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Revisualising Intersectionality

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers a uniquely transdisciplinary examination of visual perception and representations of human difference

  • Develops alternatives to category-based intersectionality research

  • Challenges binaries of sameness and difference incorporating insights from artistic research practice

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Revisualising Intersectionality

    • Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Magdalena Nowicka
    Pages 1-9Open Access
  3. Where Difference Begins

    • Magdalena Nowicka
    Pages 11-53Open Access
  4. Revisualising Intersectionality: Conversations

    • Tiara Roxanne
    Pages 55-75Open Access
  5. The Ends of Visibility

    • Elahe Haschemi Yekani
    Pages 77-114Open Access
  6. Conclusion: Revising Intersectionality

    • Magdalena Nowicka, Elahe Haschemi Yekani
    Pages 115-125Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 127-132

About this book

Revisualising Intersectionality offers transdisciplinary interrogations of the supposed visual evidentiality of categories of human similarity and difference. This open-access book incorporates insights from social and cognitive science as well as psychology and philosophy to explain how we visually perceive physical differences and how cognition is fallible, processual, and dependent on who is looking in a specific context. Revisualising Intersectionality also puts into conversation visual culture studies and artistic research with approaches such as gender, queer, and trans studies as well as postcolonial and decolonial theory to complicate simplified notions of identity politics and cultural representation. The book proposes a revision of intersectionality research to challenge the predominance of categories of visible difference such as race and gender as analytical lenses. 


  • Open Access
  • Intersectionality
  • Visuality
  • Artistic Research
  • Difference
  • Visual Culture


“Revisualising Intersectionality invites us to revisit the cognitive sociology of visuality and the visual culture of gender and race identities in order to better understand the dynamics of intersectionality. Taking a stance against the politics of fixed identities, Elahe Haschemi Yekani and Magdalena Nowicka, alongside Tiara Roxanne, reject both social constructivism and biological determinism, looking for a subtler and more realistic take on the political and ethical articulation of social differences.” —Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Professor of Sociology, University of Trento, Italy

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Elahe Haschemi Yekani

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (DeZIM), Berlin, Germany

    Magdalena Nowicka

  • Berlin, Germany

    Tiara Roxanne

About the authors

Elahe Haschemi Yekani is Professor of English and American Literature and Culture with a Focus on Postcolonial Studies at the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Haschemi Yekani is the author of Familial Feeling and The Privilege of Crisis.

Magdalena Nowicka is a sociologist and Professor of Migration and Transnationalism at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Head of the Department Integration at DeZIM e.V. – German Center for Integration and Migration Research in Berlin. 

Tiara Roxanne, (PhD) is an Indigenous cyberfeminist, scholar and artist based in Berlin. Her research and artistic practice investigates the encounter between the Indigenous Body and AI by interrogating colonial structures embedded within machine learning systems.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 37.99
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Hardcover Book USD 37.99
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