Transnational Feminist Politics
Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science
Solidarity is one of the central concepts of our time. It is evoked – oftentimes uncritically – in discourses around anti-racism, migration, Covid-19, violence against women. Transnational feminists have a long history of debating (im)possibilities of solidarities across differences and have highlighted the centrality of struggle in the concept of solidarity. Postcolonial and Black feminists in particular have highlighted the limits of solidarity in power-laden North/South relations. However, transnational feminist movements can be seen as one of the strongest political forces of our time. This course will look at transnational feminist discourses and movements and how they engage with the (im)possibilities of solidarities. How is feminism understood and debated in transnational settings? What role does intersectionality play? How can solidarity be theorized to work for feminist activist practice and what are its theoretical and practical limits? How do feminists build political communities that go beyond the local or national? In this course, students will become familiar with key debates around universalisms and particularisms, difference, scale, knowledge making across difference, North/South and South/South relations and complementary or alternative concepts like alliances, coalition, or companionship, considering different feminist movements from a global perspective. We will survey different forms of transnational organizing and speak to various feminist activists and scholars about their struggles and analyses.
College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)
Department: Political Science (LPOL)
Campus: New York City (GV)
Course Format: Seminar (R)
Max Enrollment: 18
Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)
Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)
Seats Available: Yes
* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.
* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:16am EDT 9/22/2023