Philosophische Fakultät

International Forum on Global South Studies 2022

Decolonial Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Patriarchy: Art, Activism, and Academia

Digital International October 4-14, 2022 (CEST)

Interdisciplinary Centre for Global South Studies

in cooperation with:

Center for Gender and Diversity Research (ZGD), University of Tübingen (UT), Colegio de Estudios Latinoamericanos (CELA), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), School of the Arts, University of Pretoria Travessia, Federal Fluminense University (UFF), Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar University (UCAD)

Registration via Email: decolonialperspectivesspam prevention@gmail.com

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While many attempts have been made, in the Global South, to deconstruct the patriarchy, such attempts can still be controversial inside academia. As Lélia Gonzales (1981) states: “We are tired of knowing that there is no mention of an important social input from popular classes, women, indigenous and black people in our historical and cultural formation, in education nor the books we study from.” As an overarching system of practices, patriarchy ensures the (re)production of normatively gendered subjectivities and gendered identities, including sexuality. It also intersects with political markers such as race, ethnicity, (social) class, religion, and language (to name a few) to keep minority groups (marginal bodies) in a subordinate condition. Hence, anti-patriarchal, anti-colonial, and anti-capitalist approaches are necessary when addressing these issues – in both practical/political and theoretical/academic contexts.

This international forum aims to examine the struggle for inclusion within countries of the ‘Global South’. We are interested in decolonial mapping to understand the complex relationships between regimes of power, temporalities, bodies, gender, and violence. In this sense, a decolonial perspective becomes a point of departure and help. It helps the long reach of colonial pasts that still continues to haunt (our) lives: underscoring the cycles and genealogies of violence and understanding how bodies are (de)valued and categorized through time and history.

This international forum focuses on bringing together different voices and perspectives in the fields of art, academia, and activism and on putting them into dialogue with each other. We intend to engage with decolonial and feminist approaches as forms of resistance to the power structure of gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, and social/economic class.