Conference Paper — Translational Solidarities: Intersectionality, Women of Color Feminism, and Kwīr Knowledge Production in Arabic (Baltimore, MD)

Panel: Intersectionalities for Critical Change

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Meeting
Baltimore, November 16-19, 2017 / http://www.nwsa.org

This paper looks at the increasing significance of Women of Color Feminist texts in shaping the movement to translate and produce original knowledge of gender and sexuality studies in Arabic. With attention to academic and activist collectives in the Middle East and North Africa, this paper asks, what are the theoretical contributions of Women of Color Feminism to queer politics and knowledge production in contentious contexts of local forms of state violence and erasure on one hand, and western homonationalist (Puar 2007) justifications for intervention on the other.

photo from Fell’s Point, Baltimore (c) Robert Farley