[csaa-forum] REMINDER: Guest seminar: Ina Kerner on Is it all Intersectional? Conceptualizing the Relation of Racism and Sexism?

Amanda Third A.Third at uws.edu.au
Thu Aug 8 11:56:01 CST 2013

A reminder that Professor Ina Kerner (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany) will present on the topic,

Is it all Intersectional? Conceptualizing the Relation of Racism and Sexism?

Date: Friday August 9, 2013, 14.30-16.00
Venue: University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus, Building 03.G.55


Intersectionality is one of the most prominent concepts of current feminist theory and gender studies research. One of its basic starting points has been the attempt to replace both simplifying analogies between different forms of oppression and additive models of differing forms of inequality and subordination. While this conceptual shift has been very valuable for correcting the shortcomings of those former approaches as well as for developing more complex and inclusive ways of understanding the relation of various forms of inequality, it sometimes seems that intersectionality is held to be the new master category for every attempt to clarify this relation. Focusing on racism and sexism, Ina Kerner argues that for understanding the ways in which both relate, relying on concepts of intersectionality is not sufficient. Instead, she suggests a multi-dimensional approach that takes similarities, differences, links and connections as well as intersections into account.


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Ina Kerner is Assistant Professor for Diversity Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. Before, she has held positions in political theory at Freie Universität Berlin and in gender studies at Technische Universität Berlin. She has also taught at the New School for Social Research in New York and at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad. Her areas of research include feminist and gender theories, postcolonial studies as well as questions of diversity and intersectionality. In 2009, her book on the anatomy of racism and sexism came out; her introductory book on postcolonial theories was published in 2012.

How to get to Bankstown campus: http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/getting_to_uni

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Amanda Third (Institute for Culture & Society) and Alana Lentin (School of Humanities and Communication Arts)

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