Revisiting the nomadic subject: women’s experiences of travelling under conditions of forced displacement
This book follows the stories of forcefully displaced women and raises the question of whether we can still use the figuration of the nomadic subject in feminist theories and politics in the light of global crises of mobility and severe border practices. In recounting their stories migrant and refugee women appear in the world as ‘who they are’ — unique and unrepeatable human beings —and not as ‘what they are’ —objectified ‘refugees’, ‘victims’ or ‘stateless subjects’. Women’s stories leave traces of their will to rewrite their exclusion from oppressive regimes, defend their choice of civil and patriarchal disobedience, grasp their passage, claim their right to have rights and affirm their determination for new beginnings. What emerges from the encounter between theoretical abstractions and women’s lived experiences is the need to decolonize feminist theories and make cartographies of mobility assemblages, wherein nomadism is a component of entangled relations and not a category or a figuration of a subject position.
‘Feeling the real: the non-nomadic subject of feminism’. Theory, Culture and Society, 38(3), 3-27, doi: 10.1177/0263276420942803 . Here is the video abstract
(2021) Narrative Rhythmanalysis: the art and politics of listening to women’s narratives of forced displacement’ International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 24(2), 149-162, doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1769271
(2020) ‘Mobility assemblages and lines of flight in women’s narratives of forced displacement’. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 27(3), 234-248, doi/10.1177/135050682093294.
(2020) Moving Between Worlds: Border Women in Narratives of Forced Displacement in Greece. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, doi:10.1080/0966369X.2020.1825216, online first. (You can listen the Faculti interview on this paper here)
(2021) ‘Working women on the move: genealogies of gendered migrant labour’, Women, Work and Agency. Organizing and activism around the world in the long 20th century, Eloisa Betti, Silke Neunsinger, Leda Papastefanaki, Marica Tolomelli, Susan Zimmermann (eds), Vienna: Central European University Press (forthcoming)
(2022) ‘Borderlands and Radical Hope: Beyond Academic Philanthropy’, Thinking with Stephen J. Ball: Lines of Flight in Education. London: Routledge (forthcoming)