Andrew W. Mellon Regional Fellow in the Humanities
2013—2014 Forum on Violence
Assistant Professor of German and Women's Studies, Temple University
The "Violent Truth" of the Female Terrorist: Political Violence as Feminist Practice
This book project examines the implications of women's political violence for feminist theories through the specific cases of West German women in left-wing terrorist groups such as the RAF and the Red Zora, and feminist street-activists in the Autonomen movement between the 1970s and 1990s. My research suggests that women's political violence can constitute a feminist practice, a conclusion with far-reaching implications for feminist theories of violence. Using Jean-Luc Nancy's reflections on "true violence" and "violent truth" as a starting point, I conceptualize a feminist theory of violence that accounts for discursive effects of violent gender transgressions. While largely ignored by scholars of German social movements, I argue that militant feminism constitutes an important element in the history of German feminist thought and left radical politics more broadly.