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Race Matters in Intersectional Feminisms

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In this article, we ask “how does race matter when working with intersectional feminism in a postcolonial Nordic context?” We take our cue from feminist and postcolonial scholars who have pointed out that minoritisation and majoritisation processes in the Nordic area are deeply enmeshed in continuous circulations of racialised economies. In doing so, we also take up the challenge posed by mainly from US-based intersectionality scholars that European feminism white washes intersectionality. Working with and around the video-installation Black magic at the White House by the artist Jeanette Ehlers with a parental background in Denmark and Trinidad, we hold on to the particularities of racialisation processes in the Nordic context. Ehlers’ installation beautifully catches both the reiterated Danish amnesia of the expenses of past and present wealth and the ephemerality that characterizes the emergence and circulation of racialised economies in contemporary Danish/Nordic spaces. In addition, we engage with two US black scholars from the humanities: Sylvia Wynter and Hortense Spillers. These scholars have not been influential in the European uptake and further elaboration of intersectionality, but we argue that engaging with their work opens a road to world intersectionality differently than the dominant association with standpoint theory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
Pages (from-to)224-236
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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