146020 Decolonizing Gender & Sexuality, Queering Race: Postcolonial and queer perspectives on the intersectionality of constructions of sexuality, gender and race

summer semester 2015 | Last update: 05.05.2015 Place course on memo list
146020
Decolonizing Gender & Sexuality, Queering Race: Postcolonial and queer perspectives on the intersectionality of constructions of sexuality, gender and race
SE 2
5
Block
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German

Ability to rethink/reevaluate modern ideas of gender, sexuality and race; capability to re-conceptualize gender, sexuality and race as historical and geopolitical constructions as well as interdependent social categories; ability to analyze gender, sexuality and race from a transnational, transcultural perspective inclusive of the racialized and colonial genealogy of gender and sexuality. Basic understanding of theories and approaches on the de/construction of gender, sexuality and race; basic knowledge about discussions on the construction and interdependence of gender, race and sexuality from the field of Postcolonial, Queer and Gender Studies.

Everybody is supposed to have one and only one fixed gender, s/he is either ‚female‘ or ‚male‘. Having a stable gender (identity) and being/feeling (hetero-)sexual seems to be a static, natural and transcultural characteristic of every human being. On the basis of different theoretical approaches (Queer Theory, Post/Decolonial Theory, de/constructivist approaches) this course intends to critically engage with heteronormative constructions of sexuality and gender thereby asking if gender is a universal and transhistorical category which always existed and structures every society in the world in a similar way. We will examine how gender and sexuality are constructed and produced by and within complex cultural, social, economic and political processes, discourses and institutions and in what way colonial practices of ‘othering’ have been constitutive for the establishment of modern notions of gender and (hetero-)sexuality. Therefore we will situate and locate gender in the context of its sexualized, racialized and colonial histories, meanings and power relations.
Introduction units by the teacher, reading andgroup discussions of basic literature on the topic, films/media.

Obligatory reading, homeworks, seminar papers at the end of the semester.

Castro Varela, María do Mar/ Dhawan, Nikita (2009): Gendering Post/Kolonialismus, Decolonising Gender – Feministisch-Postkoloniale Perspektiven, in: Ingrid Kurz-Scherf/ Julia Lepperhoff/ Alexandra Scheele (Hg.). Feminismus: Kritik und Intervention, Münster, 64-80.

Degele, Nina (2008): Gender/Queer Studies. Eine Einführung, Paderborn

Erel, Umut/ Haritaworn, Jinthana/ Gutierrez Rodgriguez, Encarnación/ Klesse, Christian (2007): Intersektionalität oder Simultanität?! Zur Verschränkung und Gleichzeitigkeit mehrfacher Machtverhältnisse, in: Jutta Hartmann et al. (Hg.). Heteronormativität. Empirische Studien zu Geschlecht, Sexualität und Macht, Wiesbaden.239-250

Franzen, Jannik/ Beger, Nico J. (2002): "Zwischen die Stühle gefallen“. Ein Gespräch über queere Kritik und gelebte Geschlechterentwürfe, in: polymorph (Hg.). (K)ein Geschlecht oder viele? Transgender in politischer Perspektive, Berlin, 53-68.

Honegger, Claudia (1996): Die Ordnung der Geschlechter. Die Wissenschaftenvom Menschen und das Weib 1750-1850, München.

Lugones, María (2007): Heterosexualism and the Colonial/ Modern Gender System, in: Hypatia, Vol. 22, No. 1, 186-209

McClintock, Anne (1995): Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest, New York, (Auszüge).

Nnaemeka, Obioma (2005): Bodies that don’t Matter. Black Bodies and the European Gaze, in: Maureen Maisha Eggers et al. (Hg.). Mythen, Masken und Subjekte. Kritische Weißseinsforschung in Deutschland, Münster, 90-104

Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónké (2002): Conceptualizing Gender. The Eurocentric Foundations of Feminist Concepts and the Challenge of African Epistemologies, in: Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, Vol. 21, verfügbar auf: http://www.jendajournal.com/vol2.1/oyewumi.html

Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónké (2005): Colonizing Bodides and Minds. Gender and Colonialism, in: Gaurav Desai/Supriya Nair Postcolonialisms (Hg.). An Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism, Rutgers.

Stoler, Ann Laura (2003): Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power. Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule, Berkely,  (Auszüge).

Wetterer, Angelika (2004): Konstruktion von Geschlecht. Reproduktionsweisen der Zweigeschlechtlichkeit, in: Ruth Becker/ Beate Kortendiek (Hg.): Handbuch Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung. Theorie, Methoden, Empirie, Wiesbaden, 122-129.

Wrede, Brigitta (2000): Sexualität als ideelle Konstruktion und als historisch geformtes Phänomen, in: Christiane Schmerl/ Stefanie Soine/ Marlene Stein-Hilbers/ Brigitta Wrede (Hg.). Sexuelle Szenen. Inszenierung von Geschlecht und Sexualität in modernen Gesellschaften, Opladen, 32-43.

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Fri 2015-04-24
14.00 - 18.00 Hörsaal 3 Hörsaal 3 Barrier-free
Fri 2015-05-08
14.00 - 18.00 Hörsaal 3 Hörsaal 3 Barrier-free
Sat 2015-05-09
10.00 - 15.30 Mehrzweckraum Mehrzweckraum Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Fri 2015-05-29
14.00 - 18.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Sat 2015-05-30
10.00 - 15.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired