HIST233 - THE SEXUAL LIFE OF COLONIALISM: GENDER & SEXUALITY IN THE COLONIAL WORLD

Description: 
Sexuality and gender have shaped our understanding of what it means to modern in the postcolonial world. This course explores the management of sexuality and new ideas about the modern family defined the everyday experience of people in the colonial world. We will explore histories of sexual control, colonial difference, and marginal sexualities in the non-western world in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course will cover many forms of sexuality including interracial relationships between colonizer populations and the colonized, queer and same-sex desires, sexual outcasts like prostitutes, and the politics of gender difference and transgender individuals. We will analyze histories of the imperial control of sexuality and juxtapose colonial understandings of sexuality with indigenous understandings of sexual behavior and identity. The assignments will consider new and creative methods to understand marginalized subjects who do not appear in traditional archives. Through an exploration of particular histories of sexuality in Central and South Asia as well as colonial sub-Saharan Africa, we will explore the relationship of indigenous categories of sexual behavior and identity in relation to state classifications of colonized peoples.
Instructors: 

MITRA, DURBA

Day and Time: 
M 0330PM-0630PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 315A

Activity: 
SEM
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