Speaking Face to Face

The Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones

Edited by Pedro J. DiPietro, Jennifer McWeeny, and Shireen Roshanravan

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy, Latin American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Women's Studies, Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series, Praxis: Theory in Action
Hardcover : 9781438474533, 336 pages, June 2019
Paperback : 9781438474526, 336 pages, January 2020

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Introduction: Like an Earthquake to the Soul: Experiencing the Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones
Pedro J. DiPietro, Jennifer McWeeny, and Shireen Roshanravan

Part I. Coalitional Selves, Multiple Realities

1. Trash Talks Back
Elizabeth V. Spelman

2. A Focus on the “I” in the “I→We”: Considering the Lived Experience of Self- in- Coalition in Active Subjectivity
Kelli Zaytoun

3. The Ripple Imagery as a Decolonial Self: Exploring Multiplicity in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée
(Brena) Yu- Chen Tai

Part II. Moving with and beyond Intersectionality

4. Beyond the “Logic of Purity”: “Post- Post- Intersectional” Glimpses in Decolonial Feminism
Anna Carastathis

5. Witnessing Faithfully and the Intimate Politics of Queer South Asian Praxis
Shireen Roshanravan

Part III. Gender, Coloniality, and Decolonial Embodiments

6. Border Thinking/Being/Perception: Toward a “Deep Coalition” across the Atlantic
Madina Tlostanova

7. Motion Sickness and the Slipperiness of Irish Racialization
Jennifer McWeeny

8. Toward a Decolonial Ethics
Manuel Chávez Jr.

Part IV. Knowing on the Edge of Worlds and Sense

9. Beyond Benevolent Violence: Trans* of Color, Ornamental Multiculturalism, and the Decolonization of Affect
Pedro J. DiPietro

10. Travel to Death- Worlds
Joshua M. Price

Part V. Hablando Cara A Cara

11. Deep Coalition and Popular Education Praxis
Cricket Keating

12. Walking Illegitimately: A Cachapera/Tortillera and a Dyke
Sarah Lucia Hoagland

13. Carnal Disruptions: Mariana Ortega Interviews
María Lugones

Paula M. L. Moya

Chronological List of María Lugones’s Publications

The first in-depth analysis of the radical feminist theory and coalitional praxis of scholar-activist María Lugones.


Speaking Face to Face provides an unprecedented, in-depth look at the feminist philosophy and practice of the renowned Argentinian-born scholar-activist María Lugones. Informed by her identification as "nondiasporic Latina" and US Woman of Color, as well as her long-term commitment to grassroots organizing in Chicana/o communities, Lugones's work dovetails with, while remaining distinct from, that of other prominent transnational, decolonial, and women of color feminists. Her visionary philosophy motivates transformative modes of engaging cultural others, inviting us to create political intimacies rooted in a shared yearning for interdependence.

Bringing together scholars and activists across fields, this volume charts her profound impact in and beyond the academy for the past thirty years. In so doing, it exemplifies a new method of coalitional theorizing—traversing racial, ethnic, sexual, national, gendered, political, and disciplinary borders in order to cultivate learning, embrace heterogeneity, and provide a unique framework for engaging contemporary debates about identity, oppression, and activism. Across thirteen original contributions, authors address issues of intersectionality, colonial and decolonial subjectivities, the multiplicity and the coloniality of gender, indigenous spiritualities and cosmologies, pluralist and women of color feminisms, radical multiculturalism, popular education, and resistance to multiple oppressions. The book also includes a rare interview with María Lugones and an afterword by Paula Moya, ultimately offering both new critical resources for longstanding admirers of Lugones and a welcome introduction for newcomers to her groundbreaking work.

Pedro J. DiPietro is Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University and an affiliate of Latino and Latin American Studies, Indigenous and Native American Studies, and LGBT Studies. Jennifer McWeeny is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is the coeditor (with Ashby Butnor) of Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions and editor-in-chief of Simone de Beauvoir Studies. Shireen Roshanravan is Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Kansas State University. She is the coeditor (with Lynn Fujiwara) of Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics.


"This is an important contribution to Latinx studies, Latina feminist philosophy, queer studies, and the burgeoning field of decolonial feminism, a field that Lugones almost single-handedly launched. It is interdisciplinary, but also a wonderful pedagogical resource. It provides readers who are both familiar and unfamiliar with her work a thorough and judicious point of entry. " — Eduardo Mendieta, author of Global Fragments: Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory