Philosophische Fakultät

Feminist struggles in the Global South - Body, Politics and Wellbeing

Tuesday 28 July / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (India) / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Germany & South Africa) / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (Brazil)

Conference Panel with:

Lieli Loures (Universidade Federal Fluminense): Manifest body: political thoughts about Brazilian carnival

Nibedita Roy (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Negotiating Marginality: A Case Study of Wellbeing among Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in Sonagachi, Kolkata

Wairimũ Murĩithi (University of Witwatersrand): “That Language of Softness”: Towards a Queer Theory on Freedom of Expression in East Africa

Angelica Fonseca (Universidade Federal Fluminense): “I’ll carry your child for 100 thousand reais”: ambivalences and dilemmas of discourses on maternity on the Internet

Moderation by Carina Stickel (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Biographies of Speakers

Lieli Loures

Lieli Loures is a PhD student in the Postgraduate Program in Communication (PPGCOM) of the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), with research that addresses the theme: Rape Culture in the press and female body as a territory of political dispute. Master's degree in Communication Sciences from ECA/USP, her dissertation deals with the coverage of rape cases in the press, following the case of Roger Abdelmassih. Intersectional feminist

Nibedita Roy

Nibedita Roy, is a research scholar at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is pursuing her PhD research in the area of Health and Well-Being, among marginalised communities such as female sex workers at Sonagachi at Kolkata, West Bengal. Sonagachi happens to be Asia’s largest red-light area. Her research interest lies in women and health; gender-based violence; marginalisation and health. During this journey, she worked in different research projects such as Domestic violence in slums of Delhi; Child abuse in Four states of North India; Health Behaviour and accessibility among the people of Assam; Women and Quality of care in Public health sector; Archiving marginalities in North East India. Her research paper, “Domestic Workers’ Wellbeing: A Review” got published in a multidisciplinary journal. Briefly, she also taught as a visiting faculty at North-Cap University, Haryana. Following the philosophy of action research, she was actively involved with NGOs and think-tank viz., SATAT and Anthropos India Foundation in Delhi which works for empowering women and children at the grassroots. Presently, she is volunteering with an organisation named Durbar, which works for the sex workers’ health and rights. She is awarded ICSSR fellowship for her doctoral research on “Lived experience of female sex workers in Sonagachi, Kolkata: a study of their wellbeing”.

Wairimũ Mũrĩithi

Wairimũ Mũrĩithi is a writer, editor, curator, and PhD scholar of African Literature at Wits University. Her research interests lie at the intersections of postcolonial, feminist and queer theories.

Angelica Fonseca

Angelica Fonseca is a PhD student in the Postgraduate Program in Communication at the Cultural and Media Studies Department, at Federal Fluminense University - Rio de Janeiro, supervised by Professor Paula Sibilia. Her researches investigate different aspects of contemporary culture, through the relationships between image, media, technology and bodies, in a genealogical perspective. She analysed the current visibility and surveillance circuits - social media, health applications and wearable technologies - related to the configuration of contemporary subjectivities. Then, as exemplary images to understand those subjectivities, as well as perceive displacements of discourses and, especially, self practices, that show transformations on current values related to motherhood, family and childhood.