05/23/2011 00:00 - 05/25/2011 00:00

Transnational Feminisms
(please see poster in the attachment)

Location: Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University, Sweden
Time: May 23-25, 2011,
Deadline for application: March 21, 2011
Maximum number of participants: 20
Venue: Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University, Sweden.
Arrival: Sunday evening May 22.

Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University, Centre for Gender Studies, Lund University, and InterGender (Swedish-International Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies) at Linköping University, Sweden.

Catrin Lundström, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) Umeå University.
In collaboration with Scientific Director of InterGender, Professor Nina Lykke and Managing Director of InterGender, Dr Pia Laskar, InterGender, Linköping University, Sweden

Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor, University of East London.
Diana Mulinari, Professor, Centre for Gender Studies, Lund University.
Catrin Lundström, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) Umeå University.

The transnational dimensions of social divisions, and what has been called “the transnationalization of social inequality” (Weiss 2005) has brought new research questions into gender research and feminist studies.

This graduate course focuses on the ways that global flows of capital, people and cultural products challenge established theoretical frames, and transform our analytical perspectives on a local scale. Locating transnational feminisms in a context of postcolonial relations, global capitalism, nationalism and migration, we will discuss new divisions of labour and forms of belongings, and the multiple power relations that these transnational processes create, with particular attention to their intersectional gendered, racialized, heteronormative and classed dimensions.

The suggested readings centre on theoretical dimensions as well as empirical analyses of these contemporary practices, linking these changes to the specific foci of the students’ own research projects as well as their production of knowledge.


The course will include two kinds of sessions:

1) lecture-discussion-sessions on the proposed readings. Course participants are expected to have read the relevant chapters/articles before each session.

2) group sessions with presentations of students' papers, where students are given the opportunity to present their doctoral research and receive comments from teachers and co-participants.

Participants will be divided into three working groups to make individual presentations and discuss research questions from their doctoral project. Our criteria for the different groups are a common research area or theoretical interest. Each lecturer will have responsibility for one group each. Based on the research description each participant is asked to make a presentation of her/his project for approximately 15 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for questions and discussion.

After being accepted to enlist, the participants are expected to read the literature and apply it to their own doctoral research, resulting in a short paper. For your short paper, use an example from your own doctoral project and discuss how this example could be approached in the light of selected theories and methods presented in the course literature. The length of the paper should be 2-5 pages. The paper should be handed in and distributed two weeks before the course starts. These papers will be available to all the participants on Cambro, a learning- and collaboration system at Umeå University. Here you will also find current information on the course, local information about Umeå and you will reach accessible literature form the reading list. When registered, you will get more information about Cambro.


Arrival March 23

Day 1 (Monday May 23)

9.00-10.00 Registration, coffee and welcome to Umeå Centre for Gender Studies and to the course.

10.00-12.00 Lecture and discussion (Catrin Lundström): Transnational locations: social inequality and the production of knowledge.

12.00-13.30 Lunch.

13.30-14.30 Discussion with Catrin Lundström of the readings related to lecture

14.30-15.00 Coffee break.

15.00-16.30 Group sessions with presentation and discussion of 2 students' papers (3 groups led by Diana Mulinari, Nira Yuval-Davis, Catrin Lundström).

16.30-18.30 Film screening Kum-Kum Bhavnani: The Shape of Water + discussion.

19.30 Joint dinner

Day 2 (Tuesday May 24)

9.30-11.30 Lecture and discussion (Diana Mulinari): Southern Feminism

11.30-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Discussion with Diana Mulinari of the readings related to lecture

14.00-14.30 Coffee break

14.30-17.30 Group sessions with presentation and discussion of 3 students' papers (3 groups).

18.30 Joint dinner

Day 3 (Wednesday May 25)

9.30-11.30 Lecture and discussion (Nira Yuval-Davis): Feminism, Citizenship and Difference

11.30-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Discussion with Nira Yuval-Davis of the readings related to lecture

14.00-14.30 Coffee break

14.30-16.00 Group sessions with presentation and discussion of 2 students' papers (3 groups).

16.00-17.00 Joint conversation and course evaluation



Reading list Catrin Lundström: Transnational locations: social inequality and the production of knowledge

Bonacich, Edna and Sabrina Alimahomed and Jake B. Wilson (2008) The Racialization of Global Labor, American Behavioral Scientist, 52, pp. 342-355.

Briggs, Laura, Gladys McCormick and J.T. Way (2008): Transnationalism: a category of analysis, American Quartley, vol. 60, pp. 625-648.

Connell, Raewyn (2007) Southern Theory, part I Northern Theory, pp. 1-68, part IV Antipodean reflections, pp. 193-232.

Grewal, Inderpal and Kaplan (2001) Global Identities: Theorizing Transnational Studies of Sexuality, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, No. 7, pp. 663-679

Grewal, Inderpal (2003) Transnational America: race, gender and citizenship after 9/11, Social Identities, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 535-561.

Leonard, Pauline (2008) Migrating identities: gender, whiteness and Britishness in post-colonial Hong Kong, Gender, Place & Culture, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 45-60.

Lundström, Catrin (2009)'People take for granted that you know how to dance Salsa and Merengue': transnational diasporas, visual discourses and racialized knowledge in Sweden's contemporary Latin music boom', Social Identities, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 707-723.

Matthews, Julie (2007) Eurasian Persuasions: mixed race, performativity and cosmopolitanism. Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 41-54.

Nakano Glenn, Evelyn (2008) Yearning for Lightness. Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners, Gender & Society, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 281-302.

Salazar Parrenas, Rhacel (2000) Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers and the International Division of Reproductive Labor, Gender and Society, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 560-580.

Weiss, Anja (2005) The Transnationalization of Social Inequality. Conceptualizing Social Positions on a World Scale, Current Sociology, 53, pp. 707-724.

Reading list Diana Mulinari: Southern Feminism

Bacigalupo, Ana Mariella (2003). Rethinking Identity and Feminism: Contributions of Mapuche Women and Machi from Southern Chile, Hypatia, vol. 18, no.2, pp. 32-57.

Bakare-Yusuf, Bibi (2003) ‘Yorubas don’t do gender’: a critical review of Oyeronke Oyewumi’s The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses, African Identities, vol., 1, no 1, pp. 119–140.

Epprecht, M (2009) Sexuality, Africa History, American Historical Review, vol. 114, no. 5, pp. 1258-1273.

Khan et al (2007) Taking up postcolonial feminism in the field. Working through a method, Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 228-243

Lugones, Maria (2007) Heterosexualism and the Colonial /Modern Gender System, Hypatia, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 186-209.

Marchand M (2009) The future of Gender and Development after 9/11 insights from postcolonial feminisms and transnationalism, Third World Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 921-936.

Mirza, H (2009) Plotting a history Black and postcolonial feminism in new times. Race , Ethnicity and Education, vol. 12, no.1, pp. 1-11.

Niranjana, T (2007) FEMINISM AND CULTURAL STUDIES IN ASIA Interventions, The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 209-218.

Macleod C (2006) Radical Plural Feminisms and Emancipatory Practice in Post. Apartheid South Africa, Theory & Psychology, vol. 16, no, 3, pp. 367-390.

MacFadden, P (2005) Becoming Postcolonial, African Women Chaning the meaning of Citizenship, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-18.

Oyewumi, Oyeronke (1998) De-Confounding Gender: Feminist Theorizing and Western Culture, a Comment on Hawkesworth's "Confounding Gender", Signs, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1049-1062.

Richards, Patricia (2007) From Indian to Terrorist: Racism, Nationalism, and Conflicts over Indigenous Rights in Southern Chile. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City. Pdf Accessed 2009-02-03. Available at

Sa´´ar , A (2005) Postcolonial Feminism The politics of identification and the Liberal Bargain, Gender & Society, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 680-700.
Schutte, Ofelia (2000) Cultural Alterity: Cross-Cultural Communication and Feminist Theory in North-South Contexts. In Narayan, Uma and Harding, Sandra, eds. Decentering the Center. Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Feminist World. Bloomington. Indiana University Press, pp. 47-66.

Spurling , W (2010) Resisting heteronormativity/resisting recolonisation: affective bonds between indigenous women in southern Africa and the difference(s) of postcolonial feminist history, Feminist Review. no. 95, pp. 10-27.

Sureli, S (1992) Woman Skin Deep. Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition, Critical Inquiry, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 756-769.

Walsh, Catherine (2007) Shifting the geopolitics of critical knowledge. Decolonial thought and cultural studies “others” in the Andes, Cultural Studies, vol. 21, no 2-3, pp. 224-239.

Reading list Nira Yuval-Davis: Feminism, Citizenship and Difference

Alexander, J. M. (1994). Not just (any)body can be a citizen: the politics of law, sexuality and post-coloniality in Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas, Feminist Review, 48, pp. 5-23.

Lister, R (1997) Citizenship: Towards a feminist synthesis, Feminist Review, vol. 57, no 1, pp. 28-48.

Lutz, Helma (2002) At your service madam! The globalization of domestic service, Feminist Review 70, pp. 89-104.

Meekosha, H., & Dowse, L. (1997). Enabling Citizenship: Gender, Disability and Citizenship in Australia. Feminist Review, 57, pp. 49–72.

Reilly, Niamh (2007) Cosmopolitan Feminism and Human Rights, Hypatia, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 180-198.

Yuval-Davis Nira (1996) Women and the biological reproduction of “the nation”, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 19, no. 1-2, pp. 17-24.

Yuval-Davis Nira (1997) Women, Citizenship and Difference, Feminist Review, No. 57, Citizenship: Pushing the Boundaries. Autumn, pp. 4-27.
Yuval-Davis Nira (1999) The “multi-layered citizen”: citizenship in the age of “glocalization, International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 119-136.

Yuval-Davis Nira & M. Stoetzler (2002) Imagined Border and Boundaries: A Gendered Gaze, European Journal of Women's Studies, vol 9, no. 3, pp. 329-344.

Yuval-Davis, Nira, Anthias, F., & Kofman, E. (2005). Secure borders and safe haven and the gendered politics of belonging: Beyond social cohesion, Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 513–535.
Yuval-Davis Nira (2005) Racism, cosmopolitanism and contemporary politics of belonging, Soundings, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 166.

Yuval-Davis, N. (2006) Intersectionality and Feminist Politics, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Special Issue on Intersectionality, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 193–209.

Yuval-Davis Nira (2007) Intersectionality, citizenship and contemporary politics of belonging, CRISPP (Contemporary Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, special issue on Contesting Citizenship, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 561-574.

Yuval-Davis, Nira (forthcoming, 2011), ‘The question of citizenship’, ch. 2 in The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations, London: Sage.


a) 7,5 ECTS Credits is given for active participation and a short paper, maximum 5 pages.

b) 15 ECTS Credits is given for active participation, + essay (evaluated as pass/fail). An essay should be of 10-15 pages. The selected topic shall be related to the course content and readings.
The essay is to be sent to the teacher as well as to the academic coordinator no later than 3 months after the final day of the course.

Info on admission and grants can be found here.

Applications should be sent to InterGender Managing Director Dr Pia Laskar ( no later than March 21, 2011.

InterGender: Swedish-International Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

The School is funded by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). It is organized as a joint venture between Gender Studies Units and doctoral programmes at Linköping University (host university) and at eight other Swedish Universities: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Göteborg University, Lund University, Luleå Technical University, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, Umeå University, Örebro University and at three international partner institutions: Graduate Gender Program at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), The Finnish National Doctoral School of Women's and Gender Studies (Helsinki University, Finland) and Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)

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