Spring 2023 Women's Studies GU4330 section 001

SWANA Diasporas: Culture, Politics and I

SWANA Diasporas

Call Number 00665
Day & Time
R 12:10pm-2:00pm
214 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Manijeh Moradian
Course Description

In this class we will study South-West Asian and North African (SWANA) diasporic populations, social movements and cultural production that have responded to the multi-faceted ramifications of the 21st century war on terror. We will focus on diverse Arab, Iranian, and Afghan diasporas in the United States, where 19th and 20th century legacies of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and Orientalism combined in new ways to target these groups after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Drawing on an interdisciplinary array of texts, including ethnography, fiction, feminist and queer theory, social movement theory, and visual and performance art, we will look at how the “war on terror” has shaped the subjectivities and self-representation of SWANA communities. Crucially, we will examine the gender and sexual politics of Islamophobia and racism and study how scholars, activists and artists have sought to intervene in dominant narratives of deviance, threat, and backwardness attributed to Muslim and other SWANA populations. This course takes up the politics of naming, situating the formation of “SWANA” as part of an anti-colonial genealogy that rejects imperial geographies such as “Middle East.” We will ask how new geographies and affiliations come into being in the context of open-ended war, and what new political identities and forms of cultural production then become possible.

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Department Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies @Barnard
Enrollment 12 students (20 max) as of 4:05PM Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Subject Women's Studies
Number GU4330
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20231WMST4330W001