Term One – ASIA 438: The Cinematic Lives of Muslims in South Asia
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ASIA438 Twentieth Century South Asia Sections
This 400 level course introduces students to the study of film as this media has informed culture, politics and subjectivity in the South Asian context. Film was introduced in South Asia during the British era, but media scholars concur this cinema is not derivative. Indeed, with its indigenization, cinema became indispensable to postcolonial state and nation-formation.
Drawing on the interdisciplinary traditions of South Asian media studies, postcolonial and cultural studies, as well as feminist and sexuality studies, this course teaches students to historicize and contextualize cinematic representation as we trace the major shifts in postcolonial depictions of Muslims. Given that ‘Bollywood’ is the most voluminous film industry in the region, this course has a particular focus on Hindi cinema.
Term Two – ASIA 310B: Issues in Contemporary South Asian Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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ASIA310B Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization - STDS HIST MAJ AS Sections
Study of an Asian culture area different from those covered in existing courses. Not given every year. Consult Department for details. May be taken multiple times on different subjects for credit.
This 300 level course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of South Asian Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. A key aspect of colonial governance was the construction of South Asia and its heterogeneous populations as gendered in ‘traditional’ ways. We will explore how this construct functions within contemporary scholarship, which likewise identifies gender and sexuality as central to postcolonial nation, state and subject formation in South Asia, as elsewhere.
- This course will help students to define and critically engage key concepts and theories in South Asian women’s, gender and sexuality studies, and to understand and discuss a range of perspectives on how gender and sexuality are connected to empire, race, post/colonialism and diaspora. Students will also learn to identify and apply intersectional and transnational approaches to the study of gender and sexuality in South Asia and elsewhere. Course assignments will support students to develop their critical thinking, communication, research and writing skills.
Who will be teaching this course
Sunera Thobani is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Her teaching and research focus on post/colonial, critical race and feminist theory; she studies issues related to globalization, violence, migration, citizenship, media and Muslim women.