Queer (af)filiations: Houria Bouteldja and decolonial feminism
This article analyses Houria Bouteldja’s conceptualisation of decolonial feminism as a product of the queer (af)filiations between past and present socio-cultural, linguistic, and epistemological resources and as productive of dynamic, but also strained, transactions across generations, epistemologies, and material realities traversing a variety of local and global geographies. This analysis is framed in reference to specific social, cultural, political, sexual, and linguistic anxieties that inform the socio-political stances adopted in Houria Bouteldja’s ideological investments in the decolonial generally and in decolonial feminism specifically. Finally, the article will propose the notion of queer (af)filiations as a productive interface through which to articulate a socio-political project inclusive of all decolonial members of the postcolonial situation and a more nuanced understanding of translocal and global (af)filiations within decolonialité.
Gomolka C. Queer (af)filiations: Houria Bouteldja and decolonial feminism. French Cultural Studies. 2020;31(4):304-317. doi:10.1177/0957155820961652