ONLINELecture on Populist Regimes and Plans to Control Women

April 19, 2023 Free
‎Dr. ⁨Yofi Tirosh
Dr. Yofi Tirosh (Courtesy photo)

What is the role of gender in the rise of populist illiberal regimes? The case of Israel provides a timely opportunity to examine this question. Israel’s November 2022 elections mark an imminent danger of regime change: The newly elected government openly seeks to control the judiciary and minimize safeguards on civil rights, aiming to increase the depth and scope of religious Jewish law.

This lecture will analyze the gendered dimensions of the new government’s game plan. Dr. Yofi Tirosh will examine the proposed legal changes and their impact on women and LGBTQ+ legal status, seeking to understand their function and significance in the broader context of regime change. Is gender just a reflection of the larger picture, a microcosm that illustrates the general political trends? Or is it a primary motivation, a central axis of the regime’s entire raison d’etre? Focusing on the recently growing institutionalization of sex segregation and modesty in the public sphere, Tirosh suggests epistemic violence as a helpful theoretical paradigm for comprehending the mode of operation of contemporary illiberal regimes toward women.

Dr. Tirosh is an associate professor and vice dean at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and a research fellow at Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute. Her groundbreaking work on anti-discrimination law and the intersections between law, culture and the body has been published in leading international journals. Alongside her academic work, Tirosh is an award-winning public advocate of civil and women’s rights and a regular legal commentator on national media.

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