Feminist Friendship as an Affective Engagement through the Arts: A Decolonial and Posthuman Becoming-with Rebeca Lane's Alma Mestiza
This paper considers friendship as an affective terrain of feminist alliance among subjects that belong to territories with a colonial record responding to the colonial/modern gender system (Lugones 2007) through the arts. Friendship is here conceptualized as an engagement of feminist solidarity unfolding within theoretical and practical models of change and resistance against the logics of cultural imperialism (Lugones and Spelman 1983). Turning friendship into a polyphonic feminist reaction, this work is conducted by acknowledging the need to foster dialogues where different authorial voices and feminist positionalities meet, reflect, and speak. The paper settles the encounter between its authors in conversation with Guatemalan feminist rapper Rebeca Lane and her song "Alma Mestiza" ("Mestiza Soul," 2016), which triggers both a critical examination of decolonial artistic practices with a feminist commitment, and a situated response of auto-phenomenographic poetry (Lykke 2018) . In this light, the present paper is born out of the authors' will to pose their friendship as an affective commitment to formulate critical and artistic accounts of a feminist nature displaying a decolonial awareness, while incorporating a posthuman approach becoming-with artistic material (Straube 2014).
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Blanco Martínez, Miguel Ángel and Mendoza Téllez-Girón, Paola
"Feminist Friendship as an Affective Engagement through the Arts: A Decolonial and Posthuman Becoming-with Rebeca Lane's Alma Mestiza,"
disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory: Vol. 28, Article 6.
Available at: https://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure/vol28/iss1/6