Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014
The annual Ann Palmeri Lecture in Feminist Philosophy is proud to announce that María Lugones, an associate professor of comparative literature and philosophy, interpretation, and culture and of philosophy and of women's studies at Binghamton University, will present a talk "Decolonial Feminist Coalition Across the Americas." One of the most influential feminist philosophers of the past few decades, Lugones will give her talk at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Geneva Room.
"Prof. Lugones is a distinguished feminist philosopher whose work on theories of resistance and coalition building has been incredibly influential," says Assistant Professor of Philosophy Karen Arnold-Frost. "Personally, I could not be more excited that Professor Lugones is coming to HWS. Her work is life changing for my students. Professor Lugones is one of those rare philosophers who combine critical theoretical advancements with philosophy that is deeply personally meaningful."
Lugones is known for her papers, "Playfulness, 'World'-Traveling, and Loving Perception," "Have we got a theory for you!," and "Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialism and the demand for ‘the woman's voice'" (co-authored with Elizabeth Spelman), as well as her book "Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions."
She is also known for coining the term "Colonial/Modern Gender System." This term refers to a gender binary system in which there are different hierarchies of power. In this system, homosexuality and transgender groups are not recognized. Lugones argues "The coloniality of power introduces the basic and universal social classification of the population of the planet in terms of the idea of race, a replacing of relations of superiority and inferiority established through domination with naturalized understandings of inferiority and superiority." Lugones also discusses "that gender itself is a colonial introduction, a violent introduction consistently and contemporarily used to destroy peoples, cosmologies, and communities as the building ground of the ‘civilized' West."
She earned a B.A. in philosophy magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then went onto the University of Wisconsin, where she received an M.A. in philosophy. Lugones received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1978.
The Ann Palmeri Lecture is co-sponsored by the philosophy and women studies departments every year in honor of Ann Palmeri, one of the Colleges most distinguished feminist philosophers.