Juan Velasquez-Atehortua

UniversityUniversity of Gothenburg
DepartmentCultural sciences
DivisionGender studies
Keywordsbarrio feminism, Anthropocene, gendering practices, chthulucene, communities of compost

Website University of Gothenburg, in Swedish www.gu.se/om-universitetet/hitta-person/juanvelasquez
Website University of Gothenburg, in English www.gu.se/en/about/find-staff/juanvelasquez
Networks/thematic areasGlobal Sustainable Futures (GSF), Urban research (previously Urban Research Network), Centre for Work and Employment Research Centre (WE)
SDG:s1. No poverty, 5. Gender equality, 10. Reduced inequalities, 11. Sustainable cities and communities, 13. Climate action, 14. Life below water, 15. Life on land, 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
RegionsEurope and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
CountryBolivia, Colombia, Nicaragua, Spanien, Norge, Sverige

Reasearch / work
I study alternative feminisms to the white, middle-class hegemonic feminism. In Sweden, I coined the word "förortsfeminism", "suburban feminism", the feminism that takes place on the outskirts of big cities and grows out of the living conditions of migrants. Internationally, I join the scholars of the feminism called "barrio feminism". Both in Sweden and internationally, this feminism is active in the fight against discrimination, segregation and racism. It represents the most important nuances of the transition from representative to participatory democracy. Also as a movement with deep roots in its territories, this feminism stands for the democratization of public space, for the fight against gentrification and for the democratization of housing construction, mainly for new gender practices that question patriarchal male monopolies on building skills. Suburban feminism is also a driving force in the processes that lead to a much more sustainable development, by leading the way in activities that both nurture their marginalized communities and that adopt endangered species, flagship species, as full members of their communities. Women in this feminism are heading what Donna Haraway (2016) calls for communities of compost.