Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Cornelia Goethe Colloquia Summer 2018

Feminisms from the Global South –  is the topic of the Cornelia Goethe Colloquia in the summer semester 2018 and we are very happy to invite you to attend the lectures as part of our program.

In the midth of capitalism’s multiple crises and the following political charges, emancipatory ideas and practice are under pressure. Not limited to the Global North feminism – in singular as well as in plural – is opposed by right wing populism and authoritarianism whilst the new anti-genderism is coupled with strong expressions of racism. At the same time, feminism is challenged by neoliberal appropriations when ‘lean-in’ feminism or certain gender mainstreaming politics ignore the radical astute and visionary potential of earlier feminisms.
Against this backdrop, feminists across the globe deploy new concepts and practices of solidarity in order to reinforce and re-politicize feminisms as a political alternative to global capitalism. The latter – whether in its neoliberal or authoritarian form – infringes on most if not all possibilities of transformation. It is therefore not by coincidence that a broad variety of radical feminist ideas and activities emerge from the Global South, where transformation has always been central to theories and praxes of feminisms. Southern perspectives on global capitalism and world politics provide pivotal analyses on how unequal gender relations and intersectional oppressions are enmeshed in local and global realities. They bring to the forefront fundamental questions of global justice that tend to be disregarded in Western feminisms: How are multiple crises articulated locally in diverse regions of the world? And, how do they affect feminisms specifically? Which feminist critiques, concepts and strategies are developed to either unmask or counter neoliberal and authoritarian transformation attempts? Which role can gender studies, feminist movements and intersectional networks play in developing alternative political and social projects and thus fostering social justice?
In order to provide space for dialogue and intersectional solidarities in a transnationally interconnected era, the lecture series will discuss these questions from different theoretical standpoints, geographical settings and historical experiences.


Wednesday, April 25th 2018
Sumi Madhok (London School of Economics, London):
On doing feminist theory from the ‘global south’: The double-edged swords of agency and rights.
Language: English
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ 11

Wednesday, May 2nd 2018
Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel/Uta Ruppert (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt):
Süd-Süd-Feminismen fordern Narrative der Weltpolitik des 21.Jahrhunderts heraus!?
South-South Feminisms as a Challenge to Solidarity Narratives in the 21st Century
Language: German and English
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ 11

This lecture has been canceled
Wednesday, May 16th 2018
16.5. Islah Jad (Birzeit University, Bir Zait):
Universal conventions on women’s rights meeting besieged feminism: the case of Palestine
Language: English
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ 11

Wednesday, June 6th 2018
Ayşe Gül Altınay (Sabanci University, Istanbul):
Doing Feminism and Gender Studies in Dark Times
Language: English
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ 11

Wednesday, June 20th 2018
Djamila Ribeiro (São Paulo State University, São Paulo):
Postcolonial Black and Native Brazilian Women Movements in Brazil between Amefricanism and Feminism: What are they about?
Language: English
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ 11

Wednesday, July 4th 2018
Amina Mama (University of California, Davis):
In the Pursuit of Freedom: Feminist intellectuals in African contexts
Language: English
Campus Westend, Casino 1.801

Zeit und Ort
always 18-20 Uhr c.t. (18:15-19:45)
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ 11 and Casino 1.801
Free entrance and open to the public!

Lectures are held in English if not otherwise mentioned.

Uta Ruppert, Tanja Scheiterbauer, Jamila Adamou and Helma Lutz

You can find the booklet here.

The Poster for the lecture series is also available.