First Year Seminar: Gender, Sexuality and Settler Colonialism


This course examines settler colonial societies through the lens of gender and sexuality. Central questions of the course include: How is colonialism a fundamentally gendered process? What is settler colonialism and how is it different from/similar to "extractive" or "franchise" colonialism? How does the social construction of "indigeneity" intersect with other social categories such as race, gender, class and sexuality? How have feminists responded to land dispossession from South Africa to Australia, the United States and Canada? How can queer and feminist subjects think about and respond to gender oppression in ways that account for Native sovereignty and ongoing forms of anti-Blackness? To answer these questions, we will examine how indigenous feminist scholars and organizers respond to historical and ongoing resource extraction, state violence, and land dispossession. Drawing on decolonial, queer, indigenous feminist, two-spirit and transnational feminist theories, we will compare settler colonial regimes and modes of social movement organizing across economic, cultural, political, and environmental spheres. This course is for first-year, non-transfer students only
Course Attributes: FYS; BU Eth; BU BA; AS LCD; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC; EN H

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