Gender and Genocide: A Research-Creation Project

Azra Rashid

Abstract


Nationalism, rooted in the word nation, binds individuals to an imaginary homeland by virtue of shared characteristics, ethnicity, and landscape. Feminist scholarship has demonstrated that nationalism is gendered, crafted to serve masculine privilege. Genocide occurs when nationalism, itself a product of imagination, creates imaginary subjects, who fight over imaginary homelands, and the site of violence becomes women’s bodies.

Le nationalisme, enraciné dans le mot nation, lie des individus à une patrie imaginaire par des caractéristiques partagées, l’ethnicité et le paysage. Les recherches féministes ont démontré que le nationalisme est sexué, élaboré pour servir au privilège masculin. Le génocide se produit lorsque le nationalisme, un produit d’imagination luimême, crée des sujets imaginaires qui luttent autour des patries imaginaires, et le lieu de violence devient les corps des femmes.


Keywords


Gender; Genocide; Creation-as-research; Research-Creation; Feminist Theory; Nationalism; Rwanda; Bangladesh; Holocaust

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2014v39n2a2854

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