Global Challenges: Global South

Rüstem Ertug Altinay
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2018W, Lecture and Discussion (VOD), 2.0 semester hours, course number S02510

Description

Course Outline

How can we study gender and sexuality to understand the making of the Global South and the dynamics of capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism that sustain the global power hierarchies that resulted in this geographical conception? In this course, we will explore this question in the light of canonical texts and emerging voices on the politics of gender and sexuality in the Global South and its diasporas.

“The Global South” emerged as a term in the writings of socialist intellectuals in the late 1960s, primarily as an alternative to “the Third World.” While the term and the geographical conception it implies had some presence in mainstream politics during the Cold War, it has been primarily in the last fifteen years that the North/South divide has become a popular way of understanding global inequality and exploitation. As a concept deeply embedded in geopolitics, the physical and cultural borders defining the Global South have been the subject of constant negotiation. Gender and sexuality have been central to these negotiations as well as the regulation of the politics of subjectivity and belonging on the local, national, regional, and global level.

In this course, we will explore the recent literature on the Global South to examine the role of gender and sexuality in creating, reproducing, and resisting the global hierarchies of power. Rather than taking “the Global South” as given, we will define it as a dynamic category of analysis. As we study a variety of cultural products, diverse forms of activism, and policy practices, we will discuss how the region has been imagined and constructed, with a focus on the role of gender and sexuality in these processes. Our emphasis on gender and sexuality will provide us with an opportunity to challenge our conceptions of the “normal” or the “natural,” develop a critical understanding of the politics of everyday life as well as the intertwined operations of power on the global and individual level.

Course Objectives:

In this course, students will:

  • 1) gain familiarity with the key works and emerging debates on the politics of gender and sexuality in the Global South and develop the ability to engage with this literature in independent projects for this class and future research.
  • 2) develop a critical understanding of the notion of “Global South,” and the complex intellectual, political, and ethical implications of the term.
  • 3) learn how the politics of gender and sexuality manifest in new forms in different contexts, and how the study of gender and sexuality can provide vital insights into global politics.
  • 4) develop the ability to analyze cultural products, activist projects, and policy practices, and write about them critically.
  • 5) examine the relationship between theory and practice, and how this relationship unfolds in the context of gender and sexual politics in the Global South.
  • 6) further their critical thinking, argumentation, reading, and writing skills with the aid of in-class exercises and workshops as well as independent projects.

Examination Modalities

Grading

Assignment 1 10%

Assignment 2 20%

Assignment 3 50%

Participation 20%

Assignments:

  • Assignment 1: Please write and post an original Wikipedia article on a topic related to the politics of gender and sexuality in the Global South. The article should be at least 300 words and it can be in English or German. Please send me the link before class on 14/01/2019.
  • Assignment 2: Please write a 500-word essay on gender, sexuality and activism, broadly defined, in the Global South or its diasporas. Please send me your essays before class on 28/01/2019.
  • Assignment 3: For your final project, you have two options:
  • 1) Write a 2000-word essay on the politics of gender and sexuality in the Global South and its diasporas, broadly defined, where you analyze a specific cultural product, activist project or policy practice with a focus on how it reflects or challenges our readings and class discussions.
  • 2) Create an art project on the politics of gender and sexuality in the Global South and its diasporas. Submit it with a 1000-word analysis of the project. If it is a live performance and you would like to perform it for the class, you may do so on our last class meeting, but please inform me a week before.
  • 3) Collaborate with a cultural producer or community organization in Vienna to create a project on the politics of gender and sexuality in the Global South and its diasporas. This may be a media project, exhibition, documentary, performance, panel or film screening, all broadly defined. Submit it with a 1000-word analysis of the project.
  • Dates for final projects:
  • 15/02/2019
  • 17/03/2019
  • 03/05/2019

Key Words

gender, sexuality, Global South

Dates

14 January 2019, 09:15–12:45
21 January 2019, 09:15–17:00
24 January 2019, 09:15–17:00
28 January 2019, 10:15–12:45

Course Enrolment

From 07 January 2019, 12:29 to 28 January 2019, 12:29
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Critical Reflection on Relevant Global Challenges (3.0 ECTS)

co-registration: possible (3.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (3.0 ECTS)