09 Oct 2020
Gypsy Feminism: Intersectional Politics, Alliances, Gender and Queer Activism
Laura Corradi presents her book Gypsy Feminism: Intersectional Politics, Alliances, Gender and Queer Activism (Routledge 2017) in the context of the exhibition FUTUROMA.
Laura Corradi is a former factory worker, traveller, activist and scientist. She is involved in feminist, queer, anti-racist and ecological movements. She graduated in Political Science from the University of Padua and received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a researcher and lecturer at the University of Calabria, where she works on gender studies and intersectional methodology, as well as health and environmental sociology. She is director of the Decolonial Feminist Queer LAB and the Gypsy Summer School Romani Activism and Leadership. Her latest book Gypsy Feminism: Intersectional Politics, Alliances, Gender and Queer Activism was published in 2017 (Routledge, London).
"A powerful analysis that fully explores the intersectionality of feminisim, queer activism, difference and diversity, decolonisation and social activism. Provocative and a must read for understanding the power of intersectional work. I recommend this book as one that will challenge current thinking while offering possibilities for thinking differently about difficult situations for women."
Linda Tuhiwae Smith, professor of indigenous education at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
"Laura Corradi's book, Gypsy Feminism: Intersectional Politics, Alliances, Gender and Queer Activism is a scholarly testimony on the emerging intersectional Romani feminism. She researched, followed and eye-witnessed, as a non-Romani scholar, the development of radical political and academic agenda of Romani feminism. Moreover, she not just describes but also offers a technique to de-colonialize feminist theory through critical reflection on race, power, and privilege. This book provides an essential theoretical foundation for anyone interested in the fragmented perspectives and subversive nature of Romani gender and queer activism. This is a unique book that has been produced with a specific will to decolonize knowledge production."
Angéla Kóczé, Assistant Professor of Romani Studies, Central European University, author of Missing Intersectionality: Race /Ethnicity, Gender, and Class in Current Research and Policies on Romani Women in Europe
"This is an important book that takes to a world of struggle and resistance feminists so far have ignored and yet is highly inspiring."
Silvia Federici, Professor Emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, author of Caliban and the Witch
"Gypsy Feminism is a very necessary and timely book. Investigating and reclaiming Gypsy and Roma histories and worlding practices within a framework of feminist, queer and decolonial critique, the volume takes intersectional politics and intersectional analysis to new and highly important fields of study, breaking radically with epistemologies of ignorance. A must for everyone committed to feminist futures."
Nina Lykke, Professor Emerita, Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University, SE
"This wide-ranging and provocative book makes a compelling case for the unique and generative epistemological contributions of a Gypsy feminist politics to anti-racist, intersectional, and decolonial feminist thought. Drawing on the historical and transnational specificity of the material lives and embodied identities of Romani, Sinti, and traveller communities, Corradi confronts racist, anti-Gypsy (romaphobia) rhetoric head on, illuminating the radical potential of coalition and solidarity among Roma gender activists from multiple geopolitical locations outside the boundaries of nation-states. An original contribution to critical studies of race and coloniality in Europe."
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, author of Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (2003), and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
"An interesting and useful book not only for Roma women (and for women in general) but for the whole Romanès community. Corradi offers a detailed feminist and intersectional account of the literature, and explores a little known theme: the reality of LGBTIQ people in the Roma community, often hidden. This is a quality study, and is essential reading."
Fiore Manzo, poet and activist (Fondazione Romani Italia – Delegazione Calabria)