The following courses count towards the Women of Color requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.
Seminar: Women of Color Course
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
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Women in Sickness and in Health: Bodies of Knowledge/Bodies of Color
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
The course examines the history and theories of biomedical systems as culture as they function in the lives of women of color. Legal and political implications of those systems for women of color in the U.S. are compared with those for women in globalized cultures and contexts. The roles and experiences of women with complementary/alternative/traditional healing practices are also viewed in the context of multiculturalist politics. Readings and films from feminist theory, social sciences, cultural studies, documentary, and fiction.
Historical Construction of Sexuality in the Middle East
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
The aim of this course is to analyze the intersection of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in modern Middle Eastern history. The following issues will be dealt with in this course: the impact of the articulation of modern state in different countries of the Middle East, the impact of the articulation of modern state on the lives of the subaltern groups such as women and gypsies in different countries of the Middle East, the replacement of subsistence production with cash crop as a result of the rise of domestic and foreign capital and its repercussion in women's lives, and the process through which gypsies remained outside the state apparatus and became an outcast group.
Latin American Feminisms: Theory and Practice
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
This course will connect contemporary Latin American women's and feminist movements to their historical context in order to understand the development of feminist theory in Latin America and its relation to political practice. Our main focus will be on the emergence of feminist movements in Central America. We will develop a background understanding of the relation of imperialism, dictatorships, national and ethnic liberation movements, underdevelopment and neo-liberalism to women's issues. Questions of definition and identity politics for women's movements, self identified feminism, and gender analysis will be investigated. Other issues include: the relation of Central American women's movements to left political movements, non-governmental organizations and world development institutions, the state, and international feminist connections, the role of human rights discourse in women's movements, and power differences between women involving class, race/ethnicity and sexuality. Students will be expected to have some background in either women's studies, social theory, or Latin American studies. Elementary reading knowledge of Spanish is recommended. Readings will include a course reader of readings from many sources. Students will be expected to do class reports, several short papers and a term paper.
Black Women in U.S. History
Monday 7:00-9:30 pm
African-American women from the experience of slavery to the present. Special attention to the way in which racist institutions and practices affected women because of their gender. Examination of the ways African-Americans in general and African-American women in particular organized themselves to address their needs. Includes the achievements of such leaders as Mary Church Terrell, Harriet Tubman, Ella Baker, Mary McLeod Bethune, and lesser known yet accomplished African-American women.
Women of Color: Defining the Issues
Thursday 7:30-9:00 pm
|Anjali Arondekar Marilyn Schuster|
Explores the distinct modes of analysis that women of color have brought to understanding their condition, as well as how relations of power have shaped women's knowledge, social practices and forms of resistance. The subjects of invited lecturers might include women and work, women as culture makers, writers, artists, performers, family as a site of resistance and domination, women and nationalism, images and representations of women of color, self-representations, colonial and postcolonial identities, militarization, migrations, and global capitalism. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (inside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.
Women and Modernity in Asia
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 am
This course explores the roles, representations and experiences of women in 20th century China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan in the context of the modernization projects of these countries. Through ethnographic and historical readings, film and discussion this course examines how issues pertaining to women and gender relations have been highlighted in political, economic, and cultural institutions. The course compares the ways that Asian women have experienced these processes through three major topics: war and revolution, gendered aspects of work, and women in relation to the family. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.
African Women's Drama
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 pm
This course will examine how African women playwrights use drama to confront the realities of women's lives in contemporary Africa. We will consider the following questions: What is the specificity of the vision unveiled in African women's drama? How do the playwrights use drama to mock rigid power structures and confront crisis, instability, and cultural expression in postcolonial Africa? How and to what purpose do they interweave the various aspects of performance in African oral traditions with European dramatic elements? Readings, some translated from French, Swahili and other African languages, will include Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa, Osonye Tess Onwueme's Tell It to Women: An Epic Drama for Women, and Penina Mlama's Nguzo Mama (Mother Pillar). This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.
Black Francophone Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-11:50am
A study of literary and cultural topics through a variety of texts. Images of slavery, sexuality and France in the works of contemporary Black Women writers from Africa and the Caribbean. Such authors as Mariama Ba, Maryse Conde, and Simone Schwarz-Bart. Readings and discussion in French. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirement for majors and minors.
Continuity and Change in Spanish America and Brazil: Gender in the Study of
Latin American History
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:20pm
Gender as a central element in the creation of Latin American societies. The interaction of gender, class, and ethnicity in different historical periods in various regions of Spanish America and Brazil. Topics include: changing gender relations in the Aztec and Inca states, men and woman under colonialism, gender and movements for social change, the household economy and the public sphere, sexuality and society. At least on course in Latin American history is strongly recommended as a foundation for this class. Permission of the instructor required. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.
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