ETN Current Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology A - Gender, sexuality and Mass Violence

Course content

The violence of wars, conflicts and genocides has always included important gendered and sexed dimensions. In recent years the significance of gender identities and sexualities within conflict settings has received much attention from academics, politicians as well as international institutions. Debates often center on the unequal character of gendered violence (men are disproportionately represented among perpetrators of violence, women are often subjected it), while also stressing the contingent status of this situation (women too commit violence, men experience it, and what it means to be a ‘woman’ and a ‘man’ changes over time, space and context).

This course will examine and discuss the intimate aspects of warfare by engaging contemporary and historical cases of mass violence from a variety of global contexts. We will look at theoretical attempts at defining the role of gender and sexuality in politics and mass violence, and at the historical dynamics between gender, sexuality, race and politics. We will moreover use concrete cases from e.g. Kenya, Thailand, Afghanistan and the US to discuss various aspects the interplay between violence and gendered identities. The course literature consists of texts treating historical and contemporary aspects of gender, sexuality and mass violence from a range of different disciplines (philosophy, international relations, history, ethnography and others).

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

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