Definitions and terms
Truth be told, I felt fairly comfortable with the majority of the terms encountered over the course of the readings for thursday. The round-table discussion was very comprehensible, as was the Intro. from Mohanty and Alexander. The same can be said for the article by Shohat.
In terms of definitions, I found two or three which seemed, in my mind, to provide a fairly compact synthesis of Transnational Feminism - positing it as a field of inquiry that, first and foremost, is transversal : cutting across discourses to bring an analysis of the intersections of communications, international relations, political science, economics - especially as concerns the phenomena of advanced-capitalist globilzation - and post-colonial theory within the problematic of the oppression of Women. It seeks, furthermore, to undue unnecessary binary relations of local/global politics (which, typically, tend to marginalize women in third world countries) and to problematize the very notion of feminine experience (i.e., not seeing it as monolithic, but making space for peri-feminities such as homosexuality, coloured gender, etc...).
As Alexander and Mohanty postulate: "(transnational feminism comprises) three elements: 1) (it is) a way of thinking about women in similar contexts across the world in different geographical spaces, rather than as all women across the world; 2) an understanding of a set of unequal relationships among and between peoples (...); 3) a consideration of the term "international" in relation to an analysis of economic, political and ideological processes which foreground the operations of race and capitalism (...) which would (...) require taking critical anti-racist, anti-capitalist positions that would make feminist solidarity work possible..." (Alexander/Mohanty, XIX)
This seems to be a fairly concise synthesis of the theory and praxis of transnational feminism (without being exhaustive, of course)
Tohidi posits a similar theoretical framework in which to conceptualize transnational feminism (in fact, she actually cites Mohanty) when she argues that " (transnationalism is a ) shared context due to common exploitation and domination across the north-south divide that allows for a transnational solidarity (...) forms of alliance, subversion and complicity operating in privileged in-between spaces where assymetries and inequalities can be acknowledged (... and) critically deconstructed" (Tohidi, "Transnational Feminism...)
Shohat similarly calls for a conceptualisation of a transnational feminist discourse which is supple, traversing academic disciplines (cutting across discursive frontiers), "highlighting intersectionality" and which allows for an account of the extremely plural experiences of oppression and resistances of women in both the first and third worlds.