This is a collection of eleven chapters and an introduction that develop key arguments in decolonial feminism, particularly, the coloniality of gender, the critique of white and Eurocentric feminisms, the imbrication between gender, race, and colonialism, feminicides, and the coloniality of democracy and public institutions. The introduction addresses the path of decolonial feminism: from a new approach to understanding the relationship between gender as a category, race, and colonialism that combined U.S. Third World feminism and scholarship on coloniality and decoloniality to its exponential growth in the hands of activists and engaged scholars from Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, much of the literature on decolonial feminism in Latin America and the Caribbean remains unknown in the U.S. This anthology seeks to start remedying this problem with seven translations of work originally written in Spanish, and three essays originally written in English that address the fundamental concepts of decolonial feminism as well as its contributions to important contemporary political and intellectual debates.
Yuderkys Espinosa Miñoso is associate professor and adjunct researcher, FLACSO-Dominican Republic and Argentina and academic coordinator and professor in the Online Program for Andean Thought and Decolonial Feminism, GLEFAS/IDECA. Researcher GLEFAS.
María Lugones was professor in the departments of Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies. Binghamton University, SUNY. She was the most recognized scholar in the area of decolonial feminism and the recipient of a Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award. She passed away in the summer of 2020.
Nelson Maldonado-Torres is professor in the department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature. He is also Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature, director of Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies and Co-chair of the Frantz Fanon Foundation.
Decolonial Feminism: Editors’ Introduction, by Yuderkys Espinosa Miñoso, María Lugones, and Nelson Maldonado-Torres