ETHS/WGST 352-African Feminism
TR 11:30AM – 12:45PM –
This course traces the history of African feminism from its origins within traditions through to a more contemporary theoretical analysis of gender, marriage, and motherhood seen from a Afrocentric perspective. Approaches studied are those that pertain to anthropology, history, literature, sociology, and culture. African feminist theory of scholars such as Filomina Steady, Cheikh Anta Diop, Buchi Emecheta, Ifi Amadiume, Obioma Nnameka, Oyeronko Oyewumi, and Calixthe Beyala will be studied and there will be some comparative analysis of Western theories to show how African feminisms are clearly distinct. Theories on these feminisms will be presented, and in the process, students will look at cases of women in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal. It is commonly believed that African women were defined for a long time according to constructs of Western anthropology. This course will thus look at social institutions such as woman-to-woman marriage, matriarchy, and various women’s rituals in order to identify African constructs of gender, family, kinship, marriage, and motherhood.
Offered as ETHS 352 and WGST 352.
WGST/RLGN 355/455 Hindu and Jain Bioethics: Special Focus on Women’s and Gender Studies
Prof. D. Sarma
This course will provide an introduction to basic Hinduism and Jainism and to Hindu and Jain bioethics. We will focus primarily on bioethical issues that pertain to women and that are gender related. These issues include abortion, menstruation, surrogacy, intersex, and other topics of controversy.
Offered as ETHS 353, RLGN 353, RLGN 453, and WGST 355.