The Personal is Political: Biography, Gender and Diversity

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Doel vak

1. Acquiring knowledge of and insight in the field of historical
gender and diversity studies;
2. Acquiring knowledge of and insight in historical research
3. Develop academic research skills;
4. Develop writing skills;
5. Develop presentation skills.

Inhoud vak

"The personal is political", was a well-known rallying slogan in the
late 1970s women's movement. Modern historical research acknowledges the
impact and influence of the many dimensions that shape individual lives,
including gender, sexuality and sexual preference, ethnicity, race, age,
religion and class. This seminar explores how these intersecting
dimensions are present and influence the lives and biographies of
politically engaged personalities, famous or unknown, by studying the
genre of the political biography, autobiography and life writing. The
seminar sets out with a short series of lectures by experts in the
field, followed by writing and research assignments. Students will work
at an individual paper, based in a biographical research project of
their own choice; suggestions will be available. The course ends with
student's presentations of their findings.


Seminar (twice weekly), with assignments and several guest lectures .
Meetings are scheduled on Wednesday morning and Friday morning,


- Active participation in class including following up the assignments
- Individual presentation of the outline of the individual research
paper and how it links to the common reading in class (15%)
- Final discussion in semi-public seminar (15%)
- Final paper (4000 words) (60%)
Each element has to be satisfactory in order to pass the course.

Vereiste voorkennis

Academic skills course (ACVA) passed.


Literature will be made available for students in the first week of the


BA2 students in History, Humanities, Social Sciences, Philosophy, and
Medical Studies.

Overige informatie

This course is part of the Minor Gender and Diversity.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAALG068
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. D.G. Hondius
Examinator dr. D.G. Hondius
Docenten dr. D.G. Hondius
dr. B. Boter
dr. J.C.A.P. Ribberink

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