Editorial: Gender + Politics

Our first challenge: Bringing a closer yet broader lens on the interplay of gender and politics

For the first of our monthly themes, we wanted to hit the ground running with a deeply contemporary and debated topic.

While a fair amount of publications focus their attention on high visibility debates around this topic, we are hoping to bring to light certain issues left in their shadows, or bring a new perspective on issues that doesn’t necessarily reflect the views held by more vocal sources. 

It is important to note that the editors of Sensus seek to keep its platform politically and normatively neutral, hoping to promote a space for discussion and open dialogue rather than a strongly arbitrated publication. This means that especially on the issue of gender, the views reflected in certain articles will be the product of their writer’s conception of the issue, which might not align with our own. However, we would also like to stress the work of the editors in prohibiting any form of hateful, insensitive or incorrect writings being published. In a short handbook/manifesto to be presented later this year, we will outline these aims more clearly. 

On the choice of topic, one of the features that struck me personally was the amount of immediate interest from our current editors and contributors. Each individual, when presented with the theme, immediately had an idea or an issue in mind and knew how they wanted to approach it. Many pointed out something that they were particularly invested in, displaying almost a sense of excitement when presented with the opportunity to write about it. 

Furthermore, this gave us the opportunity to put our philosophy of publishing more focussed articles to the test. What’s reflected in the upcoming string of articles, 2-3 articles to be published every week, is a wide range of thinking and insights into issues of gender and politics alike. With a couple of regionally focussed articles, a few specific and inter-disciplinary articles, and even opinionated ones, Instead of bringing a summary of the issues presented, we hope to be able to add onto your current understanding of them. 

Maurits S. Bogaards

Maurits is a second year International Relations student at King’s College London writing as the Editor in Chief for Sensus. 

His particular interests of study and writing include international security, migration studies and international relations theory. 

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