Fall 2024

Contemporary Debates: Decolonizing Feminist and Gender Studies

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


Amrita Basu (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 400 and POSC 407) The topic will vary from year to year.

This seminar will explore the ways anticolonial and post-colonial religious nationalist movements employ gendered appeals and mobilize women and sexual minorities. Are there fundamental, irreconcilable tensions between religion and nationalism, on the one hand, and the freedom of women and lgbtq communities, on the other? How might political movements both challenge and re-inscribe dominant narratives of the nation? What are some alternative feminist and queer imaginaries? We will examine varied modes of agency and activism—through art, poetry, literature, cinema, and electoral politics among others

Limited to 25 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Basu.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to SWAGS and Political Science majors and then to juniors and seniors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, and visual analysis.

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Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024