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Decolonising Gender and Sexuality

Tutor: Liz Egan

CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of sexual violence and racist violence in the readings.

Seminar Questions

  • How have gender roles shaped, or been shaped by historical processes such as the slave trade and colonialism?
  • To what extent is ‘heteropatriarchy’ or ‘heteropaternalism’ a Western concept?
  • Marilyn Lake posited that in 1970s feminist historiography that ,“Gender, historians came to recognize, was implicated in the conception and construction of power itself.” What is the significance of this in the context of settler colonialism?
  • What is the relationship between decolonization, power, and knowledge?

Core readings:

Arvin, Maile, Tuck, Eve, and Morrill, Angie, ‘Decolonizing Feminism: Challenging Connections Between Settler Colonialism and Heteropatriarchy’, Feminist Formations (2013), pp. 8-34.

Haskins, Victoria, and Maynard, John, ‘Sex, race and power’, Historical Studies (2005), pp. 191-216.

Mimi Sheller, Citizenship from below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2012) <> Intro & Ch. 3

Further Readings:

Cecily Jones, Engendering Whiteness: White Women and Colonialism in Barbados and North Carolina, 1627–1865 (Manchester University Press, 2007)

Lake, Marilyn, ‘Women’s and Gender History in Australia: A Transformative Practice’, Journal of Women’s History (2013), pp. 190-211.

Akena, Francis Adyanga, ‘Critical Analysis of the Production of Western Knowledge and Its Implications for Indigenous Knowledge and Decolonization,’ Journal of Black Studies, (2012) pp. 599–619.

Clark, Madeleine, ‘Indigenous Subjectivity in Australia: Are we Queer?’, Journal of Global Indigeneity (2015), pp. 1-5.

Clark, Madeleine, ‘“No one will touch your body unless you say so” : Normativity and Bodily Autonomy in Australian Aboriginal Writing’, Transmotion, (2021), pp. 132–157.’

Hunt, Sarah, and Holmes, Cindy, ‘Everyday Decolonization: Living a Decolonizing Queer Politics’, Journal of Lesbian Studies (2015), pp. 154-172.

Lugones, María, ‘Toward a Decolonial Feminism’, Hypatia (2010), pp. 742-759.

Mahanty, Chandra Talpade, ‘Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses’ boundary 2, (1984) pp. 333-358.

Pierson, Ruth Roach, Chaudhuri, Nupur, and McAuley, Beth, Nation, Empire, Colony: Historicizing Gender and Race (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998).

Russell, Lynette, ‘”Either, or, Neither Nor”: Resisting the Production of Gender, Race and Class Dichotomies in the Pre-Colonial Period’, The Archeology of Plural and Changing Identities ed. by Eleanor Conlin Casella and Chris Fowler (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2005), pp. 33-54.

Schiwy, Freya, ‘Decolonization and the Question of Subjectivity’, Cultural Studies (2007), pp. 271-294.

Smith, Linda Tuhawai, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, 3rd edn (London: Zed Publishing, 2021).