08. Juli | QDFCT Lecture | Maud Meyzaud | Anna Seghers und die Haitianische Revolution


Einladung zum digitalen Vortrag im Rahmen des 

QDFCT – The Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms, and Cultural Transformations

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen


Donnerstag, 8. Juli, 16-18h

Maud Meyzaud (ZfL, Berlin)

Anna Seghers und die Haitianische Revolution. Transatlantische Verflechtungen von jüdischer Erfahrung, Sozialismus und Négritude

Als Anna Seghers 1941 als europäischer Flüchtling in die Karibik reist, entdeckt die als Jüdin und Kommunistin doppelt Verfolgte eine ganz andere Gewaltgeschichte als ihre eigene Verfolgung und Entrechtung durch den Nationalsozialismus. Das karibische Meer eröffnet ihr die globale Dimension von Kolonialherrschaft und transatlantischem Handel, zugleich eröffnet es ihr aber auch den radikalen Universalismus der Haitianischen Revolution. Seghers‘ karibischen Erzählungen wurde immer wieder ihr Eurozentrismus vorgeworfen. Der Vortrag versteht hingegen diese Texte der späten 1940er und frühen 1950er Jahre, allen voran Die Hochzeit von Haiti, primär als eine erste, zunächst folgenlose dekoloniale Literatur in Deutschland. Und zwar deshalb, weil Seghers‘ Literatur, wie zu zeigen sein wird, in dasselbe Projekt einer Verflechtungsgeschichte von schwarzer Diaspora und jüdischer Diaspora, kolonialer Sklaverei und nationalsozialistischer Vernichtungspolitik gehört, das in derselben Zeit etwa von Aimé Césaire und der Négritude-Bewegung verfolgt wurde.

Maud Meyzaud (PD Dr.), Literaturwissenschaftlerin, ist derzeit wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (Berlin). Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Poetologien des Volkes und der Revolution in der Moderne, Literatur und Pauperismus, Theorie des Romans, transkulturelle Literatur- und Philosophiegeschichte Europas. Aktuell forscht sie zum Thema „Al-Andalus und die Anfänge des Orientalismus: »Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓāns« Reise durch die europäische Aufklärungszeit“ ( bio-/bibliographische Auskunft:



Dr. Jeanette Ehrmann (Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)


Jeannette Oholi (GCSC/Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)


Die Zugangsdaten zum WebEx-Meeting werden nach vorheriger Anmeldung bei Tabea Dibah Jian verschickt:

Lecture „Multispezies-Ethnographie“ by Dr. Katharina Ameli (JLU Giessen)

With the kind support of Frauen- und Gleichstellungsbeauftragte der JLU, we are happy to invite you to our next lecture with Dr Katharina Ameli, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­JLU-Gießen, on

Monday, May 3rd, between 12–14h,


Organized by the Chair of General Sociology and the Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT), the Lecture Series „New Insights in Gender and Trans-Studies,“ is part of a module on gender and social inequalities (B.A. Social Sciences) and is open to all those interested of all levels and fields.

Dr. Ameli holds a B.Sc. in nutrition and domestic sciences, an M.Sc. in domestic and service sciences, a 1st state examination in education for vocational schools and a PhD in sociology. Her research is focused on human-animal studies, animal-assisted interventions and obstetric violence. She has worked as a coordinator at the International Center for 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) in Animal Research since 2018 and is a postdoctoral researcher at the chair of Sociology of Socialisation and Education, Justus Liebig University Gießen. She is currently studying the methodological design of interdisciplinary collaboration in multispecies research.


How are nature and animals integrated inclusively into research projects through multispeciesethnography? While preceded by a vision that seeks to question holistically how scientists can integrate nature and animals into research projects through multispecies ethnography, this book focuses on inter- and multidisciplinary collaboration. From an examination of the interfaces between social and natural science-oriented disciplines, a complex view of nature, humans and animals emerges. The insights into interdependencies of different disciplines illustrate the need for a multispecies ethnography to analyze HumansAnimalsNaturesCultures. While the methodology is innovative and currently not widespread, the application of multispecies ethnography in areas of research such as climate change, species extinction or inequalities will allow new insights. These research debates are closely interwoven and the methodological inclusion of the agency of nature and animals and the consideration of traditional indigenous knowledge allow new insights of holistic multispecies research for the different disciplines. Multispecies ethnography enables positivist, innovative, cautious and reflexive analyses in multiple perspectives on HumansAnimalsNaturesCultures.

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“Digital Feminist Infrastructures: Affect, Art, Activism” by Prof. Dr Carrie Smith (University of Alberta, Canada)

QDFCT Lecture Series | “Digital Feminist Infrastructures: Affect, Art, Activism

by Prof. Dr Carrie Smith (University of Alberta, Canada)

Monday, May 4th, between 3.00 – 4.30 pm,
“Digital Feminist Infrastructures: Affect, Art, Activism“

This lecture is part of the Lecture Series „New Insights to Gender and Trans-Gender Studies,“ organized by the Chair of General Sociology and the Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT)  and kindly supported by the Frauen- und Gleichstellungsbeauftragte der JLU.

Dr. Carrie Smith is Professor of German Studies and Chair of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Her current research covers digital feminisms, performance art activism, and feminist media studies with a focus on the German-language context. She is author of two monographs—Awkward Politics:  Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (with Maria Stehle, 2016) and  Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realism in the German Sixties (2013)—and co-editor of six peer-reviewed essay collections, most recently Indigenous and German Studies (with Renae Watchman and Markus Stock, 2019) and Digital  Feminisms (2016). She has served as co-managing editor of three international journals, currently, Seminar: A Journal of Germanic  Studies and co-leads the research group Digital Feminist Collective.

Digital Feminist Infrastructures: Affect, Art, Activism
„The term ‚digital feminism‘ is often used in reference to social media or hashtag activism. However, it also encompasses digitally born creative works (art, literature, or video), digital processes (coding or hacking), hardware, and feminist, queer, and anti-racist makerspaces or gaming collectives. Together, these facets of digital feminism coexist with, activate, and agitate the misogynistic vitriolic of digital and connected worlds as well as real-life experiences of violence. With a focus on examples of creative products  and producers primarily from Germany and Austria, this talk addresses  the trouble with building coalitions and producing feminist knowledge  in murky virtual contexts and offers potential inroads into thinking collaboratively across these diverse communities of practice.“

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10-11 July 2020


The Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformation invites scholars and cultural practitioners to participate in the Workshop „Decolonial Methods, Peripheral Selves: The Migrant Figure Between (South)East European and Global South Entanglements“  supported by: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Arbeitsgruppe Europe’s East, Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformation (QDFCT) and ‘Dialoguing Between the Posts’ international research network.

Deadline for proposals: 26th February 2020

Please download the Call for Proposals 



Brown Bag Series Sommer Term 2019: Danijela Majstorović’s (the University of Banja Luka): „Space-taking Politics and Post-Socialist Affects: Articulating Direct Democracy on the European Periphery.

The QDFCT Network launches on the 7th May it’s Brown Bag Series for the Sommer Term 2019. Our associate Danijela Majstorović’s (the University of Banja Luka) presents „Space-taking Politics and Post-Socialist Affects: Articulating Direct Democracy on the European Periphery.“ As in the previous Brown Bag Series of QDFCT, we will be meeting again this semester to share and get feedback on our ongoing, unfinished projects/ideas in a rather comfortable and safe environment over lunch-time.

‚Feminists and indigenous struggles in Brazil and artistic contexts‘ by Bojana Kunst (JLU, ATW) and Flavia Meireles (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

The QDFCT Network invited Bojana Kunst (JLU Gießen) and FLavia Meireles (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) for the semester opening to present the lecture ‚Feminists and indigenous struggles in Brazil and artistic contexts‘. The lecture will take place on the 7th of May at 4 pm. in R.202, Alten Steinbacher Weg 44.

QDFCT Lecture series | „Die Haitianische Revolution – queer gelesen“ Jeanette Ehrmann

The lecture series “Queer and Feminist Approaches in the Study of Coloniality and Racism” organized by the Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT) continues this semester with three more presentations. With the support of Frauen- und Gleichstellungsbeauftragte of JLU and the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Jeanette Ehrmann (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) will hold the second lecture of the series, „Die Haitianische Revolution – queer gelesen“ in E207, Philosophikum II, on the 23rd of January.

***The presentation will be in German***Die Haitianische Revolution (1791-1804) gilt als die historisch erste und einzige erfolgreiche Revolution versklavter Menschen. Weil sich diese Emanzipation den Kategorien kolonialer Wissensregime entzieht, ist sie bis heute eine Leerstelle in den unterschiedlichen Traditionen europäisch-nordamerikanischer Theoriebildung. Als wirkmächtiges Symbol der Befreiung von Kolonialismus und Rassismus ist die Revolution hingegen bis heute ein zentraler Bezugspunkt für emanzipatorische Theorien und Praktiken von Schwarzen Menschen und People of Color. Entlang der Black Radical Tradition wird der Vortrag die anhaltende Aktualität und Radikalität der Haitianischen Revolution als Modell dekolonialer und rassismuskritischer Emanzipation herausstellen. Gleichzeitig ermöglichen queere Aktualisierungen der Revolution im heutigen Haiti eine intersektionale Kritik und Erweiterung ihrer emanzipatorischen Versprechen.Jeanette Ehrmann ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen und Mitglied des QDFCT – Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms, and Cultural Transformations. Sie promovierte zum Thema „Tropen der Freiheit. Die Haitianische Revolution und die Dekolonisierung des Politischen“ und war Gastforscherin an der Université Paris-1-Panthéon Sorbonne, an der Université d’État d’Haïti und an der University of Oxford. Ihr aktuelles Projekt entwickelt eine postkolonial-feministische Demokratiekritik.

***The location of this event has been changed to E207, Phil II***

QDFCT Workshop | Revisited: Ivan Illich on Conviviality, Liberation and Global Entanglement

von 09:30 bis 16:30
WoSenatssaal, Uni-Hauptgebäude, Ludwigstraße 23
NameÇiçek Uygun (
Termin übernehmen vCal


9:30 – 10:00 Arrival 

10:00 – 10:15: Greetings and Introduction by Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez and Reimer Gronemeyer


10:15 – 11:15: Keynote by Barbara Duden

Ivan Illich’s „No, thank you!“ to „Substantive life“ and the Management of „Ethics“

11:15 – 11:45:  Discussion

Chair: Reimer Gronemeyer


11:45 – 13:00: Lunch break


13:00 – 14:00: Reimer Gronemeyer & Michaela Fink

School Dropouts in Subsaharan Africa

14:00 – 14:30: Comments by Jonas Metzger & Faith Oloruntoba

Chair: Sebastian Garbe


14:30 – 15:00: Coffee break


15:00 – 15:30: Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez

Transversal Conviviality: Ethics & Political Practice

15:30 – 16:00: Comments by Marah Theuerl and Danijela Majstorović

Chair: Andreea Racleş


16:00 – 16:30: Comments on the day by Rhoda Reddock

Chair: Çiçek Uygun

HERstories: What happened to Marielle Franco?

The Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations is happy to announce the next conversation with our associate Katucha Bento (University of Leeds) on the 5th of Decembre at 4pm in Philosophikum II, Building E, R. 207

Katuchas background is rooted in the Black Movement in Brazil, school of samba and Black feminism. She did her BA in Sociology and Politics at the Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo with a partial grant from a project called Políticas da Cor (Politics of Colour) funded by Ford Foundation. She studied a MA in Sociology at the University of Barcelona where she also worked as researcher with Transgender Women in Spain analysing the public Heath Care during the transition. Her MA research was on the construction of white lesbian desire challenging paradigms of whiteness and the possibilities of activism in the LGBTQI community. Katucha is currently in a doctorate programme at the University of Leeds researching how Black Brazilian Women emotionally negotiate politics of “Othering” in the United Kingdom and a visiting researcher at Leeds Beckett University. Her areas of interests are emotional laden of diaspora, Black Feminisms, Decoloniality, Critical Race Studies, Critical Rhetorical Analysis and Education.

QDFCT Opening:Carol Boyce Davies and Rhoda Reddock


The Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT) is happy to announce the conversation event „20th Century Left Feminisms: A Decolonial Reading“ on the 7th of November, 4 – 6 pm in MFR at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC).
With the support of Frauen- und Gleichstellungsbeauftragte of JLU, Carole Boyce Davies (Cornell University) and Rhoda Reddock (The University of West Indies) will be joining us at the event. Carole Boyce Davies is a professor of English and Africana Studies. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of institutions, including the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994) and Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (Duke University Press, 2008). Rhoda Reddock is Professor of Gender and Development and Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies. Her academic career included positions at Cipriani Labour College and at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague as well as the Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Department of Sociology, UWI St. Augustine campus. She was actively involved in the process leading up to the institutionalisation of gender studies at UWI and assumed her current position in 1994. Her publications include seven books, three monographs, four special journal issues and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.