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Gender and Race After Hitler

AFST 397 / HIST 300 / HIST 500 / WMST 379

Tues 9:30 - 10:45am  |  Instructor: Dr. Florvil

gender and race after hitlerPost-World War II relationships between American GIs and European women, the creation of the European Union, Black Lives Matter protests in Europe, high rates of rape in Sweden, protests against an abortion ban in Poland, new waves of immigration, Brexit, along with other examples of gender inequality, racial violence, xenophobia, and political conservatism help to illustrate how the concepts of gender and race have remained critical throughout European history. In this reading-intensive course, students will explore the ideas, debates, and anxieties over the nation, migration/immigration, ethnicity, gender, culture, community, citizenship, religion, sexuality, class, and race that emerged after the Second World War. We will also consider how these concepts were and are still informed by a common if often unspoken belief that European identity is exclusively white and Judeo-Christian. In tracing diverse transformations and understandings of identity, nation building/nationalism, discrimination, difference, and political activism, the course will attend to continuities and discontinuities about politics, racial thinking, gendered relations, and sexual practices from the postwar to the contemporary periods.

Required Reading:

  1. Ika Huegel-Marshall, Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany
  2. Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  3. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
  4. Joan W. Scott, The Politics of the Veil
  5. Slavenka Drakulic, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed