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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2009

WGS 340 • Nationalism & Gender in South Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47870 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 112
Visweswaran

Course Description

This course asks why nationalist movements so often take reform of women's roles as central to their political projects. By focusing on gender, the course explores the consequences of Partition for the subcontinent, and examines the cases of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka to understand what role Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism have played in the genesis of nationalist ideologies and ethnic conflict. The course is interdisciplinary and draws upon commercial and independent cinema, documentary film, novels and memoirs, as well as contemporary historiography and social science to analyze South Asian nationalist movements.

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