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Trans_it! Transnational Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Diasporas, Migrations and Community in Postcolonial Europe(s)

Tudor, Alyosxa (2018) Trans_it! Transnational Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Diasporas, Migrations and Community in Postcolonial Europe(s). Palgrave. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Trans_it! is an invitation to understand Europe as a postcolonial, trans_diaspora space where multiple transnational histories of migration, diaspora, movement, staying and transing meet, resonate and dissonate. My approach is connected to a specific way of conceptualising Europe as a postcolonial, transnational space constituted by colonialism, transnational migrations and diasporas and (feminist and anti-racist) movements for radical social transformation (Brah 1996; El-Tayeb 2011; Haritaworn 2015). The main underlying question of this book is how accountability, sensitive approaches to power dynamics and solidarity in and through (feminist) political struggle can be achieved. It is about thinking accountability and belonging in non-essentialist terms to go beyond ‘strategic essentialism’. I open up critically positioned perspectives on the interconnections of gendering, constructions of sexuality, migratisation and racialisation in German and Western European contexts. In doing so, I am concerned with carving out dimensions (effects, ways of functioning, etc.) of power relations that, because they are immensely constitutive of collective possibilities for conceptualising the world and for knowledge productions, are inaccessible even to critical and reflective analyses. These power relations are sustained by naturalised and normalised premises- such as ideas of origin, family and belonging and nationalism- in such a way that they become invisible and unquestionable. Overall, the distinction of racism and migratism is about the question: which positionings are rendered abject in critical academic and activist conceptualisations of racism that do not understand colonialism as its contextualisation? I am invested in grasping how subjectivity is produced in political struggle and offering perspectives on how accountability can be thought and put into practice in movements for radical social transformation. I aim to show why, consequently, existing currents in feminist, postcolonial, queer and trans studies have to be increasingly crossed over. In conclusion, I suggest an epistemological and methodological shift for approaches on intersectionality, transnational solidarity and positionality, and offer a way of rethinking political subjectivity in transnational feminism through solidarity, vulnerability and risks in political struggles.

Item Type: Authored Book
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Gender Studies
Depositing User: Alyosxa Tudor
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 17:57
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22471

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