Transnational Justice and Gendered Vulnerability: Feminist Politics and (Im)possible Solidarities

Lecture by Professor Nikita Dhawan (University of Innsbruck)

16mrt2018 15:30 - 17:00


In recent discussions on gender justice, there has been increasing focus on transnational feminist networks as facilitating “solidarity across borders”. In the face of growing global interdependence, the hope is that a transnational citizen’s movement could potentially galvanize global co-operation in overcoming gender violence and promoting gender equality. In this lecture professor Dhawan argues that while new modes of collective agency can emerge by drawing on gendered vulnerability as a site of political agency, “global sisterhood” can inadvertently also function as a technology of neoliberal governmentality. Against this background, her talk will critically engage with the prospects and limits of global gender justice from a postcolonial perspective.

About the lecturer

Nikita Dhawan is Professor of Political Science (Political Theory and Gender Studies) and Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: "Identities – Discourses – Transformations" at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Previously she was Director of the “Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies” (2009-2016), Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Her research focusses on transnational feminism, global justice, democracy and decolonisation. A central focus lies with the historical, economic, socio-political and cultural links between Europe and the post-colonial world. Her work analyzes the ambivalent legacy of the European Enlightenment for the postcolonial world and seeks to pursue an alternative postcolonial-queer-feminist intellectual history of key concepts.


The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.

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