invited to contribute.
  • The WG 4 members Fia Sundevall (MC Member, Sweden), Christine De Matos (nominated as MC Observer, Australia), Julia Heinemann (Austria) and Anders Ahlbäck (Finland and Sweden) are coordinating a special issue on “Gender, War and Coerced Labour”.  More information to be announced.
  • Several members of WG 4 have initiated a sub-group on “State Socialism and Coercion”. The sub-group is planning reading seminars and possible panels for the next WORCK Conference, taking place in summer 2021 in Vienna. Contact person: Natalia Jarska.