1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook for Global South Studies on Subjectivities

Edited By Sebastian Thies, Susanne Goumegou, Georgina Cebey Copyright 2024
    382 Pages 11 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    382 Pages 11 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    The Routledge Handbook for Global South Studies on Subjectivities provides a series of exemplary studies conjoining perspectives from Asian, African, and Latin American Studies on subjectivity in the Global South as a central category of social and cultural analysis. The contestation of the Northern myth of the autonomous subject—the dispositive that contests subject formation in the South by describing it as fragmented, incomplete, delayed or simply deviant, has been a cornerstone of theory production from the South over the years.

    This volume’s contributions offer an interdisciplinary and transarea dialogue, reframing issues of selfhood and alterity, of personhood, of the human, of the commons and contesting the North’s presumption in determining what kind of subjectivities abide by its norms, whose voices are heard, who is recognised as a subject, and, by extension, whose lives matter. In the context of the shifting dynamics of today’s manifold crises, they raise questions regarding how subjectivities act on or resist such forms of contestation, contingency, and indeterminacy.

    A major contribution to the growing body of scholarship on the Global South, this handbook will be an essential resource for students, scholars, researchers and instructors in literature, media and culture studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, law, politics, visual arts and art history.

    I. General Introduction: Contested and Contesting Subjectivities in the Global South

    Susanne Goumegou, Sebastian Thies

    1. Rethinking Subjectivity with the South: A Conceptual Prelude

    2. Regimes of Subjectivity and Temporality

    3. Precarisation, Articulation, and Recognition as Dynamics of Subjectivation

    4. Towards a More Equitable Ecology of Knowledges


    II. Articulating Subjectivity from the Global South

    5. Thinking the World from Africa

    Achille Mbembe

    6. No Longer Northbound, Now Heading South

    Cuauhtémoc Medina

    7. The Global South and Internationalism

    Simon During

    8. Defining Legal Subjectivities for a Postcolonial International Order: The International Legal Controversy over Wars of National Liberation

    Jochen von Bernstorff


    III. Reconfiguring Interpellation

    9. The Subject of Teaching/Learning in the Global South

    Russell West-Pavlov

    10. Musical Mega-events, Political Communication, and Cross-border Subjectivities in the Colombian-venezuelan Conflict. The Cases of Paz Sin Fronteras (2008) and Venezuela Aid Live (2019)

    Sebastian Thies, Estéban Morera Aparicio

    11. Tears and Concrete: Urban Subjectivities of Mexican Modernity through the Lens of Films

    Georgina Cebey


    IV. Precarised Subjectivities

    12. Figurations of the Precarious. Rethinking Studies on the Precarious in the Global South from a Subject-centred Perspective

    Susanne Goumegou, Sebastian Thies

    13. People-on-the-move: An Emerging Historical Figure?

    Elisa T. Bertuzzo

    14. When Image is a Body: Modes of Surviving the Colonial Machine

    Fernando Resende, Roberto Robalinho, Diego Granja do Amaral

    15. Precarious Lives and the Figure of the Wound in Chilean Literature: Hijo de ladrón (1951) by Manuel Rojas and Lumpérica (1983) by Diamela Eltit

    Nadja Lobensteiner

    16. Hyper-consumerism, Violence and Endriago. Female Subjectivities in the Border Narcoculture of Orfa Alarcóns Perra Brava

    Edith Mora Ordóñez


    V. Entangled Regimes of Temporality

    17. The Time of the Commons and the Subject of the South

    Eric Worby

    18. Disruptive Temporality and Post-apocalyptic Subjectivity: Narrating Violence in Tierno Monénembo’s Les écailles du ciel

    Susanne Goumegou

    19. Questioning the “New” Zimbabwe: Biomythography and Political Subjectivity in Panashe Chigumadzi’s These Bones Will Rise Again (2018)

    Polo Belina Moji


    VI. Contesting the Western Subject of Knowledge

    20.  Zoē-assemblage: Immanent Life in the Age of the Anthropocene

    Sudesh Mishra

    21. Conversing with María Luisa Chacarito: A Ralámuli Woman’s Perceptions on Life in an Interconnected World

    Sabina Aguilera

    22. Subjectivities, Agency and Ritual Performance in the Garhwal Himalayas

    Karin Margret Polit

    23.  Just Thinking

    Leonhard Praeg


    Sebastian Thies holds the chair for Ibero-American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Tübingen. He was convenor of the Research Training Network “Entangled Temporalities in the Global South” and was one of the coordinators of the BMBF/DAAD thematic network “Futures under construction in the Global South” (2018-20). His research interests include Global South Studies and Latin American literature, film and media studies. He recently co-edited The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas.

    Susanne Goumegou is Professor of French and Italian Literature at the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Tübingen and director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Global South Studies. In addition to her research in French and Italian literature on dream, theory of fiction and illusion, she has worked in Global South Studies with a focus on Francophone Literatures in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has published on African literature in Contracampo: Brazilian Journal of Communication, Études Littéraires Africaines and Philosophia Africana.

    Georgina Cebey is a faculty member at the School of Architecture of the Autonomus University of Baja California (UABC) and a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico. She received her PhD in Art History from the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM). Her work focuses on the history of Mexican architecture, with emphasis on the representation of architecture in art and media. In 2017 her book Arquitectura del fracaso won the Vasconcelos national essay prize in Mexico.