Intersectional Migration Studies: Bodies, Genders, Sexualities, 7.5 credits

Intersektionella migrationsstudier: Kroppar, genus, sexualitet, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Anna Bredström

Course coordinator

Anna Bredström

Director of studies or equivalent

Zoran Slavnic
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MEM Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme 2 (Spring 2020) 202004-202008 English Norrköping, Norrköping C

Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies

Entry requirements

Previous studies at least up to a level corresponding to three years of study at a Swedish university, i.e. approximately equivalent to a Bachelors Degree at a British University. The applicant is required to submit one letter of recommendation (written by the applicant’s supervisor) and a 1–2 page outline of the applicant’s current research interests as these relate to the course themes. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

Intended learning outcomes

After  completion of the course the student shall, at an advanced level, be able to: 
- account for and critically reflect on the concept of intersectionality,
- demonstrate and critically reflect on the concepts of gender, sexuality and the body in relation to migration studies,
- analyse a relevant topic within the field from an intersectional perspective.

Course content

The course provides both overviews and in-depth theoretical knowledge in the field of intersectional migration studies, with a particular emphasis on postcolonial feminist studies, intersectional queer theory and sociocultural perspectives on embodiment. The course consists of different themes where students read key readings in the field, and, through different exercises, learn to identify and analyse intersections of different social categories. A particular focus will be to investigate how gender, sexuality and the body intersect with the concepts of migration, ethnicity, race, culture and nation. 

Teaching and working methods

The coruse offers a combination of lectures, seminars, individual assignments and group assignments. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Language of instruction: English.


The course is examined through active seminar participation and written assignments. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide. 

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXAM Examination 7.5 credits EC
Required readings: Abdou, L (2017). Gender nationalism: The new (old) politics of belonging. Austrian Journal of Political Science, 46(1): 83–88. Bastia, T. (2014). Intersectionality, migration and development. Progress in Development Studies, 14(3): 237–248. Bose, B. (2005). Postcolonial feminisms: Nation, gender and sexualities in India. Feminist Theory, 1: 87–97. Brown, T. (2011). The Intersection and Accumulation of Racial and Gender Inequality: Black Women’s Wealth Trajectories. The Review of Black Political Economy, 39(2): 239-258. Butler, J. (2008). Sexual politics, torture, and secular time. British Journal of Sociology, 59(1): 1-23. Carby, H. (1982). White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood. In: Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in Seventies Britain. London: Hutchinson, pp. 212–235. Chan, K. W. (2010). The Global Financial Crisis and Migrant Workers in China: ‘There is No Future as a Labourer; Returning to the Village has No Meaning’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34(3): 659-677. Chávez, K. (2010). Border (In)Securities: Normative and Differential Belonging in LGBTQ and Immigrant Rights Discourse. Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, 7(2): 136–155. Collins, P. Hill (2000). Black Feminist Epistemology. In: Collins, P. Hill Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, New York: Routledge, pp. 251–257. Crenshaw, K. (1991). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. Stanford Law Review, 43: 1241–99. Dooling, W. (2005). The Making of a Colonial Elite: Property, Family and Landed Stability in the Cape Colony, c.1750–1834. Journal of Southern African Studies, 31(1): 147-162. Farris, S. R. (2012). Femonationalism and the ”Regular” Army of Labor Called Migrant Women. 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Hetronormativity and Immigration Scholarship: A Call for Change. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 10(2): 227-235. Lutz, H. (2010). Gender in the Migratory Process. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(10): 1647–1663. Manalansan, M. (2006). Queer Intersections: Sexuality and Gender in Migration Studies. International Migration Review, 40(1): 224–49. McClintock, A. (1995). No Longer in a Future Heaven: Nationalism, Gender and Race. In Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. New York: Routledge, pp. 352–389. McKay, S. C. (2007). Filipino Sea Men: Constructing Masculinities in an Ethnic Labour Niche. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 33(4): 617-633. Mohanty, C. (1984). Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses, Boundary, 2 (12/13): 333–358. Mulinari, D. (2007). Women friendly? Understanding gendered racism in Sweden. In Melby, K., Ravn, A. and Carlsson Wetterberg, C. (eds.), Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia: the limits of political ambition?. Bristol: Policy, pp. 167–182. (Available at LISAM). Parrenas, R. S. (2000). Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers and the International Division of Reproductive Labor. Gender and Society, 14(4): 560-580. Puar, J. (2013). Homonationalism As Assemblage: Viral Travels, Affective Sexualities. Jindal Global Law Review, 4(2): 23–43. Strand, S. (2014). Ethnicity, gender, social class and achievement gaps at age 16: intersectionality and ‘getting it’ for the white working class. Research Papers in Education, 29(2): 131-171. Skeggs, B. (2005). The Making of Class and Gender through Visualizing Moral Subject Formation. Sociology, 39(5): 965–82. Scott, J.W. (1988). Gender and the Politics of History. New York: Columbia University Press. Tinsman, H. (2008). A Paradigm of Our Own: Joan Scott in Latin American History, The American Historical Review, 113(5): 1357-1374. Wallerstein, I. (1991). Class Conflict in the Capitalist World-Economy, In Balibar, E. and Wallerstein, I. (eds.). Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities. London: Verso. Van Hear, N. (2014). Reconsidering Migration and Class. IMR, 48(S1): S100–S121. Weiss, A. (2005). The Transnationalization of Social Inequality: Conceptualizing Social Positions on a World Scale. Current Sociology, 53(4): 707-728. Wright, E. O. (2009). Understanding Class: Towards an Integrated Analytical Approach. New Left Review, 60: 101-16. Wong, Y. (2004). When East Meets West: Nation, Colony, and Hong Kong Women’s Subjectivities in Gender and China Development, Modern China, 30(2): 259–292. Yuval-Davis (1997). Gender & Nation. London: SAGE, Chapter 2: Theorizing Gender and Nation, pp. 26–38. (Avilable at LISAM). Suggested readings: Ahlstedt, S. (2016). The Feeling of Migration: Narratives of Queer Intimacies and Partner Migration. Linköping: Linköping University. Ahmed, L. (2011). The quiet revolution: the veil's resurgence, from the Middle East to America. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. Collins, P. Hill (1998). It’s All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race and Nation. Hypatia, 13(3): 62–82. Combahee River Collective (1977). A Black Feminist Statement, Available online: Lewis, R. (2014). ”Gay? Prove It!”: The Politics of Queer Anti-Deportation Activism. Sexualities, 17 (8): 958–975. Lugones, M. (2007). Heterosexualism and the Colonial/ Modern Gender System. Hypatia, 22(1): 186–209. McCall, L. (2005). The Complexity of Intersectionality. Signs, 30(3): 1771–1800. Mohanty, C. (2003). Under Western Eyes’ Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles. Signs, 28(2): 499–535. Silvey, R. (2004). Power, Difference and Mobility: Feminist Advances. Progress In Human Geography, 28(4): 490–506. Truth, S. (1851). Ain’t I a Woman? Available online: Vogel, K. (2009). The Mother, the Daughter and the Cow: Venezuelan Transformistas’ Migration to Europe. Mobilities, 4(3): 367–387.

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