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OAMI 2110 - Gender and Forced Migration

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2020-2021

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

***UPDATED 2020/2021***

This course will examine issues of forced migration through an intersectional lens, with a particular focus on issues of gender and how gendered norms and structures impact on experiences of forced migration. We will examine links between conflict, sexual and gender-based violence and migration in various regions of the world and will analyse the ways in which gender has or has not been integrated into national, regional and international law and policy governing forced migration. In this context we will study the role of the UNHCR and governance of refugee camps, as well as a case study of the European Union's governance of the “refugee” crisis. We will also undertake a critical analysis of definitions of gender-based persecution and will analyse the degree to which national and regional asylum laws and refugee status determination procedures have become more “gender-sensitive”. Finally we will look at the various forms of mobilization of refugee women to claim their rights.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Identify key research and policy resources related to gender and forced migration
2. Analyze qualitative and quantitative data in the field of forced migration research;
3. Construct oral presentations combining theoretical and empirical insights into a specific issue related to gender and forced migration;
4. Critical Analysis & Writing: Write an essay in response to a specific question based on an extensive literature review and critical analysis.


1. Oral and written communication
2. Research & Analysis
3. Critical & Creative thinking
4. Understanding stakeholders
5. Advocacy


FREEDMAN, Jane L. (Professeur)

Course validation

Students will write one essay of approximately 3000 words answering questions related to the topics dealt with in the seminar (50% of the final mark). • Students are also expected to read the weekly readings before each class, asked to comment and participate in class discussions (10% of the final grade) and to make an oral presentation assigned for specific classes (40% of the final grade).

Required reading

  • 1. Arbel, Efrat, Catherine Dauvergne, and Jenni Millbank, eds. Gender in refugee law: From the margins to the centre. Routledge, 2014.
  • 2. Freedman, Jane, Zeynep Kivilcim, and Nurcan Özgür Baklacıoğlu, eds. A gendered approach to the Syrian refugee crisis. Taylor & Francis, 2017.

Additional required reading

  • 3. Turner, Lewis. "Syrian refugee men as objects of humanitarian care." International Feminist Journal of Politics 21.4 (2019): 595-616.
  • 4. Hyndman, Jennifer. "Introduction: the feminist politics of refugee migration." Gender, Place & Culture 17.4 (2010): 453-459.
  • 5. Grabska, Katarzyna. "Constructing ‘modern gendered civilised'women and men: gender-mainstreaming in refugee camps." Gender & Development 19.1 (2011): 81-93.
  • 6. Buckley-Zistel, Susanne, and Ulrike Krause, eds. Gender, violence, refugees. Vol. 37. Berghahn Books, 2017.
  • 7. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Elena. "“Ideal” refugee women and gender equality mainstreaming in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps:“Good Practice” for Whom?." Refugee Survey Quarterly 29.2 (2010): 64-84.
  • 8. Olivius, Elisabeth. "Constructing humanitarian selves and refugee others: gender equality and the global governance of refugees." International feminist journal of politics 18.2 (2016): 270-290.
  • 9. Kritzman-Amir, Tally, and Kayla Rothman-Zecher. "Mainstreaming Refugee Women's Rights Advocacy." Harv. Women's LJ 42 (2019): 371.