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Keynote Speakers

We are happy to present our five keynote speakers on the conference g19 in Gothenburg. They are all invited to speak on different aspects of the conference theme Rethinking Knowledge Regimes – Solidarities & Contestations.

 

Intersectionality’s appropriation? A critical dispute about feminist knowledge regimes and their contestations


Helma Lutz, professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

The idea that knowledge production can be neutral, unbiased and disembodied has been criticized by the US feminist historian Donna Haraway many decades ago when she characterized this ‘god-trick’ as a strategy of powerful (white and male) theoreticians who ignore that knowledge is produced in resonating spaces of contradictions and hierarchies and is, therefore, always situated. Generally speaking, a critique of power relations with regard to dominant gender orders is regarded as a foundational insight in gender research and teaching. A continuously debated theme within Gender Studies, however, is the crosscutting of racist regimes of dominance and oppression with gender regimes. Black feminists, People of Color and feminists from the Global South have rightly insisted, that feminist knowledge production and transfer needs to tackle racism and should be decolonized.

One of the tools to uncover racism and discrimination which has been developed by US-American Black feminists and activists – like The Combahee River Collective, Angela Davis, Patricia Hill Collins, Kimberly Crenshaw – is intersectionality. Its 30th birthday is celebrated in 2019. Intersectionality has been internationally embraced by Gender Studies and beyond fervently, but at the same time, various ‘white’ scholars are accused of misusing, ‘whitening’ or ‘appropriating’ the concept as a ‘neoliberal tool of dominance’. Moreover, some feminist scholars have ‘unmasked’ – as they call it – intersectionality as an ‘anti-Semitic ideology’.

In my lecture, I will deal with the concept of intersectionality as object of dispute. I will ask how and why intersectionality has become a subject of critique and analyze what is at stake in this confrontation.
 

Remaking feminism anew. The need to decolonize feminism at the end of the world

 

Yuderkys Espinosa, lecturer and independent researcher of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo and the Latin American Faculty of Sciences.

 

In this lecture Espinosa propose to develop a methodological approach for an experiential genealogy of a critique of what she has previously called the coloniality of feminist reason. If answering the key question proposed by the genealogical method we apply to the feminist field, it translates into: How have we become the feminists that we are? What made it possible for feminism to believe in what it believes, say what it says, do what it does even in a space determined geopolitically by its “third world” condition, a region that carries with it a colonial wound, as the present existential condition? Espinosa is interested in approaching feminism as her own lived experience coming from Latin America, addressing the urgent need of its decolonization. Decolonizing feminism would mean remaking it anew so that it can help us dismantle the continuous violence we are facing nowadays.

 

Rethinking White Melancholia in Times of Crises
 


Catrin Lundström, Associate Professor in Sociology at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), at Linköping University, Sweden

Since 2010, when the anti-feminist and far right party the Sweden Democrats entered the national parliament, the image of progressive Sweden as the world’s beacon for antiracism and humanitarianism has gradually been waning and is perhaps now lost forever. The loss and the mourning of the “old” racially homogenous Sweden and the “good” politically progressive Sweden delineates the concept and the current state of white melancholia that permeates today’s political landscape, increasingly influenced by white male right-wing radicalism. This presentation addresses how these two seemingly paradoxical images of Sweden underlie the contemporary ideological and affective expressions of white male rage in a country shaped by a history of progressive social policies, international solidarity, gender equality and official antiracism.

 

 

Queer Paths into Queer Libraries or Performing Kinship in Dangerous Times

Jennifer V. Evans, professor in History at the Department of History, Carleton University, Canada (left) and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, artist and researcher (right).

 

Their keynote will center around a queer practice of doing history differently, and involve new methodological ways to bring intimacy and eroticism back into view, based on the explicit evocation of emotionality. At base, it injects aesthetic, performative, and storytelling components into history writing and analysis. Their analytical work lays bare ways in which contemporary research inadvertently denies the fullness of queer heritage while simultaneously serving a conservative agenda to flatten and ultimately forget the stories and experiences of queer people.

 

 

 

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