Fall 2021 Graduate Courses
WST 601 - Feminist Theories
Tuesdays 1:15 - 4:05 p.m.
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to a wide range of readings
in feminist theories and the impact of gender and sexuality studies criticism on literary
studies and feminist narratology. Taking an intersectional approach to argue that
multiple modalities—gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, ability, geographical
location—create social positions and representations structured by inequalities, we
will examine and critique a variety of literary/critical texts that anticipate, intervene
in, and embody feminist and queer representations in narrative. Loosely organized
around feminist chronologies, we will examine early feminisms alongside second-wave
and sexuality studies; we then examine critical race studies and black feminisms,
and shift to queer of color and transnational feminisms. Readings range from Mary
Wollstonecraft and Julia C. Collins to Gloria Anzaldúa, Hortense Spillers, and Maggie
Nelson. French feminists, Wittig, Kristeva, Cixous, and Irigaray are read in conjunction
with earlier works by Simone de Beauvoir and Virginia Woolf (
A Room of One’s Own
, e.g.) and alongside Spivak, Butler, Fuss, and Ahmed. Longer works include Morrison’s
Woman Hollering Creek.
Collaborative praxis is expected in this class as such work comprises education as
a “practice of freedom,” as bell hooks has written.
WST 680 -
Interdisciplinary Research Design
Wednesdays 2:40 - 5:30 p.m.
This interdisciplinary seminar guides students engaged in feminist, liberatory, and
social justice oriented projects through the process of research design. We will explore
interdisciplinary ideas and debates voiced by scholars and activists about the relationship
between theory and research practice, and the conduct of research and research outcomes.
Students will be introduced to an array of research methods available across the Arts,
Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences, think critically about their use, and gain
some hands-on experience with methods. The seminar is designed as a workshop to apply
knowledge of methods and methodologies to students' own research, and over the semester,
students will develop either a research proposal for funding agencies and/or their
dissertation proposal (prospectus). Course topics will include formulating and refining
research questions; developing appropriate theoretical frameworks; articulating scholarly
value; and thinking critically about the methods used in feminist interdisciplinary
research. Students are expected to work collaboratively, presenting their individual
works-in-progress to the class for constructive critique.
ARH 550 -
Inquiries into Art Criticism and Theory - "
Transnational Histories, Methods, & Exhibitions"
Mondays 1:00 - 3:50 p.m. (in-person and online synchronous)
This class approaches the global postwar through the lens of the transnational. Recent
scholarship on the global and also the regional has emphasized mobility, chosen and
pressured, and multiple identities and contexts as artists move across the uneven
ground of the postwar world. We will read monographic artist case studies, propositions
for ways to rethink previous histories (of "American" art, of cosmopolitan/colonial
Paris), newer South-South narratives, and also exhibitions. Guest speakers and curators
will discuss their research, and we will also look at artists whose work emphasizes
transnational experience. I
f you are interested in registering or have any questions please contact Katy Siegel
or Gabriella Shypula at
ARH 554 -
Topics in Visual Culture - "Comparative Media"
Thursdays 1:15 - 4:05 p.m.
This class examines issues in the interdisciplinary field of visual culture. Visual
culture studies look at the dynamic state of visual media in contemporary life and
their historical origins, seeking to relate art and film to the mass media and digital
AFS 533 - Race, Gender, and Globalization
Mondays 2:40 - 3:50 p.m.
This seminar explores current issues and debates relating to the racialized and gendered
effects of globalization. Topics include an overview of the sociology of globalization
and theories of globalism/the global system, transnational classes and a transnational
state, global culture and ideology, transnational migrations and the new global labor
market, globalization and race/ethnicity, women and globalization, local-global linkages,
and resistance to globalization.
EGL 585 - Topics in Cultural Studies: "Documentary: Film and Society"
Wednesdays 6:05 - 8:55 p.m.
The last two decades have witnessed an unprecedented development of nonfiction filmmaking.
Documentary films have become a major platform for personal expression as well as
for social and political advocacy, often combining these two planes. More generally,
documentary cinema has become an invaluable barometer of political tensions, concerns
over social inequalities and issues related to climate change, among others. This
seminar will engage its participants in the study of the history and theory of documentary
cinema in order to help us develop an understanding of the whole range of narrative
strategies and practices that documentarians have developed since the making of the
early ‘actualities’ through the emergence of digital filmmaking. In a parallel line
of investigation, we will examine the potential uses of documentary cinema in classroom
HIS 516 -
Theme Seminars on Empire, Modernity, and Globalization -
"Doing Transnational History in a Global Age"
Thursdays 4:45 - 7:35 p.m.
The recent “transnational turn” has given rise to a search for a satisfying way to
conceptualize, and narrate that which was excluded or obscured by state-centered historical
approach to the modern world. Not surprisingly, however, the idea of transnationalism
raised as many problems as it has solved. The obscure relationship between states
transnational social spaces is direly in need of further illumination, as is the relation
transnational, global, and international history. In addition to these questions,
this seminar will e
xamine what a transnational perspective enables us to see or how its ostensible insights
translated into a concrete historical research project. Lastly, in the seminar we
will all learn that
globality is both the precondition and the subject of transnational history and that
and global perspective affects the making of alternative possibilities.
HIS 517 -
Theme Seminars on Empire, Modernity, and Globalization
Wednesdays 6:05 - 9:00 p.m.
From Barbadian sugar plantations to Northern cities, enslaved Africans figured prominently
the history of the early Atlantic world. In myriad ways, they contributed to the economic,
and cultural formation of European colonies and later of independent nations. In the
they developed new survival strategies, social relations, and cultural identities
amidst the ravages
of the slave trade, exploitative systems of coerced labor, and the inherent violence
characterized slave societies. In this class, we will take a comparative approach
to consider how
slavery—both as an institution and as a lived experience—differed across regions and
from the Caribbean to New England. We will explore a wide range of relevant topics,
changing labor systems, transatlantic and internal slave trades, plantation and non-plantation
economies, early capitalism, cultural continuities and creolization, religion and
resistance and revolution, free black communities, anti-slavery activism and abolition.
addition, we will consider how various scholars have interpreted the influence of
intersectional constructions of race, gender, and class. HIS MA and PhD students register
517; MAT Social Studies students require permission of Instructor and register for
POL 562 -
Passionate Politics: Mobilization, Interest Groups, and Social Movements
Mondays 2:45 - 5:35 p.m.
This course discusses political mobilization: the factors that motivate political
involvement and the consequences that high levels of public engagement have on elections
and the development of public policy. The course begins with several high profile
examples of citizen engagement that have had noticeable impact on American politics.
This first section also includes a discussion of the various ways in which Americans
can be mobilized from involvement in election campaigns to the distribution of political
information via social networks. The course then shifts focus to cover the psychology
of political mobilization in detail, including the importance of group memberships
and identities, emotions, and values. An entire unit of the course is devoted to
psychology of group membership in which the mobilizing power of identities and the
role of politically motivating emotions are discussed at length. Finally the last
section of the course is devoted to specific examples of political mobilization in
the U.S. including the environment/green movement, issue groups such as the right-to-life
movement, racial politics, and highly polarized partisan politics. Overall, the course
is designed to illuminate the psychology of political mobilization and apply these
principles to contemporary American politics.
SOC 514 -
Advanced Topics in Global Sociology - "Global Health"
Tuesdays 5:45 - 8:35 p.m.
This course provides an advanced treatment of major topics and debates in the increasingly
globalized social sciences. The course is based on research activities of the faculty
and students. Topics may include global inequality; globalization and gender; sociology
of human rights; war and revolution; transnational social movements; comparative political
economy; globalization and immigration; globalization and work; issues in global culture.
SPN 641 -
19th-Century Iberian Cultures -
"Race, Gender, and Penal Colonies in the Philippines"
Wednesdays 2:40 - 5:30 p.m.
This course delves into the racial, ethical, political, and social issues involved
in the Spanish penal colonization process in the Philippines in the nineteenth century.
We will see that incarceration, in this context, became a method to dispossess indigenous
and Muslim people of their land in the Philippines, and to cleanse the Spanish peninsula
of those considered a threat to industrial society —criminals, the poor, prostitutes,
and vagrants. To that end, labor and procreation were crucial and instrumentalized
in the use of prisoners, both male and female, to build the colonial structure.
Our discussions will center on Islands studies, Iberian studies, Atlantic studies,
Critical Race theory and Gender studies. Readings will include: Archival documents
from the Ministerio de Ultramar, Giorgio Agamben, Concepción Arenal, Juan Luis Bachero
Bachero, Jeremy Bentham, John Blanco, Robert Chase, Adela Cortina, Angela Davis, Gilles
Deleuze, Robert Esposito, Michel Foucault, Josep Fradera, Teresa Fuentes Peris, Antonio
Gramsci, Franz Kafka, Samuel Llano, Cesare Lombroso, Achille MBembe, Mary Louise Pratt,
Isabel Ramoz Vázquez, Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, John Schumacher, Nancy Shoemaker,
Rita Segato, Joseph Slaughter, Ann Stoler, Anibal Quijano, among others.
This course will help understand the centrality of a transnational and transhistorical
approach to understanding the contemporary treatment of prisoners. We will specifically
look at the Spanish debates on penal colonies in the Philippines to address still-unresolved
questions of prison labor, race politics through imprisonment, and the importance
of heteropatriarchy, linked to gender violence, in the prison system.
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