Gender and migration

lsoc2031  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Gender and migration
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Merla Laura;
In this course, we will understand migration issues from a gender perspective/gender issues from a migration perspective. To this end, the course will be structured as follows : 
  1. Course presentation including course contents, schedule, and modes of evaluation. Introduction to a critical vocabulary of migration and gender.
  1. Mobilty and gender in Europe and beyond, from the colonial times to the 60s-70s.
  1. (the absence of) Gender in early migration theories : neoclassical economics of migration (micro and macro), dual labour market theory, the new economics of migration.
  1. From decolonization to globalization: historical and theoretical perspectives on gender and migration.
  1. Transnationalism and questions of citizenship.
  1. Care and migrations.
  2. Migrations and sexualities : LGBTQ and migration.
  3. International conference : "Excluding Diversity: At the intersections of Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Gender Mobilizations" (26-27 March 2020, Louvain-la-Neuve).
  4. Intersectionality.
  5. Methodological perspectives for the study of gender and migration.
  6. Course summary and exam (open questions).
Teaching methods
Lectures by the teachers; seminars by invited speakers; in-class group exercices/activities.
Evaluation methods
  • Participation to the course activities/discussions : 10%
  • In-class group or individual exercise(s) and/or presentation(s) (depending on the number of students enrolled) : 30%
  • Oral exam (questions on the mandatory readings, the course and conference contents) : 60%
Online resources
Portefeuille de lectures (ci-dessous une liste non-exhaustive et modifiable de références) :
  • Baldassar, L. Merla, L. (eds.) (2014) Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care: Understanding Mobility and Absence in Family Life. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Butler, J. (1993) Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”. New York: Routledge.
  • Castels, S. (2000) ‘International migration at the beginning of the twenty-first century: global trends and issues’. International Social Science Journal 52(165): 269-281.
  • Crenshaw, K.W. (1989) ‘Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics’. University of Chicago Legal Forum 1: 139–167.
  • Favell, A. (2009) ‘Immigration, migration, and free movement in the making of Europe’. In Checkel, J. T. Katzenstein, P. J. (eds.) European Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 167-190.
  • Jolly, S., & Reeves, H. (2005). Genre et Migrations : Panorama. Bridge Development-Gender.
  • Manalansan, M.F. 2006. "Queer Intersections: Sexuality and Gender in Migration Studies." International Migration Review 40(1):224-49
  • Massey, D. S. et al. (1993) ‘Theories of international migration: a review and appraisal’. Population and Development Review 19(3): 431-466.
  • Oso, L. Ribas-Mateos, N. eds. (2013) The international handbook on gender, migration and transnationalism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Etc.
Teaching materials
  • PowerPoint/Prezi diffusés en séances + portefeuille de lectures.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Sociology and Anthropology

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Anthropology

Advanced Master in Gender Studies