Emma Goldman Awards 2023


The IWM is honored to have hosted the Emma Goldman Awards 2023 ceremony. The FLAX Foundation awards the Emma Goldman Awards and Emma Goldman Snowball Awards to talented and engaged scholars working on feminist and inequality issues in Europe since 2020. 

The FLAX Foundation generates and supports innovative research and knowledge on feminist and inequality issues in Europe to contribute to a society with more social justice, equality, and solidarity. By providing researchers with the space and time to immerse themselves in their work and by helping to showcase that work, the Foundation seeks to stimulate the development of social sciences and the humanities regarding inequalities and social justice.

The IWM Rector, Misha Glenny, opened the evening with a welcome address. Then Susan Zimmermann spoke about Women’s Trade-unionist Internationalism and the Politics of Women’s Work: Crossing Borders in the 1950s. This was followed by Stefanie Boulila's reflections on Anti-racist Feminism and the Cultural Politics of Democracy. The presentation of this year's awardees was the highlight of the evening. IWM Permanent Fellow and Chair of the FLAX Board of Trustees, Mieke Verloo, presided over the ceremony.

Susan Zimmermann studies social movements and labour and gender politics in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on international settings, Austria-Hungary, and state-socialist Europe. She published Women’s Politics and Men’s Trade Unionism: International Gender Politics, IFTU Women Trade Unionists and the Labour and Women’s Movements of the Interwar Period (in German) (Löcker Verlag 2021). Together with Eloisa Betti, Leda Papastefanaki, and Marica Tolomelli, she co-edited Women, Work, and Activism: Chapters of an Inclusive History of Labor in the Long Twentieth Century (CEU Press 2022).

Stefanie Boulila is head of research at the Institute of Sociocultural Community Development at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and a 2021 Emma Goldman Awardee. As a transdisciplinary social scientist, Stefanie is passionate about using critical theories and emancipatory research methods to advance the understanding of intersectional inequalities in their material and symbolic dimensions. Stefanie currently leads a work package in the Horizon Europe project “RESIST - Fostering Queer Feminist Intersectional Resistances against Transnational Anti-Gender Politics.”

Please find a recording of the ceremony below