Introduction to Decolonisation

Module Guide: Week 4

Gender, sexuality, and feminism

This session will explore the intersection between power, oppression, gender, and sexuality within a decolonial framework. It will also examine ways in which people can decolonise their perception of feminist issues, and the role of intersectionality.

Required Readings:

  • Lugones, Maria. (2008). The Coloniality of Gender. Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise, 1-17.
  • Arvin, M., Tuck, E., and Morrill, A. Decolonizing Feminism: Challenging Connections Between Settler Colonialism and Heteropatriarchy. Feminist Formations, 25(1), 8-34.
  • Driskill, Qwo-Li. (2004). Stolen from our bodies: First Nations two-spirits/queers and the journey to a sovereign erotic. Studies in American Indian Literatures, 16(2), 50-64.

Suggested Readings:

  • Lugones, M. (2010). Toward a decolonial feminism, Hypatia, 25(4), 742-759.
  • Vergès, F. (2021). A Decolonial Feminism. Pluto Press.
  • Dhamoon, R.K. 2015. A Feminist Approach to Decolonising Anti-Racism: Rethinking Transnationalism, Intersectionality and Settler Colonialism.
  • Alqaisiya, W. Queer Feminism in Palestine (video).
  • Abdo, N., and Masalha, N., eds. 2019. An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba. Bloomsbury.
  • Mohanty, C.T. 2003. ‘Under Western eyes’ revisited: feminist solidarity through anticapitalist struggles. Signs, 28(2), 499-535.
  • Morgensen, S.L. 2013. Theorising gender, sexuality, and settler colonialism: an introduction. Settler Colonial Studies 2(2), 2-22.
  • Morgensen, S.L. (2012). Queer settler colonialism in Canada and Israel: articulating two-spirit and Palestinian queer critiques. Settler Colonial Studies 2(2), 167-190.
  • Syed, J., and Ali, F. (2011). The white woman’s burden: from colonial ‘civilisation’ to Third World ‘development’. Third World Quarterly, 32(2), 349-365.
  • Najmabadi, A. (2005). Women with mustaches and men without beards: gender and sexual anxieties of Iranian modernity. University of California Press.
  • Sinha, M. (2021). Colonial masculinity: the ‘manly Englishman’ and the ‘effeminate Bengali’ in the late nineteenth century. Manchester University Press.
  • Lukose, R. 2018. Decolonizing feminism in the #MeToo era. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 36(2), 34-52.
  • Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: a black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. University of Chicago Legal Forum, 1(8), 139-167.
  • Crenshaw, K. (2013). Mapping the margins: intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. Stanford Law Review, 43(6), 1241-1299.