This project explores the increased use of separatism as a practice for creating safety.
To argue for the need of separatism is not something new. The women’s movement has always emphasized the importance of creating women-only places in order to strengthen women and enhance emancipation. In recent years, however, the mobilisation of separatist places has increased, with the aim of creating safety. With this project we ask what this development can tell us about contemporary Swedish society and the possibilities to work to promote gender equality.
This project puts separatist spaces in focus, which is explored in three interrelated parts. In order to grasp the different forms of spaces of separatism that are publicly discussed, this project start with a “mapping” about spaces of separatism in Sweden. The second part will focus on the making of specific places of separatism as more permanent solutions, at certain times, or through specific arrangements. The third part of the project, will specifically focus on the resistance that gender separatist mobilization faces.