Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Cornelia Goethe Colloquium: „Interrogating intersectional contestations: Should the privileged speak?“ now available online

The digital lecture Interrogating intersectional contestations: Should the privileged speak? by Ann Phoenix is available below.

Further Information can be found in our accompanying booklet.

Interrogating intersectional contestations: Should the privileged speak?

Language: English

As intersectionality has become both more ubiquitous and more popular, it has increasingly been more debated and contested. This is partly because, as Kathy Davis suggests, it is sufficiently expansive to accommodate varied approaches. Yet, since an everyday feature of academia is to produce new, better understandings to replace previous versions, many intersectional theorists seek to establish their version as superior to others. At the same time, the popularity of the concept has generated antagonism from those who do not subscribe to intersectionality. This talk examines different ways in which intersectionality is contested. It considers both ‘outsider’ and ‘insider’ critiques. It examines a variety of ways in which political differences run through the different contestations, ranging from animosity that can be seen as competition in what Martinez called the ‘Oppression Olympics’, skepticism about different transatlantic academic/political concerns and questions about the (dis)privileging of particular social categories and locations. Cross-cutting many of the claims, critiques, responses and defensiveness about how intersectionality should be theorised and employed are heated disputes about racialisation and racisms and rumbling contestations about gender. The talk argues that these multiple critiques and contestations are themselves illuminating of society, social processes and hopes and fears for transformation towards particular versions of social justice.

Ann Phoenix

ANN PHOENIX is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Sciences, UCL Institute of Education. Her publications include work on narratives, theoretical and empirical aspects of social identities, gender, masculinity, youth, intersectionality, racialization, ethnicisation, migration and transnational families.



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Cornelia Goethe Colloquia


Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CGC)
Conception: Bettina Kleiner, Helma Lutz, Marianne Schmidbaur
Coordination: Lucas Schucht

We would like to thank our cooperation partners for the support of the lecture series!