“Feminist theories of the Security State: Rethinking Exceptionalism and Neoliberalism from the Global South”
In this talk I argue for the importance of feminist research for examining the logics of security and securitization that are increasingly used to oppose migration and multiculturalism in Europe and North America. I suggest that feminist research in postcolonial, transnational and critical race studies offers theoretical resources for understanding the security state. In particular, concepts such as “corruption” and “patriarchy” that have been used most often for the Global South could be useful in understanding the state in the West as well.
Inderpal Grewal is Chair and Professor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Faculty in the South Asia Council, Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies Program, and Affiliate faculty in American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. She is author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and Cultures of Travel (Duke, 1996), Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (Duke, 2005), and Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Neoliberal America (forthcoming 2017). She is co-editor (with Caren Kaplan) of Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (University of Minnesota Press, 1995), Introduction to Women’s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (Mc-Graw Hill, 2001, 2005) and Theorizing NGO’s: Feminism, Neoliberalism and the State (with Victoria Bernal) Duke University Press, 2014. Her areas of research include feminist theory, cultural studies of South Asia and its diasporas, British and U.S. imperialism, and contemporary feminist transnationalisms.
“Anti-Oppressive Feminisms and Solidarities”
Anti-racist and feminist author and activist Harsha Walia will be reflecting on the state of the feminist movement. What are strategies to strengthen our understandings of liberatory feminisms while interrogating anti-feminist feminism? How can feminism become a movement of expansive solidarities that centres on the experiences of women of colour, low-income women and migrant women resisting state violence and capitalism? Harsha will discuss feminisms – as a multitude – that is relevant and engaging towards transformation.
Harsha Walia is an activist and award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism. She is currently the project coordinator at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and a member of No One Is Illegal, February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee, Defenders of the Land network, and South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy. Trained in the law, she has been active in grassroots anti-racist, feminist, migrant justice, Indigenous and anti-capitalist movements for almost two decades. Harsha sits on the editorial collectives for Feminist Wire and Abolition Journal. She has made numerous presentations on race, immigration, gender, and poverty to the United Nations and across campuses and media outlets in North America and Europe. Harsha is a recipient of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Power of Youth Award, Westender‘s Best of the City in Activism Award, and named “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective organizers” by Naomi Klein.
Thursday 24th May, 2pm
Sutherland Building, University College Dublin
Brigid Quilligan is a Traveller woman; a feminist,an activist and a mother. Her talk will provide an insight into Traveller Womens struggle for Equality and justice.
Brigid Quilligan is the former Director of the Irish Traveller Movement and is currently Manager of the Kerry Travellers’ Health and Community Development Project. She represented the Irish Traveller Movement at the UN Human Rights Committee’s review of Ireland under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, highlighting the need to formally recognise the distinct ethnicity of the Traveller Community as an ethnic minority and the urgent need to improve state provision of accommodation for Traveller families. She has been a long-time campaigner for access to education for the Traveller Community, at all levels, and has highlighted the barriers arising from a legacy of discrimination and prejudice.