Feminism 101

I have produced a series of introductory undergraduate lectures on the subject of feminism and gender: the first introduces the concept of gender, the second tackles discussions around universalism and intersectionality, and the third applies an intersectional analysis to the topic of gender, power and violence. I have also produced a fourth which covers how to write an undergraduate essay.

These lectures are free for academic colleagues and others to download, adapt and use as they see fit. They should be seen as introductory rather than comprehensive: there is plenty I have missed! Consider this a work in progress and a small contribution to the rich array of gender-related teaching resources which exist online.

(De)constructing gender 

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This lecture explores how we understand gender: as a binary (which intersects with other binaries); as a spectrum; and as a political device. It challenges biologically essentialist notions of what gender is, examines how genders are constructed, performed and politicised, and engages with the role of broader structures such as capitalism, colonialism and globalisation. Click the image above to download the Prezi.

Feminism 101: Universalism and Intersectionality

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This lecture presents gender as a key locus of oppression, explores the development of intersectionality by black feminists and how this both challenged and refined white feminists’ critiques of male universalism in mainstream academia and society. It also engages with notions of solidarity and ‘shared sisterhood’, particularly in relation to arguments from postcolonial feminists and trans feminists, and asks questions about what a truly inclusive, intersectional, transnational feminism would look like. Click the image above to download the Prezi; click here for the reading list.

Feminism 101: Gender, Power and Violence

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This lecture attempts to construct an intersectional analysis of gender, power and violence. It asks questions about: how acts, threats and allegations of violence both reflect and reproduce gendered and intersecting power relations; who is more likely to be able to claim state protection and who is more frequently a focus of (violent) state governance; how our definitions of violence and victimhood are shaped by intersectional identities and oppressions; and, how these dynamics enter the political and geopolitical spheres. Click the image above to download the Prezi; click here for the reading list.

How to write an essay: a very short introduction

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This is an introductory lecture which covers basic essay-writing skills. Click the image above to download the Prezi.

I hope you find these resources useful – if so, do recommend them to colleagues.

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