Gender in Global Perspective
Gender is a forming component of any society, determining both the everyday-life issues such as labor and family relations and structural issues such as nation-state and knowledge formations. This course provides an introduction to the field of gender studies through multi-disciplinary and ethnographic perspectives, by focusing on how the rapid globalization in the last century have been changing the concepts of society, popular culture, and social institutions. Through this course, students will learn to scrutinize both historical and contemporary issues pertaining to gender around the world, while contemplating and seeing the possible applied ways of engaging with gender issues through the examples of non-governmental organizations, activisms, and social movements.
Course instructor, Fulya Pinar is conducting ethnographic research on refugee women’s and LGBTI+ individuals’ care networks in Turkey, formed through the recent Syrian migrant influx into Turkey. Pinar is particularly looking at the ways in which care takes different shapes in local, national, and international organizations. Therefore, Pinar is experienced in looking at both local/bottom-up/informal and international/neoliberal/formal networks of care from a gender perspective. Currently, Pinar is not only conducting research, but also volunteering for the refugee women’s and LGBTI+ individuals’ networks. Moreover, Pinar is conducting weekly art-sessions with refugee women to build a counter-museum and a counter-archive with them, where the refugees become the artists/curators instead of the "objects" of arts.
This in-person course fulfills the Contemporary Challenges (CC) Diversities and Social inequalities (CCD) requirement.
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