The aim of this course is to introduce students to the growing body of scholarship that critically interrogates gender and development from a postcolonial perspective. It provides an opportunity for students to encounter and engage with canonical works within postcolonial theory in order to examine the historical and contemporary aspects of development thinking, policy and practice in relation to gender. In bringing together postcolonial theory, gender/feminist theory and development thinking, this course combines a study of the historical/textual/cultural/political and philosophical in relation to and alongside the political-economic. The course will include readings from Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Walter Mignolo and Immanuel Wallerstein in order to critically understand coloniality, orientalism and subalternity with a view to identifying these especially within conceptualisations and deployment of agency, rights and representation in development. Finally, the course will also point to new directions in contemporary theoretical thinking that have arisen in the wake of and in response to postcolonial work for e.g. writings on Empire and Multitude, Cosmopolitics, Ethics and Transnationalism.

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