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Bridging Decolonial and Materialist Feminisms

Bridging Decolonial and Materialist Feminisms
a conversation between Paola Bacchetta (UC Berkeley), PJ Di Pietro (Syracuse University) and Lena Meari (Birzeit University)
November 17 – Zoom Webinar
6 pm-8pm (Brussels) – 9am-11am (Berkeley) – 7pm-9pm (Ramallah)

This public lecture intends to shed light on the materialities of decolonial feminisms and their variegated historically situated infrastructures and scales: from bodies to territories, from the flesh to the soil, from biologies to minerals and land, and from property to labour.

In relation to transnational discussions we understand decolonial feminisms in their broadest sense to address and resist the gendered ongoing histories of colonialism, white eurocentrism and US centrism. Thus, in various contexts, decolonial feminisms may include anti-colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial theory, and epistemologies of the global south(s). We understand materialist feminisms as feminisms that insist on examining the material conditions under which gendered and sexual power relations take shape under racial and patriarchal capitalism, through i.a. gendered and sexual divisions of labour and property.

Paola Bacchetta, PJ Di Pietro and Lena Meari will discuss how decolonial and materialist feminisms inspire their work, what might be gained from cross-fertilizing insights and questions from these two feminist traditions and what this entails both methodologically and politically. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Maria Martin de Almagro Iniesta (Ghent University).

Online public lecture organized by Ghent University, University of California-Berkeley and Birzeit University.

Paola Bacchetta is Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s at University of California, Berkeley, Co-founder and first Director of the Berkeley Gender Consortium and current (transnational) Co-Coordinator of the Decolonizing Sexualities Network. She is author and co-editor of numerous books, articles and book chapters on: feminist decolonial, transnational and queer of color theories and praxis; global racialities; politics of spatialities; and Hindu nationalism and other right-wing movements.

PJ DiPietro works at the intersection of decolonial feminism, Latinx Studies, and trans* of color praxis. They are a faculty member in the department of women’s and gender studies at Syracuse University (unceded Haudenosaunee land, New York).

Lena Meari is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Palestine. She has special interest in the geopolitics of knowledge production; subject formation in colonial contexts; decolonizing methodologies; critical feminist theory; and revolutionary movements.