Geschlechterforschung / Gender Studies




Seminar: Engaging with postcolonial feminism (FitzGerald)

Lehrende: Dr Sharron A. FitzGerald

Masters in Gender Studies (minor). This seminar is open to all interested students across the university.

Veranstaltungszeiten: Dr FitzGerald will teach this seminar in intensive blocks. Teaching will take place on Fridays at 12:15-13:45 and Mondays 12:15-13:45. Teaching will begin on the 19th of October 2013.

Veranstaltungstyp: Seminar

This seminar introduces students to feminist approaches to postcolonial studies from teh English-speaking world. Over the last few decades postcolonial feminist theorizing has contributed to feminist thinking. It has challenged the intrinsic and ‘Whiteness’ of western feminist thinking. Postcolonial feminists have uncovered and challenged how categories such as gender, ‘race’, ethnicity, sexuality and class animate and perpetuate processes such as nationalism, imperialism, racism, violence and relations of power and inequality across the globe. Through a postcolonial feminist lens, we can pose new questions about foundational feminist concepts like women, gender and the male / female duality. We can challenge these concepts as universally applicable. By de-centreing the primacy of western thought, postcolonial feminist thinking offers us an alternative ‘position in the world’ from which to ‘rethink’ gender. It invites us to interrogate the impact of global forces such as colonialism on specific historical and contemporary practices that create inequality.

This seminar will approach postcolonial studies in cross-disciplinary contexts - from sociology, geography, socio-legal studies, anthropology, cultural and development studies- and, then, apply it to a diversity of empirical fields, such as nationalism, dressing and other bodily practices, sexuality and motherhood, gendered racisms, European identities and processes of globalization.

Students will not be required to have previous knowledge of background in post-colonial theory or studies to participate in this seminar. Students from all disciplines are welcome to attend.

Dr FitzGerald will teach this seminar in English only. Therefore, it is advisable that students wishing to take this seminar have facility in written and spoken English.



Loomba, A. 1998: Colonialism / postcolonialism. (London: Routledge).

McClintock, Anne. Imperial leather: Race, gender, and sexuality in the colonial contest. (New York: Routledge, 1995).

Young, Robert. (1990) White mythologies: writing history and the West. London: Routledge.