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Contemporary Feminist Debates

The course is designed to introduce the state of the arts in contemporary feminist critique. This will be achieved by way of reviewing, positioning and reinterpreting debates that have created a watershed in rethinking categories, methods and theories in feminist research. The legacies of these debates will be traced by way of establishing connections between major thinkers (i.e. Bloom/Gilbert-Guber, Okin/Naussbaum, Scott/Gordon; Lacan/Irigaray, Foucault/Stoler, Deleuze/Braidotti, Gramsci/Spivak, Bahktin/Kristeva, Latour/Haraway, Bourdieu/Skegg to give some examples) in order to explore how theories have travelled through space and time. The course will focus on how these debates have impacted on different disciplinary and theoretical strands in feminist theory (i.e performativity; intersectionality; subalternity; representation; new materialism; posthuman; queer; ecofeminism). The course will therefore put under scrutiny debates that have been vital for the understanding of literary studies, visual culture, postcolonial theory, anthropology, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, epistemology, social theory, queer theory, media studies, science studies among others. The course has a special format as the debates will be tackled and illustrated by the different staff members and invited guests, in dialogue with each other. The course aims to offer students with a wide array of methodological and theoretical debates that will allow them to contextualise and position their research topic including international developments in gender theories in an interdisciplinary perspective.