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Department of Sociology


In this talk, Prof Françoise Vergès will present the argument of her latest book, A Feminist Theory of Violence.

Date: Tue 15 March 2022

Time: 12:30-2pm (UK)


Mainstream feminism conversations about violence are a repertoire of victimization: harassment, rape, abuse, femicide. These words suggest a cruel reality but they hide another reality: that racial capitalism, imperialism and colonial occupation inevitably produce gendered violence with the complicity of the state. mainstream feminism asks for more surveillance, more punishment, more protection from the state and the police, the structures that produce violence.  Against the spirit of the times, Françoise Vergès refuses the punitive obsession of the state in favor of restorative justice.

About the Speaker

Prof Françoise Vergès is a French political scientist, historian, film producer, independent curator, activist and public educator. Her work focuses on postcolonial studies and decolonial feminism. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of many books including A Decolonial Feminism and Wombs of Women.

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