Transnationalities, translocalities, feminist and queer decolonialities


“One of the most useful approaches to thinking about power globally is the notion of ‘scattered hegemonies’, which shows the existence of many configurations of hot and cold power, scattered across the world, at different scales and in different registers – financial, military, ethnic, media, technical.
I propose to add to it the notion of coformations to think about power relations, subjects, conditions and behaviors.
Indeed, in mainstream feminist theorizing, gender has often been conceptualized as a single axis, vector, or system, or in terms of binary sex classes.
However, in the United States, the feminists “of color” have usefully criticized this reduction, this singularization which erases racism, sexualities and social class, as well as genealogies, sedimentations and current practices of genocide, colonialism and slavery.
Following them, feminist analyzes critics see power as being organized along separate axes or vectors, according to systems which “intersect” (inter-secting), which converge around “points of articulation”, which combine in multifaceted “joints”, which are “consubstantial”, which form “nodal points”, or which constitute “assemblies of power”.
I think it is more useful to conceptualize these powers, not as separate lines, even if they intersect, but rather always/already as multidimensional coformations in which gender, race, sexuality, social class, postcoloniality, etc., operate inseparably, both in the registers of discourse and in those of materiality.” – Reflections on transnational feminist alliances, PB

March 14, 2018
12:00-3:00 p.m. | Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor)
Paris 8 University
2, Rue de la Liberté – 93526 Saint-Denis


  • Paola Bacchetta (UC Berkeley): “Intersectionality: state of research”
  • Dawud Bumaye (Collectif QTR / Ed. metagraphes): “The contribution of postcolonial feminists and racialized queers to anti-racist movements in France”
  • Fatma Çıngı Kocadost (University of Lausanne / EHESS): “Weaving links for a transnational struggle against relations of domination in Turkey and France”

Moderation: Türkan Yıldız (EHESS)