Universität Wien

140139 SE VM7 / VM1 - Decolonizing Gender - Queering Race (2016W)

Postcolonial and queer perspectives on the intersectionalities of constructions of race, gender and sexuality

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 14.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1 (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 03.11. 14:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Friday 04.11. 10:00 - 19:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Saturday 05.11. 10:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

How do racialized and colonial narratives influence 'our' ideas and conceptualizations of gender, of 'femininity' and 'masculinity'? How do constructions of race intersect with sexuality, sexual desire as well as with ideas of reproduction and kinship? Which forms of violence and which systems of inequality are being legitimated and sustained by and through racialized constructions of gender and sexuality (as for instance, racist rape laws; the establishement of heteronomative families through colonial law; enforced sterilization of Black Women* in the Global South but also in US prisons)? Which role do specific ideas of gender and sexuality play with regard to defintions of 'civilization', 'modernity', 'development' (as for instance, LGBTIQ or women's rights are being perceived as an indicator of modernity or development)? And last but not least: How do these narratives influence our reading of current incidents, such as the 'incident' in colon?

This seminar aims to critically interlink insisghts from queer, postcolonial, decolonial intersectional and feminist studies in order to develop a multi-faceted and complex perspective on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class. It will discussed how and why these intersections 'matter' in order to fully understand structures and manifestations of global and 'local' inequalities and power.

Assessment and permitted materials

Vorbereitende Textlektüre, kleinere schriftliche Hausübungen,
Recherchegruppen, schriftliche Arbeit am Ende des Semesters

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Bereitschaft zur Lektüre englischer Texte

Examination topics

Reading list

Degele, Nina (2008): Gender/Queer Studies. Eine Einführung, Paderborn.
Loomba, Ania (1998): Gender, Sexuality and Colonial Discourse. In: Dies.:
Colonialism/Postcolonialism, London; New York, 151-172.
Dietze, Gabriele (2009): Okzidentalismuskritik. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen
einer Forschungsperspektivierung. In: , in: Dietze, Gabriele/ Brunner, Claudia/
Wenzel, Edith (hg.): Kritik des Okzidentalismus. Transdisziplinäre Beiträge zu
(Neo-)Orientalismus und Geschlecht. Bielefeld, 23-54.
Gosine, Andil (2009): Monster, Womb, MSM. The work of sex in international
development, in: Development 52 (1), 25-33.
McClintock, Anne (1995): Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the
Colonial Contest, New York.
Puar, Jasbir K. (2007): Terrorist Assemblages. Homonationalism in Queer
Times, Durham.
Rao, Rahul (2014): The locations of homophobia. In: London Review of
International Law 2 (2), 169-199.
Sokari, Ekine/Abbas, Hakima (Hg.) (2013): Queer African Reader, Dakar.
Stoler, Ann L. (1989): Making Empire Respectable. The Politics of Race and
Sexual Morality in 20th-Century Colonial Cultures. In: American Ethnologist 16
(4), 634-660.
Wetterer, Angelika (2008): Konstruktion von Geschlecht. Reproduktionsweisen
der Zweigeschlechtlichkeit, in: Ruth Becker/ Beate Kortendiek (hg.): Handbuch
Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung. Theorie, Methoden, Empirie, Wiesbaden,
Wilson, Kalpana (2012): Race, Racism and Development. Interrogating history,
discourse and practice, London; New York, 69-96.

Association in the course directory

VM1, VM7

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