Gloria Oyarzabal

2017 - Ongoing

Lagos, Nigeria

Empires,by their very nature,embody and institutionalize difference,both between metropolis and colony and between colonial subjects.The imperial imaginary floods popular culture.Gender categories were one kind of bio-logic "new tradition" that European colonialism institutionalized in Yoruba as well as other African cultures.There is significant religious and linguistic evidence that Yoruba society was not gendered in its original form : before colonization social practices(such as division of labor,kinship,profession and monarchical structures)where not ordered according to gender difference but according to the lineage.Rethinking gender as a Western construction.We need to look at imperialism,colonization and other global and local forms of stratification, which lead to the conclusion that gender cannot be separated from the social context and other systems of hierarchy.Thus, the three central concepts that have been the pillars of feminism, women, gender and sisterhood, are only understood with a careful attention to the nuclear family from which they have emerged. Feminist concepts arise from the logic of the patriarchal nuclear family,which is a familiar form that is far from universal.Can we assume that social relations in all societies are organized around biological sexual difference? Is the male body in African societies seen as normative and therefore a channel for the exercise of power?One consequence of Eurocentrism is the racialization of knowledge:Europe is represented as the source of knowledge and Europeans,therefore,as thinkers.In addition,male privilege as an essential part of the European ethos is implicit in the culture of modernity.What if modernity models brings us to a new vision of "the other"?. Gender is, above all, a sociocultural construction. Maybe understanding History we will be able to overcome the social and symbolic ascription only by the difference of sex and open the range to other factors for the construction of identity.I explore the intersections of gender, history, knowledge-making,....Rethink new ways of observing.Stereotypes,clichés.

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