Alyosxa Tudor,Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies at Brown and Associate Professor at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, argues that a decolonial perspective on ‘gender’ means conceptualizing it as always already trans. Tudor’s object of investigation is ‘gender’ as a category and ‘gender studies’ as a field of knowledge. In order to discuss what decolonizing Western trans/gender studies could mean, Tudor aims to bring different strands together that have been held apart so far: resistance against global attacks on gender studies, resistance against transphobic feminism, and the ‘decolonising the curriculum’ movement in the UK.
At British universities, a mostly student-led movement has started to emerge that fights for decolonizing higher education. The movement challenges racist, colonialist, nationalist and neoliberal paradigms in knowledge production by addressing both issues of epistemology and access to higher education. Tudor will explore the potential and challenges of the task of ‘decolonising’ trans/gender studies in Europe and the Global North, asking: How can we combine these ideas with decolonial and trans/gender approaches in the US? What happens to the field of gender studies if we conceptualize it with a central focus on decolonial and transnational perspectives?
Pembroke Hall 305
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