930007 Gender, Interculturality in Cultural Studies

winter semester 2017/2018 | Last update: 28.08.2017 Place course on memo list
Gender, Interculturality in Cultural Studies
SE 2

Students will be introduced to core concepts of „race“, „gender“, „sexuality“, „class“ and how they relate to each other in cultural theory and practice. Students will get an overview over canonical writers within four sessions: „Introduction to Racialization, Colonialism and Gender in Cultural Theory“, „Uncanny Representations“, „Postcolonial Europe“ and „Critical Race Theory and its Discontents“. Students interested in Critical Cultural Theories and Practices as well as those interested in questions of Racialization and Colonial realities, are welcome to join. 

What does it mean to think through/with intersectionality coupled with Post/Colonial theory? Where are the limits, possibilities or even impossiblities? This seminar will venture through geopolitically charged topics, contexts, and applications of Critical Race Theory and Post/Colonial Theory in order to broaden our understanding of what these issues mean in different locations, contexts and histories. Although a strong emphasis is put on Postcolonial Europe, students will as well engage with writings from People/Women of Color writing stretching from India, to Palestine/Israel to North America. English is the language of instruction and should be spoken sufficiently to participate verbally, as well as, in order to hand in assignments in English.

The lecturer will ensure discussion frameworks sensitive to social/political positioning, however, this seminar is not a “safe/r space”, nor does the lecturer work with this concept. It should be noted that we will tackle issues of racism, sexism and colonialism that include violence against people/women of color. Students should be willing/able to discuss and read about i.e. violence, death and rape. Please hand your desired names and pronouns to the lecturer immediately after the class commences. If possible, bring name-tags.

Reading of texts, summaries, protocoll summary of every day (including the texts’ main arguments, the questions and debate in class and a general overview over what was discussed) and active participation. More information: OLAT

Literature is provided on OLAT.

Ability to fluently read, write and express yourself in English.

It is mandatory for all students to watch before class starts:

1) Hito Steyerl’s movie “Die Leere Mitte/ The Empty Center” before the class commences: http://www.ubu.com/film/steyerl_empty.html

2) Stuart Hall’s concept: “Race, The Floating Signifier: Featuring Stuart Hall." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMo2uiRAf30

3) bell hooks on “cultural criticism and transformation” (series): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLMVqnyTo_0


Further recommended, but not mandatory, TV-Series include:

1) Justin Simien (2017-  ) Dear White People – Bet you think this show is about you. Netflix.

2) John Ridley and Idris Elba (2017 - ) Guerrilla. Showtime, Sky Atlantic HD.

Recommended alternative online-TV network for queer and women of color productions: http://www.weareopen.tv/

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for questions concerning the interdisciplinary master studies program "Gender, Culture and Social Change" please contact the coordinator of this program  gender-studies@uibk.ac.at

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Date Time Location
Fri 2018-01-26
12.30 - 17.00 SR I (Theologie) SR I (Theologie) Barrier-free
Sat 2018-01-27
09.00 - 17.00 SR I (Theologie) SR I (Theologie) Barrier-free
Fri 2018-02-02
12.30 - 17.00 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free
Sat 2018-02-03
09.00 - 17.00 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free