Gender and Women’s Studies 24, Section 1

Feminism, Coloniality and Decoloniality (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Minoo Moallem
Thursday 12:00-1:00, 50 Barrows Hall, Class number: 39433

This seminar focuses on questions of feminism, coloniality and decolonial epistemologies. Students are asked to participate in a series of lectures and discussions by feminist scholars from various disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds who use postcolonial and decolonial epistemologies to study women, gender, race, and nation.

The seminar draws upon three interconnected themes: first, it engages with questions of how knowledge is produced, circulated and institutionalized and how it relates to various communities of culture and history. Secondly, it revisits feminist epistemology and its relationship with the politics of knowledge production including how knowledge and power intersect with each other when we study questions of women, gender, race, and nation. Thirdly, it explores how decolonial and postcolonial epistemologies challenge relations of power and knowledge and the legacy of coloniality.

Instructor Bio

Minoo Moallem received her MA and BA from the University of Tehran and her PhD from Université de Montréal. She has also done postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She was the Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Berkeley from 2008-2010 and the Chair of Women’s Studies Department at San Francisco State University from 2001-2006.

Professor Moallem's research areas are postcolonial and transnational feminist theories; immigration and diaspora studies; feminist cultural studies; Middle Eastern studies; and Iranian cultural politics and diasporas.