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My talk will engage with the formative concepts of diversity and intersectionality, inquiring how far they are employed as tools for achieving gender and racialized justice that open up spaces for marginalized constituencies, including racial and religious minorities, colonial subjects, queers, and women and how they unwittingly reify the hegemony of an entitled majority by failing to realize their emancipatory possibilities.
Nikita Dhawan is Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Gießen, Germany.One of the enduring focal points of her work has been to explore the historical, economic, socio-political and cultural entanglements between Europe and the postcolonial world. The aim is to understand fundamental ethical and epistemological questions of political and social inequality, intersectionality and diversity, (women’s) human rights, gender violence, religion and secularism, democracy, cosmopolitanism, transnational (gender) justice, migration and globalization. Furthermore her recent research also focuses on the relation between states, civil society and subaltern groups with regard to questions of citizenship, political agency and social vulnerability. Her publications include: Impossible Speech: On the Politics of Silence and Violence (2007); Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World (ed., 2014); Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (co-ed., 2015); Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (co-ed., 2016); Difference that makes no Difference: The Non-Performativity of Intersectionality and Diversity (ed., 2017) and Reimagining the State: Theoretical Challenges and Transformative Possibilities (co-ed., 2019). She received the Käthe Leichter Award in 2017 for outstanding achievements in the pursuit of women’s and gender studies and in support of the women’s movement and the achievement of gender equality.