Seminar | Doctoral Programme in Feminist Studies

 Art, decoloniality and non-violent masculinity

Marta Fernández (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro)

March 18, 2021, 14h00 (GMT)

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This session aims to promote the debate on performances and knowledge experienced in the global peripheries that daily produce fissures in the existing power relations. How does the art produced in the margins and peripheries have the potential to decolonise the intersectional dynamics of race and gender? How, through artistic experiences lived by peripheral subjects in the city of Rio de Janeiro, do black subjects interfere in hegemonic representations of black masculinity, questioning the gazes that fetishize and exoticize them?
We intend to introduce concepts such as the "paradigm of power" developed in the peripheral context in Rio de Janeiro that allow us to refocus the peripheries, understanding them as legitimate producers of culture and knowledge. Based on decolonial and black feminist authors, the session aims to discuss the potential of peripheral artistic and cultural practices to dispute the coloniality of being, knowledge and power and to produce more equitable worlds. How can we think resistance from such practices? And how can these resistances express themselves in the daily life of postcolonial cities, as is the case of Rio de Janeiro, structured by inequality and by necropolitical projects?

The presentation will focus mainly, in line with the work developed within the GlobalGrace project (Global Gender and Cultures of Equality), on artistic practices as destabilizers of gender hierarchies and their contribution to the production of alternative, non-hegemonic and non-violent masculinities.

Bio note

Marta Fernández is a professor at the Institute of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where she completed her PhD. She is a researcher for the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and for the international project GlobalGrace (Global Gender and Cultures of Equality). She was director of the Institute of International Relations at PUC-Rio from 2016 to 2020. She is one of the editors of Palgrave Macmillan's Global Political Sociology series. She is a member of the current board of directors of the Brazilian Association of International Relations (ABRI). Her main areas of interest focus on International Relations Theory, Post-Colonial and Decolonial Studies, Aesthetics, Violence, Conflict Resolution and Race Relations.

Activity under the Doctoral Programme in Feminst Studies (FLUC/CES)

Featured image | © Matteo Pugliese, «Deimos» (2016)


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