On May 27, 2019, two widely known and recognised feminist theorists, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Nikita Dhawan, came together in Vienna to discuss issues of transnational solidarity among feminist, queer, anti-racist, anti-capitalist and social justice struggles. Chandra Talpade Mohanty presented her latest book and digital archive project, co-edited with Linda E. Carty, called ‘Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope’ as a cross-generational conversation with feminist scholar-activists and sister comrades about their activist works and struggles for social justice. Giving insights into the idea and motivation of the project, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Nikita Dhawan not only addressed the meaning of central concepts such as solidarity, political friendship and wonderful thinking, but also touched upon the question of the state as well as ‘why feminism is important to all of this’. This report outlines central issues discussed during the event and identifies possible points of departure for transnational solidarity amongst feminists.

Key words: transnational feminism, solidarity, intersectionality, activism, feminist struggles


The discussion was transcribed and summarised by Ines Höckner and Lan Huong Le, both graduate students of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. Ines Höckner’s research interests focus on materialist and critical-realist perspectives on nation, gender and racism in authoritarian neoliberalism, and Lan Huong Le’s research centres around materialist feminism, reproductive labour, global health, and reproductive health.