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Spring 2022 Graduate Courses       

[Core Courses]

WST 600 - Feminist Interdisciplinary Histories and Methods
Lisa Diedrich
Mondays 1:00 - 3:50pm
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 self-reflexive (re)examination, we will turn to concepts such as “knowledge,” “rational,” “irrational,” “experience,” and “evidence.”
WST 698 - Practicing Women's and Gender Studies
MaryJo Bona
Wednesdays 2:40 - 5:30pm
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?
[Department Electives]
WST 512/602 - Social Perspectives on Feminist Theory - "Black Feminist Theory"
Crystal Fleming
Tuesdays  5:45 - 8:35pm
This course introduces students to the main currents of feminist social, political, and intellectual theory. It will explore theories and texts and the linkages between developing feminism and such fields as economics, sociology, history, and philosophy.
WST 610 - Advanced Topics in Women's Studies - "Borders and Migration"
Nancy Hiemstra
Tuesdays  1:15 - 4:05 pm
[WGSS-Related Electives] - *Under Contruction*
ARH 550 -  Inquiries into Art Criticism and Theory - " Transnational Histories, Methods, & Exhibitions" 
Katy Siegel
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 at or Gabriella Shypula at  
ARH 554 - Topics in Visual Culture - "Comparative Media"
Brooke Belisle
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 culture.
AFS 533 - Race, Gender, and Globalization
Georges Fouron
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"
Iza Kalinowska-Blackwood
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 instruction.
HIS 516 - Theme Seminars on Empire, Modernity, and Globalization -
"Doing Transnational History in a Global Age"
Young-Sun Hong
Thursdays 4:45 - 7:35 p.m.
The recent “transnational turn” has given rise to a search for a satisfying way to uncover, 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 has raised as many problems as it has solved. The obscure relationship between states and transnational social spaces is direly in need of further illumination, as is the relation between 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 can be
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 transnational and global perspective affects the making of alternative possibilities.
HIS 517 - Theme Seminars on Empire, Modernity, and Globalization   -
"Comparative Slavery"
Jennifer Anderson
Wednesdays  6:05 - 9:00 p.m.
From Barbadian sugar plantations to Northern cities, enslaved Africans figured prominently in
the history of the early Atlantic world. In myriad ways, they contributed to the economic, social,
and cultural formation of European colonies and later of independent nations. In the process,
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 that
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 periods
from the Caribbean to New England. We will explore a wide range of relevant topics, including
changing labor systems, transatlantic and internal slave trades, plantation and non-plantation
economies, early capitalism, cultural continuities and creolization, religion and spiritual beliefs,
resistance and revolution, free black communities, anti-slavery activism and abolition. In
addition, we will consider how various scholars have interpreted the influence of slavery on
intersectional constructions of race, gender, and class. HIS MA and PhD students register for HIS
517; MAT Social Studies students require permission of Instructor and register for CEG 566.
POL 562  - Passionate Politics: Mobilization, Interest Groups, and Social Movements
Leonie Huddy
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"
Rebekah Burroway
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"
Aurélie Vialette
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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