Anti-Genderism and Children’s Agency in Far-Right European Politics
Anti-genderist politics have been traced to a specter well-known to practicing Catholics: the pervasive abuse of minors within the Church. My focus in this presentation will be on Austrian media about the 1995 case of Hans Hermann Groer. Austrian Catholics articulated outrage at abuse alongside demands to change church politics in favor of more democratic processes (Mitbestimmung). Because the Vatican is explicitly illiberal in its hierarchies, how questions of democratic participation are handled in the Church is an important case study for understanding how the right-wing limits children’s agency.
About the German Studies Seminar
The Newberry Library German Studies Seminar series provides a forum for scholarship-in-progress in the area of German studies. The seminar is particularly interested in papers that cross disciplinary boundaries and that reconceptualize the materials and conventions of German Studies as a field, including beyond the frames of the German language and nation state. Like all Newberry Scholarly Seminars, meetings are conversational and free and open to faculty, graduate students, and members of the public, who register in advance to request papers.