Postcolonial and Feminist Theories in International Relations

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Postcolonial&Feminist Theories

Spring 2023

Taught By: Sean Jacobs

Section: A

CRN: 9538

Credits: 3

This course will survey postcolonial and feminist theories of International Relations (IR) since the turn of the millennium. Although highly varied in scope and topic, concepts and methods, this literature converges on a perspective identified as “subaltern”: that is, from “inside” and “below.” Postcolonialists center primarily on global relations between Self and Other in spaces racialized by Euro-American colonialism and imperialism; feminists, regarding men and women, masculinity and femininity. Postcolonial-feminists integrate the two literatures by intersecting race with gender to account for how and why world politics plays out the way it does. The course will extend beyond the substance of the matter (e.g., “race,” “gender,” “colonialism,” “imperialism”) to show how IR concepts themselves are racialized and genderized, along with associated assumptions about class, nationality, and culture not to mention norms, institutions, and practices. The course will close with an examination of recent attempts to develop “counter-hegemonic” theories of IR from sites identified as the global South.

This course is part of the Development concentration, Conflict & Security concentration, and Governance & Rights concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 7:18pm EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 702

Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023