Date of Submission

Spring 2023

Academic Program

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures; Division of Social Studies; Politics

Project Advisor 1

Michelle Murray

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Through this paper we seek to demonstrate how the application of an ontological security (OS) perspective to France’s model of feminist foreign policy, diplomatie féministe, enables us to locate an entirely different set of goals than the policy framework itself would lead us to believe. By exposing several key OS-related practices throughout France’s discourse on their shiny new policy, such as the use of narratives and routines, we locate France’s shift to a feminist foreign policy framework in a wider effort to respond to a heightened sense of ontological insecurity, thus demonstrating the potential for such a policy to be used not as a tool for change, but rather as a tool for stasis. Finally, using France’s model as a test case, we further tease out its implications for the broader relationship between feminism and foreign policy, leading us to question: can feminist foreign policy really be feminist?

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