Gender, the Independence Debate and Beyond: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives

Room: 
City Hall - John Barbirolli Room
Time Slot: 
Monday 30th March 16:00 - 17:30
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Craig McAngus (University of Aberdeen )
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Angela O'Hagan (Glasgow Caledonian University)
  • Dr Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Karen Johnston (Glasgow Caledonian University)

This panel, organized by the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group, assesses the aftermath of the independence referendum in Scotland, looking at the relationship between gender, the independence debate, and beyond, as we move towards a new constitutional settlement. The papers draw on a range of different theoretical perspectives to assess the opportunities and challenges posed for women by constitutional debates – focusing on the arenas of public policy formulation (Angela O’Hagan), women’s movement organizing (Alba Alonso), and constitutional design (Meryl Kenny). Several of the papers are comparative in focus – engaging with lessons learned from independence movements, peace and constitution-making processes elsewhere. The papers also offer some reflections on Scotland and the UK’s constitutional future, and the potential impact of these processes for women and for gender equality.