February 22-24, 2017
Application Deadline Extended: January 17, 2017; 7,5 + 7,5 credits;
Course Location: Linköping University, Sweden.
This InterGender course will introduce the decolonial option as a contemporary non-western critical thought and practice. We will dwell on the key concepts and tools of decolonial analysis, particularly in relation to Western and other non-Western feminisms. The course will also consider intersections and differences in various kinds of decolonial feminist critique stemming from diverse local histories, geopolitics and corpopolitics of knowledge, being and sensing. The course is divided into three interrelated strands. The first strand will discuss the seminal decolonial feminist texts (by authors such as Maria Lugones, Chela Sandoval, Sylvia Marcos and others) thereby engaging in a critical discussion of such vital issues as coloniality of gender, the modern/colonial gender paradox, the deep coalitions, etc. The second strand will focus on indigenous feminisms in Mesoamerica. We will review some of the salient epistemic issues reclaimed from the ancestral roots that indigenous feminisms are building upon today. These roots constitute categories that give their struggles for justice a decolonial thrust. For instance, a concept like equality, when reinterpreted within an indigenous philosophical background, becomes gender parity, duality, equilibrium and gender fluidity. Such poly-facetic reinterpretations will be presented through an analysis of contemporary actions and struggles by women, specifically within the Zapatista Movement. The third strand will explore the possibility of applying decolonial tools in the context of postsocialist Eastern Europe. In particular, this strand will consider whether decolonial framework could be a useful thinking technology to trouble the Western-centric and universalizing tendencies characteristic to certain predominant articulations of transnational feminisms that commonly attribute a lag narrative to Eastern Europe.
Madina Tlostanova, Professor, Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden.
Sylvia Marcos, Researcher/Professor and founder of the Permanent Seminar on Gender and Anthropology at the Institute for Anthropological Research (IIA, UNAM) at the UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. www.sylviamarcos.wordpress.com
Redi Koobak, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden.
Further information: Decolonial Feminisms