Past Courses

Fall 2017

WMST Courses

WMST 2140 Critical Approaches to Feminist Questions

Days and times: Tu/Th 11:40 am – 12:55 pm

Call number: 02265

Points: 3

Instructor: Alex Pittman

Description: Introduction to key concepts from social theory as they are appropriated in critical studies of gender, race, sexuality, class and nation. We will explore how these concepts are taken up from different perspectives to address particular social problems, and the effects of these appropriations in the world.

WMST 3125 Introduction to Sexuality Studies

Days and times: M/W 2:40 pm – 3:55 pm

Instructors: Jack Halberstam

Location: 516 Hamilton Hall

Points: 3

This course is designed to introduce major theories sexuality, desire and identity. We will be considering the relations between the history of sexuality and the politics of gender. We will read some primary texts in gender theory, and in the study of sexuality, desire, and embodiment. This course also provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of human sexual and erotic desires, orientations, and identities. We will study how desires are constructed, how they vary and remain the same in different places and times, and how they interact with other social and cultural phenomena such as government, family, popular culture, scientific inquiry, and, especially, race and class.

WMST 3311 Feminist Theory

Days and times: T 10:10am-12:00pm

Instructors: Tina Campt

Location: 318 Milbank Hall (Barnard)

Call number: 03462

Points: 4

Prerequisites: LIMITED TO 20 BY INSTRUC PERM; ATTEND FIRST CLASS An exploration of the relationship between new feminist theory and feminist practice, both within the academy and in the realm of political organizing.

WMST 3312 Theorizing Women’s Activism

Days and times: T 2:10pm-4:00pm

Location: 227 Milbank Hall (Barnard)

Call number: 01401

Points: 4

Instructor: Janet Jakobsen

Description: Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or Feminist Theory or permission of instructor. Helps students develop and apply useful theoretical models to feminist organizing on local and international levels.  It involves reading, presentations, and seminar reports.  Students use first-hand knowledge of the practices of specific women’s activist organizations for theoretical work.

WMST 3450 Topics in Gender and Sexuality Law

Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4:00pm

Location: 754 EXT Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]

Call number: 82296

Points: 3

Instructor: Suzanne Goldberg

Description: As society shifts in its views about sexuality and gender, so too does the law.  Indeed, legal developments in this area have been among the most dynamic of the past couple of decades.  Yet law does not map easily or perfectly onto lived experience, and legal arguments do not necessarily track the arguments made in public debate.
In this seminar, we will explore the evolving jurisprudence of sexuality and gender law in a variety of areas.  Our goal throughout the semester will be to understand and think about these issues as lawyers do – with our primary focus on understanding and evaluating the arguments that can be made on both (or all) sides of any particular case, with some attention to the factors outside of the courtroom that might shape how courts approach their work.  Related to this, we will also seek to understand how and why some of the jurisprudence has changed over time.

WMST 3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions

Days and times: R 4:10pm-6:00pm

Location: TBA

Call number: 05571

Points: 4

Instructor: Alex Pittman

Description: This course will provide students with a comparative perspective on gender, race, and sexuality by illuminating historically specific and culturally distinct conditions in which these systems of power have operated across time and space. In particular, the course seeks to show how gender has not always been a binary or primary category system.  Such approach is also useful in understanding the workings of race and sexuality as mechanisms of differentiation.  In making these inquiries, the course will pay attention to the intersectional nature of race, gender, and sexuality and to strategic performances of identity by marginalized groups.

WMST 3521 Senior Seminar I

Days and times: T 10:10 – 12:00pm

Location: 754 EXT Schermerhorn Hall

This course offers you the opportunity to develop a capstone.

WMST 3525 Senior Seminar I: Knowledge, Practice, Power

Days and times: T 4:10pm-6:00pm

Instructors: Janet R. Jakobsen

Location: 805 Altschul Hall (Barnard)

Call number: 08939

Points: 4

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to senior majors. The Senior Seminar in WGSS offers you the opportunity to develop a capstone research project during the first semester of your senior year. The capstone project may be freestanding, or, with permission of the instructor, may be continued during the spring semester as a Senior Thesis.  The capstone project must be based on original research and involve an interdisciplinary approach to the study of women, sexuality, and/or gender. You must work with an individual advisor who has expertise in the area of your project and who can advise you on the specifics of method and content. Your grade for the semester with be determined by the Senior Seminar instructor in consultation with your advisor.

WMST 3785 Narrating Rape: Literature, Gender and Violence

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4:00pm

Instructors: Marianne Hirsch

Call number: 25033

Points: 4

Prerequisites: the instructor’s permission.

(Seminar).  Despite the fact that gender-based violence destroys the frameworks of identity and community, testimony and truth, memory and justice, rape has been a fundamental and globally pervasive literary and artistic theme and trope, often the very act that engenders representation, narrative and plot.  This seminar will explore how rape has been imaged, written and told in the face of its unspeakability and the silences surrounding it, and how the act of bearing witness can become an act of resistance, rebuilding voice, subjectivity and community.  Literary texts will be read alongside feminist theoretical work on gender-violence, embodiment, trauma, testimony and law.

Requirements: class attendance and participation, weekly one-page postings on the readings, two 8-10 page papers.

Application instructions:E-mail Professor Marianne Hirsch (mh2349@columbia.edu) with the subject heading “Narrating Rape seminar.” In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Admitted students should register for the course; they will automatically be placed on a wait list from which the instructor will in due course admit them as spaces become available.

WMST 3915 Gender and Power in Global Perspective

Days and times: W 4:10pm-6:00pm

Location: 754 EXT Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]

Call number: 02432

Points: 4

Instructor: Selina Makana

Description:

Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or the instructor’s permission.

Considers formations of gender, sexuality, and power as they circulate transnationally, as well as transnational feminist movements that have emerged to address contemporary gendered inequalities. Topics include political economy, global care chains, sexuality, sex work and trafficking, feminist politics, and human rights.

If it is a small world after all, how do forces of globalization shape and redefine both men’s and women’s positions as as workers and political subjects? And, if power swirls everywhere, how are transnational power dynamics reinscribed in gendered bodies? How is the body represented in discussions of the political economy of globalization? These questions will frame this course by highlighting how gender and power coalesce to impact the lives of individuals in various spaces including workplaces, the home, religious institutions, refugee camps, the government, and civil society, and human rights organizations. We will use specific sociological and anthropological case studies, to look at how various regimes of power operate to constrain individuals as well as give them new spaces for agency.This course will enable us to think transnationally, historically, and dynamically, using gender as a lens through which to critique relations of power and the ways that power informs our everyday lives and identities.

WMST GR 6001 Theoretical Paradigms: Feminist Practice

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm

Instructors: Saidiya V Hartman

Location: 754 EXT Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]

Call number: 67300

Points: 4

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WMST GR8010 Advanced Topics: Ecofeminism

Days and times: M 12:10pm-2:00pm

Instructors: Branka Arsic

Location: 754 EXT Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]

Call number: 75780

Points: 4

The course will reconstruct the major arguments formulated by ecofeminist theorists by reading some of the major ecological treatises of the 19th and 20th centuries, and by introducing some of the questions that have preoccupied feminist philosophers in the last couple of decades. We will thus begin by inquiring into how philosophers, and later ecologists, from Schelling, Hegel and Nietzsche to Jakob von Uexküll, Simone Weil, and Gilles Deleuze, understood the earth, matter, and life on earth, before moving to discuss questions of gendered subjectivity and embodied personhood as formulated in the works of Simone de Beauvoir (selections from The Ethics of Ambiguity), Luce Irigaray (selections from The Forgetting of Air, Marine Lover) and Julia Kristeva (selections from Black Sun and Tales of Love). In this introductory part of the course we will pay special attention to how feminist thinkers developed a philosophy of elements and vegetal life in order to articulate aspects of the feminine, or what some of them also called “woman’s” subjectivity.

WMST GU4310 Contemporary American Jewish Women’s Literature

Days and times: M 4:10pm-6:00pm

Instructors: Irena Klepfisz

Location: 306 Milbank Hall (Barnard)

Call number: 07495

Points: 4

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. Sophomore standing. Identifies trends in Jewish American women’s writing of this period: integration of Jewish and feminist consciousness into Jewish women’s mainstream writing; exploration through fictive narratives of women’s roles in Jewish orthodox communities; recording of experiences of immigrants from the former Soviet Union and from Arab countries.

Crosslisted Courses

AMST UN3930 Topics in American Studies: Gender History and American Film

Days and times: Tues 10:10 – 12:00 pm

Instructors: Hilary Anne Hallett

Location: 317 Hamilton Hall

Call number: 22188

Points: 4

Please refer to the Center for American Studies for the course descriptions for each section.

CLFR UN3617 Writing Women in Medieval France and England

Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4:00pm

Instructors: Eliza Zingesser

Call number: 22198

Points: 3

Description: 

This course is an introduction both to the works of women who either lived in France or adopted French as a literary language in the Middle Ages, as well as to works commenting on the role of women, often from an antifeminist viewpoint. Our explorations will take us across a wide range of genres, from poetry to legal documents to mystical treatises to romances.
Class discussion in English, with readings available in both modern French and English. The course can be taken for French credit if students complete the reading and all assignments in French.

CPLS GR6350 Subjectivity and Power

Days and times: T 4:10 – 6pm

Call number: 11648

Points: 4

Instructor: Simona Forti

Description: Contemporary political-philosophical debate revolves around the question of new forms of power, from biopower to governmentality. Many authors involved, from Giorgio Agamben to Nikolas Rose, claim to be developing core ideas put forward by Michel Foucault: mainly, Foucault’s insight concerning the inextricable tangle of subjectivity and power relations which, accordingly, dismantels the classical liberal and juridical view of the face-off between “the individual – the state.” While they provide original analyses of the functioning of the new forms of power, they nevertheless neglect to delve deeply into the folds of subjectivity.

The course traces a philosophical genealogy of the interrelation between subjectivity, power, and domination in order to shed light on the subjective side of this relation. Readings from Friedrich Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Primo Levi, Jacques Derrida Judith Butler, will allow us to raise questions that often remain unthought, such as:  What is the structure of a subjectivity that easily slides into domination? What desires motivate our attachment to constraining powers, and from where does our anxiety to conform stem? At the same time, drawing on the writings of these authors, we will ask ourselves how to envisage the conditions of possibility for a resistant subject, for an idea of the Self that is capable of creating friction with domination. Far from being a return to the monism of individualism, this Self will turn out to be an “an-archic” subject that blurs the boundaries between ethics and politics.

PHIL UN2110 Philosophy and Feminism

Days and times: MW 11:40am-12:55pm

Instructors: Christia Mercer

Location: 833 Seeley W. Mudd Building

Call number: 19570

Points: 3

Is there an essential difference between women and men? How do questions about race conflict or overlap with those about gender? Is there a “normal” way of being “queer”? Introduction to philosophy and feminism through a critical discussion of these and other questions using historical and contemporary texts, art, and public lectures. Focus includes essentialism, difference, identity, knowledge, objectivity, and queerness.  This course will have unrestricted enrollment and no required discussion section.

PORT GR6004 Race, Gender, and Affect in Brazilian Perspective

Days and times: M 1pm – 3pm

Instructors: Ana Paulina Lee

Location: 505 Casa Hispánica

Call number: 78496

Points: 4

This graduate seminar will examine affect, mood, taste, and feeling as critical sites in Brazilian studies about race and gender. Particular attention will be paid to the “affective turn” in critical race and queer theory. We will examine a number of issues related to affect theory, beginning with, what is affect? Can we study affect historically and geographically? How is affect racialized or gendered? What can affect theory bring to cultural memory studies? By drawing on theories of affect, cultural memory, food studies, historical and anthropological studies about racial and ethnic formation, and gender and sexuality studies, we will discuss how affect illuminates the intersecting realms of aesthetics, politics, performance, and cultural memory, and across bodies in mundane and spectacular ways.

Class will be conducted in English or Portuguese, depending on enrollment.

PORT UN3327 Visual Cultures and Ethnicities of Latin America

Days and times: Tues 1:00pm-4:00pm

Instructors: Ana Paulina Lee

Call number: 82346

Points: 3

This course is a comparative study of the cultures and ethnicities of Latin America, with a focus on Asian migration, settlement, and visual culture. Course readings, in-class mapping workshops, and discussions will examine Asian diasporic artistic production, performance, and visual cultures. We will pair visual and cultural analysis with studies about spatial theory and cultural geography, including the relationship between perception and space to race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. We will question how visual culture, artistic practice, and performance have interrupted static understandings of ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality. We will read theories about cultural hybridity, performance, affect, memory, and migration and examine artistic production from Latin America. We will also analyze the symbolic value and socio-economic positions of ethnic neighborhoods like Chinatown in Cuba or Japantown in Brazil. In addition, we will examine representations of Asian-ness in a variety of popular culture and media. Using mapping software, students will create digital media projects that highlight Asian diasporic artistic practices in Latin America.

SOCI UN3261 Sexuality & Society

Days and times: MW 1:10-2:25pm

Instructors: Shamus Khan

Call number: 63478

Points: 3

The purpose of this course is to explore the relationship between sexuality and society. Our aim is to provide an enormously broad introduction to this topic area, covering historical and national variation, exploring biological, psychological, historical, and sociological texts, and thinking critically about issues such as reproduction, desire, and identity. These readings can, at times, be demanding. Some will cover genetics; others will contain relatively dense cultural theory.

Related Courses in other Departments

AFAS GU4080 Topics in the Black Experience: gender, Sexuality and Labor in the Caribbean

Days and times: Thurs 12:10 – 2:00 pm

Location: 758 EXT Schermerhorn Hall

Instructor: Christine A Pinnock

Description: Please refer to Institute for Research in African American Studies for section-by-section course descriptions.

AFAS GU4080 Topics in the Black Experience: MLK Jr and Radical Democracy

Days and times: W 12:10 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: 758 Extension Schermerhorn

Points: 4

Instructor: Obery Hendricks

Description: Please refer to Institute for Research in African American Studies for section-by-section course descriptions.

AFRS BC3550 Gay Harlem

Days and times: M 2:10 – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Richard Blint

Description: Prerequisites: This course is limited to 20 students and by permission only. This course explores Harlem’s role in the production of sexual modernity and in particular as a space of queer encounter. While much of our investigation will be devoted to the intersection of race and sexuality in African American life, we also consider Harlem’s history as a communal space for Italian, Puerto Rican, and more recent immigrants. Students will be encouraged to distinguish and connect contemporary sites of sexual culture in Harlem to the historical articulations of race and sexuality examined in the course.

CLFR UN3716 Francophone Romance, Love, and Sex

Days and times: Thurs 11:40am-12:55pm

Instructors: Madeleine Dobie

Description: Comparative Literature: French

CSER UN3922 Asian American Cinema

Days and times: Thurs 4:10pm-6:00pm

Instructor: Eric Gamalinda

Description: This seminar focuses on the critical analysis of Asian representation and participation in Hollywood by taking a look at how mainstream American cinema continues to essentialize the Asian and how Asian American filmmakers have responded to Hollywood Orientalist stereotypes. We will analyze various issues confronting the Asian American, including yellowface, white patriarchy, male and female stereotypes, the “model minority” myth, depictions of “Chinatowns,” panethnicity, the changing political interpretations of the term “Asian American” throughout American history, gender and sexuality, and cultural hegemonies and privileging within the Asian community.

CSER UN4360 American Diva: Race, Gender, and Performance

Days and times: Tuesday 10:10am-12:00pm

Instructor: Deborah Paredez

ECON BC2010 The Economics of Gender

Days and times: Thurs 10:10am-11:25am

Instructor: Homa S Zarghamee

Description: Examination of gender differences in the U.S. and other advanced industrial economies. Topics include the division of labor between home and market, the relationship between labor force participation and family structure, the gender earnings gap, occupational segregation, discrimination, and historical, racial, and ethnic group comparisons.

ENGL UN3305 Gender and Sexuality in the Irish Novel

Days and times: Tues 4:10pm-6:00pm

Instructor: Emily Bloom

Description: This course will chart changing attitudes towards gender and sexuality from the nineteenth to the twentieth century in terms of the development of novelistic genres. These genres include marriage plot novels in which the 1800 Act of Union was figured as a marriage between a feminized Ireland and a masculine England, the Big House novel—an Irish variant of the country house novel—pioneered by women writers, the gothic novel by writers like Oscar Wilde, the modernist novels of James Joyce and Elizabeth Bowen, banned books that were silenced by national censorship boards, and finally the queer Irish novel of the late twentieth century.

HIST GR8770 Household and Family in African History

Days and times: Tues 10:10am-12:00pm

Instructor: Rhiannon Stephens

Description: The household and family loomed large in the colonial ethnographies of Africa of the twentieth century. But in the imaginings of those anthropologists, household and family were eternal structures; they were institutions without history. Historical scholarship and later anthropologists have challenged that notion and shown that these were and are complicated and diverse social institutions with specific histories and consequences. This course puts the anthropological theories of household and family in Africa into conversation with historical scholarship on them. In so doing, we will explore questions of lineage, marriage, gender and kinship, which have often been invoked as explanatory factors in historical processes, but all of which need to be historicized themselves.

HIST GU4217 Women as Cold War Weapons

Days and times: Wed 12:10pm-2:00pm

Points: 4

Instructor: Victoria Phillips

Description: Cold War ideological campaigns for the “hearts and minds” abutted “hot war” confrontations between 1945 and 1991, and women engaged with both. This course has three purposes: (i) to examine the role of women in the United States as a reflection and enactment of Cold War politics; (ii) to provide an understanding of cultural forces in building ideas in foreign markets; (iii) to reframe the understanding of power as a strategy of United States Cold War battles. To this end, the class will open with a history and examination of women and the traditional narratives of the nation at “wars,” and then continue to explore the political power of women, cultural diplomacy, military operations, and conclude with two case studies. This seminar examines the history of government and private sector mechanisms used to export national ideals by and about women in order to enact American foreign policy agendas in the Cold War. To build their knowledge, students will be asked to parse primary materials in the context of secondary readings. They will do class presentations and present at a conference, and will have the opportunity to discuss their interests with leading scholars of the Cold War. The requirements include significant weekly readings, postings, attendance at discussions, a class presentation, and participation in the class conference at the conclusion of the semester.

HSEA GU4893 East Asian: The Family in Chinese History

Days and times: Tues 4:10 – 6:00 pm

Instructor: Robert P Hymes

Description: History: East Asian

HSEA GU4893 East Asian: The Family in Chinese History

Days and times: Tues 4:10 – 6:00 pm

Instructor: Robert P Hymes

MDES GR8280 Study of Gender and Sexuality in the Arabic World

Days and times: Tuesdays 4:10-6pm

Location: TBA

Call number: 98697

Points: 4

Instructor: Joseph A Massad

Prerequisites: the instructor’s permission. This course aims to familiarize graduate students with the different methods and approaches that US and European scholars have used to study gender and sexuality in other societies generally, and the way they study them in the context of the Arab World specifically. The course will also explore how Arab scholars have also studied their own societies. We will survey these different approaches, both theoretical and empirical, outlining their methodological difficulties and limitations. Readings will consist of theoretical elaborations of these difficulties and the methodological and empirical critiques that the field itself has generated in order to elaborate how gender and sexuality in the Arab World have been studied, or more accurately, not studied, and how many of these methodological pitfalls can be avoided.

MUSI GR8370 Ruth Crawford Seeger

Days and times: Monday 12:10-2pm

Instructors: Ellie M. Hisama

Location: TBA

Call number: 23043

Points: 3

POLS BC3402 The Comparative Politics of Gender Inequality

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm

Location: TBA

Call number: 04616

Points: 3

Instructor: Claire F Ullman

Prerequisites: Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC 3507. Enrollment limited to 20 students; L-course sign-up through eBearBarnard syllabus. Uses major analytical perspectives in comparative politics to understand the persistence of gender inequality in advanced industrial states. Topics include: political representation and participation; political economy and capitalism; the historical development of welfare states; electoral systems, electoral quotas; the role of supranational and international organizations; and social policy

RUSS GR6141 Women’s AutoBi. Prose 18th&19th Century

Days and times: MW 4:10-6pm

Location: TBA

Call number: 13306

Points: 4

Instructor: Irina Reyfman

The course examines the emergence of women autobiographical prose in the late eighteenth century and the rapid growth of women’s interest autobiographical genres in the course of the nineteenth century.  Often illiterate or semi-literate in the early modern period, women became expert writers by the second third of the nineteenth century.  The reading list includes memoirs and diaries of some of the most remarkable autobiography writers of the period, including Nadezhda Durova, who lived most of her life as a man and took part in the War of 1812; Avdotia Panaeva, Nikolai Nekrasov’s common-law wife and active participant in journalistic life of the period; Sofia Tolstaya, Leo Tolstoy’s wife and herself an outstanding writer.

PSYC BC3153 Psychology and Women

Days and times: M 11:10am-12:50pm

Location: TBA

Call number: 01841

Points: 4

Instructor: Wendy McKenna

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and at least two psychology courses. Permission of the instructor required for majors other than Psychology or Women’s Studies. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Examines how female experience is and has been understood by psychologists. Through an understanding of gender as a social construction and issues raised by the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, and race, the course will analyze assumptions about what causes us to be gendered and about how being gendered affects behavior.

Spring 2017

WMST 1001 Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies

Days and times: Tu/Th 11:40 am – 12:55 pm
Instructors: Laura Ciolkowski
Location: 405 Milbank Hall
Points: 3

An interdisciplinary introduction to key concepts and analytical categories in women’s and gender studies. This course grapples with gender in its complex intersection with other systems of power and inequality, including: sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and nation. Topics include: feminisms, feminist and queer theory, commodity culture, violence, science and technology, visual cultures, work, and family.

WMST 3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions: Debates on Women in the PreModern World

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm
Instructors: Julie A. Crawford
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext

This class is an introduction to the debates on women that played a dominant role in both the philosophical and literary traditions of the European/Atlantic world from the classical period through the seventeenth-century. Beginning with the works of ancient political theory that actively debated women’s political, social, and ethical position in society (chiefly Aristotle, Plato, and Plutarch), the course will address the pan-European books of “Good Women” that served as exemplary case studies, the querelle des femmes (or debate on women) that dominated political and humanist discourse of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the crucial importance of the political analogies between the household and the state and the marital and social contracts in the premodern world (and, indeed, in our own).  We will study works from ancient Greece and Rome and medieval and early modern Italy, Spain, France, England, Ethiopia and Mexico, and topics ranging from domestic violence and political resistance theory to transvestitism and lesbianism.

WMST 3522 Senior Seminar II

Days and times: W 10:10a – 12p
Instructors: Patricia A. Dailey
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Points: 3

Individual research in Women’s Studies conducted in consultation with the instructor. The result of each research project is submitted in the form of the senior essay and presented to the seminar.

WMST 3800 Feminist Listening

Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4pm
Instructors: Ellie M. Hisama
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext

Feminist Listening: Critical and Intersectional Approaches to Popular Music develops modes of feminist listening to a variety of examples in popular music including hip-hop,
pop, rock, R&B, country music, and crossover/experimental music. By examining the sonic, texted, and visual components of popular music in relation to gender, sexuality, the body, race, ethnicity, economics, and nation, students will develop a critical vocabulary for discussing and analyzing the effects and meanings of popular music as filtered by twenty-first century listeners. Through close listening, discussion of assigned readings and pieces, and analytical writing on recorded and live performances, the course will encourage students to examine a wide repertory of popular music by using a variety of intersectional analytical “sieves,” refining and enriching their experience of popular music as critically astute listeners and writers.

This course is designed for students who are interested in sharpening their listening practices but does not assume previous formal study of music. The course 1) introduces the fundamental of music through exercises in listening and writing, 2) focuses on a selection of current literature on listening, theoretical approaches to music analysis, and feminist/queer criticism; 3) attunes students to the various indices of musical structure (melody, form, harmony, rhythm & meter, words, flow & groove, performance); 4) brings together these parts of music into feminist/queer, alternative hearings of specific works.

 

WMST 4000 Genealogies of Feminism: Vision and Difference

Days and times: Tu 4:10-6pm
Instructors: Marianne Hirsch
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext

Even before Laura Mulvey’s classic feminist essay on the “male gaze,” feminist artists and filmmakers, as well as theorists of visuality, have analyzed, critiqued and contested the association of vision with power and knowledge. Creatively reframing the gaze and subverting conventions of visual representation, they have reimagined the relationship of media technologies to embodied and social difference, and to social constructions of gender, race, class and sexuality. This course will study these theories and practices by looking at late 20th and early 21st century painting, film, television, photography, comics, performance, activism and social media in transnational perspective.

WMST 8001 Feminist Pedagogy

Days and times: F 10:10a – 12p
Instructors: Lila Abu-Lughod
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Points: 4

This course is oriented to graduate students who are planning to teach in the near and distant future and who want to explore issues related to pedagogy. The course will ask what it means to teach “as a feminist” and will explore how to create a classroom receptive to feminist and queer methodologies and theories regardless of course theme/content. Topics include: the role of political engagement, the gender dynamics of the classroom, and modes of critical thought and disagreement. Discussions can be oriented around student interest. The course will meet several times a month (dates TBD) and the final assignment is to develop a syllabus for a new gender/sexuality course in your field.  Because this course is required for graduate students choosing to fulfill Option 2 for the Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies at IRWGS, priority will be given to graduate students completing the certificate.

WMST 8010 Advanced Topics: Post Human Feminists

Days and times: Tu 6:10 – 8pm
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext

This course examines the trajectory of feminism and its critical interlocutors as they engage anthropogenic climate change and toxicity. The course begins with an examination of a reorientation of some major thinkers in feminist theory from the problematization of gender and sexuality to problematization of the human and its posts. It then turns to how a reading of anthropogenic climate change and toxicity appears when read from a history of colonialism, racism, capitalism. For most weeks, the course juxtaposes early work of the featured author or other relevant authors. This dual focus seeks to foreground the trajectory, velocity and genealogy of a field and concept.

 

WMST BC 2140 Critical Approaches

Days and times: M/W 4:10pm – 5:25pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 09334
Points: 3

Introduction to key concepts from social theory as they are appropriated in critical studies of gender, race, sexuality, class and nation. We will explore how these concepts are taken up from different perspectives to address particular social problems, and the effects of these appropriations in the world.

WMST BC 3132 Gendered Controversies

Days and times: T 4:10 – 6p
Instructors: Janet R. Jakobsen
Location: TBA
Call number: 05173
Points: 4

Investigates the significance of contemporary and historical issues of social, political, and cultural conflicts centered on women’s bodies. How do such conflicts constitute women, and what do they tell us about societies, cultures, and politics?

WMST BC 3311 Feminist Theory

Days and times: Tu 10:10am – 12pm
Instructors: Tina Campt
Location: TBA

TBA

WMST BC 3512 Art Work

Days and times: W 4:10-6pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 07390
Points: 4

WMST BC 3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions

Days and times: M 4:10 – 6pm
Instructors: Dorothy Yin-Yee Ko
Location: TBA
Call number: 07992
Points: 4

This course will provide students with a comparative perspective on gender, race, and sexuality by illuminating historically specific and culturally distinct conditions in which these systems of power have operated across time and space. In particular, the course seeks to show how gender has not always been a binary or primary category system.  Such approach is also useful in understanding the workings of race and sexuality as mechanisms of differentiation.  In making these inquiries, the course will pay attention to the intersectional nature of race, gender, and sexuality and to strategic performances of identity by marginalized groups.

WMST BC 3526 Senior Seminar II

Days and times: W 4:10-6pm
Instructors: Elizabeth Bernstein
Location: TBA
Call number: 01088
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to senior majors. Individual research in Women’s Studies conducted in consulation with the instructor. The result of each research project is submitted in the form of the senior essay and presented to the seminar.

WMST BC 4302 Jewish Women’s Responses 2nd Wave Fem. 1939-90

Days and times: M 4:10 – 6pm
Instructors: Irena Klepfisz
Location: TBA
Call number: 00295
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 13 students. A study of  Jewish women’s fiction, memoirs, art and film in response to the feminist/gender issues raised by the Second Wave. The seminar includes analysis of the writings and artwork of Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen, Judy Chicago, Helene Aylon, Elana Dykewomon, Rebecca Goldstein, E.M. Broner and others.

WMST BC3530 Feminist Media Theory

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm
Instructors: Jonathan Lyle Beller
Location: TBA
Call number: 08866
Points: 4

The integration of contemporary media and social practices of all types is intensifying. This seminar examines media theory and various media platforms including Language, Photography, Film, Television, Radio, Digital Video, and Computing as treated by feminists, critical race and queer theorists, and other scholars and artists working from the margins.

Crosslisted courses

ANTH UN 1200 The Anthropology of Sexuality

Days and times: M/W 11:40 am – 12:55 pm
Instructors: Carole Vance
Call number: 88944
Points: 3

This course offers a broad overview of the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of sexuality. It focuses on the rapid transformations that are taking place globally in the early 21st century, and on the impact that these transformations have had on sexuality. The relationships between men, women and children are changing quickly, as are traditional family structures and gender norms. What were once viewed as private matters have become public, and an array of new social movements (transgender, intersex, sex worker, people living with HIV) have come into the open. Sexuality has become a focus for public debate and political action in important new ways that will be examined in detail in this course.

CLC GU 4110 Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece

Days and times: Tu/Th 2:40 pm – 3:55 pm
Instructors: Helene Peet Foley
Location: TBA
Call number: 08631
Points: 3

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or the instructor’s permission. Examination of the ways in which gender and sexuality are constructed in ancient Greek society and represented in literature and art, with attention to scientific theory, ritual practice, and philosophical speculation. Topics include conceptions of the body, erotic and homoerotic literature and practice, legal constraints, pornography, rape, and prostitution.

CLEN GR 6550 The Voice of the Witness: Trauma, Memory, testimony

Days and times: Th 4:10 – 6pm
Instructors: Marianne Hirsch
Location: TBA
Call number: 22799
Points: 4

The historian Annette Wievorka has called our age the “era of the witness.” This course examines the emergence of testimony as a genre and a telling source of evidence in the aftermath of 20th and 21st century catastrophes.  Focusing comparatively on several key sites that illuminate theoretical and gender dimensions of testimony  – war, dictatorship and crimes against humanity as well as rape and sexual abuse – we will study acts of witness in oral history, memoirs, blogs, film, performance and in trials and truth commissions. We will also look at the memorial functions of testimony archives and the role of testimony in museums and memorials.

ECON GU 4480 Gender and Applied Economics

Days and times: M/W 6:10pm – 7:25pm
Instructors: Lena Edlund
Location: TBA
Call number: 72823
Points: 3

Prerequisites: ECON W3211, W3213. This course studies gender gaps, their extent, determinants and consequences. The focus will be on the allocation of rights in different cultures and over time, why women’s rights have typically been more limited and why most societies have traditionally favored males in the allocation of resources.

POLS UN 3912 Gender, Religion and Legal Pluralism

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm
Instructors: Jean Louise Cohen
Location: 711 International Affairs Building
Call number: 77011
Points: 4

What modes of recognition of religious pluralism and self-government are compatible with democratic constitutionalism and gender equality? In the U.S. and Western Europe, proliferating demands for exemptions from valid general civil law (particularly anti-discrimination law pertaining to gender and sexuality) are made in the name of religious freedom, while in post-colonial contexts, legal pluralism in the field of personal status law—separate jurisdictions for religious/ethnic groups or state enforcement of different personal status laws for different groups– is touted as doing justice to social difference and plurality.  What is the impact on gender equality does deference to religious “nomos groups” by the state have domestically and internationally? What are the politics behind such deference and jurisdictional pluralism? This seminar will analyze the theoretical and political issues from the perspective of theories of democratic legitimacy, liberal and republican constitutionalism and feminism. It will have a theoretical and comparative historical focus, examining western and post-colonial contexts. Among the authors we will read are Mounira Charrad, Will Kymlica, Cecile Laborde, Saba Mahmood,  Mahmood Mamdani, Anne Philipps, Ayelet Shachar, Iris Marion Young, among others.

Prerequisites: the instructor’s permission. Pre-registration is not permitted. Seminar in Political Theory. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

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AFRS BC 3589 Black Sexual Politics, U.S. Pop Culture

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 08835
Points: 4

Instructor: Celia E. Naylor

Instructor will choose 18 students

EAAS GU 4710 The Woman Question in Modern China

Days and times: W 12:10 – 2pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 60534
Points: 4

Instructor: Gal Gvili

This course explores women in modern and contemporary Chinese fiction using two focal points: the representation of women in fiction, and the voices who write about women. Closely reading narratives by men and women who raised “the woman question” in China from the Mid Nineteenth century and until the Post-Mao era, we aim at understanding: how did “woman” come to dominate the literary imagination of modern Chinese authors? Is there such a thing as female writing? Can only women practice female writing? Our readings will take us chronologically from the early formations of women’s rights as an issue of social importance in China, through the ripening of a substantial feminist discourse and body of literature both committed to putting the figure of “woman” at the center of modernization, revolution, and reform. We will read essays by Chinese feminists, short stories, novellas and novels and pay particular attention to questions of narration, voice, and figuration. Our secondary reading will hone our analytical skills and help us to situate the literary texts within historical and thematic contexts.

HIST BC 2803 Gender and Empire

Days and times: Tu/Th 10:10am – 11:25am
Instructors: Anupama P Rao
Location: TBA
Call number: 01666
Points: 3

HIST BC 2865 Gender and Power in China

Days and times: Tu/Th 2:40 pm – 3:55 pm
Instructors: Dorothy Yin-Yee Ko
Location: TBA
Call number: 07302
Points: 3

This course explores the power dynamics of gender relations in Chinese history and contemporary society. Specifically, we seek to understand how a range of women–rulers, mothers, teachers, workers, prostitutes, and activists–exercised power by utilizing available resources to overcome institutional constraints.

LCRS GU 4500 Feminist and Queer Theory in Brazil

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 70949
Points: 4

Instructor: Miriam Grossi

This course will introduce students to Brazilian gender studies and to feminist and queer theories from the perspective of social studies of science. Readings will combine anthropological, historical and political perspectives about women and LGBT people in Brazil. The course includes classical texts as well as some recent works and new directions. In order for the course to be useful, we will concentrate on texts published in English by Brazilian authors who work on the theme proposed. The course also aims to provide knowledge and access to Brazilian literature and journals. Students are expected to participate actively in the seminar and to engage in a personal project on a topic of choice – either on a literary track (e.g. one author), theory (one theme) or empirical research (e.g. conducting interviews and analysing data).

MUSI UN2500 Women and Music

Days and times: M/W 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: 622 Dodge Hall
Call number: 67079
Points: 3

Instructor: Alessandra M Ciucci

This course explores the relationship between women, music, and performance from a thematic and a cross-cultural perspective. Through the analysis of different case studies, we will investigate different topics from the perspective of ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, and performance studies. A number of critical questions we will consider include: how does a particular gender ideology constructs and is constructed by musical aesthetics? What are some of the critical roles for women in performance?  What is the significance of gender in performances? What does it mean for women to have have and to be the voice? And how is a musical performance bound up with emotions?

PORT GR 6114 Mapping Asian/Americas Art

Days and times: M 1:00 – 3:00PM
Instructors: Ana Paulina Lee
Location: 505 Casa Hispánica
Call number: 88977
Points: 4

Students enrolled in this course will receive training in mapping software and analysis from an art history perspective. No prior experience is necessary, but all students will leave with a fluent grasp in working with software that will engage a spatial approach to the study of artistic practice.

Course readings, discussions, site visits and mapping projects will examine how we may map the contours of Asian diasporic artistic practice. By bringing together studies about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and performance with mapping theory about borders and spatial divides, we will explore what constitutes an Asian diasporic artistic practice. We will interrogate the definition of racial and ethnic borders as they intersect with the networks of Asian diasporic spaces and cross national boundaries. Through practicum, we will create and read spatial information as population density or physical borders to see what they may reveal about the density of social relations that cannot be limited to identity. We will question the possibility and stakes of mapping histories of racialization and racial formation. We will test the limits of using data visualization for tracking these kinds of questions. Through using mapping technology, we will create data sets and new archives, and make map-based arguments to see where the constructs of race are produced and destroyed. We will also discuss how the transnational circulation and commodification of race, sexuality, and ethnicity through terms like diasporic art, music, and performance disrupt or reinforce these understandings, and engage in new forms of world-making.

For additional information, contact Professor Ana Paulina Lee, Latin American and Iberian Cultures Department (apl2147@columbia.edu)

RELI UN 3575 Evangelicalism: Sex, Media, and Religion in America

Days and times: T 10:10am-12:00pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 78096
Points: 3

Instructor: Elizabeth F Dolfi

Crossing denominations and encompassing a range of theological commitments, evangelical Christianity can be described as a theological disposition, a mode of hermeneutical practice, a theological-aesthetic sensibility, a mass spiritual movement, a practice of cultivating sacred affect, an errand to the world, and a genre of revivalism. This multidisciplinary seminar will emphasize the role of popular media in constituting an evangelical public, the gendered nature of evangelical subjectivity, the role of sex and sexuality in evangelical self-definition, and the ways that evangelical theological categories have shaped what we think of as “the secular” in the United States.

SOCI UN 3985 Queer Practice

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4:00pm
Instructors: Tey Meadow
Location: TBA
Call number: 29566
Points: 4

Is there a particularly “queer” way to live? Does a queer perspective mitigate for certain forms of social, interpersonal or political action? Are there sets of vocations, engagements or relationship formations that are, in and of themselves, distinctly queer? Or is queerness something that can infuse or transform pre-existing modes of personal or relational action? How does any of this relate to the version of “queer” one learns in college? Is a university education necessary, or even useful, for living a queer life? Does academic queer theory have any relevance to “real-world” politics, affects or activisms? Do classroom projects within Gender & Sexuality Studies prepare us to engage in projects of social change, political efforts, or in any meaningful way, to work more closely with others on shared goals related to social justice? Does a liberal arts education prepare us to navigate ideological, intellectual and interpersonal differences? To move from a critical gaze at social institutions into institutional change? To become more robust citizens of a world that includes a multiplicity of viewpoints, perspectives and values? Finally, at its best, what should the university classroom do to prepare students to forge their own social and political perspectives, and to move from gaze and consideration into movement and action?

Fall 2016

WMST 3200 Queer Theory *New Course*

Days and times: M 2:10 – 4pm
Instructors: Jack Halberstam
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Call number: 80943
Points: 4

This class will ask you to read a set of novels, theoretical essays and social science studies in order to think deeply about sexuality, identity, desire, race, objects, relationality, being, knowing and becoming. We will consider sexuality, desire and gender not as a discrete set of bodily articulations, nor as natural expressions of coherent identities so much as part of the formulation of self that Avery Gordon names “complex personhood.” Beginning with a recent film from the UK that rereads queerness back through a history or labor and ending with a recent film made entirely on the iPhone and that stages queerness as part of an alternative articulation of Hollywood, we will explore new and old theories of queer desire.

Through the readings, discussions, and assignments, you will develop critical analytical skills to consider social change movements with particular attention to how sex, gender, race, class, sexuality, sexual orientation, and other systems of power shape people’s everyday lives. We will trace the intersection of histories of labor, medicine, representation and activism and we will ask difficult questions about assimilation, mainstreaming, globalization and pink capitalism. Advanced undergraduate level course

WMST 3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions:Debates on Women in the Premodern World

Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4pm
Instructors: Julie A. Crawford
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Call number: 60596
Points: 4

This class is an introduction to the debates on women that played a dominant role in both the philosophical and literary traditions of the European/Atlantic world from the classical period through the seventeenth-century. Beginning with the works of ancient political theory that actively debated women’s political, social, and ethical position in society (chiefly Aristotle, Plato, and Plutarch), the course will address the pan-European books of “Good Women” that served as exemplary case studies, the querelle des femmes (or debate on women) that dominated political and humanist discourse of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the crucial importance of the political analogies between the household and the state and the marital and social contracts in the premodern world (and, indeed, in our own).  We will study works from ancient Greece and Rome and medieval and early modern Italy, Spain, France, England, Ethiopia and Mexico, and topics ranging from domestic violence and political resistance theory to transvestitism and lesbianism.

WMST 3521 Senior Seminar I

Days and times: Tu 10:10am – 12pm
Instructors: Katherine Laura Biers
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Call number: 76412
Points: 4

The Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies offers you the opportunity to develop a capstone research paper by the end of the first semester of your senior year. Senior seminar essays take the form of a 25-page paper based on original research and characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the study of women, sexuality, and/or gender. You must work with an individual advisor who has expertise in the area of your thesis and who can advise you on the specifics of method and content. Your grade for the semester with be determined by IRWGS’s Director of Undergraduate Studies in consultation with your advisor. Students receiving a grade of “B+” of higher in Senior Seminar I will be invited to complete Senior Seminar II in Spring 2015. Senior Seminar II students will complete a senior thesis of 40-60 pages in a course facilitated by the IRWGS Director.

WMST 3525 Senior Seminar I: Knowledge, Practice, Power

Days and times: T 4:10 – 6p
Instructors: Janet R. Jakobsen
Call number: 08939
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to senior majors. The Senior Seminar in WGSS offers you the opportunity to develop a capstone research project during the first semester of your senior year. The capstone project may be freestanding, or, with permission of the instructor, may be continued during the spring semester as a Senior Thesis.  The capstone project must be based on original research and involve an interdisciplinary approach to the study of women, sexuality, and/or gender. You must work with an individual advisor who has expertise in the area of your project and who can advise you on the specifics of method and content. Your grade for the semester with be determined by the Senior Seminar instructor in consultation with your advisor.

WMST 3600 Race and the Politics of Food *New Course*

Days and times: T 4:10 – 6p
Instructors: Myisha Priest
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Call number: 23336
Points: 4

Description: Who is food for? The simple answer is that food is for everyone, yet a close look at the stories we tell reveals that, actually, food is not for everyone. In our novels, nonfiction, films and even in our manifestoes, some people eat and some provide food; some appetites must be unleashed and others, regulated and controlled; and some people—some people are food. Instead of a benign arena for the imagination and enactment of universal rights, food thus exposes “universal” “human” and “rights” as crucial and deeply contested terrains of raced and gendered power. This economy of exchange, of consumption and deprivation, of the satiation of some bodies through devourment of others, of the invisibility of some hungers and the criminalization of some appetites, are all aspects of our founding narrative. These relations define the past and have also come to define our time. In this seminar, will explore the ways that we imagine food and narrate acts of feeding and eating as a means of examining both the historical enactments and contemporary mechanisms of power.

Through our study of a variety of forms, we will consider how race and gender give shape to representations of food, using its seemingly benign and private face to alter our understanding of where violence and domination reside, how they operate, how they can be resisted, and how or if harm can redressed. Some of the genres we may consider are the novel, the critical essay, the autobiography, the cookbook and more. Our texts will include not only familiar forms but also the neighborhoods of NYC and of course, food itself. By considering questions embedded within these texts how do representations of food uphold or breach the structures of racialized and gendered power? How do these overlooked ways of shaping power affect the way we understand and represent food justice, one of the central struggles of our time? we will stay close to our broader concerns with how the work of political imagining simultaneously enables and forecloses the possibility of community.

WMST 3900 Reading and Writing on the Body in the French Middle Ages *New Course*

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4:00pm
Instructors: Eliza Zingesser
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Call number: 78697
Points: 3

In this course, we will trace representations of the body—monstrous, debased, dissected, and beautiful—through some of the major works of medieval and Renaissance French literature. Along the way, we will encounter changing conceptions of feminine beauty, disjoined body parts, wounded epic heroes and tortured Christian martyrs, animal-human hybrids, cannibals and monstrous creatures. What characterized the corporeality of the medieval hero? How did writers depict themselves and the objects of their desire? When the sexual body “speaks for itself,” as in one of the medieval fabliaux we will read, what does it say and whose desire does it express?

 

WMST 3915 Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective

Days and times: W 4:10-6pm
Instructors: Elizabeth Bernstein
Call number: 02432
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or the instructor’s permission. Considers formations of gender, sexuality, and power as they circulate transnationally, as well as transnational feminist movements that have emerged to address contemporary gendered inequalities. Topics include political economy, global care chains, sexuality, sex work and trafficking, feminist politics, and human rights.

WMST 4000 Genealogies of Feminism: The Subject(s) of Rights

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm
Instructors: Lila Abu-Lughod
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Call number: 22096
Points: 4

The rights of women and sexual minorities have been central to feminist theory and activism. What is the genealogy of “rights talk”? What is its feminist genealogy? As the liberal language of rights has become hegemonic, in particular through international instruments that have linked women’s and sexual rights to human rights and as liberal reform goes global, what is hidden from view? What understandings are foreclosed? What politics are blocked? This course will examine these key questions by exploring feminist and other critiques of liberal paradigms; considering alternative languages and practices for emancipation, for example, Marxist thought, socialist practice, or Islamic law and its local practices; and reflecting on assumptions about the human embedded in liberalism, including the idea of human development and capability. We will track the issues by focusing in particular on changing approaches to violence against women (VAW) and gender based violence (GBV). This course is open to all graduate students and meets the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies. Priority will be given to those fulfilling the certificate.

WMST 4200 Temporality and Sexuality *New Course*

Days and times: W 12:10-2pm
Instructors: Jack Halberstam
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Ext
Call number: 94693
Points: 4

If queerness, as José Muñoz put it, “exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future,” we can ask about what comes next, what comes after the future? What queer understandings of time and place enliven the field of queer studies now? Where are we going, where have we been, what time is it and when will we get there? Temporality has become a major concern in studies of sexuality and gender in the last decade and this class sets out to explore why and with what impact? How do concerns about time and temporality rest upon assumptions about space and spatiality? How does a focus on time and temporality allow for or foreclose upon post-colonial questions of mimicry, authenticity, sequence and procession? What can a study of queer temporalities reveal about orientations, speed, embodiment, becoming, being, doing, touching, feeling, unbecoming? Finally, what does the focus on temporality allow us to think, say, see or imagine about the multiple points of intersection between race and sexuality in a global frame? Graduate level course

 

WMST 4302 2nd Wave and Jewish Women’s Artistic Responses:1939-1990

Days and times: M 4:10 – 6pm
Call number: 00297
Points: 4

Instructor: Irena Klepfisz

Description: Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 13 students. A study of  Jewish women’s fiction, memoirs, art and film in response to the feminist/gender issues raised by the Second Wave. The seminar includes analysis of the writings and artwork of Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen, Judy Chicago, Helene Aylon, Elana Dykewomon, Rebecca Goldstein, E.M. Broner and others.

WMST BC2140 Critical Approaches to Social and Cultural Theory

Days and times: Tu/Th 11:40 am – 12:55 pm
Call number: 02265
Points: 3

Introduction to key concepts from social theory as they are appropriated in critical studies of gender, race, sexuality, class and nation. We will explore how these concepts are taken up from different perspectives to address particular social problems, and the effects of these appropriations in the world.

WMST BC2150 Practicing Intersectionality

Days and times: M W 4:10-5:25p
Call number: 05571
Points: 3

This introductory course for the Interdisciplinary Concentration or Minor in Race and Ethnicity (ICORE/MORE) is open to all students. We focus on the critical study of social difference as an interdisciplinary practice, using texts with diverse modes of argumentation and evidence to analyze social differences as fundamentally entangled and co-produced. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this course, Professor Jordan-Young will frequently be joined by other faculty from the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS), who bring distinct disciplinary and subject matter expertise. Some keywords for this course include hybridity, diaspora, borderlands, migration, and intersectionality.

WMST BC3125 Pleasures & Power: Intro. To Sexuality Studies

Days and times: M/W 11:40 am – 12:55 pm
Call number: 07495
Points: 3

Instructor: Alexander Pittman

Description: This introduction to sexuality studies is an examination of the historical origins, social functions, and conceptual limitations of the notion of “sexuality” as a domain of human experience and a field of power relations. Sexuality is often taken to be a natural and unchanging element of individual life. In this course, we seek to examine the ways in which sex is both social and political. We will consider how sexuality has been socially constructed, paying careful attention to the ways these ideas relate to other social forces such as gender, race, and class.

WMST BC3312 Theorizing Women’s Activisim

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4:00pm
Instructors: Janet R. Jakobsen
Call number: 01401
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or Feminist Theory or permission of instructor. Helps students develop and apply useful theoretical models to feminist organizing on local and international levels.  It involves reading, presentations, and seminar reports.  Students use first-hand knowledge of the practices of specific women’s activist organizations for theoretical work.

Crosslisted courses

ANTH G 6125 Language, Culture, & Power

Days and times: Tu 4:10-6pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 17107
Points: 3

This course examines structuralist and pragmatic, post-structuralist and metapragmatic approaches to language and culture and their relevance and availability to the critical analysis of social power.

ENGL 3505 LGBT Literature

Days and times: F 6:10pm-8pm
Instructors: John Robinson-Appels
Location: TBA
Call number: 61796
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission. (Seminar). The poet Cavafy refers to the pursuit of flesh in a different vein than Wilde’s pleasure for pleasure’s sake. Cavafy meant a type of championship of carnal pleasure that would reflect on the relationship of the early naked and oiled Greek Olympian athletes. Is there a distinction between the pursuit of athletic pleasure and comradery, and “non team” sexual sports? We use this frame from Cavafy to interrogate a broad range of 19th, 20th, and 21st century world LGBTQ literature. We will use several theoretical works that enlighten our pursuit, including but not limited to Sedgwick, Foucault, Barthes, Butler, Irigaray, Cixous etcetera. Application instructions: E-mail Professor Robinson-Appels (jr2168@columbia.edu) with the subject heading “Drama, Theatre, Theory seminar.” In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Admitted students should register for the course; they will automatically be placed on a wait list, from which the instructor will in due course admit them as spaces become available.

FREN 3726 Sex, Class, Shame in 20/21st Century Literature

Days and times: Tu/Th 6:10-7:25
Instructors: Elisabeth A Ladenson
Location: TBA
Call number: 81279
Points: 3

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: completion of FREN W3333 or W3334 and W3405, or the director of undergraduate studies’ permission. The second half of the twentieth century in France saw a sudden explosion of literary works examining, with unprecedented explicitness, sexuality and social class and the relations between them. This course will provide an introduction to the literature of sexual and social abjection, beginning with Genet and Violette Leduc and including works by Annie Ernaux, Christine Angot, Virginie Despentes, and Edouard Louis. We will also consider relevant sociological writings by Bourdieu, Eribon, and Goffman. Readings and discussion will be in French.

ITAL G 4401 Holocaust & Resistance in Italy

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm
Instructors: Elizabeth Leake
Location: TBA
Call number: 77111
Points: 3

The political, social, and cultural issues affecting Italy in the crucial, dramatic years between 1943 and 1945. More specifically, the canonical literary and cinematic representations of the war, the “Resistenza” and the Holocaust and the aesthetic issues related to the encounter between history and fiction, reality and imagination. Further examination of how the war has affected women: such an inquiry will require the evaluation of lesser-known women’s texts.Topics to be addressed include: war and gender, women as subjects of history, the intersection of the political and the private. Authors to be examined include: Calvino, Fenoglio,Pavese, Levi, Rossellini, Wertmuller, Rosi, Vigano’, Milli, Zangrandi, D’Eramo.

PHIL 2110 Philosophy and Feminism

Days and times: Tu/Th 11:40 am – 12:55 pm
Instructors: Christia Mercer
Location: TBA
Call number: 28635
Points: 3

Is there an essential difference between women and men? How do questions about race conflict or overlap with those about gender? Is there a “normal” way of being “queer”? Introduction to philosophy and feminism through a critical discussion of these and other questions using historical and contemporary texts, art, and public lectures. Focus includes essentialism, difference, identity, knowledge, objectivity, and queerness.  This course will have unrestricted enrollment and no required discussion section.

POLS 3921 American Politics Seminar: Sexuality and Citizenship in U.S.

Days and times: W 4:10-6pm
Instructors: Justin Phillips
Location: 711 International Affairs Building
Call number: 10052
Points: 4

Prerequisites: the instructor’s permission. Pre-registration is not permitted. Seminar in American Politics. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

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AFRS BC3098 Race, Gender, & Sexuality in South Africa

Instructors: Yvette Christianse
Call number: 03338
Points: 3

AFRS BC3134 Unheard Voices: African Women

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4:00pm
Instructors: Yvette Christianse
Location: TBA
Call number: 04111
Points: 4

AFRS BC3550 Gay Harlem

Days and times: M 4:10 – 6pm
Location: TBA
Call number: 01337
Points: 4

Instructor: Tyler T. Schmidt

ENGL W3933 Gender and Sexuality in the Irish Novel

Days and times: M 2:10 – 4pm
Call number: 77398
Points: 4

Instructor: Emily C. Bloom

Description: Irish novelists have long been interested in the correlation between gender and sexuality and issues of religion, class, colonization, revolutionary nationalism, migration, and poverty. When Ireland became the first nation to vote in favor of gay marriage by national referendum in 2015, Irish voters were acutely conscious of their country’s fraught history: years of sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church had weakened the hold of the Church on voters and young Irish voters, in particular, now wanted their country to take a progressive lead on the world stage. This course will chart changing attitudes towards gender and sexuality from the nineteenth to the twentieth century in terms of the development of novelistic genres. These genres include marriage plot novels in which the 1800 Act of Union was figured as a marriage between a feminized Ireland and a masculine England, the Big House novel—an Irish variant of the Country House Novel—pioneered by women writers, the gothic novel by writers like Bram Stoker, the modernist novels of James Joyce and Elizabeth Bowen, banned books that were silenced in the repressive environment of the 1950s, and finally the queer Irish novel of the late twentieth century.

 

HIST BC2567 American Women in the 20th Century

Days and times: M/W 10:10am – 11:25am
Instructors: Premilla Nadasen
Call number: 07622
Points: 4

A consideration of women’s changing place in modern America; the “family claim”; women in the workplace; educational expansion; the battle for suffrage; social reformers; the sexual revolution; women in the professions; the crisis of depression and war; the feminine mystique; and the new feminism.

HIST BC3444 Freedom Dreams: US and Beyond

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm
Instructors: Premilla Nadasen
Call number: 01379
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. This course will interrogate freedom as a conceptual categroy and explore how the meaning and practice of freedom has been deployed in different historical moments. We will consider how gender, race, sexuality, slavery, colonization, work and religion influenced thinking about individual and collective notions of freedom.

HIST BC3870 Gender & Migration: Global Perspectives

Days and times: T 2:10 – 4:00pm
Call number: 09448
Points: 4

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Sophomore Standing. Explores migration as a gendered process and what factors account for migratory differences by gender across place and time; including labor markets, education demographic and family structure, gender ideologies, religion, government regulations and legal status, and intrinsic aspects of the migratory flow itself.

HRTS G5404 Human Rights of Women

Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4pm
Call number: 66196
Points: 3

HSEA G4888 Women & Gender in Korean History

Days and times: M 4:10 – 6pm
Instructors: Jungwon Kim
Call number: 67220
Points: 4

POLS BC3402 Comparative Politics of Gender Inequality

Days and times: W 2:10-4pm
Call number: 04616
Points: 3

Instructor: Claire F Ullman

Description: Comparative Politics Prerequisites: Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC 3507. Enrollment limited to 20 students; L-course sign-up through eBearBarnard syllabus. Uses major analytical perspectives in comparative politics to understand the persistence of gender inequality in advanced industrial states. Topics include: political representation and participation; political economy and capitalism; the historical development of welfare states; electoral systems, electoral quotas; the role of supranational and international organizations; and social policy.

PSYC BC3379 Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice

Days and times: M 10:10am- 12:00pm
Call number: 02355
Points: 4

Instructor: Steven Stroessner

SOCI BC3920 Adv Topics Gender & Sexuality

Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4pm
Instructors: Elizabeth Bernstein
Call number: 03537
Points: 4

This research and writing-intensive seminar is designed for senior majors with a background and interest in the sociology of gender and sexuality. The goal of the seminar is to facilitate completion of the senior requirement (a 25-30 page paper) based on “hands on” research with original qualitative data. Since the seminar will be restricted to students with prior academic training in the subfield, students will be able to receive intensive research training and guidance through every step of the research process, from choosing a research question to conducting original ethnographic and interview-based research, to analyzing and interpreting one’s findings. The final goal of the course will be the production of an original paper of standard journal-article length. Students who choose to pursue their projects over the course of a  second semester will have the option of revisiting their articles further for submission and publications.

SOCI BC3935 Gender and Organizations

Days and times: W 4:10-6pm
Call number: 04673
Points: 4

Instructor: Heather Hurwitz

Description: This course examines the sociological features of organizations through a gender lens. We will analyze how gender, race, class, and sexuality matter for individuals and groups within a variety of organizational contexts. The course is grounded in the sociological literatures on gender and organizations.

WMST BC3153 Psychology and Women

Days and times: M 4:10 – 6pm
Call number: 01841
Points: 4

Instructor: Wendy Mckenna

Description: Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and at least two psychology courses. Permission of the instructor required for majors other than Psychology or Women’s Studies. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Examines how female experience is and has been understood by psychologists. Through an understanding of gender as a social construction and issues raised by the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, and race, the course will analyze assumptions about what causes us to be gendered and about how being gendered affects behavior.