38 / Feminisms In Transnational Perspective:
Rethinking North and South in Post-Coloniality


28 May – 1 June 2007   print this page

Course directors:

Ulla M.Vuorela, University of Tampere, Finland
Rada Borić, Centre for Women's Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
Renata Jambrešić Kirin, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research,Zagreb, Croatia


Course description:

The course aims to contribute to contemporary feminist discussion on the varietes of determinates that rearticulate gendered subjectivities, identities and citizenship,both withit the new European politcal geography as well as in a global context in which North-South tensions may be more relevant than West-East polarisation. Besides feminist issues in official (national) identity politics and in alternative ways of promoting nonidentity politics, transnational solidarity, hybridity and multiplicity in moral discourses of counter - Empire, the course will deal with the epistemological assumptins of the postcolonial mentality with spatial divisions of the subject, of exspert knowledge and the objects of research, professional assistance or humanitarian relief. Special attention will be given to anthropological perspectives and to challenging interpretations of culutralism and other mechanisms that not only structure and condition women's lives but are often decisive in contemporary political debates. Comparative studies and case material from Scandinavia, Southeast Europe and Latin America are particularly welcome. Eligibility: IUC courses are conducted at the postgraduate level. All postgraduate students interested in the topic may apply to participate, althought the course targets young scholars and post graduate students with special interests in women's studies, transnational studies, postcolonialism and anthropology. The course will be limited to 25 participants (15 students), in order to provide sufficient space for discussion, seminar work and student presentations during the course. Participants should seek funds from their own institution to cover travel and accommodation costs. Limited financial support is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe.