Mittwoch, 22. Mai 2019, 18:30 - 21:00 iCal

Paola Bacchetta: Beyond Deadly Encounters

Queer People of Color and Formations of Alliances for Radical Transformation


Aula der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Hauptgebäude, OG 1
Augasse 2-6, 1090 Wien


This presentation’s focus is on how feminists and queers of color, and ultimately feminists and queers of all colors, come together - or not - in alliances for radical political transformation. The talk concerns a range of practices that Bacchetta calls co-motion, defined as a large rubric for diverse phenomena such as coalitions, solidarities, alliances, networks, linkages, convergences, unities and other political encounters. In a first part, Bacchetta engages with what she calls deadly encounters, or alliances that fail miserably by constructing, enhancing, reinforcing or enacting the obliteration of the subaltern subjects they implicate in the alliance. She then addresses some very constructive current alliances from which we can learn immensely. Bacchetta asks: Why does co-motion fail? What makes co-motion fruitful? How might we rethink and re-enact co-motion for radical transformation, to construct new relations to each other, all beings and the planet, and new ways of life, for our times?


Paola Bacchetta is Professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at University of California, Berkeley. She is also Co-Chair of the Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and Peoples’ Rights. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender, and Center for Right-Wing Studies. She is an Affiliated Professor at Berkeley’s Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute for European Studies, Center for Middle East Studies, and Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is a former Executive Committee member of the California-wide Center for New Racial Studies, and former Coordinator of the Gender Consortium at Berkeley that represents all of Berkeley’s research and teaching units on gender.

Zur Webseite der Veranstaltung


Referat Genderforschung der Universität Wien


Sushila Mesquita
Referat Genderforschung