The Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT) Research Laboratory
In the summer semester of 2017, the Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations organized the lecture series “exploring decolonial and queer feminisms” as a collaborative initiative between the Institute of Sociology and the English Department. The lectures addressed a series of topics related to new and constantly evolving feminisms and queer studies in conjunction with decolonial critique. The high rate of student participation confirmed that there is a need for spaces in which these issues can be critically assessed and further explored.
In order to answer this need, the QDFCT proposed a different format of presentations during the Winter Semester 2017/18 than that of “lectures” in which presenters are usually invested with an aura of authority about their given topics and are also expected to provide clearly articulated conclusions. These “Brown Bag sessions” are envisaged as a kind of research laboratory. In regularly held meetings presenters at various stages of their academic careers express their thoughts or parts of their ongoing work in an informal manner while participants have an afternoon meal together. These sessions do not take place in a colloquium-like fashion in which a supervisor– supervisee structure is presupposed. Instead, discussions occur in the context of a more egalitarian structure.
As framed by these thoughts, this event invited anyone, regardless of her or his career stage to share conceptual, ethical, political and/or methodological concerns that are linked to the aims of the QDFCT.