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- Dr Alyosxa Tudor
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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.
In the past Alyosxa was a 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 Linkoeping University/Sweden.
Alyosxa is on leave for the academic year 2019/20 and will be a Visiting Professor at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, USA from October 2019 - March 2020.
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 (2019) 'Im/Possibilities of Refusing and Choosing Gender'. Feminist Theory, pp 1-20. [Forthcoming]
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 (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 (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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