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(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.