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Queer Asia

This course introduces the expanding body of research that links Asian and Queer studies.

The course sheds light on gender and sexual diversity in both modern and pre-modern East Asian environments, and it examines related floating identities mainly through examples from literature, performing arts, art history and popular media.In doing so, the course examines the cultural features that seemingly resemble transnational phenomenas, while undermining essentialist determinism and the dominance of modern Western models.

All teaching and examination at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies will continue to be web-based throughout autumn semester 2021.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of one module 7.5 ECTS.

    Teaching format

    The course is given in the form of lectures and seminars.

    Attendance at all classes is mandatory.

    The teaching is given in English and mainly online via Zoom.

    Course details and resources

    Course details, planning and literature for Autumn 2021 can be found in the learning platform Athena

    Please note that only registred students have access to downloadable resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.


    The course is examined through a digital take-home exam at the end of the course.


    Jaqueline Berndt

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Japan's Language and Culture?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Hanna Kritz
    Room 111, Kräftriket 4B
    Phone: 08-16 27 22