Conditions for global solidarities and social movements have changed radically since their high point in the 1990s United Nations conferences. This collection considers how political solidarities are being understood and constructed in a variety of cross-border struggles and for what ends under twenty-first century conditions. In studies grounded in different world regions at a variety of scales, authors address: how the Cold War divide and its aftermath have structured contemporary asymmetries in European LGBT movements and in ‘global’ feminisms; how ‘colonial difference’ in Latin America confronts feminist and social justice movements with problems of translation across worlds; how travelling concepts essential to constructing solidarities across distance and difference traverse linguistic divides and attendant power imbalances in world cities and transnational networks; how rurality as a form of colonial difference challenges established categories of intersectional feminism. Feminist politics of power and difference, and attention to gendered agency, are at the centre of this inquiry into the possibility of twenty-first century solidarities across borders.
Janet Conway is Professor of Sociology and former Canada Research Chair in Social Justice at Brock University. She currently holds the Nancy Rowell Jackman Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Pascale Dufour is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Montreal.
Dominique Masson is Professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa.
Introduction, Janet Conway, Dominique Masson, Khalil Habrih, and Pascale Dufour
Part I: Transnationalization
1. Studying “Global Feminism” as a Transnational Assemblage: Geopolitics of Women’s Rights in the (Post)Cold War (1975–1995), Ioana Cîrstocea
2. European Solidarities across the East/West Divide: Power and Difference in Lesbian and Gay Transnational Cooperation with Poland in the mid-2000s, Agnès Chetaille
Part II: Solidarity-Building
3. Solidarity-Building as Praxis: Anti-Extractivism and the World March of Women in the Macro-Norte Region of Peru, Dominique Masson and Anabel Paulos
5. The Cosmopolitical Challenge of Building Border-crossing Feminist Solidarities, Johanna Leinius
Part III: Translation
6. Power, Translation, and Localized Transnational Feminism, Geneviève Pagé
7. (Mis)translations in Translocal Solidarity-Building and the Need for Controlled Equivocation: Cuerpo-territorio in the World March of Women, Nathalie Lebon
Afterword, Manisha Desai