Undergraduate Modules

Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security

This module provides a critical take on war, violence and security from feminist perspectives. Particular attention is focused on feminist theories that foreground the interconnectedness or “intersectionality” of different power relations, including postcolonial, transnational and queer approaches. How are different forms and sites of violence connected? How do technologies of gender, sex and race shape understandings of certain practices of violence as political, lawful, legitimate and/or necessary? What are the (feminist) ethics of researching and reproducing violence and suffering? What are the prospects and limits of the (International) law for peace and justice?

Topics

Among the themes you will explore are the erotics of conquest and slavery; military masculinities; drones and ‘posthuman warfare’; international law and the targeting of civilians; sexual/ized violence in conflict; private military and security companies; torture and surveillance; women and queers as agents of violence; Orientalism and the War on Terror; occupation and resistance; human rights and international law; imperial feminisms and just war theory.

Final Year
Spring Semester
Module Code POL3153

Teaching

  • 11 two-hour seminars

Assessment

  • Class participation (10%)
  • One Critical Book Review (40%)
  • One Essay or Artefact analysis (feature film; documentary; cultural object; museum exhibit etc.) (50%)