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DSPO 25A12 - Gender and Social Movements

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A background in social sciences or humanities (history, sociology, anthropology) is desirable. Some prior knowledge of gender theory and/or social movement theory is not necessary but will constitute an asset.

Course Description

This course will provide students with a gender perspective to the analysis of social movements. It will deal both with same-sex social movements and gendered participation to mixed social movements, and focus on the relationship between gender and collective action. The first part of the course will initiate students to the concepts of sex and gender through the history of feminist and queer movements. In the second part of the course, we will turn to history and ethnography in order to provide examples of women's participation to social movements at different times and places: hunger riots, worker's rights movements, guerrilla movements, environmental mobilisations, etc. Finally, we will take issue with the idea of social movements as necessarily progressive in nature, by discussing gender norms in conservative social movements and institutional politics.


GRIECO, Kyra (Anthropologue, Doctorante CERMA/Mondes Américains)

Course validation

In-class participation (30% of final grade) : active participation to discussion on the basis of assigned readings/films (1 per week) and to end-of-semester simulation Presentation (30% of final note): summary and discussion of one optional reading assigned of the day (max 15 minutes at beginning or end of lecture, with PPT) in order to introduce topic and start the discussion. Students may choose from a list of texts provided by the teacher or propose a text/case study of their own choice, with prior approval by the teacher. Final exam (40% of final grade): multiple-option questions, keyword definitions and open questions on central topics and case studies dealt with during the course, on the basis of the course readings and student presentations.

Required reading

  • • Kuumba, M. B, “You've struck a rock”: Comparing gender, social movements and transformation in the United States and South Africa. Gender & Society 16(4), pp.504-523, 2002.
  • • Mohanty, C., « Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse », Feminist Review n° 30, pp. 61-88, 1988
  • • Stephen, L. ‘Gender, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity', Latin American Perspectives, 28.6, pp. 54–69, 2001.
  • • Bedi, T., (2006) “Feminist Theory and the Right-Wing: Shiv Sena Women Mobilize Mumbai”, Journal of International Women's Studies Vol. 7/4.