Hampshire College Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Fall 2014 Courses

Critical Social Inquiry                                218 Franklin Patterson Hall                                            559-5409

CSI 165 – Gender and Economic Development in a Globalizing World
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 – 1:50 pm
Lynda Pickbourn
UMass WGSS Majors/Minors Distribution requirement:  Transnational Feminisms

The rapid integration of global markets that has taken place since the 1980s is the outcome of a common set of macroeconomic policies implemented in both developed and developing countries. This course examines the often contradictory impacts of these policies on gender relations in developing countries and asks: what challenges do global economic trends pose for gender equality and equity in developing countries? To answer this question, we will begin with an introduction to alternative approaches to economics and to economic development, focusing on the differences between neoclassical and feminist economics. We will then go on to examine and critique the theoretical frameworks that have shaped the gender perspective in economic development. This will be followed by an exploration of the impacts of economic development policy on men and women and on gender relations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, in the context of a globalizing world economy. Special topics will include the household as a unit of analysis; women's unpaid labor, the gendered impacts of economic restructuring and economic crisis; the feminization of migration flows and the global labor force in the formal and informal sectors. The course will conclude with an evaluation of tools and strategies for achieving gender equity within the context of a sustainable, human-centered approach to economic development.

CSI 169 – Constitutionally Queer: Law, Equality and Sexuality
Monday, Wednesday 10:30 – 11:50 am
F. Risech-Ozeguera
UMass WGSS Majors/Minors Distribution requirement:  Sexuality Studies

This course is an introduction to US constitutional law through an extended interrogation of the notion of equality. By reading historical analyses and court opinions that reflect and shape debates about the proper place of the State in queer people's bedrooms and lives, we will gain basic familiarity with modes of legal analysis, constitutional politics and the law as a historically contingent system of power. Until 2003, consensual sex between adult same-gender partners was a crime in many states. Most still prohibit same-sex marriages and refuse full legal personhood to the gender-queer and trans. We will examine and critique many of the legal arguments and political strategies that have been deployed to challenge this legal landscape of inequality, and question the normative assumptions of state regulation of sexuality and gender expression. The course will include readings of many of the key race, gender and sexual civil rights rulings of the Supreme Court on what it means to enjoy the "equal protection of the law" promised to "all persons" by the Fourteenth Amendment.

CSI 182 – Introduction to Queer Studies
Monday, Wednesday 9:00 – 10:20 am
S. Dillon
UMass WGSS Majors/Minors Distribution requirement:  Sexuality Studies

Introduction to Queer Studies explores the emergence and development of the field of queer studies since the 1990s. In order to do so, the course examines the relationship between queer studies and fields like postcolonial studies, gay and lesbian studies, transgender studies, disability studies, and critical race studies. Students will come away with a broad understanding of the field, particularly foundational debates, key words, theories, and concepts. As part of their research, students will explore alternative genealogies of queer studies that exceed the academy. Some questions that guide the course include: How have art, film, activism, and literature influenced the field? What people and events are critical to queer studies that may be ignored or forgotten? Students will have a broad understanding of the field's contours, while they will also work to reimagine the field and its history.

CSI 188 – Introduction to Korean American History
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 – 10:20 am
L. Kim
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This first-year tutorial course engages students in reading, analyzing, researching, and writing history. In particular, this course examines the history of Koreans in the United States and beyond beginning in 1903 when the first-wave of Koreans arrived in Hawai'i as sugar plantation laborers. We will examine the history of Korean immigration to the United States in the context of larger global labor migrations. The topics we will consider include racialization of Korean immigrants against the backdrop of Anti-Asian movement in California, Japanese colonization of Korea and its impact on the development of Korean American nationalism, changing dynamics of gender and family relations in Korean American communities, the Korean War and the legacies of U.S. militarism in Korea, the post-1965 "new" wave of Korean immigrants, Asian American movement, Sa-I-Gu (the 1992 Los Angeles Koreatown racial unrest), and the myth of model minority. The focus will be on the transnational linkages between Korea and the United States and the connections between U.S. foreign policies and domestic issues that influenced the lives and experiences of Korean Americans. Paying particular attention to personal narratives through Korean American autobiographical and biographical writing, art, novels, and films, we will examine issues of historical imagination, empathy, and agency.

CSI 218 – Queer Feelings: The Affective and Emotional Life of Sexuality, Gender, and Race
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 – 1:50 pm
S. Dillon
UMass WGSS Majors/Minors Distribution requirement:  Sexuality Studies

The Affective and Emotional Life of Sexuality, Gender, and Race: In the last decade, queer scholars have turned away from the study of identity and textuality to consider the role of affect and emotion in the production, circulation, and regulation of sexuality, race, and gender. This course examines a new body of work in queer studies and sexuality studies that explores emotion and affect as central to operation of social, political, and economic power. Topics will include, mental illness, hormones, happiness, sex, trauma, labor, identity, and social movements, among others. Students will work to consider how emotions and affect are connected to larger systems of power like capitalism; white supremacy; heteropatriarchy; terrorism and war; the prison; the media; history; and medicine.

CSI 0224 – Contemporary Latin American Social Movements
Tuesday, Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 pm
TBH
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This course offers students the chance to explore the diversity of grassroots politics, social movements, and alternative democratic practices within contemporary Latin America. The course will first introduce students to various theoretical frameworks to understand social movements. It will then focus on a rigorous comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American social movements oriented towards different political issues. These range from ethnic identity and environmental problems to human rights claims and gender-sex politics. We will examine a broad array of social movements across the region and pay particular attention to how their seemingly different pursuits for social justice are inter-related.

CSI 0243 – People Without History: Historical Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 – 11:50 am
R. Engmann
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Too often 'Western' historical narratives consider Africans and African Diasporans as 'People Without History'. Such a notion refers to peoples who cultures do not, or possess few formally written histories. This class employs archaeology to investigate imperialism, colonialism, genocide, slavery, resistance and black nationalism, exploring local histories once marginalized, silenced and erased. This course focuses on the major themes, ideas and research entailed in historical archaeology of the Africana experience, on both sides of the Atlantic, in Africa and in the Americas. This course adopts an interpretive framework drawing upon objects, texts and oral narratives, illustrating the historical and cultural continuities between Atlantic Africa and Diaspora. We will begin by examining West African archaeological evidence of daily social life, then focus on North American and Caribbean material, exploring the ways enslaved Africans in the diaspora interpreted conditions in the Americas, addressing topics such as social, racial, ethnic, religious and gendered identities, power and inequality, resistance and maroonage.

CSI 0252 – Creating Families
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 – 1:50 pm

M. Fried, P. Stone
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This course will investigate the roles of law, culture and technology in creating and re-defining families. We will focus on the ways in which systems of reproduction reinforce and/or challenge inequalities of class, race and gender. We will examine the issues of entitlement to parenthood, domestic and international adoption, surrogacy, birthing and parenting for people in prison, and the uses, consequences and ethics of new reproductive technologies designed to help people give birth to biologically-related children. Questions to be addressed include: How does a person's status affect their relation to reproductive alternatives? What is the relationship between state reproductive policies and actual practices, legal, contested, and clandestine, that develop around these policies? How are notions of family and parenting enacted and transformed in an arena that is transnational, interracial, intercultural, and cross-class?

CSI 257– Monogamy
Monday 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Angie Willey
UMass WGSS Majors/Minors Distribution requirement:  Sexuality Studies

Grounded in queer and feminist concerns with marriage and coupled forms of social belonging, this class will consider "monogamy" from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. From the history of marriage to the science of mating systems to the politics of polyamory, the class will explore monogamy's meanings. Students will become familiar with these and other debates about monogamy, a variety of critical approaches to reading and engaging them, and fields of resistance to a variety of "monogamy stories" within and beyond the academy. The course will draw in particular on feminist critiques of the nuclear family, queer historicizations of sexuality, and science studies approaches to frame critical questions about what monogamy is and what discourses surrounding it can do. Through historical analysis and critical theory, the class will foreground the racial and national formations that produce "monogamy" as we know it. Students will develop skills in critical science literacy, interdisciplinary and collaborative research methodologies, and writing in a variety of modalities.

CSI 269 – Geographies of Exclusion
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 – 11:50 am
H. Bou Akar
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This course investigates the idea of geographies of exclusion through a multi-disciplinary inquiry which locates space and spatial production at its center. The course cross-thinks issues of exclusion across cities in the Global South and the Global North. It asks the following questions: what are geographies of exclusion? Who gets excluded, why, by whom, and how? What are some of the legal, spatial, socio-economical, ethical, and political apparatuses that produce segregated spaces of poverty and lavishness, violence and fear, connectedness and confinement? What are the roles of "experts" such as architects, statisticians, planners, and policy-makers in producing such geographies? Gender, class, religion, and race are the main fault lines that we will use to study how certain populations in our cities are left "outside" (through gated communities, "mean" streets, security barriers, segregated parks, etc.), or kept "inside" (refugees in camps, locked-in domestic workers, prisoners, etc.).

 

School of Humanities,
Arts and Cultural Studies                         12 Emily Dickinson Hall                                           559-5361

HACU 194 – Disturbing the Peace: Baldwin, Morrison, and a Black Literary Tradition
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 – 1:50 pm
A. Ellis
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This seminar serves as an introduction to the works of two of the most influential and prolific African American thinkers of the post-civil rights era: James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. We will explore their fiction and non-fiction as frames in which to think through representation and presentation. As social critics and novelists, both engage concepts such as structural racism, religion, trauma, sexuality, politics and history in a way that calls attention to the state of writing and narrativity as an endlessly creative act. This class will actively consider selected novels, essays and short prose of Baldwin and Morrison in order to formulate a set of intellectual problems around ethics and aesthetics, the relation between literature and politics, and the theorization of race, gender, class, sexual difference and nation in postwar American culture and in the twenty-first century. This class is intended to prepare students for advanced work in literature and literary studies and thus emphasis on form and genre, rhetorical devices and figurative language through close readings will be part of the work of the course.

HACU 249 – Workers’ Lives, Workers’ Stories
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 – 1:50 pm
S. Tracy
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This course explores the condition of work in the United States from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century. We will be reading historical essays and monographs, autobiographies and biographies, short stories and novels. Our reading will be supplemented by a weekly labor film screening and we will discuss documentary as a genre of storytelling. We will discuss the various critical approaches to the different narratives forms that workers, historians, fiction writers and filmmakers have chosen to tell their own and labor's varied stories. We will trace how work has changed over time in different regions and how workers responded to those changes. Issues of gender, race and class will be prominently featured in this class. Students will be expected to submit writing each week, to make oral presentations on the reading and to complete a final project.

HACU 0277 – Film Theory Seminar: Gender and Genre
Wednesday 9:00 – 11:50 am
L. Sanders

Film Theory Seminar: Gender and Genre: In her seminal essay "Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess," Linda Williams observed, "The repetitive formulas and spectacles of film genres are often defined by their differences from the classical realist style of narrative cinema." In this course, we will use the relationship between gender and genre as a lens through which to view these differences in American and international cinema of the 1950s and 1960s as we trace the evolution of film theory since the 1970s. Readings will draw on foundational texts in psychoanalysis, feminist and queer theory, postcolonial theory, and other trends in film criticism, accompanied by weekly screenings. This course is designed to meet the needs of students pursuing Division II concentrations in film studies and related fields, and will meet the film theory requirement for the Five College Major in Film Studies. Prerequisite: Introduction to Film Studies or an equivalent course.