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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated April 21, 2015 at 08:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
WGSS 100-01  Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Sex, Gender and Social Worlds
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 009 STAFF
This course is an introduction to the study of sex and gender in a transnational world, emphasizing how they are embedded in dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality and ability. We begin by deconstructing the “naturalness” of sex and gender and then look at histories of science; the invention of the modern nation-state; nationalism, colonialism and imperialism; contemporary processes of globalization; and feminist activisms within and beyond identity politics. Students will develop skill in using methods for critiquing dualistic conceptualizations of sex and gender, as well as understanding gender, sexuality and other forms of personhood as historically and culturally specific. Sex, Gender and Social Worlds insists that identity and embodiment cannot be understood as isolated from histories of colonialism, circuits of mobility, and capitalist production and exchange. The readings reflect various disciplinary voices that enable students to become critical readers of theoretical, legal, medical, historical, ethnographic, filmic and activist texts. Social Science general distribution.

WGSS 127-01  Wom/Gend/Sex Greece/Rome
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 402 Beth Severy-Hoven
*Cross-listed with CLAS 127-01*

WGSS 194-01  Minding the Body
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 300 Kayiatos, Ostrove
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with PSYC 194-01 and RUSS 194-01*

WGSS 200-01  Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
We will study how the terms 'feminist' and 'queer' meet and separate in 20th century culture and politics. Some themes that bring them into the same conversation are: negotiating prescribed and constructed identities, critiquing existing frameworks and fashioning unprecedented ones, and addressing the material conditions of modernity and postmodernity. Some issues we will discuss: struggles for rights, cultural and political representation of gendered, racialized and sexualized minorities, visions of new societies. Some authors we will study: Sojourner Truth, Vandana Shiva, bell hooks, Betty Friedan, Rebecca Walker, Trinh Minh-ha, Martin Manalansan, Naomi Klein, among others. No prerequisites.

WGSS 220-01  Feminist Re-constructions: Indian
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
*Cross-listed with ENGL 294-05* A historical accident has led to the creation and use of ‘Indian’ in very different geographies—North America and South Asia. We will study what happens when these diverse cultural and political depictions of ‘Indian’ are juxtaposed. Through an intersection of gender with nation, race, class, and sexuality, we will discuss the connections between the concepts of native, ancient, and modern, nation and citizenship, hyphenated and hybrid identities, global cultural consumption, to name some issues. The course will include authors across the 20th century into the present—for example, Zitkala Sa, R.K. Narayan, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Anita Desai, Simon Ortiz, Sherman Alexie, Mulk Raj Anand, Louise Erdrich, nila northSun, Meena Kandasamy, among others. Art, film, and political expressions will be part of the matrix of analysis. No prerequisites.

WGSS 294-01  Gender and Sexuality in China
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 112 Xin Yang
*Cross-listed with CHIN 294-01*

WGSS 294-02  Sex and Citizenship: 19th Century U.S. Women's Writing
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 Jean Franzino
*Cross-listed with ENGL 294-03*

WGSS 294-03  Race, Class, and Gender in American Photography
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 102 Joanna Inglot
*Cross-listed with AMST 294-02 and ART 294-03*

WGSS 394-01  Transgender Queries: Critical Trans Studies
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm ARTCOM 102 STAFF
This course investigates the category transgender as an emerging subject and object of study in the twenty-first century. We look at transgender social practices embedded in dynamics of race, class, sexuality, nationality, and ability as produced in and through discourses including medicine, history, anthropology, feminism and queer theory. Our inquiry is shaped by several questions: What does “trans” mean in different contexts and times? How does “trans” illuminate the institutional constraints on subjectivity that pertain to everyone’s gender? How do transgender and transsexuality emerge as identities with claims to medical care, human rights, and global recognition? And who benefits from the new visibility of trans identity? We will frame our discussions of transgender social formations within historical, political and economic contexts, and examine the transnational flows of global capital that impact transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming identities and bodies across borders. Prerequisites: WGSS 200 or permission of the instructor. Social Science general distribution.

WGSS 494-01  Text and Identity: Parisiennes
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 409 Juliette Rogers
*Cross-listed with FREN 412-01; first day attendance required*

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated April 21, 2015 at 08:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
WGSS 101-01  Feminist Sex Wars
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
 
WGSS 110-01  Intro to LGBTQ Studies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
*Cross-listed with AMST 112-01; first day attendance required*

WGSS 117-01  Women, Health, Reproduction
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 100 Elizabeth Jansen
*Cross-listed with BIOL 117-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on December 5th with permission of the instructor*

WGSS 194-01  The Culture and Theory of Women of Color Feminisms
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 212 Juliana Pegues
*Cross-listed with AMST 194-01*

WGSS 201-01  History of U.S. Feminisms
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 Amy Sullivan
*Cross-listed with HIST 201-01*

WGSS 228-01  Gender and Sexuality in Colonial America and the Early Republic
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 402 Andrea Robertson
*Cross-listed with HIST 228-01*

WGSS 242-01  Economics of Gender
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 05 Karine Moe
*First day attendanc required; cross-listed with ECON 242-01*

WGSS 261-01  Feminist Political Theory
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 401 Zornitsa Keremidchieva
*Cross-listed with POLI 261-01*

WGSS 264-01  The Psychology of Gender
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 352 Joan Ostrove
*Cross-listed with PSYC 264-01*

WGSS 294-01  Socialisms and Sexualities
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 215 Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with RUSS 294-01*

WGSS 300-01  Advanced Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
*Cross-listed with INTL 300-01* This course will focus on feminist and queer postmodern and postcolonial literature and film. We will study how the terms 'feminist' and 'queer' meet and separate in 20th century culture and politics. We will seek to understand and work with definitions of the 'postmodern' and the ‘postcolonial.’ Some themes that bring them into the same conversation are: negotiating prescribed and constructed identities, playing with the notion of 'post,' critiquing existing frameworks and fashioning unprecedented ones, and addressing the material conditions of modernity and postmodernity. Some authors included are Reinaldo Arenas, Theresa Cha, Trinh Minh-Ha, and Gayatri Spivak. Films by Ursula Biemann (Switzerland) and Alka Sadat (Afghanistan) are included

WGSS 310-01  Gendered/Feminist Writing: 19th Century Women Writers
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 003 Lesley Goodman
*Cross-listed with ENGL 362-01; first day attendance required*

WGSS 330-01  Democracies, Feminisms, Capitalisms
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
Through the organizing notion of Object, we will study the intertwining of democracy and capitalism, with a brief historical overview of both but looking primarily at formations in the 20th and 21st centuries—from liberal nation-state versions through postsocialisms to neoliberal-neocolonial globalization. In this transnational comparative context, we will focus on how various feminisms have negotiated these intertwined political/economic theories, at once emerging from them, claiming a place in them, as well as self-defining against their different formations. We will explore how liberal, second- and third-wave, socialist, women of color, radical transnational, and indigenous feminisms deploy the notion of Object in addressing issues of citizenship, violence, labor, the environment, cultural representation, etc. as ways of tackling this complicated relationship with diverse forms of capitalism and democracy.

WGSS 394-01  Gender, Power, and Sexualities in Africa
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 05 Dianna Shandy
*Cross-listed with ANTH 394-01*

WGSS 394-02  Conquering the Flesh: Renunciation of Food and Sex in the Christian Tradition
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 111 Susanna Drake
*Cross-listed with RELI 394-02*

WGSS 400-01  Senior Seminar: Linking Theory and Practice
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
 

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