ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Julia Roth


FotoFaculty Linguistics and Literary Studies,
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: julia.roth@uni-bielefeld.de


Julia Roth is professor for American Studies with a focus on Gender Studies and InterAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. Prior to this position, she was postdoctoral fellow at the research project "The Americas as Space of Entanglements" in Bielefeld and at the interdisci-plinary network "desiguALdades.net- Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America" at Freie Uni-versität Berlin as well as lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Potsdam and the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. Her research focuses on postcolonial, decolonial and gender approaches, intersectionality and global inequalities, anti-racist feminist knowledge from the Caribbean and the Americas. Alongside her academic work, she organizes and curates cultur-al-political events (e.g. the theater-festival "Women/Images of the Americas in Movement" in Berlin 2010; 2014 and 2016 BE.BOP – Black Europe Body Politics with Alanna Lockward, "De-Heimtaize Belonging" at Gorki Theatre Berlin).

Current Main Research Interests

Intersectionality theorizing and intersectionality in transnational contexts; the ways in which gender and citizenship function as categories of global inequalities and how social actors subvert these axes of stratification; on rightwing populism and gender and the patterns in which right-wing actors mobilise gender as an arena and a meta language in struggle over cultural hegemony and resources in late neoliberalism and the related global contestations of women's and gender rights. Another focus are the recent intersectional feminist movements opposing the right-wing trend.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Roth, Julia, Dietze, Gabriele (eds.): Right-Wing Populism and Gender: European Perspectives and Beyond. Bielefeld, 2020. Transcript.
  • Roth, Julia (2020): Can Feminism Trump Populism? Right-Wing Trends and Intersectional Contesta-tions in the Americas. Trier: WVT/Bilingual Press. (in Spanish with kipu Biele-feld).
  • Roth, Julia, Boatcă, Manuela (2019): „Women on the Fast Track? Coloniality of Citizenship and Embodied Social Mobility,“ Samuel Con and Rae L. Blumberg (eds.) Power of the Purse: Global Causes and Consequences of Women's Economic Power, Sage.
  • Roth, Julia: »Feminism Otherwise: Intersectionality beyond Occidentalism«, InterDisciplines 2 (2018), 97-122.
  • Roth, Julia (2013): "Entangled Inequalities as Intersectionalities: Towards an Epistemic Sensibiliza-tion", desiguALdades.net Working Paper No. 43, Berlin: desiguALdades.net Re-search Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America, online: http://www.desigualdades.net/bilder/Working_Paper/43_WP_Roth_Online.pdf?1367229865.