Mara Vigoya and Flávia Rios

10.10, Mon, 15:00-17:00 (BRT)  – In Portuguese 

Mara Vigoya
Flávia Rios

Intersectionality and (De)Coloniality in the Current Latin American Political Conjuncture: A Much-Needed Debate

Chair: Barbara Potthast (Mecila Director/ Universität zu Köln)

In this conversation, we propose a feminist, intersectional and decolonial reading of the difficulties, challenges and opportunities offered by the current political moment in countries such as Brazil, Chile and Colombia, where popular revolts have prompted profound institutional changes. During the wave of protests in Chile and Colombia, social actors fought against social inequalities and demanded a radicalisation of democracy for meaningful representation in institutional politics. With the rise of the extreme right in Brazil, social mobilisation culminated in a struggle for political representation by actors with little appreciation for democracy. The following analysis will be based on the discussion of these three cases: 1) The new place occupied by feminist and Afro-descendant women as interlocutors who in their rich diversity can negotiate their demands with the state; and 2) The intersectional and de(colonial) turn of feminist political agendas that articulate their historical demands to present-day questions: power and dominance based on class, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality, as well as unequal relationships between worldviews and epistemologies that guide ongoing social, political, and economic developments.

The lecture will be held online, and you can follow the presentation here!


Edimilson de Almeida Pereira

12.10, Wed, 16:30-18:00 (BRT)  – In Portuguese


A Continent to Write: The Degree Zero of Literature Facing Itself and History

Chair: Gesine Müller (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Universität zu Köln)

The lecture examines the imposition of social reality on imagination by looking at suffering as both an empirical reality and a historical construct resulting from colonialism and state violence. It proposes a poetic-reflexive language that establishes relative autonomy for the experience of writing.

Image: Carlos Mendonça


The lecture will be held in presence at the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), on 12.10, at 16h30. Register here!