Geography and Memories Through Art Workshop
Virgelina Chará is a human rights defender, educator, embroidery artist and protest music composer from Colombia.
Artist Libby Harward is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay Area).
This book draws on participatory ethnographic research to understand how rural Colombian women work to dismantle the coloniality of power. It critically examines the ways in which colonial feminisms have homogenized the “category of woman,” ignoring the intersecting relationship of class, race, and gender, thereby excluding the voices of “subaltern women” and upholding existing power structures. Supplementing that analysis are testimonials from rural Colombian women who speak about their struggles for sovereignty and against territorial, sexual, and racialized violence enacted upon their land and their bodies. By documenting the stories of rural women and centering their voices, this book seeks to dismantle the coloniality of power and gender, and narrate and imagine decolonial feminist worlds. Scholars in gender studies, rural studies, and post-colonial studies will find this work of interest.
“This book vividly demonstrates why Latin American feminisms have become the most vibrant arena of critical thought and struggle. Building on a careful analysis of women’s territorial struggles against territorial dispossession and extractivist projects, the author powerfully narrates ‘the epistemic force of place.’ This farsighted book should be of great interest to students and activists in those fields dealing with issues of gender, environment, development, rurality, and globalization.”
Arturo Escobar, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, author of Encountering Development and Designs for the Pluriverse.
Book review by Julia Margaret Zulver in Gender, Place & Culture: https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2021.1932971.
Book review by Luftun Nahar Datta in Journal of Intercultural Studies: https://doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2021.1988538.
A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop Series (and zine!) brought to you by Dr Ashleigh Watson, Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro, and Samantha Trayhurn.
2019 Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship entitled: ‘Advancing Peace and Conflict Studies from the Ground: Women’s Oral Testimonies and Historical Memory in Colombia’.
Projects as Senior Research Assistant or Fellow
*2020, 2021: Professor Barbara Pini (Griffith University), ‘Globalising rural life narratives’, Arts, Education and Law Grant.
* 2019, 2020: Dr Sarah Casey, Associate Professor Sandy O’Sullivan, Dr Gail Crimmins and Dr Karen Sutherland (University of Sunshine Coast), ‘Discovering and supporting the digital literacy and business communication needs of people living in St George and Dirranbandi’, Australian Federal Government: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources CARE Balonne.
* 2018, 2019, 2020: Dr Adele Pavlidis (Griffith University), ‘Contesting Australian Sport Culture: Women and the Rise of Contact Sport’, ARC DECRA.
PhD, Doctor of Philosophy
(30 May 2018, Griffith Universty)
PhD Thesis entitled: ‘Towards De(s)colonial Research in the Global Rural: A Feminist Feeling-Thinking Study with Rural Women in Colombia’.