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Week 8. Gender, sexuality and migration

Tutors: Anne Gerritsen ( and Somak Biswas (

  • How do you understand gender and sexuality as categories of analysis, and how have (global) historians used it as tools of analysis?
  • Why has gender not been a more prominent feature of global history to date?
Key Readings:
  1. Afsaneh Najmabadi, Beyond the Americas: Are Gender and Sexuality Useful Categories of Historical Analysis?
  2. Anne Stoler, Race and the Education of Desire, ch 1 (and, optinally, ch 2)
  3. Gayatri Gopinath, Introduction, Impossible Desires OR Eithne Luibheid, Sexuality and International Migration, A Global History of Sexuality
Further Readings:

Alison Bashford, "Bioscapes: Gendering the Global History of Medicine." Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 89 no. 4, 2015, pp. 690-695. Project MUSE.

Somak Biswas, Approaches to Migration History, (attached), material prepared for Sage Digital as a student resource

Jennifer L. Morgan, Labouring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004; especially “Introduction,” pp. 1-11, and chapter 3, pp. 69-106.

Afsaneh Najmabadi, Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire

Diana Paton, “Gender, Language, Violence and Slavery: Insult in Jamaica, 1800-1838,” Gender & History, 18:2 (August 2006): 246-265.

Pamela Scully and Diana Paton (eds.), Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World. Particularly Diana Paton and Pamela Scully, “Introduction: Gender and Slave Emancipation in Comparative Perspective,” pp. 1-34 (although the whole volume is useful)

Nayan Shah, Race-ing Sex

Peter Stearns, Gender in World History. London: Routledge, 2002.

Leila J. Rupp, “Toward a Global History of Same-Sex Sexuality.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 10, no. 2, 2001, pp. 287–302.

Joan Wallach Scott, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” The American Historical Review, 91: 5 (December 1986): 1053-1075.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks, (2018). 'Adjusting Our Lenses to Make Gender Visible'. Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 12(2), 3-32.

Global encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) history / editor, Howard Chiang

Companion to Global Gender History: