Books and Edited Volumes

This book provides a context sensitive analysis of how Rwanda’s women’s movement used the United Nations (UN) gender norms in its efforts to insert gender-specific demands in the post-genocide period. The overall goal of these women – and their supporters – has been to further gender equality and equity in Rwanda. This study details which political processes could be engendered. It further illustrates why certain gender norms were adopted and adapted, whereas others were not. Concerned with the interplay of domestic and international politics, it also alludes to the unique circumstances in Rwanda that have led to unprecedented levels of women’s political representation.

2015. Mobilizing Transnational Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda. London/New York: Routledge.

This volume presents the critical perspectives of feminists, critical race theorists, and queer and postcolonial theorists who question the adoption of European norms in the postcolonial world and whether such norms are enabling for disenfranchised communities or if they simply reinforce relations of domination and exploitation. It examines how postcolonial interventions alter the study of politics and society both in the postcolony and in Euro-America, as well as of the power relations between them.

2016. eds. Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations. Cham/New York: Springer.

African-Asian interactions contribute to the emergence of a decentred, multi-polar world in which different actors need to redefine themselves and their relations to each other. Afrasian Transformations explores these changes to map out several arenas where these transformations have already produced startling results: development politics, South-South cooperation, cultural memory, mobile lifeworlds and transcultural connectivity. The contributions in this volume neither celebrate these shifting dynamics as felicitous proof of a new age of South-South solidarity, nor do they debunk them as yet another instance of burgeoning geopolitical hegemony. Instead, they seek to come to terms with the ambivalences, contradictions and potential benefits entailed in these transformations – that are also altering our understanding of (trans)area in an increasingly globalized world. 

2020. eds. Afrasian Transformations. Transregional Perspectives on Development Cooperation, Social Mobility and Cultural Change. Leiden: Brill.

Was können feministische Perspektiven für die kritische Erforschung von Sicherheit(spolitiken) leisten? Die AutorInnen zeigen mit theoretischen und empirischen Beiträgen die Stärke und Wichtigkeit einer geschlechtssensiblen Perspektive auf das Thema der Sicherheit, welche auch über die politikwissenschaftliche Debatte hinausreicht. Dabei hinterfragen die Autorinnen tradierte Sicherheitskonzeptionen und erweitern das Verständnis von Krieg, Gewalt und Sicherheit, indem sie die Geschlechterverhältnisse einbeziehen. Besonders die Bedeutung von Ökonomie, Recht und Flucht wird im Zusammenhang von Geschlecht und Sicherheit berücksichtigt.

2021. eds. Gewalt, Krieg und Flucht – Feministische Perspektiven auf Sicherheit (transl. Violence, War and Refuge: Feminist Perspectives on Security). Opladen/Berlin/Toronto: Verlag Barbara Budrich.

Editorial Positions

Co-Editor Routledge Series: Gender in a Global/Local World

Academic Editor: Third World Quarterly

Editorial Board Member: International Feminist Journal of Politics

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2021. Transnational Choices and Anti-Apartheid Resistance. In: Third World Quarterly. 42(5), 1087-1104.

2021. Feministische Forschungen zu Gewalt, Krieg und Sicherheit: Eine Einleitung. In: Antje Daniel et al. (eds.) Gewalt, Krieg und Flucht. Feministische Perspektiven auf Sicherheit. Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 9-27. (with Antje Daniel, Melanie Richter-Montpetit, Tanja Scheiterbauer)

2021. Geschlechter- und Sicherheitsstudien heute: Vier Wissenschaftler*innen im Gespräch. In: Antje Daniel et al. (eds.) Gewalt, Krieg und Flucht. Feministische Perspektiven auf Sicherheit. Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 29-40. (with Saskia Stachowitsch, Annick Wibben, Simone Wisotzki)

2020. The politics of development geographies: New partners and transdiciplinary perspectives. In: Erdkunde – Archive for Scientific Geography. 74 (3), 205-217. (with Veit Bachmann and Emma Mawdsley)

2020. Afrika und China: Eine vielfach verwobene Geschichte. In: Feministische Studien. Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung. 38 (1), 93-108.

2020. Bringing Transnationalism Back In – On Gender Politics in South Africa’s China Interactions. In: Ross Anthony and Uta Ruppert (eds.) Reconfiguring Transregionalism in the Global South: African-Asian Encounters. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave, 141-165. (with Uta Ruppert)

2020. Afrasian Transformations: An Introduction. In: Ruth Achenbach et al. (eds.) Afrasian Transformations: Transregional Perspectives on Development Cooperation, Social Mobility and Cultural Change. Leiden: Brill, 1-17. (with Frank Schulze-Engler, Ruth Achenbach, Jan Beek and John K. Njenga)

2019. Interrogating the Solidarity Narrative: Re-discovering Difference through African-Asian Gender Politics. In: Emma Mawdsley et al. (eds.) Researching South-South Development Cooperation: Critical Reflections on the Politics of Knowledge Production. New York/London: Routledge, 136-145. (with Uta Ruppert)

2019. Of Expectations and Surprises in South African-Chinese Gender Politics, in International Feminist Journal of Politics, 21 (1), 144-150.

2017. Beyond the State in Sino-African Relations? Situating Civil Society Interactions. In: Arndt Graf and Hashim Azirah (eds.) African Asian Encounters: New Cooperations, New Dependencies. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 103-131.

2017. Ethiopia’s Asian Options: A Collage of African and Asian Entanglements. In: Insight on Africa. A Journal of Contemporary African Affairs 9(2), 89-108. (with Sophia Thubauville und Frauke Eckl)

2016. Geschlechtergerechtigkeit unter postkolonialen und post-konflikt Bedingungen? In: Aram Ziai (ed.) Postkoloniale Politikwissenschaft: Theoretische und empirische Zugänge. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 131-149.

2016. Tracing Women’s Rights after Genocide: The Case of Rwanda. In: Annick T.R. Wibben (ed.) Researching War: Feminist methods, ethics and politics. London/New York: Routledge, 147-166.

2012. Asserting their Presence! Women’s Quest for Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda. In: Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ruth Stanley (ed.) Gender in Transitional Justice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 163-190.

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