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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?
  • How can we use gender and sexuality to analyse migration history?
Key Readings:
  1. Afsaneh Najmabadi, 'Beyond the Americas: Are Gender and Sexuality Useful Categories of Historical Analysis?' in Journal of Women's History Volume 18, Number 1 (2006): 11-21.
  2. Eithne Luibheid, 'Sexuality and International Migration', in A Global History of Sexuality
  3. Gayatri Gopinath, Introduction: Chapter 1, Impossible Desires: Queer diasporas and South Asian public cultures

Further Readings:

Somak Biswas, Approaching Migration in World History: How to Use Primary Sources, Research Methods in Primary Sources, Adam Mathew Digital, Sage, Nov 2021.

Nayan Shah, Race-ing Sex

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.

Laura Anne Stoler, Race and the Education of Desire, ch 1 (and, optinally, ch 2)

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

Gender and slavery

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.

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)