Gender studies · Sociology · Third year

Dissertation: Hijras and Postcolonial Modernity: a critical exploration

  Abstract Hijras are a traditional transgender community in India. After a sacrificial emasculation, they become vehicles of the powers of the goddess Mata Bahuchara and can exercise their ritual role, called badhai. However, in the current modern context, they are largely marginalized in Indian society. The police violence against hijras finds its impunity in… Continue reading Dissertation: Hijras and Postcolonial Modernity: a critical exploration

Gender studies · Sociology · Third year

Critically contrast Beauvoir’s and Irigaray’s visions of female authenticity and motherhood.

Several themes run through feminist literature, including the relationship between a woman’s body and her identity, or between being both a mother and a social self. However the subject of the mother-daughter relationship is largely absent in the general literature. In an early book on the topic, Adrienne Rich wrote, ‘we acknowledge Lear (father-daughter split),… Continue reading Critically contrast Beauvoir’s and Irigaray’s visions of female authenticity and motherhood.

Middle East & North Africa · Sociology · Third year

Case study: To what extent does the concept of ‘second generation’, characterising the Maghreb immigrants’ children in France, engender a form of social division?

The notion of ‘second generation’ used in France since the 1980s designates the generation of immigrants’ offspring, especially Maghreb immigrants coming as a response to the expanding European economies’ labor demand (Hamilton, 1997, p.550). Moreover, this concept influences transnational migration studies because it is a specific categorization of the social sphere, particularly linked to young… Continue reading Case study: To what extent does the concept of ‘second generation’, characterising the Maghreb immigrants’ children in France, engender a form of social division?

Sociology · Third year

Critically consider how Camus and Derrida may contribute to an understanding of terrorism in modernity.

Terrorism was not explored by philosophy and social sciences until the attacks in September 2001 on the United States, the focus was then rather given to violence and rebellion. Writers from different times can develop and contribute to our understanding and analyses of nowadays’ terrorism. For example, French writers and philosophers Albert Camus and Jacques… Continue reading Critically consider how Camus and Derrida may contribute to an understanding of terrorism in modernity.

Second year · Sociology

Theory & Methods: Research proposal

Statement of the research topic and research question Specialized websites in the trading of second-hand goods, which have existed since the 2000s, have recently increased to meet the growing demand of the population. This phenomenon which is very visible on the Internet reflects a general enthusiasm, manifested not only by the practice of sale, but… Continue reading Theory & Methods: Research proposal

Gender studies · Second year · Sociology

Critically appraise the value of ‘postmodern feminisms’ for understanding –and challenging– contemporary gender power relations

Modernity has not fulfilled its emancipatory promises, and thus has become the object of a challenge which destabilises some of the certainties of Western tradition. It is in this context that women’s emancipation demands were born. Over the last few decades this heritage was targeted by a growth of reflection on gender construction and gender… Continue reading Critically appraise the value of ‘postmodern feminisms’ for understanding –and challenging– contemporary gender power relations

Gender studies · Second year · Sociology

Case study: female foeticide and infanticide in India

Several researchers have found a significant demographic imbalance (male/female ratio) in North-West India: a strong preference for the birth of boys that leads to reproductive practices often discriminating girls (sex-selective abortion, infanticide and neglect) is suspected of being responsible for the phenomenon. This case study aims to understand how women live the preference for boys,… Continue reading Case study: female foeticide and infanticide in India