Thursday 14.00 - 16.00
Audimax 2


How intersectionality makes our movements stronger

The use of the concept of intersectionality is getting more and more common in social movements. Activists can now refer to themselves as "intersectional" to convey the idea that they pay attention to the intersection of several oppression dynamics and fight them without hierarchies.

Though the concept's use by actvists is inevitably looser than when it is used by academics, intersectionality has helped social movements to elaborate an understanding of the past and current social and economic structures that oppress people, and also of the concrete struggles and mobilisations against those structures. All this was key to imagining possible paths toward emancipation.

This forum will explore the implications, for social movements, of adopting intersectionality as an analytical concept and as a perspective. First, the panellists will help us build the bridge between intersectionality as a theory and how it should change how we, as social movements, organise ourselves (how to acknowledge the power dynamics at play within our organisations and tackle them?). Then, they will share their perspective on what it means to be an ally and give us a sense of the analyses and narratives that have already been incorporated into our traditional corpus but deserve to be more widespread (decolonial ecology or feminism for instance).

picture Alice PicardAlice PicardAttac Francecountry flagFrance
picture James O'NionsJames O'NionsGlobal Justice Nowcountry flagGreat Britain (UK)
picture Shaista AzizShaista AzizOxford Anti-Racist Citycountry flagGreat Britain (UK)
picture Payal ParekhPayal ParekhClimate justice activistcountry flagSwitzerland
picture Françoise VergèsFrançoise Vergès
Activist and author of "A Decolonial Feminism"country flagFrance
picture feminist activistA feminist activist
M8 Feminist Coordinationcountry flagChile

Picture by Lily A. Seidel /