AANA18102U  Geographies of Governance, Development, and Mainstream Feminism

Volume 2018/2019

This course examines global gendered governance from above, below, the margins, and across borders. Specifically we explore emerging geographies of elite gender experts in the contemporary era of neoliberal globalization:  How are gender experts - working within and across corporations, think-tanks, NGOs, and the State - entering into new partnerships to govern gender relations? What is gender expertise and what are the effects of its application in areas in the global south - such as development, sustainability, business, sexual violence, and security? How is gendered expertise produced and reproduced in elite transnational encounters and urban spaces? What are the practices of future foresight in global organizations to advance knowledge that make up the basis of scenarios and models for the future governance of gender equality? How does knowledge about gender equality circulate across institutional, national, and political borders? How is it that mainstream feminism is becoming part of these increasing complex cultural circulations about gender? And what kind of feminism is this anyway?

This course will examine literatures on globalization and gendered global governance; anticipatory governance and future foresight; gender in development studies; gender and elite geographies of power; and the professionalization of feminist knowledge and expertise. We will also bring a critical feminist lens to works on the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles; the World Bank’s efforts on gender and development;; The World Economic Forum’s Women leaders and Gender Parity Programme; and especially specific gender focused initiatives in Denmark.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge and Understanding:         

  • At the end of the course students are expected to be able to describe and reflect upon anthropological knowledge, theories and methodologies regarding governance, development and various forms of feminism, including neoliberal feminism as well as its backlash.


  • At the end of the course students are expected to be able describe the central problems in the course literature in relation to the empirical content of the reading.
  • Be able to identify and choose particular methods, such as using multi-sited fieldwork, to study, analyze and assess different gendered initiatives.



  • At the end of the course students must be able to independently carry out anthropological (ethnographic) scholarship on geographies of governance, development and/or feminism/ Be able to apply theories and methods regarding governance, development and feminisms to practical situations in business / organizations and the labor market in Denmark and throughout the world

BSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature.

MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature + 200 pages of literature chosen by students. Literature chosen by students must be relevant to the course’s subject matter.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Length: The portfolio exam can be taken individually or in groups of maximum four students. The portfolio exam consists of 3-7 submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must not exceed 30,000 keystrokes for a single student. For groups of two students the maximum is 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students the maximum is 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students the maximum is 50,000 keystrokes.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

1. re-exam:
A new essay with a revised problem statement must be submitted at the announced date. The students must sign up for the 1. re-exam.

Please note that the re-exam is an essay even for courses, where the ordinary exam is a portfolio exam.

2. re-exam:
A new essay with a revised problem statement must be submitted at the announced date next semester. The students must sign up for the 2. re-exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcomes.

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  • Hours
  • Lectures
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  • Total
  • 42