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Issue 43-3

This special issue provokes a conversation between decolonial and postcolonial feminisms by asking what they are, how they speak about each other, and how they can speak to each other. Read together, the articles engage and sometimes trouble the temporal and spatial distinctions drawn between decolonial and postcolonial approaches. Kiran Asher explores overlaps between decolonial and postcolonial thought by comparing the ideas of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui on representation. Aimee Carrillo Rowe also stages a dialogue between these approaches when interrogating her family’s Chican@ settler history. Tiara R. Na’puti and Judy Rohrer offer an account of how recent scholarship from Hawai‘i and Guahan (Guam) has elaborated Indigenous epistemologies in settler contexts. Two articles excavate colonialism’s relationship to science: Jennifer Hamilton, Banu Subramaniam, and Angela Willey explore how two instances of population genetic research illustrate the racialized knowledge systems that undergirded colonialism, while Sandra Harding points out how the colonization of Latin America contributed to the edifice of Western science. In a related vein, Breny Mendoza centers the material role of Abya Yala (the preferred term for Latin America) in not just Spanish colonialism but British colonial expansionism and eventually the eclipsing of China. Patricia A. Schechter reflects on her trajectory as a scholar and teacher of US women’s history and the insights she has gained through engaging decolonial scholarship. Amy Piedalue and Susmita Rishi argue for a more expansive understanding of postcolonial feminism’s reach as they review recently published titles in the field. Although Anna Tsing and Paulla Ebron’s review of feminist scholarship about the Anthropocene does not directly mention postcolonial or decolonial approaches, it nonetheless engages relevant scholarship on the environmental impact of settler modernization and capitalism. An art essay by Hyunji Kwon introduces the largely unrecognized paintings of former comfort woman Duk-kyung Kang (1929–1997) and focuses on the potential of Kang’s work to challenge Japanese colonial hierarchies. Our featured poets in this issue are Emily Zhang, Megan Kaminski, and Raina J. León.





Spivak and Rivera Cusicanqui on the Dilemmas of Representation in Postcolonial and Decolonial Feminisms
Kiran Asher
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Settler Xicana: Postcolonial and Decolonial Reflections on Incommensurability
Aimee Carrillo Rowe
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Pacific Moves Beyond Colonialism: A Conversation from Hawaii and Guahan
Tiara R. Na’puti and Judy Rohrer
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Unsettling the South through Postcolonial Feminist Theory
Amy Piedalue and Susmita Rishi
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The Paintings of Korean Comfort Woman Duk-kyung Kang: Postcolonial and Decolonial Aesthetics for Colonized Bodies
Hyunji Kwon
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What Indians and Indians Can Teach Us about Colonization: Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Epistemological Imperialism, and the Politics of Difference
Jennifer A. Hamilton, Banu Subramaniam, and Angela Willey
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Latin American Decolonial Studies: Feminist Issues
Sandra Harding
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Colonial Connections
Breny Mendoza
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A Feminist Case for the Decolonial: Research and Teaching Notes
Patricia A.Schechter
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Feminism and the Anthropocene: Assessing the Field through Recent Books
Paulla Ebron and Anna Tsing
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Creative Writing
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Pandora’s Box Opens and Terence Crutcher Dies (Poetry)
Raina J. León

Ghost Story; Carolina Horror Story; Honey (Poetry)
Emily Zhang

This Century (Poetry)
Megan Kaminski


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