Konstanz Feminist Forum

About the KFF

The Konstanz Feminist Forum (KFF) is a space for early career researchers interested in feminist, queer, post and de-colonial theory and approaches to share and develop their work and thought in this area.

We work in collaboration with the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, where there is a partner feminist forum. Invited speakers from the London group occasionally visit the KFF to present their work. Similarly, there are opportunities for collaborative research trips to London through the forum.

The KFF is convened by Dr. Leila Whitley, a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in the Zukunftskolleg. The student contact is Rebeca Taboada García, who is currently an MA student in the Political Science Department.

Our Meetings

The KFF meets approximately once a month during term time (Oct-Feb and Apr-Jul), and sessions are organised either as research presentation seminars or as reading group discussions. If you would like to organise an event through the KFF, or have suggestions for a session, please get in touch by sending us an e-mail  or joining our google group .


The next session of the KFF is likely to be held in June 2017. Until then, our e-mail account will not be regularly signed into. You can contact Leila Whitley if you wish to get in touch.


Upcoming Event

Public Plenary, Critical Feminist Network on Migration and Refugees

Join us on Thursday 22nd June, 17:00-19:00

Past Events

April 29th 2016: Guest Research Presentation

Dr. Tiffany Page, co-convenor of the Goldsmiths Feminist Forum presented her work on Researching Vulnerability. Her research involves the conceptualizations of vulnerability, including its relation to forms of endurance. She addresses the tensions of vulnerability, as a universal, bodily ontology, the ways it is differentiated as an experience and distributed across particular bodies, and its function as identity.

May 4th 2016: London Event

Leila Whitley chaired a panel discussion at the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. The discussion focused on the ways that (nation-state) borders address bodies drawing in particular on transnational feminist and postcolonial/decolonial scholarship. 

June 30th 2016: Reading Group

In this meeting, based on discussion and interest generated by Dr. Page’s presentation, we looked at classic feminist critiques of objectivity. We read Donna Haraway’s Situated Knowledges1 and Chandra Mohanty’s Under Western Eyes2.

1 Haraway, D. (1988). Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective. In Y. S. Lincoln & N. K. Denzin (Eds.), Turning points in qualitative research: Tying knots in a handkerchief. New York: Rowman Altamira Press.

2 Mohanty, C. (2003). “Under western eyes” revisited: Feminist solidarity through anticapitalist struggles. Signs, 28(2), 499-535. doi:10.1086/342914

July 25th 2016: Reading group

The topic of this session was sexism in academic settings. The discussion started by addressing Marilyn Frye’s essay on sexism1 and concluded with exchanges regarding different approaches to sexism in academic institutions.

1 Frye, Marilyn. "Sexism." The politics of reality: Essays in feminist theory (1983): 17-40.

October 25th 2016: Reading group

In this session we focused on questions of racism in academic practices. The session included discussing different takes on the first chapter of Gloria Wekker’s ‘White Innocence’1.

1 Wekker, G. (2016). White innocence: Paradoxes of colonialism and race. London;Durham;: Duke University Press.

November 16th 2016: Reading group

We discussed the role of feminist activism in academic environments and cultural practices at the institutional level, particularly regarding emotions and ‘otherness’. The discussion started by addressing ‘Feminist Killjoys’1, ‘The Organization of Hate’2, and ‘In the Name of Love’3, all by Sara Ahmed4.

1 Ahmed, S. (2012). Feminist killjoys (and other willful subjects). Cahiers Du Genre, 53, 77-98. doi:10.3917/cdge.053.0077

2 Ahmed, S. (2001). The organisation of hate. Law and Critique, 12(3), 345-365. doi:10.1023/A:1013728103073

3 Ahmed, S. (2003). In the name of love. Borderlands E-Journal, 2(3).

4Ahmed, S. (2014). Willful subjects. Durham [u.a.]: Duke Univ. Press.

January 27th 2017: Reading group

We discussed sexism in citational practices and feminist approaches to them. The conversation parted from Clare Hemmings’s ‘Telling feminist stories’1.

1 Hemmings, C. (2005). Telling feminist stories. Feminist Theory, 6(2), 115-139. doi:10.1177/1464700105053690

February 13th 2017: Guest Research Presentation

Claudia Firth, a PhD researcher in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck College (University of London) spoke about ‘The Limits and Possibilities of a Politics of Listening’. Afterwards we exchanged views on the idea of listening as a political act and in the current political contexts.

Precarious Workers Brigade(2017), Training for Exploitation? Politicising Employability and Reclaiming Education. The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. ISBN 978-0-615-59011-0 URL: www.joaap.org/press/trainingforexploitation.htm

March 13-14th 2017: Joint session abroad

Visit to Goldsmiths, University of London and Cambridge University

Members of the KFF were invited by Goldsmith’s Feminist Postgraduate Forum to the Centre for Feminist Research, where PhD and MA student members from both fora presented their ongoing research projects.

The day started with a presentation by Khairani Barokka on her research and feminist aspects of her recently published book 'Indigenous Species' (2016). Then MA students from both fora presented their own research. For instance, on KFF's side, Louise Haitz talked to us about her thesis, which is an analysis of the depiction by the media of victimhood and modified female bodies in Germany. Rebeca Taboada presented her project to carry out a process tracing analysis on the factors that lead to women's inclusion in peace negotiations. Helena Suárez shared with us her work on mapping femicide in Uruguay; her thesis pertains this ongoing work both in its technical  and an emotional dimensions. The afternoon concluded with a Black and Brown Queer short film screening, hosted by Chandra Frank and Ama Budge, which we also discussed afterwards.

On the second day of our trip, members of both the Goldsmiths and Konstanz forums travelled to the University of Cambridge. The day began with a lecture from Professor Sara Ahmed.

The next event was the Killjoys@Work panel, which included speakers from both of the feminist forums: Dr. Leila Whitley, Dr. Tiffany Page, Dr. Chryssa Sdrolia, and Heidi Hasbrouck. Finally, we closed the day with the launch of Sara Ahmed’s newly published book, Living a Feminist Life.