EMR 165

Feminist security studies originated as critical analyses of and responses to the patriarchal imperatives of national and global security efforts. This course will examine empire, war, and militarism as gendered processes, as well as their multiple intersections with capitalism, colonialism, debilitation/disablement, the environment, race, and sexuality. We will consider feminist security studies as both an interdisciplinary field of knowledge (in the first half of the class) as well as a practice with political and intellectual commitments (addressed in the second). With a focus on U.S. military developments in media and technology, we will explore how the perception, registration, and weaponization of bodily difference constitute more quotidian modes of governance and securitization across local and global geographies. Through feminist theorizations of politics, we will chart and interrogate the racist formulations and colonial foundations of “human security” to challenge the epistemological tenants of violence and safety. Students will not only learn to ask critical questions about the politics of securitization, but will also learn to explore the relationships between gender, race, sex, space, and power more broadly. Using core theories and approaches from feminist security studies, students will complete an original research project on how these ideas apply to your own lives.