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Christine Verschuur

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Deepika Bahri

1Deepika Bahri is Associate Professor in the English department at Emory University, Atlanta. Her research focuses on postcolonial literature, culture, and theory. She has written several articles on postcolonial issues in journals and book collections. She is currently working on the representation of Anglo-Indians, Eurasians, and racial hybrids in postcolonial literature. HIV/AIDS in developing countries is a secondary research interest. Based on preliminary research in this area, she has written a report entitled AIDS Prevention and Control in Tamil Nadu for USAID/CDC. She earned her Ph. D from Bowling Green State University in 1992 and taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology before joining the English department faculty at Emory University in 1995.

2Bahri, D. 2003. Native Intelligence: Aesthetics, Politics, and Postcolonial Literature. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

3Bahri, D. and M. Vasudeva. 1996. Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Larissa Barbosa

4Larissa Barbosa is Brazilian and a journalist who has been living in Switzerland for 4 years. After working as an activist with the community and free radios movements in Latin America, she achieved a Master in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED) in Geneva where she started reflecting and doing research on gender, development and international migrations but also on feminism, gender and postcolonial theories. In 2007-2008 she was an assistant with the Gender and Development Programme of IUED, now the Graduate Institute, Geneva. In June 2008, she was admitted in the Swiss doctoral school on gender studies (2008-2011). Her PhD research is entitled “Expressions and consumption of ‘latinidad’ in Switzerland: gender, corporalities and transnational migrations”.

5Barbosa, L. 2007. Estranhos Amores… Corpos Estranhos… Estrangeiros… Constructions de genre, «race» et différence dans le discours sur le tourisme sexuel au Nordeste brésilien. Master’s Essay. Dir. Dr. Ch. Verschuur. Geneva: Graduate Institute of Development Studies.

Sara Bracke

6Sarah Bracke is a feminist scholar, teacher, film maker and activist based in Brussels. She received her Ph. D. in Women’s Studies from Utrecht University in 2004 and currently holds an Assistant Professorship in Sociology of Religion and Culture at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Her academic work deals with questions of modernity, religion and secularisation; female agency and subjectivity; and the production of knowledge and feminist standpoint epistemology. She is presently investigating “the post-secular” conjuncture looking at the ways in which female pious subjectivities (in Christian and Islamic traditions in Europe) challenge the secular underpinnings of feminist and social theory. She is active in the transnational European NextGENDERation network ( and the Belgian NextGenderation project on challenging white privileges (, and was one of the organisers of the NextGENDERation interventions at the European Social Fora, as well as the Not in our Names campaign. She is currently working on a video essay, Pink Camouflage, about the intersections of sexual politics and the war on terror.

7Bracke, S. 2008. Real Islam in Kazan: Reconfiguring the Modern, Knowledge and Gender. In Women and Religion in the West: Challenging Secularization. (eds.) K. Aune, S. Sharma and G. Vincett. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company.

8–––. 2008. Sur le voile. In Sexe, race, classe: Pour une épistémologie de la domination. (ed.) E. Dorlin. Paris: PUF.

9–––. 2008. Conjugating the Modern/Religious, Conceptualizing Female Religious Agency: Contours of a “Post-secular” Conjuncture. Theory, Culture & Society. 25: 51-67.

10–––. 2004. Refusing to be the Women’s Question. Embodied Practices of a Feminist Intervention at the European Social Forum 2003. NextGENDERation network. Feminist Review. 77: 141-151.

11Bracke, S. et R. Andrijasevic. 2003. Venir à la connaissance, venir à la politique. Une réflexion sur des pratiques féministes du réseau NextGENDERation. Multitudes. 12: 81-88.

Michel Carton

12Holding a PhD in science of education from the University of Geneva, Michel Carton has accomplished his academic career at the Faculty of psychology and science of education of the University of Geneva (up to 2002) and at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED) in Geneva where he had a professor position and which he has headed between 2004 and 2008. He is currently professor and deputy director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

13Carton, M. et J. -B. Meyer. 2006. La société des savoirs. Trompe-l’œil ou perspectives. Paris: L’Harmattan.

14Carton, M. 2002 Savoirs, travail et inégalités: la nouvelle Afrique du Sud au banc d’essai. In Transformations du travail et croissance économique. (coord.) B. Lamotte et A. Mounier. Paris: L’Harmattan.

Ochy Curiel

15Ochy Curiel is from the Dominican Republic and currently lives in Colombia. She teaches at the National University of Colombia and she is an active member of the Gender Studies Group and the Social Studies Center at the National University of Colombia. She is also a consultant and evaluator for independent research and education on feminist, anti-racist and lesbian issues. She has conducted research on the political strategies of afro-descendent women groups in Brazil, Honduras and the Dominican Republic from 2003 to 2005.

16Curiel, O. 2008. Superando la interseccionalidad de categorías por la construcción de un proyecto político feminista radical. Reflexiones en torno a las estrategias políticas de las mujeres afrodescendientes. In: Raza, etnicidad y sexualidades. Ciudadanía y multiculturalismo en América Latina. (ed.) P. Wade, F. Urrea Giraldo y M. Viveros Vigoya. Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

17–––. 2007. La Crítica poscolonial desde las prácticas políticas del feminismo antirracista. Colonialidad y Biopolítica en América Latina. Revista NOMADAS. 26. Bogotá: Instituto de Estudios Sociales Contemporáneos-Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

18–––. 2007. Los aportes de las afrodescendientes a la teoría y la práctica feminista. Desuniversalizando el sujeto “mujeres”. In Perfiles del Feminismo Iberoamericano, vol. III. (ed.) M. Luísa Femenías. Buenos Aires: Catálogos.

19–––. 2005. Identidades esencialistas o construcción de identidades políticas. El dilema de las feministas negras. In Mujeres Desencadenantes. Los estudios de género en la República Dominicana al inicio del Tercer Milenio. República Dominicana: INTEC.

Janine Dahinden

20A social anthropologist, Janine Dahinden is professor of transnational studies and director of the MAPS – the Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux (Center for the Understanding of Social Processes) at the University of Neuchâtel. She is a specialist on issues such as mobility, migration, social networks, ethnicity, culture and gender. She is also a partner of the Doctoral school on gender studies of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

21Dahinden, J. 2008. Deconstructing mythological foundations of ethnic identities and ethnic group formation: Albanian-speaking and new Armenian immigrants in Switzerland. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 34(1): 55-76.

22Benelli, N., J. Dahinden, M. Hanselmann, K. Lempen et M. Rosende 2007. Migrations: genre et frontière – frontières de genre. Nouvelle Questions Féministes. 26(1): 4-15.

Nomboniso Gasa

23Nomboniso Gasa was the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa. A political activist against apartheid whose first of many detentions was at age 14 in the former Bantustan, Transkei, she has a keen interest on feminisms in Africa. She is pursuing postgraduate research at the University of South Africa’s Department of History. Her current research focus is primarily on “Ubudoda: The making of a man amongst amaXhosa”, a feminist study of the process of male initiation, drawing from comparative experience across the continent and other rites of passage, including those undergone by women diviners and spirit mediums. She has previously published on gender, democratisation and political transformation in South Africa and Nigeria (where she worked for several years). She has written and published extensively in newspapers and journals on political and social commentary, culture and identity and development issues.

24Gasa, N. (ed.) 2006. Women in South African History: Basus’iimbokodo, Bawel’imilambo/They Remove Boulders and Cross Rivers. Cape Town: Human Science Research Press.

Kaveri Ishwar Haritas

25Kaveri I. Haritas is a Phd. Student at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies. She is a lawyer by background and has worked on policy and law reform projects aimed at gender equality, particularly on domestic violence and sex selective abortions. She has worked with several organisations including Amba, Lawyers Collective, the Karnataka State Commission for Women and UNICEF, before she began her studies at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She has been accepted at the Swiss doctoral school on gender studies (2008-2011) and has won a scholarship by the SNF to prepare her PhD research on the subject “Women’s political commitment in India; new postcolonial paradoxes on gender equality confronted to class and caste issues”.

26Ishwar Haritas, K. 2008. Citizenship, law and urban poverty: an analysis of the legal and political status of the urban poor in India. Masters thesis under the direction of Pr Isabelle Milbert. Jury: Dr Christine Verschuur. Geneva: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

27–––. 2008. Poverty and marginalisation: challenges to poor women’s substantive leadership in urban India. Gender and Development. 16(3).

Kalpana Kannabiran

28Kalpana Kannabiran is Professor of Sociology at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India and founder member of a women’s collective, Asmita Resource Centre for Women where she coordinates research and legal outreach for women. She was Chair of RC32 (Women in Society) of the International Sociological Association from 2002-2006 and General Secretary of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies in 1998-2000. Her areas of specialisation are Sociology of Law, Jurisprudence and Gender Studies. She received the Rockefeller Humanist in Residence Fellowship at Hunter College, CUNY 1992-1993 and VKRV Rao Award for Social Science Research in the field Social Aspects of Law in 2003 from the Indian Council for Social Science Research and the Institute of Social and Economic Change. A contributor to the Economic and Political Weekly and The Hindu, she has co-authored a volume of essays. She is also a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopaedia on Women and the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilisation, Volume IX Part 3 (New Delhi: Sage, 2005). Kalpana was a Member of the Expert Group on the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India in 2007-2008.

29Kannabiran, K. (forthcoming). Challenging the Rule (s) of Law: Essays on Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights. New Delhi: Sage.

30Yural-Davis, N., K. Kannabiran and U. Vieten (eds.). 2006. The Situated Politics of Belonging. London: Sage.

31Kannabiran, K. (Ed.). 2005. The Violence of Normal Times: Essays on Women’s Lived Realities. New Delhi: Women Unlimited in association with Kali for Women.

32Kannabiran, K. and V. Kannabiran (Eds). 2003. Muvalur Ramamirthammal’s Web of Deceit: Devadasi Reform in Colonial India. New Delhi: Kali for Women.

33Kannabiran, K. and V. Kannabiran (Eds). 2002. De-Eroticizing Assault: Essays on Modesty, Honour and Power. Calcutta: Stree.

Azadeh Kian-Thiébaut

34Azadeh Kian Thiébaut is a French-Iranian sociologist. She is a professor of sociology at the Paris Diderot-Paris 7 University, where she is the director of the CEDREF – Feminist Studies Documentation and Research Centre. Her main research topics are political sociology, gender theories, feminist, subaltern and post-colonial theories, in Iran, the Middle East and the Maghreb. Her publications focus on feminism and women’s movements in Iran, in relation to Islam and the socio-political context of the country. From 1987 to 1990, she taught political sociology in the United States (UCLA), and in 1995-1998, at the Paris III University and at Paris VII Saint-Denis University. Azadeh Kian-Thiébaut was a pioneer in the movement for the institutionalisation of Iranian Studies in France. Since 1995 she has also been a researcher with the Iranian and Indian Worlds Laboratory of the CNRS.

35Kian-Thébaut, A. 2005. La République islamique d’Iran: de la maison du Guide à la raison d’État. Paris: Michalon.

36Kian-Thébaut, A. (dir.) 2005. Iran: Le régime conforté. Les cahiers de l’Orient. 79.

37Kian-Thébaut, A. et M. Ladier-Fouladi. 2005. Famille et mutations socio-politiques. L’approche culturaliste à l’épreuve. Paris: Éditions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

38Kian-Thébaut, A. 2002. Les femmes iraniennes entre islam, État et famille. Paris: Maisonneuve & Larose.

39–––. 1999. Avoir vingt ans en Iran. Paris: Alternatives.

40–––. 1998. Secularization of Iran: a Doomed Failure? The New Middle Class and the Making of Modern Iran. Louvain et Paris: Ed. Peeters.

Eileen Kuttab

41A sociologist, researcher and activist, Eileen Kuttab has been assistant professor of sociology since 1981 and was director of the Women Studies Institute at BirZeit University, in Palestine from 1998 to September 2008. Prof. Kuttab has been on different boards of trustees of human rights organizations, women’s centres and an active member of the General Union of Palestinian Women. She served as a consultant for various local and international organizations. She has published widely on Palestinian women, spanning divers topics in the context of feminism and nationalism and gender and development, in particular the Palestinian women’s movements, informal employment, and youth and political participation.

42Kuttab, E. and N. Abu Awwad. 2004. Palestinian Women’s Movement: Problems and Dialectic Issues. Review of Women Studies. Vol. 2. Birzeit University: Institute of Women Studies.

43Johnson, P., E. Kuttab. 2001. Where Have All the Women (and Men) Gone? Reflections on Gender and the Second Palestinian Intifada. Feminist Review. 69: 21-43.

44Kuttab, E. 1993. Palestinian Women in the Intifada: Liberation Within Liberation. Arab Studies Quarterly. 15(2).

Candida Acuzena Laguna Valverde

45Candida Laguna has lived in the city of Estelí, Nicaragua, since 1986. She studied social sciences at the National University and law at the Centro Universitario Regional del Norte (CURN). She worked as a librarian and teacher at the Bblioteca Nacional de Nicaragua for 5 years and has also worked to the Escuela de Agricultura y Ganaderîa in Estelí, where she had a key role in defending the worker’s rights as secretary of the workers’union. From 1996 to 2000 Candida worked with the Women’s Collective of Matagalpa (a city near Esteli) where she has asserted her gender consciousness through the debates, workshops and marches of the organisation. In 2000, together with other women of the neighbourhoods of Estelí, Candida founded a feminist organisation, AMEX, where she was the coordinator and a member of the directing committee for 7 years. She has been a member of the Red de Mujeres at the national and local levels. She now works with the organisation Entre Mujeres, also based in Estelí, where she is in charge of defending human rights. Her work focuses on the struggle against violence on women and children.

Sabine Masson

46A sociologist and researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and with the NCCR North-South, Sabine currently focuses on gender and feminist theory, postcolonial theory and subaltern theory, racism, colonialism, globalization, citizenship and indigenous movements in Latin America. She is currently conducting research on the impact and resistance to tourism projects and extraction and the enforcement of the right of self-determination of indigenous peoples in Honduras. She is a member of the editorial board of the Nouvelles Questions Feministes, International Francophone Review.

47Masson, S., con M. Aguilar Aguilar, C. Aguilar Cruz, M. Aguilar Jiménez, J. Cruz Jiménez, M. Cruz Jiménez y T. Jiménez López. 2009. Tzome Izuk: una historia de mujeres tojolabales en lucha. Etnografía de una cooperativa en el contexto de los movimientos sociales en Chiapas, México: Plaza y Valdés.

48Masson, S. 2008. Histoire, rapports sociaux et mouvements des femmes indiennes au Chiapas (Mexique). Sur l’usage de l’histoire dans la recherche féministe postcoloniale. Cahiers du genre. 44: 185-203.

49–––. 2006. Sexe/genre, classe et race: décoloniser le féminisme dans un contexte mondialisé. Réflexions à partir de la lutte des femmes indiennes au Chiapas. Nouvelles Questions Féministes. 25(3).

Pun Ngai

50Pun Ngai is a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is also the founder and Chairperson of the Chinese Working Women Network (CWWN), a grass-root organization of migrant women factory workers in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. Her book, Made in China: Subject, Power and Resistance of Women Workers in a Global Workplace was published in 2005 by Duke University Press and it illuminates the workers perspectives and experiences, describing the lure of consumer desire and especially the minutiae of factory life. She looks at acts of resistance and transgression in the workplace, and explains the special position of migrant women workers in the global economy.

51Ngai, P. 2006. The Dormitory Labor Regime: Sites of Control and Resistance for Women Migrant Workers in South China. Feminist Economics. 17: 1456 – 1470.

52Ngai, P. 2005. Made in China: Subject, Power and Resistance of Women Workers in a Global Workplace. Durham, N. C.: Duke University Press.

Isabel Rauber

53A Doctor of philosophy, Isabel Rauber is currently professor at the National University of Lanús (Buenos Aires district), where she gives a course on social movements in Latin America. She also directs a research group on the same issue and is the coordinator of the Observatorio del Pensamiento Argentino, at the Centro Cultural Caras y Caretas, Buenos Aires. She is also the editor of the magazine Pasado y Presente XXI. She worked as associate professor at the Faculty f Philisophy at the Havana University, in Cuba, and as associate researcher in the America Studies Centre, in Havana. She currently focuses on the political formation of social movements in Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia.

54Rauber, I. 2005. Movimientos sociales, género y alternativas populares en Latinoamérica y El Caribe. Collection Itinéraires, Notes et travaux n° 77. Genève: IUED.

55Rauber, I. 2003. Movimientos sociales y representación política. La Havane: Ed. Ciencias Sociales.

56Rauber, I. 2000. Sujetos Políticos. Bogotá: Ediciones Desde Abajo.

57Rauber, I. 1998. Género y poder. Serie Pensamiento Siglo XXI. Buenos Aires: Union de Mujeres de la Argentina.

Patricia Roux

58A sociologist, Patricia Roux is professor of Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne. She contributed to setting up the LIEGE network (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire en Études Genre), a network of more than 650 people in Switzerland integrating a gender perspective in their training, teaching and research tasks, or in other professional activities generally related to questions of equality. She is the director of the newly established Center on Gender Studies LIEGE based in the University of Lausanne, which main mission is to support the development of feminist research. Her own research focuses on the processes of legitimisation of the sexist and racist social order (2007). She also wrote two articles on the intertwining of the socially constructed categories of sex and race in the review Nouvelles Questions Féministes (2006, 2007, with Lavinia Gianettoni and Céline Perrin). New results of her research were presented during this colloquium.

59Roux, P., L. Gianettoni et C. Perrin. 2007. L’instrumentalisation du genre: une nouvelle forme de racisme et de sexisme. Nouvelles Questions Féministes. 26(2): 92-108.

60Staerklé C., C. Delay, L. Gianettoni et P. Roux. 2007. Qui a droit à quoi? Représentations et légitimité de l’ordre social. Grenoble: Presses Universitaires de Grenoble.

61Roux, P. 2006. Sexisme, racisme, et postcolonialisme. Nouvelles Questions Féministes. 25(3).

62Roux, P., L. Gianettoni et C. Perrin. 2006. Féminisme et racisme. Une recherche exploratoire sur les fondements des divergences relatives au port du foulard. Nouvelles Questions Féministes. 25(1): 84-106.

63Roux, P. 2006. Féminismes dissidents en Amérique latine et aux Caraïbes. Nouvelles Questions Féministes. 24(2).

Fatour Sarr

64Fatou Sarr is a researcher at IFAN (Institut fondamental d’Afrique noire), Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, where she directs the Gender and Scientific Research Laboratory ( She taught at the Faculté universitaire N. D. de la Paix in Namur, in Belgium, from 1985 to 1991. She has a pluridisciplinary educational background: a doctorate in anthropology and political sociology from the University of Paris VIII, a PhD degree in social work from the University of Laval, Quebec, a graduate degree in environmental science from the University of Dakar and a master in economic and social administration from the Aix-Marseille II University. She is the author of many publications on women entrepreneurship, gender issues and social movements. She has also been an international expert for the United Nations for over ten years and has supported about fifteen African countries on gender training and the development of national gender strategies.

65Sarr, F. 1999. L’entrepreneuriat féminin au Sénégal. La transformation des rapports de pouvoirs. L’Harmattan: Paris.

Christine Verschuur

66An anthropologist and a senior lecturer on gender and development at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IHEID), Christine Verschuur holds a PhD from the Sorbonne University. Her research interests are focused on popular urban movements and on migration. She is in charge of the Gender and Development programme at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and the editor of the Cahiers genre et développement series, a yearly publication created in 2000 and published by L’Harmattan.

67Verschuur, C. 2008. Neighbourhood movements, gender and social justice: the cultural reinvention of politics by women. International Social Science Journal. 193.

68Verschuur, C. (dir.) 2007, Genre, mouvements populaires urbains et environnement. Cahiers Genre et Développement. 6. Paris: L’Harmattan.

69Hainard F. et C. Verschuur (dir.). 2005. Mouvements de quartier et environnements urbains. La prise de pouvoir de femmes dans les pays du Sud et de l’Est. Dakar, Paris: ENDA, Karthala.

Jurema Werneck

70Dr. Jurema Werneck is an activist of the antiracist feminist movement who works mainly with the black women’s movement in Latin America. She is also a qualified doctor who has worked on marginalised women’s health from the perspective of the Afro-Brazilian cultural tradition. She is currently the coordinator of Criola (an NGO) and she has published extensively on bioethics, health and human rights in international and Brazilian magazines. She is a member of many feminist and anti-racist associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, where she actively participates in the struggle for more equitable health policies for Afro-descendent populations.

71Werneck, J. 2005. De Ialodês y Feministas. Reflexiones sobre la acción política de las mujeres negras en América Latina y El Caribe. Nouvelles Questions Féministes. 24 (2). Edición especial en castellano.

72Werneck, J., M. Mendonça et E. C. White (dir.). 2000. O Livro da Saúde das Mulheres Negras: nossos passos vêm de longe. Rio de Janeiro: Criola/Global Exchange/Pallas Editora.


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