GRADUATE SEMINARS IN THE CENTER
The following courses are graduate seminars offered in the Center. They are available to graduate students in the Center and those students working on certificates. Please also see this link for a complete listing of approved graduate electives offered outside the center.
WST 5933-Section 0432
W 6-8; UST 0108; 3 Credits
Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6905-Departmentally Controlled
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair and 1 Women’s Studies course or course that counts for women’s studies, For advanced graduate students who desire to supplement their regular courses by independent reading or research under guidance. On-line application.
Critical Girlhood Studies
WST 6935-Section 16A3
M 6-8; UST 108; 3 Credits
This course enacts a critical mapping of girls’ studies, an intellectual formation that coalesced into a sub-field of Women’s and Gender Studies in the late 1990s. The course will consist in part of a survey of work in the field, but the bulk of our efforts will place analytic pressure on the question of which girls become legible as the “proper objects” of girls’ studies and what questions about girlhood are (im)possible to ask. We will think collectively and creatively to (re)imagine what histories, methods, pedagogies and futures a formation of critical girlhood studies could offer as both an intellectual and social justice project. Course material will reflect the instructor’s expertise in the areas of sexuality, arts-based community praxis, Black and Latinx studies, and popular cultures. Students will work together to design part of the course syllabus to reflect their own research interests and address blind spots we have identified in the field.
R 6-8; UST 108; 3 Credits
Early intersectional work arose from, and was grounded in, social movement activism, especially activism by feminist/queer/trans women of color (Combahee River Collective, 1981; Ferguson 2019; Mann 2012, 2013). Yet the field of intersectional studies has developed in ways that mask its political origin and neutralize the potential of intersectional collective action and resistance (Collins 2015; May 2015). This course seeks to re-center knowledge and strategies of resistance from intersectional social movement activism. We will begin by engaging activist statements (e.g., Charlene Carruther’s call for reimagining the Black Radical Tradition). We will then turn to an emerging interdisciplinary scholarship tracing the many different ways activists have worked to accomplish social movement intersectionality and the many structures and discursive constraints of doing so. For example, we will read recent work that traces how political and economic forces have reduced multi-dimensional, intersectional, queer politics to one-dimensional notions of liberation (Ferguson 2019). We will also read research featuring Black feminist intersectional activism as strategically operating between social movements (Springer 2005), work tracing Chicana feminist strategies of alliance building and coalition (DeTurk 2014), and a book charting the challenges faced by a multiracial group of women activists in the Welfare Rights movement striving to do intersectional activism during an era of colorblind racism (Ernst, 2012), among other readings. The goal is to collaboratively create a seminar that re-centers intersectional activisms’ interventionist and transformative possibilities while simultaneously remembering the mechanisms which whiten, flatten, and elide multi-dimensional, coalitional resistance.
Feminist/Queer of Color Studies
T 8-10; UST 108; 3 Credits
This graduate level course is a survey course of the scholarship and key debates in the emerging fields of Black Queer/Queer of Color Studies, which have their origins in Black, Chicana, and Latina Feminist Studies. We will take a sociological approach to understanding how race, sexuality, gender, and coloniality affects our understanding of ourselves, and how we experience social life through placing non-heteronormative Black and Latinx Queer subjects at the center of our analyses. We will engage the social implications of the scientific study on sexuality, engage key theoretical perspectives in the area of queer/sexuality studies, and review empirical studies concerning Black and Latinx queer identities and cultural politics within Africa and the Diaspora in the Americas. Sexuality studies is a large and broad field of inquiry, therefore this course is not exhaustive. The goal of the course is to give you a strong theoretical and empirical base from which you can think about Diaspora, race, gender, “sexuality‟ and society.
Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6946-Departmentally Controlled
Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Coordinator. Designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women’s issues. Click here for more information and an on-line application.