402930 VU Current Discussions in Political Science II

summer semester 2018 | Last update: 07.05.2018 Place course on memo list
VU Current Discussions in Political Science II
VU 2
each semester

Students are able to evaluate and critically question current political science debates by

literature studies and discussions. They know how to critically assess and comment literature

in terms of content and methodology.

The aim of this course is to engage with issues of knowledge production and its relation to power in a postcolonial world. We will address the challenges and complexities in conducting research when employing postcolonial feminist frameworks. Key concepts, namely representation, intersectionality (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion), and subalternity will be examined. We will also discuss the challenges of deploying these concepts in postcolonial fieldwork settings.

Close reading of texts, class discussions

Class presentation

Crenshaw, Kimberle. Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color. Stanford Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 6. (Jul., 1991), pp. 1241-1299.


Racine, Louise. The Impact of Race, Gender, and Class in Postcolonial Feminist Fieldwork: A Retrospective Critique of Methodological Dilemmas. Aporia, Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 2011), pp. 15-27.


Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “Under Western Eyes” Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter 2003), pp. 499-535.


Group 0
Date Time Location
Wed 2018-03-07
10.00 - 15.45 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Thu 2018-03-08
10.00 - 17.45 UR 1 (Sowi) UR 1 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2018-03-09
10.00 - 17.45 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Sat 2018-03-10
10.00 - 15.45 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free