Gendering Border Studies

Edited by Henrice Altink with Jane Aaron and Chris Weedon

In Gendering Border Studies, York history lecturer Henrice Altink, with her co-editors Jane Aaron and Chris Weedon, shows how an awareness of gender transforms our understanding of borders. Henrice and her fellow editors invited fifteen established scholars from various disciplines to contribute essays to the book. Focusing on migration, border crossing narratives, drawing internal boundaries or teaching the contributors outline the ways in which gender has informed work in these areas before predicting future developments.

In recent years border studies has changed significantly due to the transformation of the world political map which have changed the nature and function of borders. Gender (defined as the knowledge about perceived distinctions between the sexes) is an important signifier of borders as constructed and contested lines of differences. In the interplay with other categories of difference like class, race, ethnicity, and religion, it plays a major role in giving meaning to different forms of borders. It is not surprising, then, that an increasing number of studies in the last years have aimed for a gendering of border studies.

The book explores and develops this new interdisciplinary field. The main questions it asks are: How do we define 'borders', 'frontiers' and 'boundaries' in different disciplinary approaches of gendered border studies? What were and are the main fields of gendered border studies? What might be important questions for future research? And how useful is an inter- or transdisciplinary approach for gendered border studies?

Henrice Altink is Senior Lecturer in Modern History. Henrice is author of Representations of Slave Women in Discourses on Slavery and Abolition as well as numerous articles and essays.