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Re-Patriarchisation of Female Bodies: Nationalism and Abortion Crisis in Poland

This essay engages in Foucauldian understanding of power-knowledge to explore the intersection between the notions of nation, gender and sexuality, that produces gendered dimension of nationalism. It takes the case of Poland to contextualise reproduction, abortion and women’s rights in the light of nationalist policies and aims to illustrate the influence of far-right nationalism on the control over women’s reproductive rights and marginalisation of the LGBTQ community. It also highlights the dangers of state’s monopolisation of ‚public health‘ and the subjugation of women’s rights to re-patriarchised family policies, particularly, in the times of the pandemic, when policies strictly regulating women’s reproductive rights may slide through under the pretext of ‚common good‘ – demographic growth.

Foucault und die Frage des Politischen: Eine Bestandsaufnahme

Oliver Marchart and Renate Martinsen have edited a German volume that connects Foucault with the question of the political and attempts to establish new perspectives on contemporary issues of political theory and our political present: Foucault und das Politische: Transdisziplinäre Impulse für die politische Theorie der Gegenwart (Wiesbaden: Springer 2019). The papers of the volume reflect basic terms of political theory and philosophy, relate Foucault’s oeuvre to the works of other famous theorists and show the wide range of Foucault’s analyses in terms of criticizing and rethinking the foundations of society and political life.