Beyond Metaphors of Decolonization: Engaging the Intersections of Feminist Geography and Decolonial Feminist Theory I

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (MDT)
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: A. Marie Ranjbar
Chairs: Kiran Asher

Call for Submissions

Inspired by María Lugones’ argument that “decolonizing gender is necessarily a task of praxis” (Lugones 2011, 76), and Naylor et al.’s call to examine “how the colonial difference might provide better understandings of political entanglements across space” (Naylor et al. 2018, 1), we aim to explore decolonial feminist approaches to theory and praxis in a variety of geographical contexts. This session responds to feminist calls to broaden the political goals of decolonizing the discipline of geography through engagement with worlds of sense that have been silenced, erased, or otherwise made invisible (see, for example, Asher 2013; Sundberg 2014; Feminist Studies 2017; Radcliffe 2017). Our intention is to offer multidisciplinary and multi-scalar approaches that unsettle colonial categorial logics that render resistance in these worlds unintelligible. Taking multiplicity seriously in our feminist decolonial thinking, we invite papers that offer theoretical and methodological insights that further feminist decolonial praxes.

Possible themes for this session include, but are not limited to:
• Conversations between and across multiple ontologies, pluriversal spaces, and epistemic worlds
• Intersections of decolonial, indigenous, postcolonial, and women of color scholarship
• Resistance and liberatory coalitions (Mohanty 2003; Pérez 2010)
• Imagining new futures and worlds (Walsh 2010; Ahmed 2017; Zaragocin 2017)
• Geopolitics of knowledge and knowledge production (Mignolo 2002, 2011; Koopman 2008; Sharp 2008)
• Subjugated knowledges, colonial epistemes, and epistemic violence (Lugones 2010; Isasi-Díaz & Mendieta 2012; Santos 2013; Mendoza 2015)
• Decolonial feminist political ecology (Sundberg 2014; Nirmal 2016; Divine and Ojeda 2017; Mollett 2017)
• Decolonial feminist methodologies
• Un/intelligibility and in/visibility in theory and praxis
• Borderlands and border thinking (Anzaldúa 1987; Mignolo and Tlostanova 2006)
• Practices of relearning and unknowing (Tlostanova and Mignolo 2012; Ortega 2017)


Description

Inspired by María Lugones’ argument that “decolonizing gender is necessarily a task of praxis” (Lugones 2011, 76), and Naylor et al.’s call to examine “how the colonial difference might provide better understandings of political entanglements across space” (Naylor et al. 2018, 1), we aim to explore decolonial feminist approaches to theory and praxis in a variety of geographical contexts. This session responds to feminist calls to broaden the political goals of decolonizing the discipline of geography through engagement with worlds of sense that have been silenced, erased, or otherwise made invisible (see, for example, Asher 2013; Sundberg 2014; Feminist Studies 2017; Radcliffe 2017). Our intention is to offer multidisciplinary and multi-scalar approaches that unsettle colonial categorial logics that render resistance in these worlds unintelligible. Taking multiplicity seriously in our feminist decolonial thinking, we invite papers that offer theoretical and methodological insights that further feminist decolonial praxes.

Possible themes for this session include, but are not limited to:
• Conversations between and across multiple ontologies, pluriversal spaces, and epistemic worlds
• Intersections of decolonial, indigenous, postcolonial, and women of color scholarship
• Resistance and liberatory coalitions (Mohanty 2003; Pérez 2010)
• Imagining new futures and worlds (Walsh 2010; Ahmed 2017; Zaragocin 2017)
• Geopolitics of knowledge and knowledge production (Mignolo 2002, 2011; Koopman 2008; Sharp 2008)
• Subjugated knowledges, colonial epistemes, and epistemic violence (Lugones 2010; Isasi-Díaz & Mendieta 2012; Santos 2013; Mendoza 2015)
• Decolonial feminist political ecology (Sundberg 2014; Nirmal 2016; Divine and Ojeda 2017; Mollett 2017)
• Decolonial feminist methodologies
• Un/intelligibility and in/visibility in theory and praxis
• Borderlands and border thinking (Anzaldúa 1987; Mignolo and Tlostanova 2006)
• Practices of relearning and unknowing (Tlostanova and Mignolo 2012; Ortega 2017)


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Kiran Asher University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 20 3:05 PM
Presenter A. Marie Ranjbar*, Ohio State University, Reorienting Women’s Rights in Iran 18 3:25 PM
Presenter Lara Lookabaugh*, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Del Nacimiento: A Public Water Tank as Central to Mam Women’s Organizing in Guatemala 18 3:43 PM
Presenter Pallavi Gupta*, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Durability of Colonial Categories: Experiences from Hyderabad 18 4:01 PM
Presenter Melisa Arganaraz*, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Decolonizing realities: Latinx youth notions of resistance and conversations on race, racism, and place. 18 4:19 PM

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