Womanist, Feminist, and Decolonial Worldviews

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARW 7609 3.00

This class for all MA and PhD students examines a diversity of womanist, feminist, mujerista, and postcolonial worldviews, theories, and activism in the U.S. and internationally. It reviews contemporary international dialogues and postcolonial discourses, along with modern and historical womanist-feminist controversies. Topics covered include an examination of the intersectionality of gender, race, class, and sexual identity proposed by African-American and Latina feminists; feminism, gender, and activism among local/global/diasporic feminists of Africa, Asia, North and South America, the Middle East, and Europe; dominant and nondominant womanist-feminist discourses on spirituality, religion, and gender; local and global feminist analyses of gender, violence, and war; the social construction of the self in a variety of social and cultural settings; and a cross-cultural examination of the experience and institution of motherhood as well as the choice not to become a biological mother.

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