Hampshire College Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies courses, Fall 2011


CS 278 – Sex and the Brain:  Gender, Sex and Biology
Jane Couperus
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 p.m.

This course is designed to examine sex, gender, and sexuality in multiple contexts. The primary aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the biology and neuropsychology of sex gender and sexuality. Additionally the course will examine how biological and environmental factors influence sex gender and sexuality across development and how these factors influence differences in brain and behavior. Course requirements will include reading primary research articles in the fields of psychology neuroscience sociology anthropology and women's studies.

CSI 147 – Land Stories, Land Rights
Susan Darlington
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

Humans have long identified with the land on which they live. Yet different people tell different stories of themselves, their histories, their relations with the land and the land itself. Whose stories are heard while others are silenced? How do told and untold stories affect access and rights to land or decisions about land use? This course will explore cases from around the world, examining debates surrounding U.S. national parks, conflicts involving religion, gender and land rights, environmental justice, and questions of indigenous rights versus economic development. Theories from anthropology, history, human rights and agrarian studies will inform our explorations of these controversies.

CSI 152 – Social Movements and Social Change:  Zapatismo & Latin America’s “Third Left”
Margaret Cerullo
Tuesday, Thursday   12:30-1:50 p.m.

Today, newspapers speak of a decided tilt to the left in Latin America (Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, for example, all have presidents who affirm socialism). This movement is accompanied, or propelled by, indigenous coalitions, that are challenging even governments firmly in the US orbit (Uribe's Columbia). This was not the case fifteen years ago, when, to everyone's astonishment, the Zapatistas rose in revolt in Chiapas. Surfacing the same day that NAFTA went into effect-January 1, 1994, they announced a different vision of Mexico's future. The actions and writings of the Zapatistas constitute an extraordinary case study in which many preoccupations converge: the economic, the political, indigenous rights, women's rights, civil society, cultural memory, and writing that is poetic and political. Focusing on the Zapatista revolt enables us to consider an example of "local" resistance to "global" designs, the ongoing challenge to neoliberal economics and to limited conceptions of "democracy" that condemn populations to invisibility, their cultural memory to oblivion, and their needs and knowledge to subaltern status.

CSI 260 – Rethinking the Sexual Body
Angela Willey
Monday 6:30-9:00 p.m.

This seminar will provide a forum for students to consider the relationship between body theory, gender, and sexuality both in terms of theoretical frameworks within gender studies, and in terms of a range of sites where those theoretical approaches become material, are negotiated, or are shifted. We will pay particular attention to the historical slippage among racial and sexual bodily signs and symbols. The course is a fully interdisciplinary innovation. It will emphasize the links rather than differences between theory and practice and between cultural, material, and historical approaches to the body, gender, and sexuality.

CSI 180 – Culture, Identity and Belonging
Barbara Yngvesson
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

This class draws on the experiences of migrants, refugees, adoptees, and other displaced populations to consider issues of belonging and exclusion and the ways that race, gender, ethnicity, and class contribute to identity, marginality and to experiences of living outside the law. A central focus will be the tension between experiences of wholeness and continuity (of a "self") and narratives of identity that are fragmented, hybrid, and constituted by a tug-of-war between different selves, different histories, and different spatial locations.

CSI 202 – Chicana & Latina Epistemologies & Pedagogies
Judith Flores Carmona
Monday, Wednesday  1:00-2:20 p.m.

This course will explore the testimonios and autobiographical writings by Latinas in the United States--Chicanas, Puertorriquenas, Cubanas, Mexicanas, Dominicanas, Guatemaltecas, and Latinas of other nationalities and mixed cultural heritages. Students in the course will explore life stories through many forms: "testimonios," memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories and short stories, poetry and poetic prose pieces, essays, and audio-stories. Through reflecting on their experiences as women of color in the U.S., Latina and Chicana writers have revolutionized feminist theory and the way we think about women's identities and struggles by introducing the concepts of the "borderlands," of simultaneous oppressions, of "new mestiza" identities. Through this course, we will explore the diversity and commonality of Latina experiences gathering and using testimonio as method.

CSI 224 – The Battle Between Science and Religion in Reproductive Health
Marlene Fried
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

This course will explore contemporary debates over religion v. science in the areas of sexuality and reproduction. Questions asked will include: What is ?junk? science and is it in the eye of the beholder? How does one identify and counter pseudoscientific claims? Can science be distinguished from ideology? Issues to be investigated include: the FDA?s refusal to approve over the counter distribution of emergency contraception; claims that abortion is linked to breast cancer and post-traumatic-stress disorder; the removal of information about condoms and HIV/AIDS prevention from the CDC website; the effectiveness of abstinence-only sexuality education; objections to stem cell research. We will look at these issues in the context of broader societal debates such as that over creationism v. intelligent design and challenges to claims about the objectivity of science. Finally, we will examine viewpoints which offer alternatives to the polarization. Requirements: participation in class discussion; completion of short essays based on the readings; a research paper or project.

CSI 256 – Family, Gender, Power
Margaret Cerullo, Kay Johnson
Wednesday  2:30-5:20 p.m.

In this course we explore questions concerning the bases of women's power and subordination in different historical, class, race, and cultural locations, with particular attention to women's position in relation to kinship and the political order. Our case material came from Europe, China, and the US. In the Europe and China cases, we examine the emergence of different patriarchal structures and the role of the state in shaping family, gender and reproduction. In the US case, we focus on the racialized production of gender and kinship from the era of slavery to the rise of the welfare state and its dismantling in the name of "family values." Throughout the case studies, we highlight various forms of resistance to subordination and the diversity of lived experiences.

CSI 257 – Gender, Migration, and Globalization in 20th Century U.S. History
Lili Kim
Tuesday  12:30-3:20 p.m.

Scholars often speak of transnational migration and globalization as a recent phenomenon. The United States, however, has long witnessed mass movements of immigrants and migrants affected by global economies, labor and capital expansion, imperialism, and colonialism. This seminar explores theories and histories of migration and immigration in the age of globalization, focusing particularly on the gendered experiences of migration, labor, citizenship, identity, and resistance in the United States and beyond over the last century.

CSI 294 – Advanced Readings in Work, Gender, and Development
Laurie Nisonoff
Wednesday  9:00-11:50 a.m.

This is a research seminar on women, work, gender and development. We will read both classic and current readings on these topics from scholars from around the globe, and about men and women around the globe. Questions including gender and the economic crisis, the global assembly line, commodity chains, the informal economy, the care economy, migration, and the transformation of work within the household will be addressed. We will specifically address efforts to organize at many locations. Everyone will be expected to work on a research project, and to critique both the readings and one another's work.

HACU 108 – Post Cuban Cinema and Photographic  Arts
Jacqueline Hayden
Friday  10:30-11:50 a.m., 1:00-2:20 p.m.

From iconic images of Che to the self examinations of Afro Cuban artist Rene Pena, the mythical realism of Cirenaica Moreira, and photographic based collages of Eduardo Hernndez Santos that examine gay identity to existential problems, exodus, homosexuality and women's issues we will analyze the evolution of Cuban still photography alongside its cinematic achievements into the 21st century within their historical, social and political context. Students will be expected to read historical and theoretical text and art criticism, and write short response papers as well as produce photo/video projects that relate to the content of the course. Visiting Cuban artist, Eduardo Hernndez Santos will be presenting some of the course material and it serves as a foundation course for Hampshire College's semester abroad program in Havana, Cuba. This course will be taught in Spanish and English. An intermediate level of Spanish language is strongly recommended.

HACU 160 Feminist Philosophy and the Technologies of Race/Gender/Coloniality
Monique Roelofs
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 p.m.

An exploration of basic concepts and ideas that help one think critically and analytically about race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, and the local-transnational divide. Questions we will ask include: How do language, performativity, and political economy function as tools of cultural construction that produce us as we produce them? How do these factors regulate desire and serve to legitimize oppression and violence? In what ways are symbolic systems able to exceed social formations in which they are implicated? The course explores philosophical questions concerning intersectionality; embodiment; coalition and collectivity; postcolonial and global feminisms; neoliberalism and the commodification of difference; queer textuality and politics; theories of transformation and critique.

HACU 177 – Ireland Imagined
L. Brown Kennedy
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

This discussion-based seminar will focus on the inter-relationship of language, the land, history and memory in narratives by Twentieth Century Irish writers. Possible writers include James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Edna O'Brien, Roddy Doyle, Seamus Deane, Naula O'Faolain, Claire Boylan and William Trevor. The texts that we will be reading deal implicitly and at times very explicitly with the violence of war, of famine, of emigration, of family disorder and, most recently, of economic boom and bust. They picture landscapes and cityscapes that that are marked with layers of ruins, and zones of new building. They also represent children, women and men who are living in a period of rapid societal change-- struggling with questions of personal as well as national identity and responsibility, with the landscapes of the house and the body as well as the street and the field, with the pleasures and anxieties of eroticism, the frustrations of gender roles, the continued pull of myth and memory, the problem of belief. As time allows we will include some poems, a play script or two, and several film screenings, but the focus will be on the preeminent Irish genre of storytelling-in short story, novella and fictionalized memoir. Discussion of a common core of readings will occupy the first two- thirds of the semester. The last section of the course will involve independent research on a current Irish writer of short fiction. This class is writing intensive. Students, depending on their preparation and preferences, will submit (along with weekly short writings) either a set of three carefully rewritten critical essays or a combination of one rewritten essay and a longer independent paper incorporating historical/theoretical research.

HACU 242 – Antebellum Social Movements
Susan Tracy
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

The "antebellum period" (1820-1860) is the tumultuous period before the Civil War which witnessed the "modernization" of the Northern economy, society and politics fueled by the Euro-American population into the West engendering several Native American Wars, a foreign war in Mexico, and domestic turmoil over the expansion of slavery. The United States in this period witnessed rapid industrialization, urbanization, and immigration that changed the nature of citizenship itself. Some people inspired by Christian evangelism sought "a more perfect union" through social change movements. In addition to the intersectional conflict over slavery which eventually drove the country to Civil War, this period witnessed an interracial anti-slavery movement, an active feminist movement, utopian communities movements, and a peace movement. The origins, membership, and legacy of these movements will be our focus. Students will complete several short assignments and a final research paper which could be based on local archival research.

HACU 268 – Women Filmmakers:  History, Theory, Practice
Joan Braderman
Wednesday  6:00-9:00 p.m.

A course in reading films and videos as well as considering how they are produced historically, we will take gender as our point of departure. Engaging actively with making visual images will be part of our work. We explore the reasons for the historical absence of women filmmakers and study the works they produced when they won the right to do so. International cinemas, both dominant medias and films and videos made to oppose that system will be examined. We will analyze diverse works: from avant-garde director, Germaine Dulac, in Paris in the twenties of the last century to Ida Lupino, in Hollywood in the 50's to the 70's explosion of feminist films and videos and the historical and theoretical work that accompanied them. We will also consider several contemporary directors, though the largest bodies of work so far have been made by that group of women who were stirred into action by the Second Wave of the Women's Movement - who are still working today, such as: Sally Potter, Yvonne Rainer, Margarethe Von Trotta et al. Students are expected to attend all class meetings and learn to take detailed formal notes on all films and tapes screened. In addition to weekly assignments, an ambitious final project should be written, performed, photographed, filmed or installed.

HACU 280 – Immigration Nation:  Ethnic Stereotypes, US Politics, and the Media
Susana Loza
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 p.m.

This seminar will examine the history of US immigration from the founding of the American nation to the great waves of European, Asian, and Mexican immigration during the 19th and early 20th centuries, to the more recent flows from Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In addition to investigating how these groups were defined and treated in relation to each other by the media, we will consider the following questions: Who is an "American?" Has the definition shifted over time? How do contemporary political debates about immigration compare with those from previous eras? Is public opinion about immigration shaped by the media? How are arguments over citizenship bound up with ideas of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and nation? Special attention will be paid to the role of immigration in national politics; Hollywood's fabrication and circulation of ethnic stereotypes; and the virulent xenophobia routinely exhibited on cable news.

HACU 284 – Lovers, Goddesses, Talking Animals:   Classics of Indian Literature
Tuesday  5:00-7:50 p.m.

Introduction to the classical and medieval literature of India in translation, mainly from the Sanskrit, Tamil and Hindi languages, from multiple regional and religious traditions. We will read masterworks from 500 B.C to the 18th century, focusing on genre, themes (kingship, love, nature, gender, ethics, religion), literary theory and criticism, and comparisons with similar and related works in European literature. The texts and genres studied are: the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, classical Sanskrit drama (Kalidasa's Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection), Sanskrit and Tamil lyric poems on love, war and wisdom, the Panchatantra animal tales, stories of adventure and wit from the Ocean to the Rivers of Story, the poems of the mystics Antal, Surdas, Mirabai, Kabir and Chandidas, in several languages, and the Urdu ghazals of Ghalib.

HACU 288 – Shakespeare and Woolf
L. Brown Kennedy
Monday, Wednesday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

"Lovers and mad men have such shaping phantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends." (A Midsummer Night's Dream) In the first part of the course we will read Shakespeare (five plays) and in the latter part Virginia Woolf (four novels and selected essays). Our main focus will be on the texts, reading them from several perspectives and with some attention to their widely different literary and cultural assumptions. However, one thread tying together our work on these two authors will be their common interest in the ways human beings lose their frames of reference and their sense of themselves in madness, lose and find themselves in love or in sexuality, and find or make both self and world in the shaping act of the imagination. The method of the course will include directed close reading, discussion, and periodic lectures.

HACU 298 – Border Culture: Globalization and Contemporary Art
Lorne Falk
Thursday  7:00-9:50 p.m.

This course will look at the phenomenon of globalization and contemporary art through the lens of border culture, a term that refers to the "deterritorialized" nature of an image when it is removed from its context or place of origin. Its themes include borders within the realms of language, gender, ideology, race, and genres of cultural production. Border culture emerged in the 1980s in Tijuana/San Diego in a community of artists who had spent many years living outside their homelands or living between two cultures-an experience that in 2011 might well represent the nature of contemporary life as well as art praxis. Division II and III students will have the opportunity to develop an independent paper, website, or portion of their thesis in this course.

IA 188 – Performing Identity:  Race/Gender/Sexuality in Theory and Practice
Jaclyn Pryor
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-3:00 p.m.

How are identities such as race, gender, and sexuality constructed, contested, rehearsed, and reproduced through performance? In this course, we will read theories of the politics of identity as they relate to issues of performance, performativity, and embodiment. Students will also read contemporary feminist, queer, and anti-racist plays and performance art. Throughout the semester, we will put our theory into productive practice, translating both theoretical as well as performance texts onto our own bodies--students will work collaboratively as actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, and designers. In partnership with invited guest artists from the Performing Identity Series, students will also devise original performance work.

NS 272 – Anthropology of Reproduction
Pamela Stone
Wednesday  1:00-3:40 p.m.

This course focuses on the biological and cultural components of reproduction from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Beginning with the evolution of the pelvis, this course examines the nutritional problems, growth and developmental problems, health problems, and the trauma that can affect successful childbirth. The birth process will be studied for women in the ancient world and we will examine historical trends in obstetrics, as well. Worldwide rates of maternal mortality will be used to understand the risks that some women face. Birthing customs and beliefs will be examined for indigenous women in a number of different cultures. Students will be required to present and discuss material and to work on a single large research project throughout the semester that relates to the course topic.