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Malala, Nobel Prize Winner

Gender and Social Movements in the Middle East

GSS 155
IAB 130
TuTh 9:30-10:50a

This course will explore social movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that mobilize a politics of gender and/or feminism. While the focus will be on 20th and 21st century movements, we will also consider these efforts as part of particular historical legacies, contexts, and conditions. What issues have been central to the political organization of women and others concerned with gender justice? What strategies and methods have activists and citizens used to create social change? How have social movements contended with colonialism, nationalism, war, religion, patriarchy, globalization, modernization, and The War on Terror? In what ways has gender been central to social and political change? We will investigate movements coming out of specific countries, and examine regional and transnational collaborations and networks. Along with required readings, class lectures and discussions, and guest speakers, we will watch and analyze films and other forms of visual culture that explore and represent gender and social change in the Middle East.