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Dissertation abstract (short version)

My PhD thesis addresses one of the most contested concepts in feminist theory and activism: solidarity. Scholars and activists from oppressed social groups have rightly criticized appeals to feminist solidarity for reflecting paternalistic assumptions and ignoring the vast differences in women’s power and privilege. But renewed interest in the prospect of feminist solidarity in recent years, buoyed by feminist global activism against gendered violence (e.g., the #MeToo movement), gives us reason to revisit it. In my thesis, I take valid critiques of earlier iterations of feminist solidarity as a point of departure for analyzing the normative claims underlying appeals to this ideal today. Through a moral and political ethnographic lens, I ground my philosophical inquiry in qualitative research fieldwork I conducted in fall 2019 with Senegalese women’s rights activists and non-governmental organizations workers that coalesced in order to demand justice related to gender-based violence. My contribution, situated within nonideal normative political theory, adopts a resolutely engaged and grounded philosophical approach to political solidarity.

Note that I am currently revising key ideas from this thesis for publishing it in a book format.

Peer-Review Publications

Fall 2023  | Feminist Philosophy Quaterly

Engaged Solidaristic Research: Developing Methodological and Normative Principles for Political Philosophers

Reshaping our methodological research tools for adequately capturing injustice and domination has been a central aspiration of feminist philosophy and social epistemology in recent years. Some feminist and political philosophers have taken an increasingly empirical turn, engaging with case studies and the challenges arising from conducting research in solidarity with unequal partners. I argue that these challenges cannot be resolved by merely adopting a norm and stance of deference to those in the struggle for justice. To conduct philosophical research in an engaged and solidaristic manner, I suggest that deference be supplemented by three methodological and normative principles: 1) epistemic humility, 2) accountability, and 3) co-producing knowledge.

Fall 2023 | Journal of Global Ethics

 Transnational Solidarity in Feminist Practices: Power, Partnerships, and Divisions

I offer a descriptive and normative analysis of the requirements for effective transnational solidarity between southern NGOs and their northern partners. Drawing on interviews conducted with staff members of Senegalese women’s rights NGOs and a private international development foundation, I contend that existing theories of feminist transnational solidarity cannot allow us to properly acknowledge the power asymmetries and obstacles to solidarity that these NGOs are facing. 

Fall 2023 | APA Studies in Feminism and Philosophy

Surviving the System: Justice and Ambiguity in the Aftermath of Sexual Violence

Recognizing the impact of Susan Brison’s work on feminist and moral philosophy, I revisit the aftermath of sexual violence through the light of recent political concerns and research in social science. In line with Brison’s philosophical method—interweaving first-person narratives, social science research and feminist philosophy, this short paper tackles the aftermath of sexual violence in connection with a desire for justice, which may involve going through the criminal and legal system. I am especially interested in giving philosophical texture to the moral ambivalence or the double bind, characterizing the aftermath: performing victims’ suffering for the sake of being seen as a credible knower while being seen as a thriving survivor. I show how recent work on survivorhood and victimhood further pursues Brison’s insights by theorizing the aftermath of sexual violence.

2020 | Philosophiques

Erreur de diagnostic : préférences adaptatives et impérialisme

Cet article porte sur le concept de préférence adaptative tel qu’il est apparu en philosophie féministe politique et anglophone depuis les années 2000. Ce concept désigne les préférences formées conformément à un milieu oppressif et qui vont à l’encontre du bien-être.

This article examines the concept of adaptive preference as it has appeared in feminist political philosophy since the 2000’s. This concept refers to preferences shaped in compliance with an oppressive environment and that jeopardizes one’s well-being. 


Book Chapter

Forthcoming book chapter co-written with Katarina Fragoso Pitasse | Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty

Philosophy, poverty, and inequality: normative and applied reflections

Mainstream philosophical approaches to inequality and poverty generally centre resources as a metric of justice in terms of either absolute or relative thresholds. On the one hand, the sufficiency approach claims that what morally matters is the state of deprivation—in which a person does not have enough resources. In this sense, those living in such deprivation can be identified by an absolute threshold. On the other hand, the egalitarian approach contends that inequality is a condition of deprivation that morally matters when a person has much fewer resources than others. This can be ascertained via a relative threshold. Two main perspectives arise from these two doctrines. The first is the view that poverty and inequality are primarily about resource-holdings leading to unmet needs. The second is the idea that absolute and relative thresholds of poverty do not overlap. Yet these perspectives are challenged by capability and relational approaches to poverty and inequality that go beyond resource-holdings and take one’s ability to do and be (her “beings” and “doings”). We argue that philosophers must integrate non-resourcist needs and multidimensional thresholds in their accounts of poverty. The present chapter engages with this shift by presenting classic metrics and thresholds of justice, and by examining what these accounts overlook when conceptualising poverty and inequality.


In progress or under review publications

2023  | Under review (paper available upon request)

Responsive Solidarity and the Global Movement Against Gender-Based Violence

In this paper, I reinterpret philosophical debates surrounding feminist solidarity through the lens of the recent renewal of global political activism against gender-based violence. I argue that this surge of activism presents a valuable opportunity for feminist and political theorists to normatively reimagine feminist solidarity beyond second-wave and third-wave accounts appealing to problematic notions of gender identity and “individualized” accounts of groups. I contend that this global momentum should prompt theorists to conceptualize a responsive form of solidarity that emerges from the shared, political vulnerability to gender-based violence. I ground my reflections on this global momentum and the attendant conception of feminist solidarity that I identify in a qualitative research fieldwork conducted in Senegal in 2019, when an important national movement against gendered violence took place.

2023 | Co-written in preparation paper (available upon request)

Exploring Residential Segregation in Cities through Collective Capabilities

In this article, we tackle the ways in which collective capabilities might contribute to an analysis, and a political normative diagnostic, of the dynamics of residential segregation in the cities. Specifically, we intent to show that the framework of collective capabilities brings light to conceptualize what is a sufficient level of intergroups relations to allow freedom and develop an inclusive ideal of an egalitarian community. In so doing, this would contribute to point out the need of interrelated local structures of solidarity.

2023 | In preparation

Imagining Alternative Justice for GBV Survivors

An abstract will be posted soon.

2022   | In preparation

Digitalizing Development Research: Whose Voices are Included?

Because development practice has generally integrated a concern towards participatory practice in recent years, the current move towards online research should be closely scrutinized. Now more than ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to information and communication technologies for marginalized populations and women is a pressing global issue, and there is therefore a serious need for researchers to consider the ethical impact of the digitalization of development on their research. In this paper, I investigate whether the shift to digitalization in development research has had the effect of discouraging the participation of women and more marginalized community members. I suggest that this digitalization could contribute to epistemic and political obstacles in making projects truly participative, thus reinforcing existing epistemic injustices in development research. Integrating normative political theory with empirical research, I examine the ways in which researchers should respectfully navigate issues of informed consent, vulnerability, and confidentiality to encourage the participation of populations made vulnerable in responsible and responsive research design.

Book reviews

2018 | International Feminist Journal of Politics

Review of Sara de Jong’s book Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women’s Issues Across North-South Divides’

(2018) ‘Review of Sara de Jong’s book Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women’s Issues Across North-South Divides’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 21(1), pp. 159-161.

2017   |  Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie

Review of Diana Meyers’ book Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights

(2017) ‘Review of Diana Meyers’ book Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights’, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie, 56 (3) pp. 598-600.

2015  |  Genre, sexualité & société

‘Review of Nancy Fraser’s book «Le féminisme en mouvements. Des années 1960 à l’ère néolibérale (translated by Estelle Ferrarese)’ (French)

(2015) ‘Review of Nancy Fraser’s book «Le féminisme en mouvements. Des années 1960 à l’ère néolibérale (translated by Estelle Ferrarese)’ (French), Genre, sexualité & société, Analysis and reviews, URL : http://gss.revues.org/3411.