Equality and Diversity

Course: CRD 17

Instructor: Giti Chandra and Milica Minic

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic theories and concepts in equality and social diversity in rural communities. By examining basic issues of gender, equality and sexuality from this point of view, students will also begin to develop nuanced and transnational understandings of established feminist theoretical traditions as well more recent feminist conceptualizing of local and global gender politics.

Through a combination of readings, lectures and in-depth class discussion, students will consider how unjust politics might be changed through local as well as transnational transfers and dialogues. Students will explore equality/justice for suppressed minority and oppressed groups from historical, intersectional, trans-national, and human rights perspectives. Discussions will center on how the issues, ideas, and debates engaged in by feminist theorists might play out in specific contexts, particularly in the contexts of rural communities around the world.  Students will be encouraged to think about and mentally map the differences (ethnic, racial, class, etc.) that matter in the societies and organizations they come from; they will reflect on the meanings and significance of these internal social differences and political struggles as viewed from theoretical perspectives. They will be asked to consider and apply the transnational theoretical concepts they read about to those justice movements they are familiar with as well as those they will learn about from their peers; and in particular to consider the roles played by civil institutions, NGOs, leaders, grassroots organizers, and advocates for women and sexual minorities. Through close, critical reading and intensive dialogue with one another, fellows will be encouraged to develop theoretically informed views and local as well as transnational perspectives.


Dr. Giti Chandra is currently Senior Researcher and Lecturer, UNU-GEST, and also teaches in the University of Iceland. She has been Associate Professor at the Dept. of English, St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and has taught in and been a fellow at Rutgers University, New Jersey, from where she did her Doctoral work on Women and Violence. She is the author of “Narrating Violence, Constructing Collective Identities: To witness these wrongs unspeakable” (Macmillan UK/US: 2009). She is Co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on the #MeToo Movement (due out in October, 2020) and has given papers and presentations on the #MeToo movement in conferences internationally. She is the recipient of an EDDA grant for a book length study titled “In Visible Texts: Hidden and Spectacularised Violence in Colonial India and Africa”. Dr Chandra has served as Chairperson of the College Complaints Committee Against Sexual Harassment in St Stephen’s College, Adviser to the Gender Sensitization Committee, and as the External Expert on the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Dr. Chandra has also published two novels, short stories, and poems.