Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez

Research Focus

The members of the professorship are interested in decolonial perspectives of social analysis and theory; critical theory, feminist and queer theory; and epistemologies of the South as well as critical migration and racism studies.

In terms of content, this is done by focusing on thematic fields such as coloniality and migration/refugee, global inequality, racial capitalism, (neo-)extractivism, memory-political struggles, intersectional structural violence, material feminisms, solidarity, conviviality and creolisation. Research projects take place on topics such as migration, feminism and memory politics; human rights and precarious/undocumented migration; affect and labour; city, transculturation and conviviality; institutional racism at the university.

Currently, Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez is working on issues of decolonial mourning, creolising conviviality, institutional racism and affect in higher education, human rights and the coloniality of migration.

Ongoing Research Projects

DFG Research Group: Human Rights Discourses in the Migration Society (MeDiMi) Own project: Human Rights Discourses in Political Protests by Refugees and Undocumented Migrants in Germany and the USA 01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026. This Project focuses on the debate about human rights discourses, especially about the right to stay, from the activist perspective of political actors. Empirically it engages with political protests by refugees and undocumented migrants in Germany and the USA (Arizona, California) between 1990 and today.

Completed Research Projects

Erasmus+project BRIDGES (Building Inclusive Societies: Diversifying Knowledge and Tackling Discrimination through Civil Society Participation in Universities), 2019-2022.

DAAD- International Study and Training Partnership with the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, 2017-2019.

Hessian Ministry of Science and Art / Research Project: Migrant Feminism in the German Women's Movement (1985-2000), 2018-2020.

Hessian Ministry of Science and Arts /Research Project: BRANCH OUT (2016-2018), 2016-2018.

DFG project and international workshop: Understanding the Local Entanglement of Global Inequalities (2017-2018).


Membership in Advisory Boards and research Networks

International Advisory Board of the BMWF Network Project  Mecila (Maria Sybilla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America), FU Berlin/São Paulo.

Commission of the Ministery of Science and Arts of the Land in Hesse (Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst) on “Koloniales Erbe in Hessen / Colonial Heritage in Hesse", headed by Professor Dr. Benedikt Stuchtey, Philipps-University Marburg, and Professor Dr. Hubertus Büschel, University Kassel.

Revaluing Care in the Global Economy (RCGE) Advisory Board Member, Duke Universtity.

Council of Migration (Rat für Migration), Berlin.

Academic Board of RN32 'Sociology of Migration', European Sociology Association (ESA).

Leading Role in Professional Bodys 

Member of the International Advisory Board of the research project Intersectional Border Struggles and Disobedient Knowledge in Activism (KNOWACT), University of Helsinki, Finland, 2019-2022.       

Principal Investigator at the Graduate School of the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig-University, 2016-2022.

Chair of the Section of Women and Gender Studies in the German Sociology Association (DGS), 2014-2018.

​Doctoral Projects

Doctoral projects on the following topics have been supervised so far: Racism, Migration and Labour; Belonging and Material Culture; Solidarity Movements and Decoloniality; Refugee Strike and Marcuse; Indigenous Feminism and Neo-Extractivism; Decolonial Perspectives and Peace Negotiations in Colombia; Insitutional Discrimination and Transculturality in Higher Education; Global Learning and Decolonial Perspectives; Feminist-Intersectional Perspectives on Everyday Violence; Coloniality of Border Regimes; BPoC and Migrant Memory Politics of Racial Critical Struggles; Intersexuality and Discourses of Naturalisation; Queer Feminist Perspectives in Social Science Quantitative Methods; New Feminism and Postmigrant Pop Culture; Latin American Migration, Labour Market and Citizenship in Spain.