Gender and Nationalism

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This course examines some of the major theoretical approaches to and empirically grounded analyses of the ways in which national/ist discourses and practices are gendered and sexualized. The course approaches the concept of nation and its close variants – ethnic and cultural identities, nation-states, citizenship and notions of belonging – as historically contingent and continuously reproduced through discourse and practice on a variety of levels of power. In keeping with anthropological approaches, we concentrate on both conceptual/discursive frameworks and material effects in the everyday lives of people belonging to various socially defined groups. We approach differently gendered subjectivities, men and women, masculinities and femininities, as well as sexualities as they intersect with national, ethno-national, and nation-state formations. Particular areas of focus include reproduction, ethnicity, wartime sexual(ized) violence, sexuality, feminist and LGBT activism, and recently proposed concepts like femonationalism and homonationalism. Geographically and historically the course takes a broad, comparative view, even as we pay particular attention to contexts most frequently addressed in the literature, including that of the former Yugoslavia where the professor and TA both have particular expertise.