Gender, Conflict and the Middle-East (Online)

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Module overview

This module offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict in the Middle East. It provides a focus for students interested in women’s studies, feminism, sexuality and gender, while also offering a gendered approach to the study of conflict in the Middle East. The module will introduce key issues in relation to the gendered dynamics of violence, conflict, and security. While focusing on conflict, the course will explore gendered mobilization for peace and wider political participation. We will be looking carefully at women's roles and agency, but also address the role of men and contestations of masculinities. Although the focus is on empirical case studies, we will also cover other relevant issues such as representation, knowledge production and artistic productions. In highlighting important issues in the study of gender and conflict in the Middle East, the module aims to challenge prevailing stereotypes about women and gender in the region, while fostering critical reflection via the use of multimedia, in-depth case studies and cross disciplinary materials. While engaging in theoretical debates, this course mainly provides empirical examples of certain core themes.

All modules are subject to availability and are subject to change from session to session.

Suggested reading

  • Kandiyoti, Deniz (1988) ‘Bargaining with Patriarchy,’ Gender and Society 2: 274-290.
  • Richter-Devroe, Sophie (2011) ‘Palestinian Women’s Everyday Resistance: Between Normality and Normalisation’, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2: pp. 32-46.


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