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Practicing Decoloniality in Gender Studies

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Graham Wallas Room


Roundtable Speakers: 

Louisa Acciari
Priya Raghavan
Amanda Shaw
Chair: Ilana Eloit

This session will address some of the engagements, prospects, and dilemmas for practising decoloniality in/decolonising gender studies. With a short roundtable presented by Gender Institute PhD students about the tensions and issues we face in our work, the rest of the event will involve an interactive discussion amongst participants. What meanings are attributed to the work of “decolonising gender studies”? What decolonial/decolonising theorising, methodologies, and epistemologies are we as gender scholars engaging with? What tensions and relationships can be mapped between feminist and decolonial/decolonising knowledge production in our current context? These are some of the questions which will guide the work we do together over the course of the evening.


Ilana Eloit
Amanda Shaw
Aiko Holvikivi
Aura Lehtonen


Roundtable participants:

Louisa Acciari’s research explores the process of unionization of domestic workers in Brazil and their struggle to be recognised as workers. In this projects, she pays particular attention to the intersection of gender, race and class in the construction of social hierarchies and the ways in which it determines the value of women's labour. 

Amanda Shaw’s research explores feminist development alternatives, agrarian change, ecology, and inequalities in Hawai’i. She completed her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization at the GI in 2007 and has worked in government and women’s rights issues in the US, UK and Argentina.  

Priya Raghavan started her LSE funded doctorate that the Gender Institute in 2016. Her work evaluates discourses around sexual violence in India, and explores possibilities for agency and resistance within gendered regimes of sexual violence.

Ilana Eloit ’s doctoral thesis examines the socio-genesis of lesbian collective identities in France in the 1970s and 1980s and their relation to feminist social movements,