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Pre-read workshop: On the Politics of Coalition

Elena Ruíz (Michigan State, Philosophy), co-authored with Kristie Dotson
Friday, October 27, 2017
3:00-5:00 PM
1164 Angell Hall Map
In the wake of continued structural asymmetries between women of color and white feminisms, this essay revisits intersectional tensions in Catharine MacKinnon’s Toward a Feminist Theory of the State while exploring productive spaces of coalition. To explore such spaces, we reframe Toward a Feminist Theory of the State in terms of its epistemological project and highlight possible synchronicities with liberational features in women-of-color feminisms. This is done, in part, through an analysis of the philosophical role “method” plays in MacKinnon’s argument, and by reframing her critique of juridical neutrality and objectivity as epistemic harms. In the second section, we sketch out a provisional coalitional theory of liberation that builds on MacKinnon’s feminist epistemological insights and aligns them with decolonizing projects in women-of-color feminisms, suggesting new directions and conceptual revisions that are on the way to coalition.

See below for link to essay.

Co-sponsored by Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Philosophy
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Philosophy