Are we sisters after all? Gender and postcolonialism, 7.5 credits
Autumn 2021, Full-time, Linköping
Postcolonial and women-of-color feminists have long questioned the idea of sisterhood allegedly uniting all women. Yet Western gender theory continues to act as the only correct model of feminism necessary to emulate by all others, whereas gender concerns of the so-called Global South have remained in shadow. This course addresses the core questions, problems, debates and concepts important for gender theories and activism in the postcolonial world and juxtaposes them with the newest trajectories in Western gender studies. It aims to answer in the present conditions why are we not sisters and asks if can we keep our differences and still hear each other and become allies in building a more just world. The course materials include academic and fictional texts and documentary and feature films.