SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Queer and Feminist Diaspora Studies

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Module Not Running 2020/2021
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Term 2

This course is focused on theory (making sense of the world) and epistemology (making sense of making sense of the world). It aims to enable students to reflect critically on knowledge production in the fields of decolonial studies, queer studies, feminist theory, critical race theory and migration & diaspora studies. Moreover, it encourages participants to engage in informed, nuanced and complex discussions about community building, resistance, privilege, discrimination and the complex entanglement of multiple power relations.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The course would contribute to the generic analytical learning outcomes of the relevant MA programmes in Gender Studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies. The course will be one of the core courses for the MA in Gender and Sexuality studies. Furthermore, it would provide a gender and sexuality expertise and focus to the MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. Have gained an overview of the current theories and debates within the field of gender and sexuality and migration and diaspora studies;
  2. Have been introduced to a variety of theoretical and epistemological approaches in both gender and sexuality studies and migration and diaspora studies and will be able to critically engage with their overlaps;
  3. Have been introduced to new themes, and new approaches to existing developments and phenomena relevant to the study of gender and sexuality and migration and diaspora studies
  4. Have acquired a critical understanding of a range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks employed in the study of gender and sexuality and migration and diaspora studoes;
  5. Be able to critically evaluate a variety of books, journals and other sources of information relevant to the topics studies on the course;
  6. Have produced regular written work (reaction papers) as well as detailed written work on one approved topic relevant to the course.


Two hours per week (one hour lecture, one hour tutorial)

Scope and syllabus

Core Topics:
  1. Introduction: Gendering, Sexualities, Migrations, Diasporas
  2. Constructions of ‘Home’ and ‘Strangers’
  3. Notions of Diaspora
  4. Turning Dispossession into Resistance  
  5. Desires and Diasporic Politics
  6. Colonialism, Racism, and Gender(ed)/Sexual Knowledge Productions
  7. Orientalism, Anti-Muslim Racism, and Sexual Norms
  8. Homo/Transnationalism/Diasporanationalism
  9. Border Violence and the Denationalization of Rights
  10. Transing/Queering Diaspora

Method of assessment

One 2000 word essay (50%), two reaction papers; 1000 words each (50%)

Suggested reading

Luibheid, E. 2008: QUEER/MIGRATION: An Unruly Body of Scholarship. In: GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Vol. 14 Issue 2. 2008, p169-190. 22p

Manalansan, M. 2006: Queer Intersections: Sexuality and Gender in Migration Studies. In: The International Migration Review. 40(1):224-249; Blackwell Publishing, 2006 

El-Tayeb, F. 2011: Introduction: Theorizing Urban Minority Communities in Postnational Europe. In: European others queering ethnicity in postnational Europe 

Tudor, A. 2017: 'Queering Migration Discourse: Differentiating Racism and Migratism in Postcolonial Europe.' Lambda Nordica, 22 (2-3). 

Mohanty, C. T. 2003: "Genealogies of Community, Home, and Nation". In: Feminism Without Borders. Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity. Durham, London: Duke University. pp. 124-137 

Brah, A. 1999 (republished 2012): The Scent of Memory: Strangers, Our Own, and Others. Feminist Review. (100):6-26 

Puwar, N. Introduction: Proximities. In: Space Invaders: Race, Gender and Bodies out of Place. Oxford : Berg, 2004.

El-Enany, N. 2017: The Colonial Logic of Grenfell

Spillers, Hortense. 1987. ‘Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book’ Diacritics 17(2), pp. 65–81.

Tinsley, O. N. (2008): "BLACK ATLANTIC, QUEER ATLANTIC: Queer Imaginings of the Middle Passage". In: GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 14 (2-3), pp. 191–215. (24 pages) 

Pallister-Wilkins, P. (2016): Interrogating the Mediterranean ‘Migration Crisis’. In: Mediterranean Politics, 2016. Vol 21, no. 2, 311–315 

Danewild, Ida (2017): White innocence in the Black Mediterranean: hospitality and the erasure of history. In: Third World Quarterly, 2017. Vol. 38, No. 7, 1674–1689. 

Muñoz, J. E. (1999): Introdcution. In: Disidentifications. Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota. 

Lorde, Audre (2007): "The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House". In: Sister Outsider. Essays and Speeches. Berkeley: Crossing, pp. 110–113. 

Gunaratnam, Y. 2013: Death and the Migrant: bodies, borders,care. Introduction

Cohen, Cathy. "Death and Rebirth of a Movement: Queering Critical Ethnic Studies." Social Justice 37, no. 4 (122) (2011): 126-32. 

Lewis, Gail (2017): Questions of Presence Feminist Review 117. 

Tudor, Alyosxa (2017): Dimensions of Transnationalism. Feminist Review 117. 


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