Project Description

De/Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Activism 

Foto: Mídia NINJA Un violador en tu camino – Brasília

In case that an on-campus Summer School is not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this module will take place online.

Module content

  • Analyse the variety of approaches and concepts within decolonial feminisms and discuss prominent concepts such as intersectionality, coloniality, necropolitics and others.
  • Situate the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ and analyze it from a decolonial-feminist standpoint.
  • Participate in a tour that addresses historical and contemporary references to the colonial on a local scale for stimulating a debate about the history of colonialism and its ongoing consequences in the urban landscape
  • Learn about Critical Theory and the legacy of the Frankfurt School and critically engage with it from a feminist and decolonial framework; get to know an initiative at the Goethe University that aims to decolonize the curriculum and embed feminist perspectives.
  • Discuss transnational feminist movements and organizations and learn about different geographical contexts that shape the ‘politics of location’
  • Investigate the entanglement between politics and religion
  • Programme – The course is taught in English (4 ECTS). Note: This Module is thematically linked to the Module Decolonisation and Feminisms I. The Modules can either be booked together or independently.
  • Requirements – Advanced Bachelor and Master students.
  • Programme fee face-face/ online – EUR 500.00 (includes all study materials, transcript of records).
  • Application deadline – 30 April 2021

Course description

The political debate about the restitution of objects removed from the colonies and exhibited in European museums is in full swing. Decolonizing knowledges, cultures and policies, socialities and practices, decolonising power relations in general are an urgent concern of global justice. Feminisms around the world emphasize that these are crucial political and epistemic questions. A critical reflection upon processes of ‘othering’ and disappropriation seeks to understand how coloniality is embedded in political and social structures and how experiences and perceptions of modernity are shaped by colonial heredities. Raising awareness for exclusionary practices includes self-reflection within emancipatory movements. Bearing this in mind decolonial feminist theory analyses unequal, intersecting power relations and brings forward solidarities and policies to overcome these inequalities.

The course comprises 28 contact hours (8*3.5 hours). Upon successful completion, 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points will be awarded for the module. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25 to 30 hours of student workload. This includes class hours, additional preparations for class activities, readings, assignments as well as final assessments.

Attendance: Participants have to attend at least 80 % of the classes.


Dr. Tanja Scheiterbauer is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt. Previously, she was coordinator of the Marie-Jahoda-Guestprofessorship at Ruhr-University-Bochum. Her PhD thesis Islam, Islamism and Gender in Turkey was awarded the Cornelia Goethe Prize. Research interests and teaching include Gender relations in the Middle East and North Africa, Islamism and Gender, Social movements and civil society, Climate Change and Gender.

Dr. Marianne Schmidbaur is scientific manager of the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at University Frankfurt. She is member of the German Gender Studies Association working group on ‘Decolonizing Gender Studies’ and of the ATGENDER (European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation) board . Her postdoctoral research includes Gender Studies, historical and contemporary feminist movements, higher education/professionalization, and social policy/care.

Dr. Vanessa Eileen Thompson is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Sociology at Goethe-University Frankfurt. She was previously a distinguished guest lecturer in Gender and Queer Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany and a fellow at the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching are focused on black studies, critical race and racism studies, post- and decolonial feminist theories and methodologies, gender and queer studies, critical criminology and security studies, and social movement theories.

Working Group on Feminist De/Colonizations at Frankfurt University Social Sciences:

Prof. Dr. Uta Ruppert is Professor of Political Science and Sociology with a focus on Development and Gender Studies at the Department of Social Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research centers on international gender politics, transnational women’s movements and feminisms in South-South relations. She is the institutional part_ner of the Working Group on Feminist De/Colonizations at Frankfurt University Social Science.

Selamawit Mulugeta Zewdie is a BA Student in Sociology and Political Science at Goethe University Frankfurt. Focal Points: Transnational Feminism, postcolonial and feminist theory, critical theory, international politics, social movements and regionalism.

Denise Siemer is a MA student in Peace- and Conflict-Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt and student assistant for Prof. Dr. Uta Ruppert („South-South“). Focal points: Tansnational Feminisms and Solidarities, knowledge production and -economy, critical theory and Frankfurt School.

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