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Dr Alyosxa Tudor is Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London.
Their work connects trans and queer feminist approaches with transnational feminism and postcolonial studies. Alyosxa’s main research interest lies in analysing (knowledge productions on) migrations, diasporas and borders in relation to critiques of Eurocentrism and to processes of gendering and racialisation.
Alyosxa’s research is interdisciplinary but most closely related to media and cultural studies and social and political theory. Their postgraduate training was in interdisciplinary gender studies with specialization in queer visual culture and Alyosxa is still most interested in questions of representation in all its contexts (visual culture, discourse and public/political spheres) and in questioning pre-existing categories and modes of categorization in knowledge production. Their most recent work is on challenging, deconstructing and re-framing the field of trans/gender studies with focus on epistemology, pedagogy and analyses of public media discourses in the face of the rise of the global right. They have published widely on their work and given international keynotes (Turku/Finland, University of Uppsala/Sweden, NYU/USA) and numerous national and international papers and SOAS hosted two conferences under their lead. For their article ‘Im/Possibilities of Refusing and Choosing Gender’, they won the 2019 Feminist Theory Essay Prize.
Alyosxa’s next monograph project builds on archival research in Holocaust/Porajmos (Romani genocide) archives in Heidelberg, Berlin and Brandenburg/Germany. It starts from the presumption that existing approaches on gender, sexuality, racialization and the Holocaust have not analyzed substantially enough the sexual and racial politics of the Nazi category ‘asocial’, used as a label to persecute Roma and Sinti; (mostly female) partisans; (often female) people considered to be ‘sexually deviant’, ‘criminal’ or ‘unwilling to work’. The project theorizes fascist ascriptions of sexual and racial deviance, sheds light on the absences in current historical research and memory discourse and historicizes present day racist argumentation. Moreover, it aims to turn to the present and ask how to ethically represent genocide and deadly persecution to a present-day public. In which ways does such a representation of the past help to critically examine present-day far-right argumentation that relies on a similar clustering of racial, gendered and sexual minorities as deviant and other to the nation?
Moreover, Alyosxa is interested in going back to human rights declarations that are explicitly connected to post-Holocaust understandings of the human as a right-bearing subject. They ask how people considered as ‘asocials’ have fallen outside of universalist ideas of fundamental rights and justice and with this, the sphere of the social and the human. Alyosxa’s research challenges past and present legal frameworks and social concepts that criminalize poverty and sexual and racial minorities.
Alyosxa convenes the CGS core course ‘Gender Theory and the Study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East’ and teaches the half modules ‘Queering Migrations and Diasporas’ and ‘Transnationalising Queer, Trans and Disability Studies’. Alyosxa’s teaching enables students to critically engage with knowledge productions from Western contexts and the Global South alike and to question Eurocentrism/US-centrism in the fields of transgender, queer, migration and disability studies. Their teaching introduces to cultural and media studies approaches and engages students actively in methodological questions, including how to deal with difficult/shocking content, spectatorship, language use and questions of access/non-access to visual/audio material etc. In 2018, Alyosxa won the SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize in the category ‘Innovative Teaching’.
In the past Alyosxa was an LSE Fellow in Transnational Gender Studies and a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS. Alyosxa also worked as a Research Assistant in Gender Studies at Humboldt-University and was a Visiting Fellow at GEXcel, Centre of Gender Excellence at Linkoping University/Sweden and a Visiting Professor at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, USA.
PhD Students supervised
- Abeera Khan, Queer Muslim Subjecthoods: Mapping London's Contested Landscape
- Shreeta Lakhani, Gendering Notions of Belonging: Complicating the conceptualisation of the belonging of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) bodies in London (working title)
Dr Tudor lectures on the following courses:
Gender X: Transnational And Decolonial Perspectives On And Beyond The Gender Binary
Alyosxa is principal investigator in the SOAS based project GenderX, Rahul Rao is Co-Investigator. GenderX is located in transdisciplinary gender studies and focuses on the question of how the very category of ‘gender’ is constructed in different contexts and over time. It provides a postcolonial/decolonial critique of gendered norms and binaries and seeks to historicize gender without a re-essentialisation of pre-colonial gender-free authenticity.
GenderX brings together transnational feminist approaches on gendered and sexual difference, feminist, queer and trans studies that question gender binaries and decolonial theory that claims that gender as a category is a product of European colonialism. Based on investigating and achieving new crossovers of these interdisciplinary fields, the project especially engages with criticising gender as a colonial project and aims to provide both a postcolonial/decolonial critique of gendered norms and seeks for complex interdisciplinary theoretisations that reject re-essentialising ideas of pre-colonial gender-free authenticity and identity.
As Patricia Hill Collins and Fatima El-Tayeb, amongst others, make clear, the European concept of womanhood, and with it gender as a category, is constructed inseparably from racialisation and nationalism (Collins 2002, 196; El-Tayeb 1999, 155). Maria Lugones (2007, 186) shows how “heterosexism” can be seen “as a key part of how gender fuses with race in the operations of colonial power”. With this, she underlines that ‘gender itself’ was introduced as a ‘colonial concept’ in the Global South (ibid.). Indeed, gender as a category comes into existence through racialisation and colonial expansion. Therefore, feminist attempts to ‘trans’ gender - to go beyond gender and to question naturalised ideas of gendering - need to engage in postcolonial/decolonial analysis.
This project is a transdisciplinary intervention in the fields of transnational feminism, decolonial theory and queer and trans studies which mostly operate as separate realms of knowledge. SOAS is the ideal place for establishing international networks on the very question of how gender as a category comes into existence in different contexts, because it is a hub for transnational and decolonial knowledge production, global studies and scholarship from the Global South. The project therefore aims to focus on knowledge productions on gender that are based in different parts of the world (i.e. the SOAS regions and their diasporas), think them in dialogue with each other and bundle this expertise in critical transdisciplinary gender studies that especially focus on non-binary genders, transing gender, anti-heteronormative approaches to gender and questioning gender as a universal concept. As a research project and hub, it provides international leadership in transdisciplinary research on and beyond gender as a category with a consistent transnational and decolonial perspective.
We are planning a transdisciplinary workshop in June 2018 (stay tuned).
Conference: Challenges in Queer and Feminist Migration and Diaspora Studies
24-25th July, 2017
The Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS invite to a two-day discussion space on queer and feminist migration and diaspora studies. The conference will provide a transdisciplinary context for queer and feminist knowledge production on non/belonging, anti-/racism, anti-/migratism, borders, anti-/nationalism etc. We build on the thought that migration and diaspora are – like gender and sexuality – not descriptive, objective categories, but analytical tools to name positions of power. Therefore, drawing on postcolonial studies and transnational queer-feminist approaches, in this gathering we will focus on analysing power relations and oppression, as well as engage with resistance strategies and empowerment. Bringing together critical knowledge production on nationalist, racist, migratist, homo/transphobic, sexist, colonialist and Eurocentric norms and normalizations of gender, nation, race and belonging can be troubling, challenging and contradictory and we would like to invite participants to endure these contradictions and turn these challenges into empowering interventions.
Organisers: Nydia Swaby and Alyosxa Tudor
Tudor, Alyosxa (2014) from [al’manja] with love. Trans_feministische Positionierungen zu Rassismus und Migratismus. Frankfurt a.M.: Brandes & Apsel.
Tudor, Alyosxa and Ticktin, Miriam (2021) 'Sexuality and Borders in Right-Wing Times'. Ethnic and Racial Studies. [Forthcoming]
Tudor, Alyosxa (2021) 'Decolonizing Trans/Gender Studies: Teaching Gender, Race and Sexuality in Times of the Rise of the Global Right'. Transgender Studies Quarterly, (8) 2. [Forthcoming]
Tudor, Alyosxa (2020) 'Migration'. Lambda Nordica, (25) 1, pp 92-97.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2019) 'Im/Possibilities of Refusing and Choosing Gender'. Feminist Theory, (20) 4, pp 361-380.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2018) 'Cross-Fadings of Racialisation and Migratisation: The Postcolonial Turn in Western European Gender and Migration Studies'. Gender, Place and Culture, (25) 7, pp 1057-1072.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2017) 'Dimensions of Transnationalism'. Feminist Review, (117) 1, pp 20-40.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2017) 'Queering Migration Discourse: Differentiating Racism and Migratism in Postcolonial Europe'. Lambda Nordica, (22) 2-3, pp 21-40.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2013) 'Differenzierungen von Rassismus und Migratismus in feministischen Ansätzen zu 'Migration''. Jahrbuch Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung in der Erziehungswissenschaft. Das Geschlecht der Migration - Bildungsprozesse in Ungleichheitsverhältnissen., (9), pp 42-60.
AK Feministische Sprachpraxis, - and Tudor, Alyosxa and Hayn, Evelyn and Hornscheidt, Lann, (eds.), (2011) Feminismus schreiben lernen.. Frankfurt a.M.: Brandes & Apsel. (transdisziplinäre genderstudien).
Tudor, Alyosxa and Rexhepi, Piro (2021) 'Connecting the ‘posts’ to confront racial capitalism’s coloniality: A conversation'. In: Koobak, Redi and Tlostanova, Madina and Thapar-Björkert, Suruchi, (eds.), Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice. Routledge. [Forthcoming]
Tudor, Alyosxa (2011) 'feminismus w_orten lernen. Praktiken kritischer Ver_Ortung in feministischen Wissensproduktionen'. In: AK Feministische Sprachpraxis, -, (ed.), Feminismus schreiben lernen. Frankfurt a.M.: Brandes & Apsel, pp 57-99.
Tudor, Alyosxa and Hayn, Evelyn and Hornscheidt, Lann (2011) 'Vorwort'. In: AK Feministische Sprachpraxis, -, (ed.), Feminismus schreiben lernen. Frankfurt a.M.: Brandes & Apsel, pp 7-11.
Tudor, Alyosxa and Hornscheidt, Lann (2011) 'Feminismus schreiben lernen: Ein Glossar'. In: AK Feministische Sprachpraxis, -, (ed.), Feminismus schreiben lernen. Frankfurt a.M.: Brandes & Apsel, pp 180-188.
AG Einleitung, - and Tudor, Alyosxa and Hornscheidt, Lann (2011) 'Feminismus'. In: AK Feministische Sprachpraxis, -, (ed.), Feminismus schreiben lernen. Frankfurt a.M.: Brandes & Apsel, pp 12-56.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2010) 'Rassismus und Migratismus: Die Relevanz einer kritischen Differenzierung'. In: Nduka-Agwu, Adibeli and Hornscheidt, Lann, (eds.), Rassismus auf gut Deutsch. Ein kritisches Nachschlagewerk zu rassistischen Sprachhandlungen. Frankfurt a.M.: Brandes & Apsel, pp 396-420.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2010) 'Wittig – Sprache als Intervention, Intervention in Sprache'. In: Kuch, Hannes and Herrman, Steffen, (eds.), Philosophien sprachlicher Gewalt: 21 Grundpositionen von Platon bis Butler. Weilerswist: Velbrück, pp 331-250.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2020) Terfism is White Distraction: On BLM, Decolonising the Curriculum, Anti-Gender Attacks and Feminist Transphobia.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2020) Racism, Migratism, Covid.
Grewal, Kiran and Hemmings, Clare and Sabsay, Leticia and Tudor, Alyosxa (2020) Confronting ‘The Household’.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2019) I have been a stranger in most contexts for as long as I can remember. Gender Studies became something like a home for me.
Tudor, Alyosxa (2018) The Desire for Categories.
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