Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ARA3200: Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Professor Laleh Khalili ()
|Available via distance learning|
This module takes a critical approach to the study of ‘conflict’ in Palestine/Israel by focusing on the relationship between gender and political violence in the region. We will first problematise the dominant frames of ‘conflict’ and ‘occupation’, looking instead to the model of settler colonialism as a gendered and sexualised practice. We will then explore key themes including nationalism, space, embodiment, everyday life, feminism, queer politics and resistance, which illustrate how gender relations are central to violence in Palestine/Israel. Through engaging with gender as a political and analytical category you will investigate the range of mechanisms that sustain political violence, as well as how individuals and communities practise resistance and imagination.
The course mixes lectures, tutorials and seminars, with teaching and learning shifting to dialogical and workshop formats as the term progresses. No prior knowledge of the subject is required; the module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways.