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Gender and Political Theory

Schedule

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 to Sunday, 31 May 2020
Total hours: 20
Hours of lectures: 20

Prerequisites

Compulsory for the 1st year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"

Syllabus

The course aims at developing a critical understanding and an interdisciplinary overview of topical issues concerning the analytical category of gender. The first part of the course will be devoted, through the exploration of the main conceptual aspects connected to gender in contemporary societies, to show some methodological assumptions needed to look at discrimination, oppression, domination, inequality (deconstructive strategy; intersectionality). Starting from the reading of some classical texts which introduced a feminist perspective into the liberal philosophical debate (Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, Carole Pateman), the course will also focus on some contributions from Southern and Black Feminism (G.C. Spivak, Ch.T. Mohanty). In the second part, the category of gender will be adopted as a lens to investigate the Human Rights language and the related concept of capabilities, questioning the mainstream version of liberal individualism and proposing to enrich the debate through the relevance of care, dependency and disability. The case of Gender-based Violence will be discussed during the last part of the course, focusing on its reflection on the public space within peaceful as well as within conflict torn societies. During three of the sessions (1, 5, 6) Dr. Elisa Piras (post-doctoral Fellow in Political Philosophy at Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies), will contribute to the discussion with inputs from her ongoing research."