Working Group 4: Intersecting Marginalities

WG Leader: Hanne Østhus (Oslo, Norway)

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


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.