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Feminist Futures – Shireen Hassim

November 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location:1811 Dunton Tower

Feminist Futures: Shireen Hassim, Intersectionality: An African Genealogy

Respondents: Monica Patterson and Doris Kakuru

Intersectionality has become a defining term of contemporary feminism. The durability and portability of the term, appearing both as scholarly framework and as activist clarion call, is in itself remarkable. In the north, it performs what Jennifer Nash calls ‘corrective ecological work’ in and against women’s studies programmes. In southern contexts, the term has hitched itself to the decolonial turn, working in tandem to rub against hegemonic academic narratives. In this talk, the term is placed in conversation with older traditions of feminism in Africa, offering an alternative archive and suggesting some ways in which hierarchies of theory-making might be dismantled.

Feminist Futures: Shireen Hassim