Spectral Perception and Ghostly Subjectivity at the Colonial Gender/Race/Sex Nexus

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This article calls for an examination of the spectral operations of the perceptual architecture of colonization in conjunction with the enactment of a decolonial feminism as proposed by María Lugones. The first section discusses both the notion of ghostly subjectivity from Lugones's early work as well as the echoes of this notion in her recent work on the coloniality of gender that emphasizes the gender/race/sex nexus. Subsequently, through a photographic example, the article presents an analysis of the perceptual operations of specter-making in practices of colonization in light of Lugones's understanding of the “light” and “dark” sides of the coloniality of gender. This analysis highlights not only the intricate nexus between racialization and gender and sex norms both in the past and in the present context, but it also points to the necessity for of a decolonial feminism attuned to perceptual practices or a decolonial aesthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-409
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Music


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