- Code PASI8305
- Unit Value 3 units
- Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Pacific Studies
- Areas of interest Pacific Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Sonia Palmieri
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Spring Session 2023
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This course will consider what it means to be ‘feminist’ in contemporary Pacific society, and the goals of indigenous Pacific feminist action and advocacy. Through a series of guest lectures, the course will showcase the stories of various self-identified Pacific feminists, revealing their triumphs and challenges in articulating a vision of change in their own contexts. Students will also engage with a range of Pacific media – print and digital – to consider key issues pertinent to feminist struggles in the region, and strategies adopted by feminists to address these. Finally, the course will interrogate the occurrence of ‘feminist backlash’ in the Pacific, and consider its roots and consequences.
Topics covered under the course:
- What is Pacific feminism and who can be a Pacific feminist?
- Feminism and Pacific cultures: inherent tensions or opportunities for respect?
- The foreignness of feminism: do foreign ideas and actors do more harm than good?
- Effective Pacific feminist strategies: from solidarity to coalitions to movements
- Feminist backlash: who drives anti-feminist sentiment in the Pacific and how?
- Feminism as critical reflection: achievements and continuing challenges
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify, describe and relate critically to global and Pacific understandings of and divisions within feminist theory
- use appropriate language, terminology and concepts for discussing gender and feminist thought in Pacific contexts
- present a written and verbal analysis of contemporary feminist concerns in the Pacific
- critically assess Pacific feminist strategies to achieve gender equality in terms of both Pacific and global normative frameworks.
- design an original Pacific-appropriate feminist campaign to address gender inequality in the Pacific
- Reflective piece (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Feminist campaign (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Contact hours: 8 x 90 minute seminars
Non-contact hours: 50 - 60 hours of independent study
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Ahmed S., Winter, B., and Ermarth, E. 2000. Whose counting? ; Who counts (or doesn't count) what as feminist theory? ; What counts as feminist theory? In Feminist Theory
Alver, J. (2017) Pacific feminist voices - will they be heard? http://www.broadagenda.com.au/home/pacific-feminist-civil-society/
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Jolly, M. (2005) Beyond the Horizon? Nationalisms, Feminisms, and Globalization in the Pacific. Ethnohistory 52 (1): 137–166. doi: https://doi-org.virtual.anu.edu.au/10.1215/00141801-52-1-137
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