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The 2013-14 IRW Learning Community - Decolonizing Gender/Gendering Decolonization

Since the 1980s, important scholarship in area and ethnic studies has compared the condition of women’s subordination to internal colonialism and highlighted the importance of studying gender in relation to power structures. The 2013-14 IRW Learning Community will explore three questions: What is the relationship between colonialism and gender? What is the role of gender in postcolonial ideals and practice? And what would it mean to decolonize gender and sexuality? We invite applications from sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students will develop their own projects, which may focus on any time period(s) or geographical location(s) and be rooted in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach(es). Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Decolonial feminisms/indigenous feminisms;
  • Language, colonialism and gender;
  • Sexuality, decolonization and health;
  • Gender, race, and contemporary biopolitics;
  • Feminism, global labor issues, decolonizing economy.

The IRW Learning Community is a twice-yearly, credit-granting learning community. IRW Learning Community Scholars build community through weekly meetings, discussion of readings and attendance at IRW Distinguished Lectures. Additionally, Learning Community Scholars work with IRW faculty and graduate students to create theme-related research projects.



  • Earn 1.5 course credits;
  • Attend IRW Distinguished Lectures, class field trip, and watch films;
  • Create intellectual community with peers and network with scholars, activists, artists and professionals;
  • Acquire presentation skills;
  • Develop a research project;
  • Meet only once per week, Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.;
  • Food and fun in an intimate seminar setting!


** Apply online to join the Spring 2014 Learning Community or download the application in MS Word or PDF.**

For more information please see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Tenisha Howard, the IRW Learning Community Coordinator.

The IRW Learning Community is supported by the Division of Student Affairs, Office of Residence Life.

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