Migrations, post-colonialism and cultural difference/inequality

The TRANSRIGHTS research explores the connections between migration, colonialism and post-colonialism. Such a perspective, which is highly indebted to post-colonial feminisms and subaltern studies, will be developed at two key levels.

On the one hand, it is considered that gender (in this case, transgender) categories and the ways they were constructed cannot be interpreted without analyzing the coloniality of gender and the forms by which a given western order has been historically imposed on ‘others’. Therefore if we want to deconstruct the imageries of gender/transgender and the power relations they entail we need to understand the workings of colonialism and also post-colonialism. This will be fundamental in empirical terms given that a part of the project’s fieldwork involves migrant populations who are likely to display different discourses of selfhood while having to deal with those produced in the west/global north.

On the other hand, by deconstructing different categories and building a foucaultian genealogy of their historicity, it is expected that we can contribute to making advances in tying together gender and postcolonial theory. Such an endeavour is not new, but has room for renewed approaches. The liminality of transgender categorizations will therefore be analyzed considering these different forms of knowledge/power and their entanglements.