Political Science 407 - Contemporary Debates: Decolonizing Feminist and Gender Studies

Contemporary Debates

Amrita Basu

TU | 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Amherst College

(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.

Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.