Revis(ualis)ing Intersectionality


Taking the visual sphere as its starting point, "Revis(ualis)ing Intersectionality" interrogates how a focus on visuality might help to come up with methodologies that move beyond the binary to revise some of the premises of intersectionality as a research paradigm that employs categories to describe bodies and processes of stratification. We propose to do the opposite: We want to probe a methodology which takes visual polysemy as its structural premise. Rather than follow the often-voiced logic that “we need categories to make sense of the world”, we want to explore whether the assumed categories hinder our perception of human differences and, ultimately, our understanding of social inequalities. In a first phase that consists of exploratory workshops, we will invite artists, philosophers and cognitive scientists to focus on the visual public sphere, including signage, to develop “ways of seeing” different “modes of being” rather than limit our analysis to supposedly fixed meanings linked to physical characteristics. Here artistic production is regarded as a central knowledge producing catalyst. After this exploratory phase the applicants will record the findings in a publication that should adequately reflect such a revis(ualis)ing of intersectionality in its layout and inclusion of visual materials.


Principal Investigators
Haschemi Yekani, Elahe Prof. Dr. (Details) (English and American Literature and Culture (Postcolonial Studies))

Further project members
Nowicka, Magdalena Prof. Dr. (Details) (Migration and Transnationalism)

Duration of Project
Start date: 01/2019
End date: 06/2021

Research Areas
General and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Social Sciences

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