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Spring 2021 Graduate Courses       

[Core Courses]

WST 600 - Feminist Interdisciplinary Histories and Methods
Cristina Khan
Synchronous ONLINE: Thursdays 1:15 - 4:05 p.m.
Rather than begin with an exploration of “the” feminist methodology in Women’s and Gender Studies, or an account of “the” history of feminism, this course will explore what counts as “history,” as “method,” and as “evidence” in feminist scholarship. Since its emergence as a distinct knowledge project within the academy, feminism has raised questions about how we know what we know, who gets to speak and for whom, and what are legitimate fields of inquiry. Our goal will be to trace some of the ways in which feminist scholars have sought to intervene in debates about disciplinary as opposed to interdisciplinary forms of knowledge, objective as opposed to “situated” knowledge, evidence versus experience, history versus fiction, etc. A central part of the feminist project for many scholars has been an engagement in the self-reflexive questioning of the status, history, methods, and goals of feminist scholarship. This course will attempt to continue that practice. To that end, students are encouraged to engage with the material with their own projects in mind, and to use the course in order to be self-reflexive about the methods, materials, and theories they intend to use in their graduate and post-graduate work. In order to begin the selfreflexive (re)examination, we will turn to concepts such as “knowledge,” “rational,” “irrational,” “experience,” and “evidence.”
WST 610 - Advanced Topics in Women's Studies: "Contemporary Queer and Nonbinary SF"
Ritch Calvin
In Person: Tuesdays 1:15 - 4:05 p.m.
This class will introduce and examine theories of science fiction, theories and models of queer reading, and examples of authors who engage in queer and nonbinary science fiction. The class will examine the intersections of science fiction (SF) and queer theory (QT). Arguably, SF as a mode of literature defamiliarizes and estranges the world we inhabit. It makes the world we are familiar with seem strange, and the strange world seem familiar. At the same time, QT and “queer” as a mode of inquiry similarly takes the familiar and views it from an unaccustomed perspective. Has SF always been the imaginative language of the queer? Is SF the articulation of a queer futurity? Is queer the  mise en scène of SF? Theoretical readings will draw from Darko Suvin, Lee Edelman, José Esteban Muñoz, Wendy Gay Pearson, and others. Non-theoretical texts will draw from Akwaeke Emezi, Indra Das, Samuel R. Delany, N. K. Jemisin, Larissa Lai, Joanna Russ, Janelle Monáe, Nnedi Okorafor, Rebecca Sugar, James Tiptree, Jr., and many others.
WST 698 - Practicing Women's and Gender Studies
Liz Montegary
In Person: Mondays 1:00 - 3:50 p.m.
The teaching practicum is designed for both graduate students in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and certificate students who anticipate teaching classes outside of, or in addition to, their disciplinary home. To prepare for this likelihood, we will spend several sessions working together to construct an introductory course syllabus in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. We will work together to generate several special topics course titles and descriptions related to students’ research interests. Practicing Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies explores three interconnected spaces—the classroom, the field, and the university. We will move from practical, even personal, tactics and strategies— what to do in the classroom—to (inter)disciplinary imperatives and institutional structures— how fields are imagined and universities organized. At the same time, we will consider broader questions about the university as an institution in the current moment, and the place of Women’s Studies within the contemporary university. Along with a consideration of the changing practices and objects of feminist knowledge production, we will also read about and discuss the changing politics and economics of academia, and the impact of the wider academic milieu on what and how knowledge is produced. We will ask: what has women’s studies been; what kinds of interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity are possible in women’s, gender and sexuality studies; and finally, what might the disciplinary field and its institutionalized locations as programs and departments become?
[Electives Outside of WGSS]
EGL 586 - Topics in Gender Studies: "Ecofeminism, Film, and Literature"
Heidi Hutner
ONLINE Synchronous:  Mondays 6:00 - 8:55 p.m.
Ecofeminism, Literature, and Film will examine theories of ecology and gender (ecofeminism) in literature, film, and media. Ecofeminist philosophy reconceptualizes a historically misogynistic, hierarchical, binary, and mechanistic human relationship to the earth/nature/environment. Students will study and apply ecofeminist philosophy to narrative nonfiction, fiction, media and film. We will also examine the work of women ecologists, scientists, and environmentalists.

MUS 536  - Area Studies in Ethnomusicology: " Sex and Bodies in Electronic Music"
Ben Tausig
ONLINE Synchronous: Thursdays 1:15 - 4:05 p.m.
The category of "electronic music" describes at least a century of genres and sonic practices. Both in possession of and possessed by instruments that function as totems of modernity, human actors have discovered in electronic music a means of refiguring identity, sexuality, and even humanity itself. This course is an empirically-focused
examination of bodies and sex in a variety of electronic music cultures, from the beaches of Goa to 1980s Paisley Park, from the hypermodernity of South African studios to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.   There will be weekly readings and brief written responses, in addition to a final paper or project, class presentations, and weekly in-class discussions. Students will listen closely to audio and video recordings, examining musical objects between meetings. We will engage scholarship from ethnomusicology, musicology, performance studies, history, gender studies, critical race theory, geography, and media studies, among others. This course is open primarily to graduate students including DMA, MM, and PhD level. Undergraduates may be accepted under specific circumstances. No prior musical experience is required, just a positive attitude and open ears!
PHI 505 - Core Course in Philosophy and the Arts, History of Aesthetic Theory:
" Bergson, Deleuze and the Art of Multiplicity "
Megan Craig
Online Synchronous: Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
This seminar investigates texts by Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze with an emphasis on their intellectual relationship and the style of prose connected to their distinctive theories. Beginning with Bergson's Time and Free Will, we will explore the concepts of duration, memory, multiplicity, and time at the center of his philosophy. We will then trace Deleuze's adoption and revision of these concepts in his own works and in work co-authored with Felix Guattari. A central part of our course entails exploring the performative aspects of Bergson's and Deleuze's philosophies, their reliance on specific examples and works of art, and the aesthetics of multiplicity that emerges from their philosophical/creative efforts.
PHI 603 - 19th Century Philosophy: " Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit "
Mary Rawlinson
Online Synchronous: Tuesdays 3:00 - 5:50 p.m.
This course will consist in a close reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Special attention will be paid to the themes of phenomenological method, sexual difference, language, and the critique of reason, as well as the evolution of political community-- from the violent encounter, through mastery and slavery, culture, revolution, and morality to the breaking of the hard heart in an act of forgiveness that makes mutual recognition possible. Writing requirements will be established by individual contract.
SOC 510 - Historical Methods in Sociology
Nicholas Wilson
ONLINE Synchronous: Tuesday 9:45 - 12:35 p.m.
This course introduces the family of methods called "Historical and Comparative Sociology."  Over the last generation, HCS has become one of the most vibrant and intellectually fecund regions of scholarship not only in sociology, but also in allied disciplines such as history, political science, economics, and anthropology. Our aim will thus be to understand what makes the field so interesting, both in its substance and how it produces scientific knowledge.
SOC 516 - Social Inequality
Timothy Moran
In Person: Thurdays 4:45 - 7:35 p.m.
Causes, consequences, and explanations of a prevailing social, political, and economic phenomenon. The course assesses long-run trajectories of inequalities in their various forms and dimensions, and analytically and theoretically considers the topic at the local, national, and global levels.
SPN 612 - Topics Seminar: " Decoloniality and Queer Studies"
Joseph Pierce
ONLINE Synchronous: Mondays 4:25 - 7:15 p.m.
White supremacy sux. Let’s do queer decolonial? Or maybe: how does queerness interface with recent critiques of coloniality, the decolonial turn (if such a thing exists), and ongoing Indigenous and Black resistance? Or maybe, what this course means to say is: what does queerness have to do with decoloniality? Let us recall: in recent years, the epistemological foundations of queer studies, as a field and mode of engagement with bodies and their diverse orientations, have been critiqued by scholars and activists from the Global South—where the Global South is not so much a place, but a mode of critique attuned to Black and Brown solidarities. To Queer, Cuir, Cuyr, Kuir, Kuyr.  These critiques have consolidated around the possibility—indeed the desirability—of translating queerness to other contexts, the commensurability of embodied knowledge and desires across difference, and the imperial reach of western modernity in its complicity with academic fields and disciplines.  This course is about these embodied conflicts: of knowledge production, the desire and desirability of translating queerness, and the possibilities of decolonial refashionings grounded in Indigenous and Afrodiasporic knowledges, embodiments, and histories.  (Course taught in English. Readings in Spanish, Portuguese, and English).
WRT/EGL 614 - Topics in Composition & Writing: "Feminist Rhetorics"
Kristina Lucenko
What makes rhetoric feminist? This course will introduce graduate students to key concepts, theories, debates, and research in feminist rhetorical studies in order to gain a sense of the breadth and depth of the field. We’ll explore a rich array of feminist rhetorical performances from both a historical and global context, including manifestos, petitions, speeches, protests, and complaints, and consider what these productions can teach us about our own rhetorical practices. Students will write weekly reponses, deliver a presentation, and develop a final project.
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