1st Edition

Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminisms And Words Collide from a Place

    348 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume brings transnational feminisms in conversation with intersectional and decolonial approaches. The conversation is pluriversal; it voices and reflects upon a plurality of geo- and corpopolitical as well as epistemic locations in specific Global South/East/North/West contexts. The aim is to explore analytical modes that encourage transgressing methodological nationalisms which sustain unequal global power relations and which are still ingrained in the disciplinary perspectives that define much social science and humanities research.

    A main focus of the volume is methodological. It asks how an engagement with transnational, intersectional, and decolonial feminisms can stimulate border crossings. Boundaries in academic knowledge-building, shaped by the limitations imposed by methodological nationalisms, are challenged in the book. The same applies to boundaries of conventional ・ disembodied and ethically unaffected ・ academic writing modes. The transgressive methodological aims are also pursued through mixing genres and shifting boundaries between academic and creative writing.

    Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminisms is intended for broad global audiences of researchers, teachers, professionals, students (from undergraduate to postgraduate levels), activists, and NGOs, interested in questions about decoloniality, intersectionality, and transnational feminisms, as well as in methodologies for boundary transgressing knowledge-building.

    Epigraph: Sister Ode

    Pralini Naidoo

    1. Colliding Words and Worlds: Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminisms

    Nina Lykke, Redi Koobak, Petra Bakos, Swati Arora and Kharnita Mohamed

    Part I: Myriad Tongues and Multiple Emotions

    (On Affected Writing and Ethics)

    2. A Black Woman Died at The Intersection(ality) Today

    Wanelisa A. Xaba 

    3. Pedagogies of Precarity

    Kharnita Mohamed

    4. Scenes of Precarity: Where is the Exit?

    Redi Koobak

    5. Affected Writing: A Decolonial, Intersectional Feminist Engagement with Narratives of Sexual Violence

    Rebecca Helman 

    6. Notes from My Field Diary: Revisiting Emotions in the Field

    Susheela Mcwatts

    7. Whiteness as Friction: Vulnerability as a Method in Transnational Research

    Heather Tucker

    8. From Affective Pedagogies to Affected Pedagogues – A Conversation

    Petra Bakos, Redi Koobak and Kharnita Mohamed

    9. “I will Meet You at Twilight”: On Subjectivity, Identity and Transnational Intersectional Feminist Research

    Edyta Just

    10. Living an African Feminist Life: Decolonial Perspectives – A Conversation

    Victoria Kawesa, Redi Koobak, and Nina Lykke

    Part II: Portals of Possibility

    (On Methodologies)

    11. Can Methodologies be Decolonial? Towards a Relational Experiential Epistemic Togetherness

    Madina Tlostanova

    12. Reading Transnationally: Literary Transduction as a Feminist Tool

    Jasmina Lukic

    13. Writing Love Letters Across Borders: A Conversation on Indigenous-Centred Methodologies

    Hema’ny Molina Vargas, Fernanda Olivares Molina, Camila Marambio, Nina Lykke and Kharnita Mohamed

    Part III: Intrepid Journeys

    (On the Epistemic Implications of Geopolitical Situatedness)

    14. #MeToo Through a Decolonial Feminist Lens: Critical Reflections on Transnational Online Activism Against Sexual Violence

    Tigist Shewarega Hussen and Tamara Shefer

    15. Translocality, a Decolonial Take on Feminist Strategies

    Caroline Betemps

    16. Re-Routing the Sexual: A Regional and Relational Lens in Theorizing Sexuality in the Middle East (West Asia) 

    Adriana Qubaiova

    17. Beautiful Diversity? Diversity Rhetoric, Ethnicized Visions and Nesting Post-Soviet Hegemonies in the Multimedia Project The Ethnic Origins of Beauty

    Dinara Yangeldina

    18. Reducing Costs While Optimizing Health? A Transnational Feminist Engagement with Personalized Medicine

    Maria Temmes

    19. The Meanings of Chronopolitics and Temporal Awareness in Feminist Ethnographic Research

    Christine M. Jacobsen and Marry-Anne Karlsen

    20. Disrupting the Colonial Gaze: Towards Alternative Sexual Justice Engagements with Young People in South Africa 

    Tamara Shefer

    21. Studying Happiness in Post-Colonial and Post-Apartheid South Africa: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

    Carmine Rustin

    22. On Decolonization, the University and Transnational Solidarities – A Conversation

    Swati Arora, Redi Koobak and Nina Lykke


    Nina Lykke is Professor Emerita, Gender Studies, Linkoping University, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark.

    Redi Koobak is Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Strathclyde, UK.

    Petra Bakos is a literary scholar with a PhD in comparative gender studies from the Central European University (CEU), Hungary/Austria.

    Swati Arora is Lecturer in Performance and Global South Studies at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

    Kharnita Mohamed is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa.

    “Assembling urgent conversations in decolonial, transnational, and intersectional feminist research from a rich array of geopolitical perspectives, the editors of Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminisms compellingly argue for the need to transgress methodological nationalism. The book will be a vital resource for scholars interested in genre- and border-crossing knowledge production.”

    Prof. Neda Atanasoski, Dept. of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Maryland College Park, USA; Author of Humanitarian Violence: the U.S. Deployment of Diversity (2013)


    “This volume of outstanding essays contributes to current conversations on pluriversality, by bringing together transnational, intersectional and decolonial feminist methods and perspectives. It draws on a multiplicity of locations and modes of knowing ・ and forms of writing ・ to radically rethink key questions around justice and solidarity, for feminists across the Global North and South.”

    Prof. Srila Roy, University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa; Author of Changing the Subject. Feminist and Queer Politics in Neoliberal India (2022)


    “This edited collection is, as Marisol de Cadena and Mario Blaser (2018) express it “A world of many worlds”, capaciously conversing across South/East/North/ West disparate contexts, using a smorgasbord of academic and creative genres to transgress methodological nationalism. It is an experimental and adventurous text, which includes both emerging and seasoned academic voices. One gets the feeling that the process of pluriversal conversing and writing the book was as significant as the book product for the authors.”

    Vivienne Bozalek, Emerita Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Co-editor of Higher Education Hauntologies. Living with Ghosts for a Justice-to-come (2021)