Fall 2020

Contemporary Debates: Gender and Right-Wing Nationalism

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-407  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-400

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Amrita Basu (Section 01)
Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 400 and POSC 407) The topic will vary from year to year. Students who have taken this seminar in the past may take it again this year.

Right wing populism has grown in many regions of the world by forging links with conservative religious groups. This has crucial and sometimes paradoxical implications for gender, sexuality, and ethnic/racial inequalities. Although right wing nationalists have often retracted the rights of women and LGBTQ groups, they have provided women from majority communities leadership opportunities and political power. This seminar will examine the way race, religion, gender, sexuality, and class figure in right wing populists’ understanding of home, community, citizenship and nationalism. We will also explore the implications of women’s increasingly fractured identities for their agency and activism. Our approach will be comparative, cross-national, and inter-disciplinary. Texts will include novels, films, and social science texts. The seminar will culminate in a final research paper.

Most class meetings will occur on-line but some may take place in person if conditions permit. Students will meet remotely and in person in small groups throughout the semester.

Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professors Basu and Shandilya.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Fall 2022