Lecture series „exploring decolonial and queer feminisms“ (SS 2017)
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. Doctoral candidates from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen as well as postdoctoral scholars from outside universities introduced their projects and research concerns to students enrolled in the Sociology, English, Education, Geography and Applied Theater Studies Departments. The lectures addressed a series of topics related to new and constantly evolving feminisms and queer studies in conjunction with decolonial critique. The lecture series was bookended by talks by Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez on decolonial feminisms, racism and the coloniality of power, and by Greta Olson on why a decolonized feminism needs to join forces with queer activism. 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.