How to Use the Archive for Teaching

Professors have used the interviews in the GFP archive (which are currently drawn from 9 countries (Brazil, China, Germany, India, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Poland, Russia and the U.S.) in courses in a range of fields that include area studies, history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, social work, and gender and women’s studies. These interviews can provide the core source materials for an entire course, or they can be used selectively to teach a particular topic, a concept, a method, a historical period within or across countries (for example, student movements of the 1960s in the U.S., the Sandinista era in Nicaragua, Solidarity in Poland, the Cultural Revolution in China, etc.), or geographic area (for example, Feminist movements in Latin America with a focus on Brazil and Nicaragua).

There are text introductions to every country we have interviews from; these introductions can provide some historical context, as well as introductions to the interviews, for both instructors and students. In addition, located on each country’s page is an interactive timeline of events. We also have text transcripts in the original language of the interview (except in some cases in India) and in English.  Many instructors rely mainly on these texts and some of the lesson plans provide excerpts from these English language transcripts.

In some courses, video clips from interviews are watched together in class, while in others, students are asked to watch and write about full videos. Thematic films are available for each of the four original sites. They are useful introductions to each of these country’s interviews, as they provide some context for the project, and women’s activism and scholarship in these countries: China, India, Poland, USA. Transcripts for these films are also available here: China Transcript, India Transcript, Poland Transcript, USA Transcript. We do not have thematic films available for other sites.

We have included sample syllabi, assignments, and lesson plans using the materials. In designing the lesson plans, we considered de-centering the United States to enlarge students’ perspectives on the variety of feminist practices with examples from around the globe. Hence, our goal is to demonstrate the plurality of women’s experiences and feminisms. However, instructors who wish to focus exclusively on the U.S. can certainly use the archival material from the U.S. to do that. For additional information on the project, the country sites, and the interviewees, we have compiled a bibliography for each site, and a list of publications that draw on the website materials (including one by Rios and Stewart on teaching).