16/03/2017 49' 12''

Philosopher, mathematician, sociologist, and activist: Raquel Guitérrez's biography has taken shape through political activism, guerilla (as a member of the Túpac Katari Guerilla Army), prison and social struggle, with a particular focus on the Bolivian indigenous cause and the women's struggle. With a discourse that is inseparable from practice, both in her books and in the research group she leads at the University of Puebla (Mexico), Raquel prioritises the reproduction and sustenance of life over the world of production that prevails in the policies and institutions of capitalist and patriarchal societies. In her discourse, Raquel talks in terms of hydrological strategies: flows, streams, floods, rivers, tides, waves, and moisture, using them as analogies to diagnose the urgent need for a change of paradigm and “politics in the feminine” that radically transcends the inoperative oversimplification of the agenda of equity, and recognises the production of the commons as skills that need to be culturally cultivated.

SON[I]A talks to Raquel Gutiérrez about semantic revision and political experimentation, about the failure of “just add women and stir” policies, about popular feminisms and the women's struggle, about what happens when Sumak Qamaña (living well) stops being a path and becomes a model, and about how to introduce the agenda of the autonomy of the body into her notion of “politics in feminine”.

SON[I]ARaquel Gutiérrez #8M