Activism, Social Movements and Policy

The research of some members of the department and parts of our courses focus on women’s, LGBTIQ, and other social movements. They reflect a variety of perspectives which include the history of these movements, their links to broader global events and politics such as colonialism, the labor movement, WWII, the Cold War, local nationalisms, international organizations, conservative politics, and so forth. Such research and teaching uses an intersectional approach which attends to the ways social movements are entangled with local as well as transnational factors or influences. Finally, faculty members and courses also address policy (past and present) in relation to the state, the EU, gender, and other relevant topics. Research and teaching in the department aims at the critical interrogation of women’s activism in various contexts and in relation to other political movements and policy scripts.