Gender Studies | Topics in Gender Studies: Gender & Sexuality in Germany
G302 | TBA | Breger, C


Ideas of gender, sexuality and race have deeply shaped the ways in
which European societies worked, and saw themselves, throughout
modernity. This class begins by tracing how and where these ideas
evolved historically: the claims that men and women are essentially
different, the use of sexuality as a marker of personal identity and
the force of racist distinctions between (implicitly:
white) “Germans” and “Blacks,” “Aryans” and Jews, or more recently
(Christian) Germans and Islamic immigrants. More specifically, we
will then look at how these different distinctions have worked
together – and sometimes against each other – in the processes of
making (“configuring”) collective identities.