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Emma Goldman Award 2021


Dr. Merav Amir


Sara Garbagnoli


Prof.dr. Ingrid Robeyns


Dr. Stefanie Claudine Boulila


Prof.dr. Anelis Kaiser Trujillo


Dr. Rosalind Cavaghan


Dr. Ana Miškovska Kajevska

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Dr. Merav Amir

Dr. Merav Amir

Dr. Merav Amir is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.


Merav Amir’s work is strongly based in cultural and political geography, but extends far beyond it. Her early work examined the development of new reproductive technologies, in which she carefully unpacked the emergence of the discourse on the biological clock. More recently, she has focused on critical perspectives on security and border making, and geographies of identities and embodiment using feminist and queer theory. Her regional expertise is on Palestine/Israel. Her new book on ‘Futureless Geographies’ will soon be published with Duke University Press. She is also the Principle Investigator of an ESRC research project which explores the use of torture as a political technology in colonial settings, in collaboration with the Public Committee against Torture in Israel.

She is a highly committed long-time activist with several feminist anti-occupation organisations in Israel, and with the University and College Union (UCU), the trade union at her university, campaigning for an equality-driven work environment.



  • Amir, M. (forthcoming 2021). ‘Putting Regret on Ice: On Anticipated Regret and the Marketing of Egg Freezing’, Time Temporalities and Motherhood, eds. Abi McNiven and Rachel Colls, London: Ashgate.

  • Amir, M. and H. Kotef (2018). ‘In-secure identities: On the securitization of abnormality’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36(2): 236-254.

  • Amir, M. (2014) ‘Women Speaking of National Security: The Case of Checkpoint Watch’, International Political Sociology 8(4): 363–378.

  • Kotef, H. and M. Amir (2007). ‘(En)Gendering Checkpoints: Checkpoint Watch and the Repercussions of Intervention’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 32(4): 973-996.

  • Amir, M. (2006). ‘Bio-Temporality and Social Regulation: The Emergence of the Biological Clock’, Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics 18: 47-72.

Dr. Stefanie Claudine Boulila

Dr. Stefanie Claudine Boulila

Dr. Stefanie Claudine Boulila is Lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 

Stefanie Boulila, trained in sociology and gender studies, covered a lot of ground in her research, teaching and organizing work so far, moving across Europe too, from Switzerland to the UK, to Germany and back to Switzerland.

Her publications show the wide scope of her engagement. While her PhD thesis was on “Dancing Salsa in Post-Thinking Europe: Gender and Sexuality Discourses among Salsa Dancers in Switzerland and England”, her impressive recent book is called ‘Race in Post-racial Europe: an intersectional analysis’.

Since 2019, she teaches Critical Social Work at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She has a vast teaching record, on gender, sociology, international development, anti-racism, cultural studies, critical diversity studies, queer studies and feminist theory.

She is a member of the Swiss Young Academy and was a very active board member of ATGENDER in the recent past.

She is currently working on a participative research project about the lived experiences of LGBTIQ parents in rural alpine Switzerland.


  • Boulila, S.C. (2020) Advancing Liveable Lives for Lesbians in Europe – Intersectional Challenges and Future Policy-Making. German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

  • Boulila, S.C. (2020) ‘Straight(ening) Salsa? The Heterosexual Matrix, Romance and Disciplinary Spaces’, Leisure Studies, 39:4, 519-531.

  • Boulila, S.C. (2019) Race in Post-racial Europe: An Intersectional Analysis. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

  • Boulila, S.C. (2019) ‘Race and Racial Denial in Switzerland’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42:9, 1401-1418.

  • Boulila, S.C. & Carri, C. (2017) ‘On Cologne: Gender, Migration and unacknowledged Racisms in Germany’, European Journal of Women’s Studies 24:3, 286-293.

Dr. Rosalind Cavaghan

Dr. Rosalind Cavaghan

Dr. Rosalind Cavaghan is an independent Expert and Research Consultant, as well as a Visiting Researcher at GenderED, at the University of Edinburgh.

After an award-winning dissertation in 2013 that became the great book ‘Making Gender Equality Happen: Knowledge, Change and Resistance in Gender Mainstreaming’, Rosalind started the precarious existence of postdoc life with a Marie Curie post doc in Nijmegen. She has since balanced earning a living based largely on consultancy with independent, cutting edge research on the politics of knowledge, economic governance and gender, and feminist political economy.

Next to a stint teaching at Tampere University Finland, she also advised the Scottish Government and the European Institute for Gender Equality. She is a Trustee of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group (one of the best in Europe) where she’s focused on Just, Green Transitions. She is an excellent speaker, and dedicated activist within the academic community to carve out more space for anti-racist feminist engagement.



  • Cavaghan, R and Elomaki E, (forthcoming Autumn 2021) Dead Ends and Blind Spots: The Epistemological Foundations of the Crisis in Social Reproduction, Journal of Common Market Studies

  • Cavaghan, R. and Elomaki A. (2021) Feminist Political Economy and Its Explanatory Promise, in The Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics, Gabriele Ables, Andrea Krizsan, Heather MacRae and Anna van der Vleuten (Eds), Routledge

  • Cavaghan, R (2020) Constraints and Possibilities for Intersectional Practice in Gender Budgeting Activism, Social Politics, 7 (4),  in Special Issue ‘Experts Idiots and Liars: The Gender Politics of Knowledge in Turbulent Times’ (guest editors Rosalind Cavaghan and Teresa Kulawik)

  • Cavaghan, R. (2017) Making Gender Equality Happen: Knowledge, Change and Resistance in EU Gender Mainstreaming, Routledge: London

  • Cavaghan, R. (2013) Gender Mainstreaming as a Knowledge Process: Epistemic Barriers to Eradicating Gender Bias, Critical Policy Studies, 7 (4)

Sara Garbagnoli

Sara Garbagnoli

Sara Garbagnoli Garbagnoli is an independent researcher affiliated to LEGS
(CNRS – Université de Paris 8) and to PoliTeSse (Università di Verona).

Sara Garbagnoli is a feminist and sociologist, committed to research at the crossroads of feminist theory, discourse analysis and sociology of social movements, focusing on the historical process in the emergence of gender studies and the resistances raising against it.

With a solid record of scholarly contributions, she is also implicated in civil society debates in Italy and France.

For already many years, she has been involved in research on anti-gender campaigns, analysing the rhetoric of the Vatican, as well as activities and discourses of far rights parties and actors. In 2017, she published the book La croisade anti-genre. Du Vatican aux manif pour tous, co-written with Massimo Prearo (Textuel, 2017), also translated in Italian (Kaplan, 2018).

Part of a network of scholars and activists that develops the understanding of the writings of Monique Wittig, Christine Delphy and Colette Guillaumin, she is playing a crucial role in spreading the research on lesbianism and materialist feminism.



Garbagnoli, S. (2020) Questions minoritaires, réponses majeures : remarques sur la colère majoritaire, Penser avec Colette Guillaumin aujourd’hui, Cahiers du genre, n°68, p. 55-73.
Garbagnoli, S. with Prearo M. (2017) La croisade ‘anti-genre’. Du Vatican aux manif pour tous. Paris: Textuel.

Garbagnoli, S. (2017) Italy as a lighthouse: Anti-gender Protests in Italy between Human Anthropology and National Identity in Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe (D. Paternotte, R. Kuhar eds), Rowman & Littlefeld.
Garbagnoli, S. (2016) Against the Heresy of Immanence: Vatican’s ‘Gender’ as a New Rhetorical Device Against the Denaturalization of the Sexual Order, Religion and Gender 6(2), p.187-204.

Garbagnoli, S. and Perilli V. (eds) (2014) Non si nasce donna. Percorsi, testi e contesti del femminismo materialista, Rome: Alegre.

Garbagnoli, S. (2012) Denaturalizzare il normale. L’interrogazione paradossale degli studi di genere e sessualità in Genesis. Rivista della Società italiana delle storiche, XI/1-2, p. 193-229.

Prof.dr. Anelis Kaiser Trujillo

Prof.dr. Anelis Kaiser Trujillo

Prof.dr. Anelis Kaiser Trujillo, Professor Gender Studies in STEM, University of Freiburg.

Anelis Kaiser Trujillo is working against the grain of her disciplines of neurosciences and psychology, doing work that is not always welcomed warmly, but is highly necessary to infuse those disciplines with more feminist critical thinking. Her innovative work is on sex/gender, taking also class, race, ethnicity into account in showing the fractured nature of genders and sexualities. Academically, she worked in various precarious positions in Germany and Switzerland.

She is one of the founders of the Network Neurogenderings: Critical Studies of the Sexed Brain (with Isabelle Dussage), since 2010, and still an active member of its steering committee. She has extensive teaching experience, is committed to changing the numbers of women working in academic STEM fields and thinks European Gender Studies has so much to learn from Latin American decolonial feminism.

Tackling the hegemonic neuroscience bastion for all of us, we are very grateful for her work on this.



Dr. Ana Miškovska Kajevska

Dr. Ana Miškovska Kajevska

Dr. Ana Miškovska Kajevska, independent researcher, also affiliated to the University of Amsterdam

Ana Miškovska Kajevska defended her award-winning doctoral thesis at the University of Amsterdam, and turned it into the wonderful book ‘Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s’ (Routledge, 2017). Unpacking common myths about feminist clashes in and around the (post-)Yugoslav wars, she has shown that she really masters the skills of critical thinking and sound scholarly sociohistorical analysis.

Since then, she has mainly been back to her native North Macedonia, sharing the fate of so many of her generation (fellow non-EU/EEA nationals, in particular), hopping around collecting precious precarious smaller job positions. Still, she managed to keep up the scholarly work, too, publishing on opposition to feminist politics, abortion politics, divisions in times of Covid, and LGBT activism.

She was a Junior Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna in 2018, a visiting researcher at the Open Society Archives in Budapest in 2019, and she remains a supporter of various struggles for social justice. Her guest lectures and talks target and make bridges between the scholarly, professional and activist communities and knowledge. 


Miškovska Kajevska, A. (2020). ‘Kako se delevme vo vreme na KOVID-19?’ [How We Divided Ourselves in the Time of COVID-19?]. In: Bliznakovski, J. & Todorov, P. (eds.) Nie nasproti drugite: Simbolički podelbi vo Severna Makedonija [We versus the Others: Symbolic Divisions in North Macedonia]. Skopje: Centar za istražuvanje na nacionalizmot i kulturata. []

Miškovska Kajevska, A. (2018). ‘Suspending Democracy, Harming Gender Equality: The 2013 Law on Pregnancy Termination in Macedonia’. In: Verloo, M. (ed.) Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe. New York & London: Routledge.

Miškovska Kajevska, A. (2018). ‘A Foe of Democracy, Gender and Sexual Equality in Macedonia: The Disturbing Role of the Party VMRO-DPMNE’. In: Politics and Governance, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 55–66.

Miškovska Kajevska, A. (2017). Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s. London & New York: Routledge.

Miškovska Kajevska, A. (2016). ‘Growing Oppression, Growing Resistance: LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in Macedonia’. In: Bilić, B. (ed.) LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in the Post-Yugoslav Space: On the Rainbow Way to Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Prof.dr. Ingrid Robeyns

Prof.dr. Ingrid Robeyns

Prof.dr. Ingrid Robeyns, Chair ‘Ethics of institutions’, Utrecht University & PI ERC Consolidator project ‘Fair Limits’.

Since her PhD in 2002 with Amartya Sen, on ‘Gender inequality: a Capability Perspective’, Ingrid has broadened her attention to inequalities related to class (notably: wealth), neurodiversity, and climate change. Trained in economics and philosophy, she has strong interest in feminist economics, economic ethics and economic inequalities. She is finishing the Fair Limits project, which involves a philosophical analysis of limits in the distribution of economic and ecological resources. On this she also published a book in Dutch towards a wider audience, called Rijkdom (wealth). In this book she argues that it is morally objectionable to be excessively rich. Since also writes for the collective blog Crooked Timber.

In the Netherlands, she is also well known for her very visible activism for better working conditions and the reversal of austerity measures at universities.



  • Robeyns, I. (2019) ‘What if anything is wrong with extreme wealth?’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 20(3), 251-266.

  • Hens, K, I. Robeyns and K. Schaubroek (2018) ‘The Ethics of Autism’, Philosophy Compass,

  • Robeyns, I. (2017) Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-examined, Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.

  • Robeyns, I. (2017) ‘Freedom and responsibility – Sustainable prosperity through a capability lens’, CUSP Essay Series on the Morality of Sustainable Prosperity #4.

  • Robeyns, I. (2020), ‘Gender and the metric of justice’, in: H Brighouse and I. Robeyns (eds.) Measuring Justice Cambridge University Press.

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