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Gender, War, and Migration

Women, Gender, And Sexuality Studies 364 - Spring 2020

This course will examine the forced transnational migration of war refugees and their resettlement in host societies. A central question that guides this course is: How does war impact and complicate belonging and influence the movement of people across borders and boundaries? With this question in mind, we will explore the dynamic relationships between specific groups of refugees and nation-states, while considering inseparable intersectional configurations of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, class, age, and religion as lenses through which to consider ideas of personhood and notions of national belonging. In the first part of the semester we will focus on transnational displacement because of conflict and deterritorialization. We will utilize readings in feminist theory, post-colonial theory, and cultural studies to examine historical processes of dislocation and relocation. The second part of the semester will examine ethnographic case studies of resettled refugees in different sites and their day-to-day practices to understand how displaced people earn a place in host societies. We will also explore how identity categories influence the architecture of personhood in nation-states. Lastly, we will analyze the multi-layered ways in which diasporic subjects and nations rearticulate themselves virtually and digitally (via Internet and social media). We will combine diverse readings and theoretical engagements, lectures, documentary films, discussion, and class-based activities to interrogate notions of subjectivity, alterity, and belonging across time, place, and space. Pre-Requisite: L77 100B or consent of instructor.
Course Attributes: EN HBU BAAS HUMAS LCDAS SD IAS WI IFA HUMAR HUMAS SC

Section 01

Gender, War, and Migration
INSTRUCTOR: Munem
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