Sima Fahid

Class Hours and Location: Tue. & Thurs. 1-2:15 Bartlett 127
Office Hours and Location: Tue. & Thurs. 5:15-6:00 appointment, Bartlett 73

E-Mail Hours: Tue. & Thurs. 5:15-6:00
Phone: 577-0710


The aim of this course is the analysis of interconnection and interrelation between the lives of women in the North and the South. Cybernetics and globalization are the ground in which this analysis takes place. In the first part of the course we will examine the way in which globalized cyber-media capitalist culture articulates racialized and sexualized bodies and creates new geographies of power across North/South divide which especially afflict women globally. In the second part of the course we will analyze globalization and its impact on women's lives globally and locally. Globalization in its variable facets will be examined in this section and the impact of local and global transformations in women's lives will be explored.


1) Two papers
%35 each
both take home assignments)

2) Quizzes and Class participation %30
Attendance, preparedness and participation are essential to this class. This means that you should have read the assigned material carefully and thoroughly and are prepared to pose and to answer questions in class. your preparedness and participation are essential for your own learning and that of others in the class and will be strongly taken into consideration in determining final grades. You will not get credit for attending class, but will lose points if you are absent frequently.


Books: Food for Thought Books, 29, s. Pleasant st. Amherst

Zillah and the Press, Eisenstein, Global Obscenities, Patriarchy, Capitalism and the Lure of Cyberfantasy. New York: New York 1998.

Sarah Anderson, John Gavanagh, Thea Lee and the Institute for Policy Studies, Field Guide to the Global Economy. New York: The New Press, 2000.

Course Packet: Copycat Print Shops, 37 E. Pleasant st. Amherst

Sept. 5
Introduction to the Course
Visit to the library

Virtual Globes and Cybernetics

Sept. 10
Global Obscenities, pp. 1-33

Media-ted Seeing and Cultural Capitalism

Sept. 12
Global Obscenities, pp. 34-49

Sept. 17
Global Obscenities, pp. 49-69

Talking: Cyberfantasies and the Relations of Power

Sept. 19
Global Obscenities, pp.70-84

Sept. 24
Global Obscenities, pp.84-100.

Transnations, Global Capital, and Families

Sept. 26
Global Obscenities, pp. 101-114

Oct. 1
Global Obscenities, pp. 114-133.

Transnational Capital Patriarchy,
Bejing, and Virtual Sisterhood

Oct. 3
Global Obscenities, pp. 134-146.

Oct. 8
Global Obscenities, pp. 146-169

Oct. 10
Globalization: Introduction


Oct. 15
Film: Global Assembly Line

Corporate Globalization
What is Economic Globalization?

Oct. 17
Field Guide, pp. 1-25.

What is New About the Global Economy?

Oct. 22
Field Guide, pp. 26-63

Whose Driving Globalization?

Oct. 24
Field Guide, pp. 65-89

Responses to Globalization

Oct. 29
Field Guide, pp. 90-122

Oct. 31
Fuentes and Ehrenreick, Women in the Global Factory, pp. 1-32. No Sweat..., pp. 123-150.

Nov. 5
Fuentes and Ehrenreick, Women in the Global Factory, pp. 33-64. No Sweat..., pp. 151-172.

Nov. 7
Maria Mies, "Housewifization International: Women and the New International Division of Labour," pp. 112-127.

Nov. 12
Maria Mies, "Housewifization International: Women and the New International Division of Labour," pp. 127-144.

Nov. 14
Film: Made in Thailand

Nov. 19
Cynthia Enloe, "Carmen Miranda on My Mind: International Politics of the Banana," pp. 124-150.

Nov. 21
Cynthia Enloe, "Blue Jeans and Bankers," pp. 151-176.

Nov. 26
Cynthia Enloe, "Just Like One of the Family,: Domestic Servants in World Politics," pp. 177-194.
-----------,"Conclusion: The Personal is International," pp. 195-201

Nov. 28
No Class

Dec. 3
Film: Performing the Border Dec. 5
Naila Kabeer, "Women's Labour in the Bangladesh Garment Industry: Choice and Constraints," pp. 164-183.

Dec. 10
Film: Advertising and the End of the World

Dec. 12
Final Paper