Postgraduate Seminar: Decolonizing Feminism
Intensive 2-Week Postgraduate Seminar: Decolonizing Feminism
When: August 22 – September 2 , 10am-1pm
Where: Level 11, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney
Instructors: Linda Martín Alcoff, Kiran Grewal, Allison Weir
What are the possibilities for an inclusive transnational feminist politics in the 21st century? How can feminists respond to continuing regimes of colonization, racialization, and imperialism, and resist the assumption that western culture provides the model of gender justice? This two-week seminar will explore new approaches to questions of gender justice and gender theory, including Indigenous and Islamic feminisms, postwestern perspectives, and postsecular, postcolonial, and transnational feminisms. We will discuss and analyze links between gender orders and colonial conquest and settlement, changing patterns of violence against women, and racializing discourses and knowledge regimes, to challenge dominant understandings of knowledge and law, agency and politics. We will also discuss new strategies for solidarity and resistance, including alliances between secular and spiritual feminisms, Indigenous and settler feminisms, and local and transnational movements, to consider ways to build solidarities across differences, and to create genuinely democratic theories and politics of transformation.
August 22: Introduction
August 23: The Question of Gender – Colonial and Decolonial understandings
August 24 and 25: Intersectionalities
August 26: “Do Muslim Women Need Freedom?”
August 29: Islamic feminisms
August 30: Indigenous feminisms
August 31: Contemporary Feminist Challenges: Sexual and gender-based violence
September 1: Co-option: the uses and misuses of feminism in other processes of domination
September 2: Transnational Feminism?