Middle East Studies 213 - Colloquium: Sex and Power In The Middle East

Colq:Sex&Power in Middle East

Susanna Ferguson

TU TH 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM

Smith College
Seelye 202
This course invites students to explore how sexuality has been central to power and resistance in the Middle East. When and how have empires, colonial powers and nation states tried to regulate intimacy, sex, love and reproduction? How have sexual practices shaped social life, and how have perceptions of these practices changed over time? The course introduces theoretical tools for the history of sexuality and explores how contests over sexuality, reproduction and the body shaped empires, colonial states and nationalist projects. Finally, we examine contemporary debates about sexuality as a basis for political mobilization in the Middle East today. Enrollment limited to 18.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.