Gender and Nationalism Studies

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USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research - PhD Candidate Fellowships

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its three research fellowships for advanced-standing PhD candidates: the 2017-2018 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship; the 2017-2018 Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies; and the 2017-2018 Inaugural Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship.

TOC: Asian Journal of Social Science, 44.4-5 (2016)

The latest issue of Asian Journal of Social Science is now available! Below, please find the table of contents and see the link for more information:

Volume 44, Issue 4-5, 2016

ISSN: 1568-4849 E-ISSN: 1568-5314

List of Contributors, pp. 437–439

Parasociality and Habitus in Celebrity Consumption and Political Culture, by Dave De Guzman Centeno, pp.: 441–484

Re: Gender and Nationalism: A Friendly Exchange

What a wonderfully thoughtful exchange! I totally agree that there is need for more studies that explore how gender functions as a historical variable. However, my own impressionistic archival and literature survey related to a significant historical moment (Shrivastava, 2016) makes me see the existing literature on women’s participation in nationalist movements in a very different light.

Gender and Nationalism: A Friendly Exchange

Jill Vickers, Distinguished Research Professor in Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa and a member of H-Nationalism's advisory board, recently asked our list “why are women invisible in our discussions?”  Vickers also explored this “invisibility” in her 2015 address as President of the Canadian Political Science Association, “Can We Change How Political Science Thinks? ‘Gender Mainstreaming’ in a Resistant Discipline” (Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 747 - 770).

CFP: Interdisziplinäre Tagung "Imagination und Wirkungsmacht: Frauen – Männer – Westen –Osten", Klausenburg / Cluj-Napoca, Rumänien (15.07.2016)

Call for Papers:

Imagination und Wirkungsmacht

Frauen ∙ Männer ∙ Westen ∙ Osten


eine interdisziplinäre Tagung

von 8. bis 9. Dezember 2016

in der Österreich Bibliothek Bernhard Stillfried Klausenburg


Wenn wir die Welt wahrnehmen, bewerten und über sie sprechen, bedienen wir uns verschiedener Ordnungskategorien – so teilen wir beispielsweise Menschen ein in ‹weiblich› oder ‹männlich›; Orte in ‹östlich› oder ‹westlich›. Diese Begriffe bezeichnen diskursive Konstruktionen, die auf verschiedenen Ebenen enorme Wirkungsmacht ausüben.

'Invisible Women in History and Global Studies: Reflections from an Archival Research Project' Globalizations, 14(2) 2016, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2016.1158905

At the invitation of our Advisory Board, Dr. Meenal Shrivastava of Athabasca University offers H-Nationalism the following summary of her recent article from Globalizationswhich questions the continuing invisibility of the significant scale of the involvement of women in historical movements/moments.

Brief summary of the article

Re: Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

Dear all,

In that context, I'd like to point you to my own work on banal nationalism and sexuality, in my recently defended PhD on '(Trans)national Queers Online: An Analysis of LGBTQ Websites in Poland and Turkey'.

In that work, I deal with many aspect of the complicated relationship between nation/alism and sexuality, drawing on such concepts as 'homonationalism', 'queering the nation', 'domesticating the nation', and of course 'banal nationalism'. My condensed conclusions could be found in two recently published articles:

Re: Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

Thanks Nicole for sharing a great bibliography...and thank Ryan for referring us to an interesting text .
Nicole also observes that the burgeoning literature on sex/gender and nationalism isn't being incorporated into
the 'mainstream' literature....questioning its invisibility. Ryan makes an interesting distinction between how (male?)
nationalists Imagine 'woman' in the nation and how women activists experience nationalism and conceptualize
themselves in the nation. The former focus on sexuality and reproduction; the latter on agency and change..

Re: Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

If you have not encountered it, I'd recommend reading Prasenjit Duara's article "The Regime of Authenticity: Timelessness, Gender, and National History in Modern China," History & Theory 37.3 (1998), 287-308. It's less about women nationalists than about how Chinese nationalists imagined "Woman" in the nation -- but it places gender squarely in the frame of nationalism studies.

Ryan Dunch
University of Alberta

Re: Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

I've been teaching a course the last couple of years on Gender, Sexuality and Decolonization in the 20th Century, using case studies from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The assigned readings I've used thus far are below, although I'm always looking for new additions. It does sometimes seem like this literature is growing alongside, but not always well integrated into general discussions of nationalism...

Nira Yuval-Davis. Gender & Nation. London: Sage, 1997.

Kumari Jayawardena, Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World. Zed Books, 1986.

Re: Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

Thanks very much for the references and for the interest shown...
I already see that one problem is language with important texts on the theme in languages I don't read. Much can be gained by sharing our experiences across language barriers. For example, the rich literature in French on gender and nationalism in Quebec is surveyed by Micheline de Seve in the special issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies (2000) on the theme of 'Canadian Women's Experiences with Nationalisms ' that also focuses on Indigenous nationalisms.

Re: Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

... and, let me add that H-Nationalism has a short bibliography dedicated to Gender & Sexuality available here.  The bibliography could really use an update from a specialist or group of specialists on this topic.  That would require at least one scholar who was familiar with or willing to learn how to use Zotero, a free online bibliographic program. 

Re: Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

Dear All, 

I've created a page that will automatically hold all H-Nationalism content pertaining to gender and nationalism studies based on the keyword: Gender and Nationalism Studies.  The page is here and already holds our current thread.  H-Nationalism would love to see more discussion of this subject, and if any of you are interested in helping out in an editorial capacity on this front, please let me know at  

Why are women invisibile in discussions about nationalism?

Recently, I wrote a post about women's participation in nation-making by participating in secessionist projects.The result?

Silence...not one comment...not even a complaint. Unfortunately this is common  for H-Nationalism. Despite extensive research  that shows

the importance of mass participation by women in  nation-making in countries as diverse as India and Finland, the US and the Phillipines, Scotland

and Catalonia women are invisible in our discussions.  Why is this ?  Or will  silence also meet this post ?