Blog | Thematic Focus Intersectionality & Space

Over the last three decades, intersectionality has become a central feature of feminist writings as well as policy debates. The concept was developed to account for the inextricability of various social divisions and its impact on experiences of inequality and discrimination. Class, race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, age or disability – among other categories – are seen as intersecting to produce different outcomes and power structures. Given the centrality of place to problems of participation in society, it is no wonder that intersectionality has also left its mark on spatial research, particularly highlighting the mutual production of intersectional identities and space.

In relation to space and spatial practices, intersectional analyses can draw attention to the way inequalities can become ingrained, even naturalized, through spatial features (of cities as well as rural spaces). Intersectional analyses may then illuminate specific forms of spatial exclusion and displacement – ranging from limitations on access to space, to restricted mobilities, as well as experiences of material, symbolic and/or physical violence. On the other hand, approaches factoring in intersectionality may also address efforts to create “safe” spaces or to democratize access to space, thereby accounting for different registers of vulnerability. This blog series speaks to this range of themes and issues.

9. December 2022

Interrogating politics of mobility from an intersectional perspective

Paula Medina-García

As ontological or theoretical insight, methodological approach, analytical perspective, ethical standpoint and political praxis, intersectionality has shed light on how the entanglements of different regimes of power (sex/gender, race, ethnicity, age, class, etc.) shape experiences, processes of becoming and social relations. However, can intersectionality also address questions of space and geography? Why is it so important to bring together intersectionality and spatiality? How can we research intersectionality in political geography? This blogpost constitutes an attempt to answer all these queries drawing from the observed potential of intersectionality to delve into personal (and political) situated experiences of mobility through space.

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2. December 2022

“My City is a Battleground – Intersectionality and Urban Violence” | The CRC 1265’s 4th international conference

Lucie Bernroider

On 20th-21st of October the CRC 1265 held its fourth international conference, this year titled “My City is a Battleground – Intersectionality and Urban Violence”. After two years of COVID […]

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25. November 2022

Aesthetics of Resistance: The Ways of Spatializing Women’s Ecological Struggle in Turkey

Özden Senem Erol

The environmental movement of Turkey has three decades of history. A culture of resistance was transferred from the first women’s ecological resistance that attracted attention in the Bergama peasant movement […]

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11. November 2022

Harems: Navigating physical and intangible borders

Sanaa Asim

The mystery surrounding the harem has resulted in rumors of what life behind its high walls actually looks like. Images of beautiful women, sexual pleasure, endless overindulgence have been projected over the reality of this strictly maintained gendered space. It’s easy to dismiss its existence as an example of archaic gender boundaries which have no place in the 21st century. But why? By delving into historical reactions to the harem, we can explore how gendered spaces are constructed and how this bears on our understanding of “freedom”.

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28. October 2022

Who owns Furuset? – Local spatial strategies in the face of anti-Muslim agitations

Carsten Schuerhoff

The far-right and anti-Muslim organization SIAN has repeatedly staged demonstrations as well as public Qu’ran-burnings in Norwegian cities in recent years. In August 2020, the organization held a demonstration at […]

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14. October 2022

Legibility, contradictions and situated intersections in counterpublic spaces of Berlin

Christy Kulz

This blogpost explores how counterpublic spaces act as intrinsically intersectional spaces shaped by power, history and emotion. In his celebrated 2019 book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, Johny Pitts sets […]

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30. September 2022

Sozialer Aufstieg aus einem „Problemviertel“: die komplexen Erfahrungen von ehemaligen Bewohner*innen stigmatisierter Nachbarschaften

Anthony Miro Born

Aufbauend auf eine Auswahl biographischer Interviews skizziert dieser Blogbeitrag, inwiefern die Konsequenzen territorialer Stigmatisierungsprozesse ungleich erlebt werden. Die Gespräche mit ehemaligen Bewohner*innen symbolisch abgewerteter Nachbarschaften betonen das Wechselspiel mit anderen Dimensionen sozialer Ungleichheit (insbesondere der ethnischen Herkunft) – und verdeutlichen, weshalb ein intersektionales Verständnis bei der Analyse behilflich ist.

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