WOST 492 Syllabus Fall 2001 WOST 492/692: Politics, Nation, Race and Gender
Alev Çinar

Fall 2001
Thursday 4-6:30, 131 Bartlett
Office Hours Thursday, 2-3:30

Politics is not only about governance and the state but also about the nation and its formation. This course takes the nation as its locus of study and investigates different dimensions of the making of national identities in a global context in relation to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and class. The readings have been structured so as to explore the complexity of national identities around several dimensions. First, the readings will address the ways in which national identities are constructed along different constitutive elements, such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion or colonial relations, as one or several of these elements converge in the making and contestations of national identities in different contexts. Second, the course will simultaneously explore different mediums of representation in the making and contestation of national identities, ranging from popular music, novels, architecture, art, films and mass media to clothing, food and other daily practices. The course and assignments are also designed to assist students in developing their reading, critical analysis and writing skills.

Week 1
Sept 6 Introduction: What is Politics

Week 2
Sept 13 Politics and Nationalism

Benedict Anderson Imagined Communities, NY: Verso, 1983, Chps.1,2,10

Week 3
Sept 20 Race: UK

Paul Gilroy There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack, University of Chicago Press, 1987, Chps.2, 5

Week 4
Sept 27 Race, Gender, Class: US

Lauren Berlant "The Face of America and the State of Emergency" The Queen of America Goes to Washington City, Durham: Duke University Press, 1997, chp.5

Week 5
Oct 4 Gender and the Political System

Carole Pateman "The Fraternal Social Contract" The Disorder of Women: Democracy, Feminism and Political Theory, Stanford U. Press, 1989, chp.2

Chantal Mouffe "Feminism, Citizenship and Radical Democratic Politics" in J. Butler and J.W. Scott (Eds.) Feminists Theorize the Political, NY: Routledge, 1992, chp17

Week 6
Oct 11 Ethnicity and Gender

Rob Nixon "Of Balkans and Bantustans: Ethnic Cleansing and the Crisis in National Legitimation" in A.McClintock et.al. (Eds.) Dangerous Liaisons, U.Minnesota Press, 1997, chp.3


Week 7
Oct 18 Ethnicity, Race and Gender: East Asia

Dru Gladney "Representing Nationality in China: Refiguring Majority/Minority Identities" Journal of Asian Studies, 53, 1, Feb 1994, 92-123

Charles Hirschman "The Making of Race in Colonial Malaya: Political Economy and Racial ideology" Sociological Forum, 1/1986, pp.330-61

Week 8
Oct 25 Ethnicity/Religion: Israel

Ella Shohat "Sephardim in Israel: Zionism from the Standpoint of Its Jewish Victims" in Anne McClintock et.al. (Eds.) Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives, U. of Minnesota Press, 1997, chp.2

Daphna Golan "Between Universalism and Particularism: The 'Border' in Israeli Discourse" The South Atlantic Quarterly, 94, 4, (Fall 1995), pp. 1055-73

Week 9
Nov 1 Religion, Politics and Gender: Turkey

Nilüfer Göle "The Gendered Nature of the Public Sphere" Public Culture, 10, 1, (Fall 1997) pp.61-81

Deniz Kandiyoti "Gendering the Modern" in Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997, pp.113-132

Week 10
Nov 8 Gender and Islam

Meyda Yegenoglu "The Battle of the Veil: Woman Between Orientalism and Nationalism" in Colonial Fantasies: Toward a Feminist Reading of Orientalism, Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp.121-144

Parvin Paidar "Feminism and Islam in Iran" in Deniz Kandiyoti, (ed) Gendering the Middle East: Emerging Perspectives, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1996, 51-67

Week 11
Nov 15 Colonialism, Empire and Gender

Ann Laura Stoler "Rethinking Colonial Categories: European Communities and the Boundaries of Rule" Comparative Studies in Society and History, 31, 1, (Jan 1989), pp.134-161

Callaway, Helen "Dressing for Dinner in the Bush: Rituals of Self-Definition and British Imperial Authority" in Ruth Barnes and Joanne B. Eicher (ed) Dress and Gender: Making and Meaning in Cultural Contexts, Providence: Berg Publishers, Inc., 1992, pp.232-47


Week 12

Week 13
Nov 29 Colonialism, Race and Ethnicity

Thomas Metcalf "Architecture and the Representation of Empire: India, 1860-1910" Representations, 0, 6, (spring 1984), pp. 37-65

Kwame Anthony Appiah "The Invention of Africa" In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, Oxford U.Press, 1992, chp.1

Discussion of Final Projects

Week 14
Dec 6 Postcolonialism and Hybridity

Ella Shohat and Robert Stam "From Eurocentricism to Polycentrism" in Unthinking Eurocentricism: Multiculturalism and the Media, NY: Routledge, 1994, chp.1

Discussion of Final Projects

Week 15
Dec 10 ******FINAL PROJECT DUE*****