SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Jana Cattien

BA (Durham) MPhil (Cambridge)
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Jana Cattien
Jana Cattien
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Thesis title:
Understanding Feminist Complicities in Contemporary Germany
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My aim in this thesis is to re-think how we understand feminist complicities in the context of contemporary Germany. This entails de-centering a singular focus on racist, colonial and nationalist feminisms to consider their complicity alongside the more wayward complicities of ‘anti-racist’, ‘intersectional’ and ‘critical’ feminisms. I want to make the case here that we simply cannot divide the feminist landscape into 'complicit' feminisms and 'non-complicit' feminisms. We must be alert to the fact that sometimes, feminisms that understand themselves as ‘critical’, ‘anti-racist’ and ‘intersectional’ become complicit in nation-building agendas, if only by taking certain hegemonic stories about the nation for granted.


  • Cattien, Jana (2017). Feminist Epistemology and the Question of Difference Reconfigured: What can Wittgenstein Tell Us about "Women"?. Journal of International Women's Studies, 18(3), 5-18,  Available at


  • 12/2017: ‚Feminists Against Political Correctness? Towards a Performative Understanding of Political Alliances’‚ Das wird man doch wohl noch sagen dürfen! Zum Stand der Anti-Political Correctness Bewegung in Deutschland, Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • 11/2017: ‘Assemblages and Activism – A Critical Conversation’, Arbeitskreis Politik und Geschlecht, Intersektionale und postcolonial-feministische Perspektive als Instrumente einer politikwissenschaflichen Macht- und Herrschaftskritik, Universität Essen (Germany)
  • 10/2017: 'Is the ‚feminism’ in anti-feminism the same as in feminism?’, Tagung Feminismus und Öffentlichkeit, Goethe Universität Frankfurt (Germany)
  • 07/2017: ‘The 2017 NSU Tribunal: Performing Justice Against the Odds’, Panel on Activism and Academia, Challenges in Queer and Feminist Diaspora and Migration Studies, SOAS Centre for Gender Studies Workshop & Conference, London (United Kingdom)
  • 06/2017: ‘Erasures, Exclusions and the Impossibility of the Universal: Reconceptualising Coalitional and Intersectional Feminist Politics in Contemporary Germany’, Panel on Constructing Cultures of Collective Freedom, London Conference in Critical Thought, London (United Kingdom)
  • 06/2017: ‘Of Monsters and Myths: Ideologies, Borders and Feminist Politics in Post ‘Cologne’ Germany’, MeCCSA PGN Conference 2017, Borders and Boundaries: Territories, Technologies, Transgressions, London (United Kingdom)
  • 06/2017: ‘Troubling the “Identical’ in Identity’, Second International Conference ‘The Discourse of Identity’, Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • 03/2017: Panel Chair: Theorising and Decolonising Sexuality, Centre for Transnational Development, Politicised Sexualities and Marginalised Histories, London (United Kingdom)
  • 05/2016: ‘New Perspectives on Feminist Epistemology’, Feminism and (Political) Progress – Fifth Graduate Political Theory Conference, Oxford (United Kingdom)


  • Gender Theory and the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • Introduction to Political Theory


  • Critical German Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Literature