Throughout her voice message, independent scholar, educator, and decolonial feminist activist Francoise Vergès provides us with tools to challenge forms that were historically invented by the West, since the process of decolonisation requires a big and constant effort to challenge the temporality and spatiality inherited from colonialism, imperialism, and national narratives, that we can easily find in museums and cultural institutions too. Francoise Vergès talks us through her definition of what she has named «civilising feminism», a predominantly white, neoliberal variation of feminism that she criticised in her book Un féminisme décolonial (2019), and demonstrates how White women are agents of the racist economy. Sharing with us some critical strategies of decolonial feminism, Vergès identifies the struggle for epistemic justice as one of equality of different traditions of knowledges.
Instead of the usual online lectures, the speakers of the symposium* were suggested the format of a voice message, like an informal address to the audience. The voice messages provide an opportunity to learn about the intellectual landscape of four international contemporary cultural workers and researchers. You can discuss these messages with speakers and other listeners in the meeting point section.