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The Body as Knowledge, the Body as Quilombo:Learning with Anticolonial Feminist Thinkers

Juliana Streva


The hegemonic way of conceiving knowledge has been mostly based on written documents, books, and reports. Historically, Black and Indigenous women in Brazil have been contesting such a colonial and Eurocentric tradition, within academia and beyond. By perceiving the body as a living site of knowledge, the dichotomous thinking in which the body has been perceived as opposed to the mind, and oral histories as inferior and opposed to written documents can be put into question. Joining a long legacy of antiracist, feminist and anticolonial theories and practices, Dr. Juliana Streva (RePLITO / Freie Universität Berlin) introduces the interplay of knowledge, body, territory and memory revisited by Afro-Brazilian thinkers, especially by the work of Beatriz Nascimento, Leda Maria Martins and Lélia Gonzalez.

Moderation: Dr. Clara Ruvituso (IAI; Mecila – Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-­Inequality in Latin America)

This lecture is part of the lecture series "Diversity/Medialities" organized by the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut and Mecila – Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America:

Inclusion and diversity have marked the demands of social movements in the 21st century. With the concept intersectionality, inspired by feminist movements in the US, the academic field aims to understand how various interdependent conditions of oppression and inequality–class, gender, religion, ethnicity, skin colour, citizenship, migration, geography, and language–are reflected in exclusion, but also in the articulation of differentiated demands and struggles. Much less visible have been the voices of academics and activists from Latin America, who have both made perceivable and conceptualized social and political exclusion from the peripheries. The series of public lectures focuses on these voices from the margins, their long-term conceptual and epistemological frameworks, and their forms and media of circulation and entanglements.

With the first focus on feminist and LGTBIQ movements and ideas we invite experts and activists analyzing South-North interconnections in the struggles for the rights of women and LGTBIQ groups in Latin America.

© Beatriz Nascimento by David Sa; Lélia Gonzalez by Cézar Loureiro [CC], via Wikimedia Commons

Termin und Ort

18.00 h (UTC+02, Berlin)


Englisch / English


Mecila – Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America

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