930007 Gender, Ethnicity and Culture

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Gender, Ethnicity and Culture
VO 2

The students will be introduced to debates about representations of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and race through the lens of (post)colonialism and feminist approaches. They will understand and problematize the complex relation between ethnicity, gender and forms of representation in contemporary political and academic debates. The lecture contributes to an understanding of the historical and present formations of gender, ethnicity and race.

Departing from the colonial constructions and representations of gender, sexuality, and race the lecture will explore and thematize these coordinates in order to understand and critically engage with the prominence and relevance of the categories of gender and ethnicity in current sociopolitical debates. Moreover, the lecture will provide an overview of feminists, postcolonial and queer concepts and theories in order to arrive to current challenges and struggles of indigenous feminist movements, particularly paying attention to the rise and development of the Zapatista Army of Liberation in Chiapas Mexico, where gender, ethnicity, race and class have become key components of a struggle for justice and dignity.

Lecture with film screenings and discussion.

Written exam

Martínez, M. E. (2008). Race, Purity, and Gender in Sixteenth-Century Spain in: Genealogical Fictions. Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico. Stanford California: Standford University Press, pp. 42-60

McClintock, A. (1995). The Lay of the Land. Genealogies of Imperialism in: Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. New York: Routledge, pp. 21-74

Stoler, A. L. (2000). Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers, in: Theories of Race and Racism. A Reader (. London: Routledge, pp. 324–353.

Young, L. (1996). “Miscegenation” and the perils of passing: Films from the 1950s and 1960s, in: Fear of the Dark. ’Race, Gender and Sexuality in Cinema London: Routledge, pp. 63–86.

Film Screening: Baker, R. (1961) Flame in the Streets. UK

Hall, S. (1997). The spectacle of the other. In S. Hall (Ed.), Representation. Cultural Representation and Signifying Practices (pp. 225–279). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Spivak, G. C. (1994). Can the Subaltern Speak? In P. Williams & L. Chrisman (Eds.), Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory. A Reader (pp. 66–111). New York: Columbia University Press. http://doi.org/10.1353/aiq.2003.0026

Castro Varela, M. do M., & Dhawan, N. (2009). Of Mimicry and (Wo)man. In M. M. Eggers, G. Kilomba, P. Piesche, & S. Arndt (Eds.), Mythen, Masken, Subjekte. Münster: UNRAST Verlag, pp 318-336.

Anzaldúa, G. (1987).  The Coatlicue State/La herencia de Coatlicue in: Borderlands-La Frontera. The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, pp. 41-52.

Anzaldúa, G. (1987).  Towards a new Consciousness/La conciencia de Ia mestiza in: Borderlands-La Frontera. The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, pp. 77-101

Hernández Castillo, R. A. (2010). The Emergence of Indigenous Feminism in Latin America. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society35(3), 539–545. http://doi.org/10.1086/648538

Hernández Castillo, A. (2002). Zapatismo And The Emergence Of Indigenous Feminism. NACLA Report on the Americas35(6), 39–43. http://doi.org/10.1080/10714839.2002.11724567

Film screening: Estrada, A (2003) Tierra de mujeres - Land of women. Indigenous women fighting for a dignified life in Chiapas, Mexico


for questions concerning the Master's Programme Gender, Culture and Social Change please contact the coordinator: gender-studies@uibk.ac.at

We are very sorry to inform you that the lecture scheduled on december 17th and 18th is canceled and now takes place on january 28th and 29th. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Date Time Location
Fri 2021-12-17
12.30 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Sat 2021-12-18
09.00 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-01-28
12.30 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Sat 2022-01-29
09.00 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-02-04
12.30 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Sat 2022-02-05
09.00 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online