RINGS: Decolonising Feminisms

RINGS Conference and Annual Meeting 2020: Decolonising Feminisms
Durban, South Africa

The Durban 2020 Organising Committee has resolved to postpone the December Conference event - because of the uncertainties of the COVID-19 situation, and the need for people to organise travel funds and other arrangements. Further information will follow.

Important information for researchers based in Switzerland:

RINGS is an international association with the aim of bringing together research institutions - not individuals - engaged in gender and feminist research on a global basis. If you hand in an abstract, please coordinate this with your gender studies institution and be aware that you represent and inform about your institution at the RINGS conference and general assembly. (Current interim contact person for the Network Gender Studies Switzerland in RINGS:anika.thymunibasch)

For this conference we invite contributions engaging with the project of decolonising feminist scholarship and activism, not merely in symbolic and metaphorical ways, but with a commitment to material, structural change in the world. Such contributions could explore any of the following topics (but need not be limited to them): 

  • Shifts away from the multiple imperial contexts and colonial models of knowledge extraction in our feminist scholarship 
  • The forces through which Indigenous women and Native feminist theories have been invisibilised within whitestream women’s studies 
  • Challenging white dominated research and pedagogical models 
  • Unmasking and dismantling epistemic privilege attached to geopolitical positioning  
  • The “denaturalisation of the national” (Lukose 2018: 44) as a site of feminist theory and practice 
  • Exposing the persistent structures of settler colonisation and its effects on Indigenous peoples and others
  • Developing and incorporating multilingualism into our research as a way of undermining the hegemony of English as colonial imposition 
  • Forging feminist alliances in which issues of race and land are not erased for the sake of solidarity 
  • The complicity of feminist scholarship in the maintenance and invisibilisation of colonial structures and the dispossession of Indigenous people 

For more information consider the full call that is attached as PDF.


02. April 2020


30. Juni 2020