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62241-01 - Kurs: Coloniality of Gender: María Lugones' Decolonial Feminism 2 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Andrea Zimmermann (andreamaria.zimmermann@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt PJ DiPietro, PhD (Syracuse University, NY, USA) – Melina Gaona, PhD (CONICET-Argentina / Quilmes National University)

In “Heterosexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System” and in “Toward a Decolonial Feminism,” the late feminist philosopher María Lugones examines the limits of feminist projects that have the human at their center. Broadly speaking, her understanding of the coloniality of gender reveals that the introduction of race in the 16th century, as a global social classification, rendered the colonized genderless. Thus, contemporary feminism faces the challenge of having, among its subjects, both women and non-women.
This course seeks to introduce the notion of the coloniality of gender as developed by María Lugones. To this aim, it examines the core components of her theorizing as follows:
1. US women of color feminism, coalitional politics, and intersectional thinking.
2. Coloniality of power, the heterosexualism of the coloniality of power, and the fight to eradicate all forms of violence against women of color.
3. Decolonial feminism, from non-women to coalitional selves.
Lernziele This course is interdisciplinary in its scope and reach. It appeals to students who are interested in engaging decolonial thinking across the arts, literary, and cultural studies, histories, philosophies, ethnographies, performances, and pedagogies. It also fosters critical commitments to plural, contradictory, realities. Specifically, it invites students to build on their understanding of the interweaving of race, class, and colonization. Key to this task is the analysis of resistance to the coloniality of gender, a way of undoing or unlearning the education of embodiment, gender, and desire.
Literatur DiPietro, Pedro J., Jennifer McWeeny, and Shireen Roshanravan. 2019. Speaking face to face: the visionary philosophy of María Lugones. SUNY Press.
Lugones, Maria. 2003. Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes. Theorizing Coalition against Multiple Oppressions. Rowman & Littlefield.
---. 2007. “Heterosexualism and the colonial/modern gender system.” Hypatia 22(1): 186-219.
---. 2010. “Toward a decolonial feminism.” Hypatia 25(4): 742-759.
Quijano, Anibal. “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Latin America.” Nepantla: Views from the South 1(3).
Tabbush, Constanza and Melina Gaona (2017). “Gender, race and politics in contemporary Argentina: Understanding the criminalization of activist Milagro Sala, leader of the Organización Barrial Tupac Amaru.” Feminist Studies 43(2): 314-347.
Wekker, Gloria. 2006. The Politics of Passion. Women's Sexual Culture in the Afro Surinamese Diaspora. Columbia University Press. New York, NY.
Bemerkungen Melina Gaona (PhD) is a Researcher in the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research
(CONICET, Argentina) at National University of Quilmes and an Adjunct Professor at National
University of Jujuy. Her main areas of research are Social Movements, Intersectionality and
Feminist and Postcolonial Theory, focusing mainly on Experience and Collective Practice in South
PJ DiPietro (PhD) works at the intersection of decolonial feminisms, women of color thinking,
Latinx studies, and trans* studies. They are assistant professor and graduate studies director in the
department of women’s and gender studies at Syracuse University, New York. With a
transdisciplinary approach, they engage anthropology, human geography, and philosophy. They are
one of the co-editors of Speaking Face to Face: The Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones (SUNY
2019). They collaborate with various organizations committed to social justice, including the
Democratizing Knowledge Collective, the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship
(AJAAS), the decolonial philosophy collaborative REC-Latinoamérica, and the travesti collectives
Damas de Hierro and Futuro TransGenérico.


Teilnahmebedingungen Master or PhD-level, decolonial/ postcolonial interest and focus on Gender Studies
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung online
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 20.10.2021 – 01.12.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 20.10.2021 18.00-19.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 03.11.2021 16.00-18.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 17.11.2021 16.00-18.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 01.12.2021 16.00-18.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Doktorat Geschlechterforschung: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Geschlechterforschung)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Theorien der Geschlechterforschung (Master Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Gender Studies