Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2013
HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE


Critical Social Inquiry 218 Franklin Patterson Hall 559-5548

CSI 142 – Gender in the Changing Global Economy
Smita Ramnarain
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

Recent decades have seen unprecedented changes in the economic landscape of most developing nations. This course examines the gendered sites, processes and consequences of some of these changes: the spread of neoliberalism, the increased hold of globalization, the growing rampancy of economic and political crises, war and humanitarian disasters, and increasing disillusionment with the erstwhile promises of development. Using the entry point of gender, we will not only revisit age-old issues such as the international and intra-household division of labor, unequal access to resources, the impact of welfare cuts, economic crisis, and the feminization of migration, but also expand our analysis to new sites of upheaval such as the milieu of globalization, post-conflict and post-socialist transitions, environmental change, and popular movements for change/resistance. Throughout the course, the close nexus between economic, social and cultural processes will be explored. The course is appropriate for students interested in working in the area of international development, and for those concentrating in social science who would like an advanced introduction to the growing literature on gender in global development.

CSI 153 – African American Women in Defense of Themselves:  Organizing Against Sexual Violence in African American History
Amy Jordan
Monday, Wednesday  4:00-5:20 p.m.

The question of how to resist, survive and challenge retaliatory violence directed against African American communities has always been central to the history of African descendents in the U.S. The extent to which the active role of women has been central to this history has been rarely acknowledged. This course will explore the struggles of African American women to defend the integrity of their own bodies; these struggles include the fight against everyday insults embedded in the daily indignities of Jim Crow; the efforts of enslaved women to protect themselves and their children, as well as collective organizing against rape and sexual harassment in the early and mid-twentieth century. One example we will explore is the story of Margaret Garner, the real life, nineteenth century heroine whose story was the inspiration for Toni Morrison's Beloved. We will also explore recent scholarship that centers the fight to protect the integrity of black women's bodies and reshapes how we understand African American social movements.

CSI 166 – Girls in Schools
Kristen Luschen
Wednesday, Friday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

The relationship of girls' empowerment to education has been and continues to be a key feminist issue. Second wave liberal feminism, for instance, strove to make schools more equitable places for girls, demanding equal access and resources for girls and boys in schools and the elimination of discrimination specifically impacting girls. Yet the relationship of gender inequality and schooling is a complicated and contentious site of research and policy. In this course we will examine how various feminist perspectives have defined and addressed the existence of gender inequality in American schools. By analyzing research, pedagogies, policies and programs developed in the past few decades to address gender inequality and schooling, students should complete the course with a complex view of feminism and how these different, and at times contradictory, perspectives have contributed to the debates around educational inequality and the design of educational reform.

CSI 208 – U.S. Empire in the Pacific and Phillipines
Richard Chu
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.
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U.S. Empire in the Pacific and the Philippines: Is the United States an "empire"? Today, US political, military, and economic involvement in many parts of the world such as Afganistan makes this an urgent and important question. This course addresses the issue of American imperial power by examining the history of U.S. presence in the Pacific, particularly in the Philippine Islands, during the first half of the twentieth-century, and by comparing it with that of two other imperial powers that also colonized the Philippines - Spain and Japan. We will also investigate how indigenous peoples negotiated, manipulated, resisted, or thwarted attempts by colonial and post-colonial dominant groups to control their minds, bodies, and resources, especially through racial and gendered classifications. Themes to be discussed include religion, ethnicity, gender, imperialism, colonialism, orientalism, post-colonialism, neo-colonialism, and nationalism.

CSI 230/HACU 230 – Controversies in U.S. Economic and Social History
Laurie Nisonoff; Susan Tracy
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 p.m.
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This course addresses the development of the United States economy and society from the colonial period to the present. Focusing on the development of capitalism, it provides students with an introduction to economic and historical analysis. Students study the interrelationship among society, economy and the state, the transformation of agriculture, and the response of workers to capitalism. Issues of gender, race, class, and ethnicity figure prominently in this course. This is designed to be a core course for students concentrating in economics, politics, and history.

CSI 241 – Renaissance Bodies:  Sex, Art, medicine
Jutta Sperling
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

The eroticization and medicalization of the female body were invented during the Italian Renaissance. A point of convergence between the two developments was Renaissance art with its focus on sensualized beauty and the anatomically correct representation of female nudes. In this history course, we will read recent historical scholarship and primary literature on topics such as the discovery of the clitoris, anatomical representations of gender difference, the professionalization of midwifery, the debates surrounding breastfeeding, the role of the female imagination during pregnancy, male homoeroticism in Renaissance portraits, and the invention of the erotic nude in Venetian art. Mix of shorter papers on the reading assignment plus an independent research paper. Fieldtrip to the Met depending on availability of funds.

CSI 243 – Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Latin America
Cora Fernandez-Anderson
Monday  1:00-3:50 p.m.

Since the 1990s Latin America has witnessed increasing societal and political debates over sexual and reproductive rights. Issues such as contraceptives, abortion, gay marriage, transgender rights, sexual education and assisted reproductive technology have risen to the top of some countries' agendas after decades of silence, taboos, and restrictive or non-existent legislation. The course aims to provide a survey of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America comparing the region as a whole with other areas of the world, while at the same time highlighting the disparities that exist within it. The course analyzes the multiple factors behind the current policies focusing particularly on the role of women and gay rights movements in advancing more liberal legislation. In addition, we will look at the role of the Catholic Church in these debates and the way it impedes legislative change that goes against their doctrine from happening. Among the cases we will explore are Ecuador and Bolivia's inclusion of sexual and reproductive rights in their constitutions, Argentina's gay marriage and gender identity legislation, Mexico city's decriminalizing of abortion and Peru's coercive sterilization program of indigenous populations.

CSI 260 – Warfare in the American Homeland
Christopher Tinson
Monday  1:00-3:50 p.m.

Professor and activist Angela Davis recently asked "Are prisons obsolete?" And Grier and Cobb once noted "No imagination is required to see this scene as a direct remnant of slavery." Since the 1980s state and federal authorities have increasingly relied on the costly and unsuccessful use of jails and prisons as deterrents of crime. This upper division course will grapple with ideas of incarceration and policing methods that contribute to the consolidation of state power and how it functions as a form of domestic warfare. This course takes a close look at how race (especially), but also class, gender, age and background intersect in shaping attitudes and perceptions towards incarceration and often determine who is incarcerated and who is not. While a number of individuals and organizations continue to push for prison abolition, dependence on advanced methods of incarceration persists. As such, we will analyze the historic and contemporary tensions between incarceration and ideals of democracy, citizenship, family, community and freedom. Topics will include: criminalization, racial profiling, surveillance, and police brutality. This course will also acquaint students with many of the active local and national reform and abolition initiatives. It is expected that students have taken an introductory African American Studies or a U.S. history course prior to enrolling in this course.

CSI 262 – Women on Top:  Understanding and Challenging Gender Hierarchy in the Workplace
Helen Scharber
Monday  2:30-5:20 p.m.

Understanding and challenging gender hierarchy in the workplace: For 30 years, women have earned college degrees at a higher rate than men. Why, then, does the average woman still earn $500,000 less over her lifetime than the average man? What accounts for the fact that only a handful of Fortune 500 CEOs are women? And what should we do about it? In this seminar-style course, we will address these questions with the help of Hampshire alumnae who have successfully navigated the challenges of the business world. Discussions with these women will provide first-hand insight into why the glass ceiling still exists and how it might be--and has been--broken. Throughout the course, we will ground these discussions in a critical, historical analysis of gender hierarchies in the workplace.

CSI 269 – Gender and Sexuality in South Asia
Uditi Sen
Wednesday  2:30-5:20 p.m.

This course explores the construction of gender and sexuality in South Asia. It looks at how the constructions of masculinity and femininity in the region have been shaped by broader historical processes, such as colonial rule and the national movement. Working chronologically from the colonial to the post-colonial period, this course explores the relative status of South Asian men, women and hijras within their communities. Touching upon feminist struggles and the recent queer movement in India, it interrogates the complex ways in which sexuality is refigured through the interface of social norms, religio-cultural beliefs and political movements for social justice.

School of Cognitive Science Adele Simmons Hall 559-5502

CS 168 - History of Political Theory: Politics, Recognition and Exclusion
Falguni Sheth
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.
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How are citizenship and recognition construed and managed throughout the history of political theory? How are individual's gender, race, and ethnicity noted-implicitly or explicitly in "universalist" political theories? Can liberalism tolerate differences or does it attempt to ignore, or even eliminate them? What is the relationship between citizenship and differences? Are some populations valorized in order to legitimate the vilification and dehumanization of others? If so, how? In this course, we will explore the dominant ideas, which remain with us today, of political philosophers from the ancient era to the contemporary world. This course will be reading, writing, and theory intensive. Authors may include Plato, Aristotle, John Locke, Gobineau, Kant, Hegel, Rousseau, Du Bois, Alain Locke, Beauvoir, Sartre, Hannah Arendt, Charles Mills, among others. Open to first year students. This is a prerequisite for other political philosophy courses.

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies Emily Dickinson Hall 559-5362

HACU 157 – Sexuality and Capitalism
Aniruddha Maitra
Monday, Wednesday  1:00-2:20 p.m.

How has human sexuality been impacted by the network of socio-economic forces called "capitalism"? Have lifestyles and modes of consumption under capital benefited both heterosexual and queer cultures? Or does capitalism collude with structures of power to police sexual practices and orientations? Should we see sex industries as capitalist exploitation? Or should we see them as labors and pleasures that need to be recognized and decriminalized? These are the key questions that this course will address through a combination of queer, feminist, Marxist, psychoanalytic, and postcolonial scholarship and contemporary media texts. We will pay attention to technologies made available by late capital-such as psychotherapy, hormonal treatments, and surgery-and their effects on gender identity and expression. We will investigate neoliberal formulations of "debility" and "capacity" through the lens of queer disability studies, and assess the impact of uneven globalization on representations of the hetero- and homonormative.

HACU 163 – The Body in Contemporary Philosophy
Alan Hodder
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 p.m.
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This course examines contemporary philosophical questions about the body: What is the significance of the corporeal interdependence we sustain with others and the world? What part does this play in creating bodily boundaries and spatial orientations? How do discipline, technology, and commerce shape bodies? In what ways is the body linked to language and other aesthetic idioms? To affect and materiality? How does the body signify intersecting forms of difference, such as those of race, class, gender, and sexuality? And how do these differences signify the body? What is at stake in distinctions between human and nonhuman bodies? Why do some senses seem to be more closely affiliated with the body than others? What conceptions of power, hierarchy, and sociality do figurations of the body imply? Readings by Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Fanon, Foucault, Kristeva, Irigaray, Butler, Korsmeyer, Alcoff, Weiss, Ahmed, and others.

HACU 176 – Re/De-Constructing Black Women
Sonya Donaldson
Monday, Wednesday  4:00-5:20 p.m.

This course will introduce students to concepts and constructs of black womanhood from the mid-twentieth century to the contemporary. We will engage literature by Black women to tease out themes of power vis-a-vis sexuality and motherhood, history and geography, environments and spaces, economics and migration. The goal of the course is to think critically about the ways in which issues of power "play" in the novels, poetry, film, and critical works. In this course, students will consider a variety of theoretical "frames," such as Black feminism and womanism, intersectionality and difference, and will develop close-reading skills, learn how to analyze and engage in literary arguments, and further develop their writing skills.

HACU 237 – Sex, Class, and Thatcherism:  The Forms of Postwar British Culture
Alexsandar Stevic
Monday, Wednesday  1:00-2:20 p.m.

This course explores how British fiction and cinema responded to the challenges of new social configurations from the rise of the welfare state in the 1950s to its crisis in the wake of Margaret Thatcher's rule in the 1980s. Our topics include shifting class relations, expanding definitions of 'Englishness' and 'Britishness,' changing constructions of gender identity beginning with the 'Angry Young Men' generation, and the rise of a multiracial society. We will also address various formal considerations, in particular the complex dialectics of traditional realism and formal experimentation, as well as the significant role of dystopian fantasy in much of the period's novelistic and cinematic production. We read novels by writers such as Margaret Drabble, Doris Lessing, and Martin Amis, poetry by Philip Larkin, and watch films by Tony Richardson, Lindsay Anderson, Stephen Frears, and Mike Leigh, among others.

HACU 238 – Myths of America
Rachel Rubenstein
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.
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This course investigates the imaginative, mythic, historical, and aesthetic meanings of "America," from its earliest incarnations through the mid-nineteenth century, and the ways in which the "national imaginary" has continually been challenged, shaped and pressured by the presence of radical and marginal groups and individuals. We will read both major and unfamiliar works of the colonial, revolutionary, early republic and antebellum years, and examine how these works embody, envision, revise, and respond to central concepts and tropes of national purpose and identity. Our conversations will address the spiritual and religious underpinnings of American nationhood; exploration, conquest, and nature; notions of individualism, progress, improvement, and success; race, ethnicity, class, and gender; alternative nationalisms and communities. This course is ideal for students seeking to ground and fortify their study of nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, history and culture.

HACU 283 – Women, Art, and the Avant-Garde
Karen Koeher
Monday  2:30-5:20 p.m.

This pro-seminar will give students the opportunity to develop an in-depth, independent research paper on a woman artist, architect, or designer working in the 20th or 21st century-from any place or region of the world. The course will begin by collectively considering the work of modernist, post-war, and contemporary women artists who are known for their experimentation and for working in multiple modalities-including painting, sculpture, performance, installation, books arts, video, film, photography, architecture and design. Throughout, we will target the ways in which women artists have crossed or defied traditional formats and delivery platforms, as well as those today who work in multifaceted mediatic interfaces. Visiting scholars will demonstrate the ways in which case studies can enable rigorous formal analysis, complex historical contextualizations, and diverse critical approaches. Each student will produce a lengthy research paper, which they will develop, workshop, and present throughout the semester. Open to Division II or III students, or Five College sophomore, juniors or seniors. A foundational course in women's studies, history or the history of art is highly recommended. This course will be meet at Hampshire and at the Five College Women's Studies Resource Center.

Interdisciplinary Arts Writing Center Building 559-5824

IA 161 – Living for Tomorrow:   Cultural Contestations, Gender Politics and the HIV & AIDS Epidemic
Jill Lewis
Monday, Wednesday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

What critical and creative tools can we explore to develop sexual safety education that is vivid and engaging? What does it mean to question gender norms? How can we design initiatives that involve young people actively in questioning gendered sexual behaviors that reproduce risk and damage to enable them to stem HIV epidemics? We will look at novels and films to explore how gender is culturally scripted, with particular emphasis on masculinity and formations of heterosexuality - then relate these to the context of HIV. The course draws on the instructor's experience helping build gender-focused HIV initiatives in many different cultures. It includes participatory learning processes and active student design of creative input for educational action that can stimulate critical literacy about gender, sexual safety and HIV. If more men students took this course, we could change the world.

School of Natural Science Cole Science Center 559-5371

NS 272 – Anthropology of Reproduction
Pam Stone
Wednesday  1:00-3:50 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.

NS 390 – Selected Topics in Global Women’s Health
Elizabeth Conlisk
Wednesday  2:30-5:20 p.m.

The goals of this Mellon Language Learning course are twofold. The first is to introduce students to key issues in global women's health with a focus on Central America. Topics will span the lifecycle and will be drawn from the fields of infectious disease, reproductive health, nutrition, chronic disease and health policy. Most readings will come from the medical and epidemiologic literature though attention will also be given to the political, economic and social factors that weigh heavily on health. The second goal is to advance students' knowledge of Spanish by integrating Spanish materials into the syllabus. A central text will be the health care manual, "Where There is No Doctor For Women," which is available in both Spanish and English. The course in not intended to be a language course per se, but one that reinforces existing skills and inspires students to pursue further study and practice. Prerequisite: at least two semesters of prior Spanish instruction.