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This course is an exploration of different approaches historians have taken since the 1970s to three related fields:
We will read historical case studies alongside feminist theory and reflections from historians on their methods, to better understand the tools available to historians and the contexts that they came from. We will also engage with a variety of primary source materials. Readings will cover a variety of themes, including histories of social and political movements, imperialism, migration, sexuality and everyday life.
Some of the questions this course takes up are: How have historians dealt with how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and other social structures? What does it mean to talk about 'women's history' while recognising differences between women? What sources and archives can be used to find traces of people who have been written out of history? How does looking for women and thinking about gender change our understanding of the past?
Course readings will be provided on Moodle. Some texts included are:
Canaday, Margot. ‘Heterosexuality as a Legal Regime’. In The Cambridge History of Law in America, edited by Michael Grossberg and Christopher Tomlins, 3:442–71, 2008.
Crenshaw, Kimberlé. ‘Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics’. University of Chicago Legal Forum, 1989, 139-167.
Federici, Silvia, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, New York, Autonomedia, 2004.
Hartman, Saidiya. Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2019.
Kennedy, Elizabeth Lapovsky, and Madeline D. Davis. Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community. Routledge, 2014.
Khatun, Samia. ‘The Book of Marriage: Histories of Muslim Women in Twentieth-Century Australia’. Gender & History 29, no. 1 (2017)
Levine, Philippa, ed. Gender and Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Rowbotham, Sheila. Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century, Verso, 2010
Scott, Joan Wallach, ed. Feminism and History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Stryker, Susan "(De) Subjugated knowledges: An introduction to transgender studies." The Transgender Studies Reader. Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Wildenthal, Lora. German Women for Empire, 1884-1945. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2001.
The class can be taken for between 2 and 10 LP, depending on your course requirements and the final paper. Participation for 2 LP will involve regular reading responses and seminar discussion, a group presentation and some short written work. A term paper can be submitted for up to 10 LP.
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