Sundar co-edits issue on Decolonial Feminisms
Pavitra Sundar, associate professor of literature, recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Feminist Media Histories on the topic of "Decolonial Feminisms." The Winter 2022 issue includes five original essays on topics as diverse as indigenous media practices and theory, Arab feminist filmmaking, and Kurdish women's art. A "short takes" section also presents ways to reimagine film and media studies historiography and curricula.
In their introduction, "Decolonial Feminisms: In Medias Res," Sundar and her co-editor Debashree Mukherjee (Columbia University) write that "the work of decolonization does not end at a definite historical milestone, and calls to decolonize become defanged when they are appropriated by the very institutions [they] seek to challenge."
Accordingly, the authors of this special issue "conceive of the decolonial... not as a coherent or definitive theory, so much as an invitation to reckon with the ongoing epistemic and material harms wrought through the nexus of coloniality, racial capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and the academy. "