Prof Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez
Visiting Professor

Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez is Chair in General Sociology at the Justus-Liebig-University-Giessen, Germany. She 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 her appointment in Giessen as Chair in Sociology, she was a 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. She also worked as a research coordinator and lecturer at the International Women's University (IFU) in Hanover, Germany. Furthermore, she has been invited to conduct master’s classes in other universities in Germany, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Spain and Trinidad & Tobago. 

Her teaching and research engage with questions of global inequalities and their local articulation particularly in Germany, Spain and the UK. Further, she is interested in post/Marxist and decolonial perspectives on feminist and queer epistemology and their application to the field of migration, labour and culture. Her current work is on affective labour/materialities, institutional racism, racial capitalism and the coloniality of migration.

Currently she is a member of the Rat für Migration (Council of Migration) and the ESA (European Sociology Association) Academic Board of RN32 ‘Sociology of Migration’. Further, she is a Principal Investigator at the Graduate School of the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig-University, a member of the advisory board of Wagadu. A journal of transnational Women and Gender Studies and the Research Group Migration and Human Rights. She is also the initiator of the Research Network Queer, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations and a board member of the research initiative fg decolonial – research association for critical racism, postcolonial and decolonial theory and praxis. Between 2014 and 2018 she was the Chair of the Section Women and Gender Studies in the German Sociology Association.

Some of her publications include: Migration, Domestic Work, Affect – A Decolonial Perspective on Value and the Feminization of Labor (2010, second edition 2011, New York/London: Routledge); Intellektuelle Migrantinnen: Subjektivitäten im Zeitalter der Globalisierung/Female Intellectual Migrants: Subjectivities in the Age of Globalization (1999, Opladen: Leske & Budrich); she co‐authored Hogares, Cuidados y Fronteras. Derechos de las Mujeres Inmigrantes y Conciliación/Homes, Caretaking, Frontiers: Immigrant Women’s Rights and Conciliation with Luzenir Caixeta, Cristina Vega Solís and Shirley Tate (2004, Madrid: Traficantes de Sueños); and edited the collections Creolizing Europe. Legacies and Transformations (2015, Liverpool University Press) and Decolonizing European Sociology – Transdisciplinary Approaches with Manuela Boatcã and Sérgio Costa (2010, second edition 2016, Farnham: Ashgate).

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