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Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez



I studied Sociology, Political Sciences and Romance Studies (Francophone and Latin American Studies) at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, Université Lumière II, Lyon and Quito, Ecuador. Previous to my appointment in Giessen as Chair in Sociology, I was Senior Lecturer in Transcultural Studies in the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department at the University of Manchester, UK and an Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) in Sociology in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg. I also worked as a research coordinator and lecturer at the International Women's University (IFU) in Hanover, Germany. Further, I have been also invited to conduct master’s classes in other universities in Germany, the United States, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Spain and Trinidad & Tobago. 

My teaching and research engage with questions of global inequalities and their local articulation particularly in Germany, Spain and the UK. Further, I am interested in post/Marxist and decolonial perspectives on feminist and queer epistemology and their application to the field of migration, labour and culture. Broadly, my work engages with affective labour, the structural violence of EU migration control policies and institutional racism (see publications).

Some of my research has been funded by the DFG, DAAD, Humboldt, AHRC, British Academy, the Council of Research and Arts from the Land Hessen, the EU and Ford Foundation. I have worked in an individual capacity and with colleagues at various institutions in the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Australia, Finland, Sweden, South Africa, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Greece, Canada and the USA. Between 2014 and 2018 I was the Chair of the Section of Women and Gender Studies in the German Sociology Association (    

Currently, I am a member of the Rat für Migration (Council of Migration) and the ESA (European Sociology Association) Academic Board of RN32 ‘Sociology of Migration’. Further, I am a Principal Investigator at the Graduate Centre of the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig-University and co-initiator of the Research Group Migration and Human Rights ( I am the founder of the Research Network Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT) at JLU and a member of the advisory board of Wagadu. A journal of transnational Women and Gender Studies. Futher, I am the Series Editor of Anthem Studies Series in Decoloniality and Migration (

For students interested in studying at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, I am responsible for the exchange programme between JLU and UWI. Further, I am "Vertrauensdozentin" for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation.



Selected Publications   

  • 2021 Decolonial Perspectives on Entangled Inequalities. Europe and The Caribbean (with Rhoda Reddock). Anthem Studies in Decoloniality and Migration. New York: Anthem Studies.
  • 2021 Migrantischer Feminismus in der deutschen Frauen:bewegung 1985-2000 (with Pinar Tuzcu). Münster: Edition Assemblage.
  • 2015 Creolizing Europe. Legacies and Transformations (with Shirley Anne Tate). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press (
  • 2010 Migration, Domestic Work and Affect. London/New York: Routledge.
  • 2010 Decolonizing European Sociology (with Manuela Boatcă, Sérgio Costa). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • 2004 Home, Borders, Frontiers (with Luzenir Caixeta, Shirley Anne Tate and Cristina Vega Solís). Madrid: Traficantes de Sueños.
  • 2003 Spricht die Subalterne Deutsch? Migration und Postkoloniale Kritik (with Hito Steyerl). Münster: Unrast Verlag.
  • 2003 Gouvernementalität. Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Debatte in Anschluss an Foucault (with Marianne Pieper). Frankfurt am Main: Campus.
  • 1999 Intellektuelle Migrantinnen - Subjektivitaeten im Zeitalter von Globalisierung. Eine postkoloniale dekonstruktive Analyse von Biographien im Spannungsverhältnis von Ethnisierung und Vergeschlechtlichung. Opladen: Leske & Budrich.

  • Mecila Working Paper

  • 2021  “Entangled Migrations: The Coloniality of Migration and Creolizing Conviviality”, Mecila Working Paper Series, No. 35, São Paulo: The Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America,
  • Recent Journal Articles
  • 2021 "Zum Verhältnis von Sichtbarkeit, Sorge und Ungleichheit in der Pandemie" (with Gabriele Dietze, Vanessa E. Thompson, Stephan Trinkaus et al., Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Band 13, Heft 24-1. (file:///Users/g31339/Downloads/10.14361_zfmw-2021-130113.pdf)
  • 2020 "Etnicidades en disputa: nuevos caminos, nuevos desafíos" (with Andrea Silva-Tapia, Sebastian Garbe, Maria Cárdenas, Andrea Sempertegui). IBEROAMERICANA. América Latina - España - Portugal20(75), 207–232.
  • Special Journal Issues

    2018 Antifeminism and Racism in Times of Austerity, Women’s Studies International Forum, Spring 2018, (co-edited with Heidemarie Winkel and Pinar Tuzcu).

    2018 Care Work – International Perspectives and Reflections, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (Austrian Journal for Sociology) ÖZS, 1, (co-edited with Brigitte Aulenbacher and Brigitte Liebig).

    2014  New Approaches to the Social Organization of Care. Latin American Debates, ICONOS. Revista de Ciencias Sociales, 50. (co-edited with Cristina Vega Solis),  (Special Issue on Care Work in Latin America)

    2014  Domestic Work between State Regulation and Intimacy, Women’s Studies International Forum, 46 (co-edited with Jurema Brites) (Special Issue on Domestic Work with a focus on Europe and Latin America) 


  • Selected Journal Articles

2019 'Political subjectivity, transversal mourning and a caring common: responding to deaths in the Mediterranean.' Critical African Studies, 10:3, 345-360, DOI: 10.1080/21681392.2019.1610010  

2018 'The Coloniality of Migration and the “Refugee Crisis”: On the Asylum-Migration Nexus’, the Transatlantic White European Settler Colonialism-Migration and Racial Capitalism, The Refuge. Canada’s Journal on Refugees (

2016 'Rassismus, Klassenverhältnisse und Geschlecht an deutschen Hochschulen. Ein runder Tisch, der aneckt’ (discussion with Kien Nghi Ha, Jan S. Hutta, Emily Ngubia Kessé, Mike Laufenberg, Lars Schmitt). Sub\urban. Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung, no. 4, 2/3, pp. 161-190.

2016 'Flüchtlingskrise“, Kolonialität und Rassismus – eine andere Grammatik der Krise des Kapitalismus denken’, Das Argument, pp. 1-18.

2016 'Sensing Dispossession: Women and Gender Studies Between Institutional Racism and Migration Control Policies in the Neoliberal University’, Women’s Studies International Forum, 1-11. 

2015 'Espacios transculturales – (Des)Encuentros afectivos. Una perspectiva descolonial sobre intimidad translocal, migración latinoamericana y trabajo doméstico en Alemania’, Clivajes. Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Universidad de Veracruz, Mexico),  4; 12-27.

2014 'Domestic Work – Affective Labor. On Feminisation and the Coloniality of Labor’, Women’s Studies International Forum, 46: 45-53.

2014 'The Precarity of Feminisation: On Domestic Work, Heteronormativity and the Coloniality of Labour’, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 27(2): 191-202 (Special Issue on Political Economy, Gender and Sexuality).

Selected Book Chapters

2020 ‘Race, class and gender at German Universities: A Round-Table Discussion`(with Kien Nghi Ha, Jan Hutta, Emily Ngubia Kessé, Mike Laufenber and Lars Schmitt. In Beyond the Master’s Tools? Decolonizing Knowledge Orders, Research Methods and Teaching, edited by Daniel Bendix, Franziska Müller und Aram Ziai, London: Rowman & Littlefield.

2020 ‘Creolising Conviviality: Thinking Relational Ontology and Decolonial Ethics through Ivan Illich and Édouard Glissant’. Conviviality at the Crossroads: The poetics and politics of everyday encounters, eds. Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman & Per-Markku Ristilammi. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-28979-9. E-book Open Access:

2017  ‘Affektive Materialität: Transversale Trauer und repräsentierbare Gerechtigkeit’. In Voelker, Susanne u.a. (Hg.): Verantwortung und Un/Verfügbarkeit. Impulse und Zugänge eines (neo)materialistischen Feminismus, Westfälischer Dampfboot. 

2016  ‘Europäische Krise. Care Arbeit, Prekarität, Heteronormativität und Migration’. In Langenohl, Andreas und Anna Schober: Metamorphosen von Kultur und Geschlecht. Genealogien, Praktiken , Imaginationen. Fink Verlag. 

2015  ‘»Doppelte Bestimmung« im Privathaushalt. Zum Zusammenkommen von Feminisierung und Kolonialität in der bezahlten Hausarbeit’. In Dominanzkultur Reloaded. Neue Texte zu gesellschaftlichen Machtverhältnissen und ihren Wechselwirkungen, ed. by Iman Attia, Swantje Köbsell and Nivedita Prasad (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag), pp. 185-198.

2015  ‘Archipelago Europe: On Creolizing Conviviality’. In Creolizing Europe. Legacies and Transformations, ed. by Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez and Shirley Anne Tate (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press). 

For further publications see or