Feminist perspectives on global politics, in poems

Tiina Vaittinen & Saara Särmä

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We have just finished teaching a course on feminist perspectives on global politics at the University of Tampere, with an international group of students with different disciplinary backgrounds. During the course, we introduced the students to a wide range of readings on feminist IR, and towards the end of the course Saara gave them a creative assignment, originally picked up from Elina Penttinen’s pedagogical tools. The results, based on the students’ readings of some of the contributors and/or readers of this blog, were so amazing that we want to share the work with you.

Here is the assignment that was given to the class:

1. Choose any text from the course moodle
2. Read it carefully
3. Construct a poem using only words in the text

The poem can be any length, but should capture the essence of the original text (the main argument etc.), write by hand or on a computer, remember, you can also play with the layout…

And here are some of the results. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did.

Note 1: The authors’ names and the reference to the text that has inspired the writing can be found at the end of each poem. We have posted only those poems that we got permission for from the poets themselves, and some gave their permission only to anonymous publication.

Note 2: Apologies if the layout of the post is not perfect, that is Tiina’s fault.

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iina-eerika grönlund1.png

– Iina-Eerika Grönlund –

(Inspired by Smith, Nicola J. & Donna Lee (2015) ’What’s queer about political science?’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations 17, 49–63.)

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Janina Modes

– Janina Modes –

(Inspired by Shepherd, Laura and Lucy Ferguson (2011). “Gender, Governance and Power: Finding the Global at the Local Level”, Globalizations 8(2), 127–133.)

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Lucija Mulalic –

(Inspired by Liddle, Joanna and Shirin Rai (1998) “Feminism, Imperialism and Orientalism: the challenge of the ‘Indian woman’”, Women’s History Review 7(4), 495-520.)

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Impairments, handicaps, disabilities

Wheelchairs, retrofitting buildings,

Healthy adult males –paradigm of citizens

Who do not fit?

 

The capable,

The not-capable,

To be dependent,

or independent?

 

Who do not fit?

 

Private or public?

Human right issue?

Equal terms?

Politics?

 

A social construction?

Globalisation?

Corporation?

International Relations?

Cure or rehabilitation?

 

How do societies

Adapt to or address

These differences?

Physical and social?

 

Globalisation,

Production,

Types of states,

World orders,

Community identities,

Types of democracy,

Northern states’ policies.

 

“Hyper-liberal’’ world order,

Away from welfare states,

Neo-liberal global economy,

Money, money, money.

 

International disability groups,

Such as,

World Blind Union

World Federation

of the Deaf and

Rehabilitation.

 

What about,

United Nations,

World Bank?

 

Who do not fit?

 

-Nicole Onnela-

(Inspired by: Stienstra, Deborah (2002), ‘DisAbling Globalisation: Rethinking Global Political Economy with a Disability Lens’, Global Society, 16(2): 109-121.)

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Quentin Sorbier

Quentin Sorbier –

(Inspired by Smith, Nicola J. & Donna Lee (2015) ’What’s queer about political science?’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations 17, 49–63.)

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Jaime de Lorenzo

-Jaime de Lorenzo Barrientos-

(Inspired by Anitta Kynsilehto (ed.) (2008). Islamic feminism: Current perspectives. Tampere Peace Research Institute, Occasional Paper No. 96, 2008.)

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anonymous_imagine peace

-Anonymous-

(Inspired by Boulding, Elise (1989). “Can peace be imagined?” in Peace. Meanings, politics, strategies edited by Linda Rennie Forcey, Prager: New York, Westport, London, pp. 73-84.)

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Help wanted

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– Hanna Asikainen –

(Inspired by Mason, Corinne L. (2014). ‘“Cripping” the World Bank: Disability, empowerment and the cost of violence against women’, International Feminist Journal of Politics 17(3): 435-453.)

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DeliaStantonMartin

– Delia Stanton Martin –

(Inspired by Johanna Hedva: Sick Woman Theory.)

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alice guibert

– Alice Guibert –

(Inspired by Shepherd, Laura and Lucy Ferguson (2011). “Gender, Governance and Power: Finding the Global at the Local Level”, Globalizations 8(2), 127–133.)

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anonymous_to end1

– Anonymous –

(Inspired by Pat Armstrong and M. Patricia Connelly (1989). “Feminist Political Economy: An Introduction”, Studies in Political Economy 30, pp. 5-12.)

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Pathology of Globalisation

Tiina Vilppolahti.png

– Tiina Vilppolahti –

(Inspired by Stienstra, Deborah (2002) ‘DisAbling Globalisation: Rethinking Global Political Economy with a Disability Lens’, Global Society, 16(2): 109-121.)

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chloe lusven

– Chloé Lusven –

(Inspired by Tuula Sakaranaho (2008). ‘“Equal but different”: Women in Turkey from the Islamic point of view’, in Islamic feminism edited by Anitta Kynsilehto, pp. 47-56. Tampere Peace Research Institute Occasional Papers No. 96, TAPRI: Tampere.)

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clemence huguet

– Clemence Huguet –

(Inspired by Cynthia Enloe. Bananes, beaches and bases: Making feminist sense of international politics, (Ch. 2: “Lady travelers, Beauty queens, stewardesses, and Chambermaids: the international gendered politics of tourism”).)

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segolene laubert

– Segolene Laubert –

(Inspired by Smith, Nicola J., Laing, Mary & Katy Pilcher (2015). ‘Being, Thinking and Doing ‘Queer’ in Debates about Commercial Sex’, in Queer Sex Work, London: Routledge.)

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Siiri Lingman

– Siiri Lingman –

(Inspired by Marysia Zalewski: The weight of a man’s shoe.)

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My Body Wants To Matter Politically

 

Attached to the bed

Rising up sick fists in solidarity

Disabled bodies

Banishing them to invisibility

What modes of protest are afforded to sick people?

 

Importance of bodies

Who can’t protest in the streets

Political activists

Unable to move, hold up a sign, shout a slogan

What modes of protest are afforded to sick people?

 

Sick Woman Theory as a way to survive

Anyone denied the privileged existence

Voices are heard and valued

Importance to society is everywhere recognized

Importance to society is made explicit by that society

– Franziska Hein –

(Inspired by the transcript of “My Body Is a Prison of Pain so I Want to Leave It Like a Mystic But I Also Love It & Want it to Matter Politically.” from Johanna Hedva’s lecture at the event by the “Women’s Center for Creative Work at Human Resources”, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

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