© Chamindra Weerawardhana

A Transfeminist discourse that resembles us?
Chamindra Weerawardhana, a Trans woman-of-colour reading of Transfeminist activism in a Neoliberal world

Terminverschiebung auf November / der genaue Termin wird noch bekannt gegeben
C3 - Centrum für Internationale Entwicklung, Alois Wagner-Saal, Sensengasse 3, 1090 Wien

Moderation: Sushila Mesquita

This lecture focuses on Transfeminist activism, highlighting the necessity, relevance and importance of a Transfeminist-of-colour perspective in confronting present-day challenges to gender justice. Apart from issues arising from the social conservatisms and discriminatory practices of a cis-hetero-normative world, the ‘challenges’ in question also involve problems within the Trans and wider LGBTQIA+ communities. These include NGO-industrial complexes, exclusionary hierarchies of activism, funding-related dependencies, de-politicizing activism, and forces that compel us to make our work ‘apolitical’. In this lecture, Chamindra Weerawardhana will discuss how a Transfeminist perspective that is inspired by women-of-colour-led activism (from Stonewall to Black Lives Matter), Indigenous gender-plural activisms and global South feminism/s is best placed to constructively address problems we face in LGBTQIA activism at multiple levels, from international diplomacy and high politics to national priorities and work at the grassroots. Based on her own lived experience as a Trans woman of colour activist and political analyst and a parent, navigating three countries in three different continents, this lecture is part of a broader research and activist initiative that seeks to expand the remits of Transfeminism as perceived in the Western (especially Turtle Island-based) academy and build upon the rich and vibrant legacy of Transfeminist-of-colour activism.

Chamindra Weerawardhana - born in Sri Lanka, educated in France and Ireland - is a researcher, political analyst and freelance journalist, specialized in the areas of gender politics (with a special interest in Trans politics and reproductive justice) and the politics of deeply divided societies (with a special interest in global South/s, gender justice, and political parties).

Sushila Mesquita is working at the Gender Research Office of Vienna University and teaches postcolonial/queer theories at different universities. They are involved in various transnational anti-racist, queer-feminist and popcultural groups and projects.

Lecture and discussion in English

In cooperation with Referat Genderforschung