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50 | FEMINIST CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Perspectives on Pacifism – Old and New
Duration
22 May 2023 - 26 May 2023
Language
English
Status
REGULAR
Course directors :
Daša Duhaček , University of Belgrade, Serbia
Ethel Carolyn Brooks , Rutgers University, United States
Jelisaveta Blagojević , Singidunum University, Serbia
Course description:

The recent expansion of anti-racist struggle, and the #BLM movement in particular, from the US into Europe has stirred up heated discussions in both the public and academic spheres. In some quarters, this has been framed as another “Americanization” of the European public sphere, including academia. Not for the first time, the value and validity of decolonial and feminist theory have also been called into question. Often, this questioning comes in the form of reconstituted nationalism, on the one hand, and a collective critique of identity politics as foreclosing possibilities for solidarity, on the other.


In this course, we are going to examine racialization, sexuality, and gender formation in light of new nationalisms and reconstituted notions of European-ness. We will contextualize recent developments both within histories of colonialism in Western Europe and those of socialism and neoliberalism in Eastern Europe. Through this, we will also look at notions of East and West; of race, gender, and nationalism; and the possibilities of decoloniality in light of such deployments of “Europe.” Finally, we will explore critical responses to both theoretical and activist challenges that come from both sides of the political spectrum.

Course lecturers:
Athena Athanasiou , Panteion University, Greece
Evelyn Saavedra Autry , Rutgers University, United States
Jelisaveta Blagojević , Singidunum University, Serbia
Ethel Carolyn Brooks , Rutgers University, United States
Irena Cvetkovik , Coalition for Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
Nađa Duhaček , University of Belgrade, Serbia
Daša Duhaček , University of Belgrade, Serbia
Orli Fridman , Singidunum University, Serbia
Aleksandra Perišić , Singidunum University, Serbia
Irina Carlota Silber , City College of New York, United States