Modular Period IV 

Masculinities and Feminities in Conflict
(Annette Weber)

The objective of the course is to understand the complexities of constructed identities in the realm of conflict. In order to bring the highly theoretical level of the discourse in philosophy and political theory to a level of practical relevance, it is important to develop a deconstructivist toolbox. It is not so much the comparison of grand narratives than the questioning of their underlying normative assumptions, which we will work on in this course. 

During the two-week course we will work through gendered concepts of the individual. In the context of the debate of masculinity and femininity the notion of fighter, civilian and citizen will be discussed. The course will cut across various subjects and students should be willing to engage in discussions even if they are outside their core discipline.

The students will work through concepts mainstream to as well as at the margins of international relations theory, feminist theory, governance and conflict studies.

The objective of the course is to synergize knowledge productions from theory as well as practical experience.

The course will explore various gendered spaces in conflicts. Thereby the common assumption of male perpetrators and female victims, female caretakers and male war-makers will be questioned.

My own background is in conflict studies in the Horn of Africa, mainly working on conflict transformation, IR and state-building issues in the Sudans and Somalia. However I would like to encourage the students to bring in their variety of knowledge as active participants in the daily seminar debate as well as in their presentations.

The course will follow a seminar format with some lectures. New topics and the readings will be introduced by a presentation either by me, or a group of students. I expect students to prepare for the class by reading, preparing presentations of the texts in teams as well as by their own presentation. The choice of a presentation topic as well as format is up to you. You can present a play, write a song, use a powerpoint, paint a picture or just talk. I encourage students to prepare for their presentations in a team because of the possibility of exchange and reflections


The Program reserves the right to changes in schedules.