Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (Praxis: Theory in by Amanda Lock Swarr

By Amanda Lock Swarr

Investigates the speculation and perform of transnational feminist techniques to scholarship and activism.

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S. S. academy is a very particular location for the production of knowledge. S. academy. At a time when women’s and gender studies, race and ethnic studies, queer studies, and critical area studies run the risk of co-optation within the neoliberal, multi- Cartographies of Knowledge and Power 27 culturalist, corporatist frame of the academy, we bear a deep responsibility to think carefully and ethically about our place in this academy where we are paid to produce knowledge, and where we have come to know that the spatiality of power needs to be made visible and to be challenged.

Military. 2 She suggests one possible analytic strategy by bringing these practices into ideological and geographical proximity to one another and by foregrounding heterosexual regulatory practices as those of violence. Thus, she is able to bring sexuality within the racialized gendered practices of the state and capital both within and across formations that have been separately designated as colonial, neocolonial, and neoimperial and conceive of the transnational across a wide range of ideological, political, economic, and discursive practices straddling multiple temporalities and multiple interests.

This process of binary/boundary making is also a fundamental way to (re)configure space and to mask the power relations that constitute that reconfiguration. We can think of this binary as spatial in that it has its own cartographic rules, which according to Katherine McKittrick, “unjustly organize human hierarchies in place and reify uneven geographies in familiar, seemingly natural ways” (McKittrick 2006: xiv). Given over two decades of 28 M. Jacqui Alexander and Chandra Talpade Mohanty neoliberalism, privatization, and the accompanying commodification of knowledge that marks academies across the globe, the cartographic rules of the academy necessarily produce insiders and outsiders in the geographies of knowledge production.

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