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140230 SE Gender and Postcolonial Critique (2011W)

Continuous assessment of course work

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 04.11. 15:00 - 17:30 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Saturday 26.11. 10:00 - 16:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Sunday 27.11. 10:00 - 16:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Saturday 03.12. 10:00 - 16:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Sunday 04.12. 10:00 - 16:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Postcolonial critique is a set of diverse and interconnected theoretical approaches. Through a combination of social and cultural studies approaches, postcolonial critique seeks to uncover exclusionary structures, identify moments and spaces of agency and resistance, and to contextualize the production of knowledge and power structures in and beyond colonial and imperial endeavors. Through its keen awareness for history and geography and a substantial interest in examining the potential of subjectivity and agency, postcolonial perspectives compliment (and complicate) gender studies and feminist approaches. Both postcolonial and (some) feminist scholarship share a vested interest in analyzing the pluralities/multiplicities of overlapping and interconnected forms of dominance and oppression and in dismantling exclusionary and discriminatory practices and structures. Feminist perspectives within postcolonial critique (and vice versa) therefore provide us with a way of articulating complexities and challenging Eurocentric colonial and imperial practices and theories linked to past and present forms of domination, exploitation, invisibility, exclusion and violence. Focusing on subjectivity rather than on examining people as "objects of analysis" opens up space for contemplating practices of emancipation, resistance, liberation, subversion and refusal, thereby enabling the emergence of new perspectives capable of uncovering differences and rendering them productive. This English-taught course will discuss texts from postcolonial critique that seek to question gender norms and practices with a central focus on contextualization, rewriting histories, agency and resistance. These transdisciplinary texts will serve as a basis for employing methods of gender-specific, feminist and postcolonial critique to the course participants' current research interests.

Assessment and permitted materials

Preparation of reading assignments in working groups and active
participation in class discussions, in-class presentation, written assignments

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The aims of this course are (1) to develop an understanding of key concepts and an awareness / a language for discussing critical projects that combine feminist and postcolonial perspectives, (2) to work out ways of integrating gender and postcolonial approaches into one's own reading and study practice, (3) to build critical and analytical faculties and (4) to fine-tune skills in reading and presenting texts (in English).

Examination topics

Independent reading and research, lectures, presentations, working groups, class discussion, written assignments

Reading list

Course reader will be available at Facultas am Campus

Association in the course directory

T IV

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