Feminist Inquiry

Tuesdays, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
January 28, 2018 – May 6, 2018
Meets at MIT, Building and Room TBD
MIT Course Number: WGS.615

This course aims to offer a grounding in the rich field of scholarship theorizing feminism, gender and sexuality. Our purpose is to engage thoughtfully and critically with several foundational and vibrantly contested conversations within feminist theory. The course is organized around several “keywords”, each of which is a central concept within feminist theory. Keywords include patriarchy, woman, gender, difference/equality, intersectionality/transnationalism, postcolonial/decolonial, solidarity, and human rights. The readings included in this syllabus reflect a range of academic disciplinary perspectives, methodologies, cross-cultural assumptions, and discursive styles so that we can consider a variety of feminist discourses. We will reflect as well on the politics and practices of location, methods, form, and interdisciplinarity.



Elora Halim Chowdhury is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing Against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh ( 2011), which was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria Anzaldua book prize in 2012; and the co-edited volume (with Liz Philipose) Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism and Transnational Solidarity (University of Illinois Press, Dissident Feminism Series, 2016).

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